01/AR0930 Guide to the James Standifer Photography Collection Standifer, James Finding Aid Authors: M. Dodson.

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Guide to the James Standifer Photography Collection 1904/1976 University of North Texas Special Collections Overview of the Collection James Standifer Photography Collection 1904-1976 1940-1949 01/AR0930 James Standifer 1.00 University of North Texas Special Collections
University of North Texas, Willis Library 1155 Union Circle # 305190 Denton, TX, URL: https://library.unt.edu/special-collections/
This collection contains the photography of James Standifer.
Administrative History:

James William “Tiny” Standifer (1913-1986) was born in Beaumont, Texas to Samuel Francis Standifer (1879-1957) and Zena Zora Owens Standifer (1883-1967). After graduating from Beaumont High School in 1932, he played football at Louisiana State University and St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, Texas. From 1940 to 1942, Standifer served as an assistant coach and director of the intramural sports program at Lamar Junior College (now Lamar University) in Beaumont, where he also earned an associate degree. Standifer went on to earn a bachelor's degree from the Texas A&M University in 1944 and a master's degree from the University of Texas in 1945.

From 1947 to 1952, Standifer was employed as the recreation director for the Cactus Ordnance Works in Cactus, Texas. The plant opened in 1942 to manufacture ammonia nitrate for use in munitions for the United States government. By the time Standifer and his family arrived in Cactus in 1947, the plant had been converted to