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Frank Reeves Photography Collection, circa 1904-1975 | University of North Texas Special Collections

By Nicole Yatsonsky

Collection Overview

Title: Frank Reeves Photography Collection, circa 1904-1975Add to your cart.
Predominant Dates:circa 1929-1964
ID: 01/AR0895
Extent: 1.0 Boxes
Arrangement: This collection is arranged by type of material and then by subject.
Date Acquired: 11/00/2017. More info below under Accruals.
Languages: English

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Abstract

A collection of photograph and print works by and belonging to livestock reporter and photographer, Frank Reeves.

Scope and Contents of the Materials

Collection of photographs by livestock reporter and photographer, Frank Reeves. His photos depict ranch life in the early 1900s of the American West, from cowboys and cattle to daily life on the range. His press pass from the 1939 World's Fair in San Francisco is also included. The collection's inclusive and bulk dates are approximate.

Collection Historical Note

Frank Reeves (1884-1975) was born in Kentucky in 1884 and was raised on his family's livestock farm in Texas, where he gained an interest in photography. After attending college locally, Reeves took a job with the Swenson Land and Cattle Company, owner of SMS Ranches throughout west Texas, where he stayed for 14 years and had some of his photographs published in the ranch catalog. One was even used in a Stetson Hat Company ad.

He's best well-known for his action shots and artistic framing, which all served to capture the most realistic snapshot of ranch life possible. Reeves had several other ranch jobs after leaving the SMS Ranch and wrote for the Dallas News during his time in California. He became a livestock reporter for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram when he returned to Texas in 1929, where he remained working and taking photographs until his death in 1975 at age 90.

Administrative Information

Repository: University of North Texas Special Collections
Accruals: 2017-059
Access Restrictions: This collection is not restricted.
Use Restrictions: Reprpduction and publication of materials in this collection are subject to the policies of the UNT Special Collections department. Copyright restrictions may apply.
Physical Access Note: This collection is stored off-site and requires a minimum of 24 hours notice prior to use.
Acquisition Source: Albert L. Peters
Acquisition Method: Purchase.
Related Materials:

Erwin E. Smith Photography Collection

Lorene Jackson Western Art and Illustration Collection

Preferred Citation: Frank Reeves Photography Collection, University of North Texas Special Collections

Box and Folder Listing

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Series 1: PhotographsAdd to your cart.
 
Box 1Add to your cart.
 
Barcode: 702863
Sub-Series 1: Working on the RangeAdd to your cart.
 
Item 1: [Ranchers tend to a cow in a corral], undatedAdd to your cart.
Several ranchers hold down a cow in a corral. A man with a bucket stands nearby. A ranch hand rides a horses along the fence.
Item 2: [Ranch hands release cattle from their pen], undatedAdd to your cart.
A few ranch hands release cattle from their pen. A group of ranch hands sit along the fence in the background right.
Item 3: [Cowboys proding cattle up a ramp into a train car], undatedAdd to your cart.
Several cowboys prod cattle up a wooden ramp into a train car.
Item 4: [Cattle herd through a ramp into a train car], undatedAdd to your cart.
Two men help cattle herd onto a train car via a wooden ramp.
Item 5: [Ranchers watch cattle run into their pen], undatedAdd to your cart.
A few ranchers watch as they let cattle run into their pen. One sits on the fence; a few others stand behind it on the right.
Item 6: [Ranch hands brand a cow in a field], undatedAdd to your cart.
A group of ranch hands work together to brand a cow in a field.
Item 7: [Several ranch hands wrestle down a cow], undatedAdd to your cart.
A team of ranch hands wrestle down a cow, holding onto its legs.
Item 8: [Ranch hands gather to brand cattle], undatedAdd to your cart.
Several ranch hands brand cattle in a field as others watch. In the distance, cowboys keep an eye on the herd.
Item 9: [Ranch hands saddle a horse], undatedAdd to your cart.
Ranch hands work together to saddle a horse, while one looks on.
Item 10: [Cowboys tend to a saddled horse], undatedAdd to your cart.
A few cowboys work with a saddled horses, while a few horses stand in the background.
Item 11: [Several ranch hands reign in the horses], undatedAdd to your cart.
A group of ranch hands on foot and horseback work to reign in the team of horses.
Item 12: [Ranchers pull horses along], undatedAdd to your cart.
Several ranchers, most on horseback, pull a team of horses along with rope.
Item 13: [A cowboy watches over a heard of cattle], undatedAdd to your cart.
A cowboy on horseback watches over a herd of cattle.
Item 14: [Ranch hands ride with the herd], undatedAdd to your cart.
A few ranch hands ride on horseback along a herd of cattle. A windmill stands in the distance.
Item 15: [Stray cattle break away from the herd], undatedAdd to your cart.
Cowboys watch as a few stray cattle break away from the herd.
Item 16: [A cowboy chases down stray cattle], undatedAdd to your cart.
A cowboy on horseback chases down stray cattle along the range.
Item 17: [Three horses graze in a field in front of cattle], undatedAdd to your cart.
A few horses graze in a field. A ranch hand and herd of cattle stand behind them farther back.
Item 18: [Horses pull two wagons across ranch land], undatedAdd to your cart.
Two wagons are pulled by horses across the range, as cattle gather beside a drinking spot in the background.
Item 19: [Ranch hands watch over cattle near a watering hole at Spring Mountain Ranch, Meridian], undatedAdd to your cart.
Cattle stop for a drink as ranch hands look on at Spring Mountain Ranch, Meridian, Texas.
Item 20: [A ranch hand keeps an eye on grazing cattle], undatedAdd to your cart.
A ranch hand watches over grazing cattle as they stop near a watering hole.
Sub-Series 2: RopingAdd to your cart.
 
Item 21: [Cowboys roping a group of horses together], undatedAdd to your cart.
A couple of cowboys corral a group of horses with rope on the range.
Item 22: [Ranch hands holding rope beside a team of horses], undatedAdd to your cart.
A group of ranch hands each hold a lasso of rope as they stand beside a team of horses.
Item 23: [Ranch hand on horseback pulling a roped calf], undatedAdd to your cart.
A cowboy pulls a roped calf behind his horse as he crosses the range. Another cowboy on horseback stands guard over a herd of cattle in the background.
Item 24: [Cowboy showing off his roping skills], undatedAdd to your cart.
A cowboy shows off his roping skills around himself.
Item 25: [Cowboy roping a stray calf], undatedAdd to your cart.
A cowboy ropes off a calf that has strayed from the herd, which crosses the range in the background.
Item 26: [Two cowboys on horseback roping a calf], undatedAdd to your cart.
A calf in a corral is roped by two cowboys on horseback while another stands watch next to the fence.
Item 27: [Ranch hands roping a calf], undatedAdd to your cart.
A group of ranch hands help subdue a calf, as a cowboy on horseback prepares to rope it.
Item 28: [Ranch hands roping and unsaddling horses], undatedAdd to your cart.
Several ranch hands gather their ropes and unsaddle horses inside the corral.
Sub-Series 3: RidingAdd to your cart.
 
Item 29: [Cowboy bucking a horse in a field], undatedAdd to your cart.
A cowboy rides a bucking horse in a field as two men and a horse look on behind him.
Item 30: [Four men gather to take a picture of a cowboy], undatedAdd to your cart.
Four men gather to take a picture of a cowboy riding a horse down a hill.
Item 31: [A man speaks to another on horseback], undatedAdd to your cart.
Two men speak in a field. One is on horseback; the other stands to the side. Other cowboys and a cattle herd can be seen faintly in the distance.
Item 32: [Cowboys ride across a field], undatedAdd to your cart.
A group of cowboys ride on horseback across a field. Blankets lie on the ground in front.
Item 33: [Group of cowboys ride up on horseback], undatedAdd to your cart.
A group of cowboys ride forward, leaving dust in their wake. Others attend to cattle in the back right.
Item 34: [Four cowboys with lassos on horses], undatedAdd to your cart.
Four cowboys sit on their horses beside a corral. Their wound lassos sit prominent at their side.
Item 35: [Cowboy on a rearing horse], undatedAdd to your cart.
A cowboy rears back on his horse inside a corral.
Item 36: [Cowboys on horseback watch another on a bucking horse], undatedAdd to your cart.
A pair of cowboys watch another on a bucking horse. Another stands to the side attending his horse. Other horses mill about in the background.
Sub-Series 4: Life on the RangeAdd to your cart.
 
Item 37: [Ranch hands work around the chuck wagon], undatedAdd to your cart.
A pair of ranch hands busy themselves by the chuck wagon, its contents spread out around it.
Item 38: [Men use buckets to clean themselves up], undatedAdd to your cart.
Several men clean themselves up with buckets of water near the chuck wagon.
Item 39: [Cowboy dance at Spur Ranch], 1918Add to your cart.
Cowboys and ladies dance to live music at Spur Ranch, Texas. Two men play the guitar and fiddle on the left. A sheet makes up the dance floor. Several people look on from the fringes.
Item 40: [Two uncovered chuck wagons sit together], undatedAdd to your cart.
Two chuck wagons sit uncovered in a field. A few buckets and sheets litter the ground around them. A man stands beside the one in the rear and a structure can be seen in the distance.
Item 41: [Men and women gather to eat on the range], undatedAdd to your cart.
A group of men and women eat together beneath a tarp on the range.
Item 42: [Ranch hands stop for a smoke break], undatedAdd to your cart.
Five ranch hands gather in a corral to have a smoke break.
Item 43: [Cowboys rest under a tarp beside the chuck wagon], undatedAdd to your cart.
A ranch hand cleans up buckets underneath a tarp, as a group of men sit beside the uncovered chuck wagon in the back.
Item 44: [Men at camp prep for their day], undatedAdd to your cart.
A few men get ready for their day at the chuck wagon. Another bends over a bucket to the right. The making of camp--two tents and a covered chuck wagon--can be seen on either side behind them.
Item 45: [Cowboys gather for a meal on the range], undatedAdd to your cart.
Cowboys gather to eat beside an uncovered chuck wagon. A tarp covers some of them, while others sit in the sun.
Item 46: [Men take a break beside the chuck wagon], undatedAdd to your cart.
A man in an apron looks to the camera, as a few others take a break beside the uncovered chuck wagon. A box near a wheel reads, "Crisco."
Item 47: [Women and a man pose in front of a tent], undatedAdd to your cart.
Four women and a man pose for a picture in front of a tent. A chuck wagon sits in the back right.
Item 48: [Ranch hands stop at a fence for a chat], undatedAdd to your cart.
A ranch hand smoking a pipe stop to talk to two men sitting on a corral fence. Cattle can be seen in the pen behind them.
Item 49: [Men rest under the shade of a tarp], undatedAdd to your cart.
Two tents stand prominent on the right, as a group of men rest beneath the shade of a tarp. The uncovered chuck wagon sits to their left. Trees make up the background landscape.
Item 50: [A man stands beside the chuck wagon], undatedAdd to your cart.
A man towels off at the rear of an uncovered chuck wagon. Various pots and pans and other supplies rest atop it.
Item 51: [A cowboy cleans dishes on the back of the chuck wagon], undatedAdd to your cart.
A cowboy cleans bowls at the back of the chuck wagon. Various buckets sit about the ground around him. A tent can be seen in the back left.
Item 52: [Men relax at camp], undatedAdd to your cart.
Several men take a break at camp, playing with an instrument. Two men stand in the background near the chuck wagon. Another can be seen off the right. Two tents stand in the back left.
Item 53: [Cowboys take a break at camp], undatedAdd to your cart.
A variant shot of Item #52, the same men listen to an instrument in front, while two men work at the chuck wagon behind them. A covered chuck wagon sits to the right, while two tents stand off to the left.
Sub-Series 5: MiscellaneousAdd to your cart.
 
Item 54: [Penned cattle], undatedAdd to your cart.
Dozens of cattle are penned together in a corral.
Item 55: [Cattle grazing beside a tree], undatedAdd to your cart.
A small group of cattle gather in the shade of some trees.
Item 56: [Cattle grazing around a windmill], undatedAdd to your cart.
A group of cattle graze near a watering hole. A windmill stands tall in the center surrounded by sparse trees.
Item 57: [Cattle grazing by water], undatedAdd to your cart.
A large herd of cattle grazes on the open range near a watering hole.
Item 58: United States Post Office building, undatedAdd to your cart.
Photograph of the front facade of a United States Post Office building. A few trees line the front. Other buildings can be seen in the background on either side.
Series 2: PrintingsAdd to your cart.
 
Box 1Add to your cart.
 
Barcode: 702863
Item 1A-1B: Press Building pass for Treasure Island, 1939Add to your cart.
Press Building pass from the 1939 World's Fair in San Francisco, also known as the Golden Gate International Exposition, where Reeves wrote a column for the Fort Wort Star Telegram, per included separate handwritten note

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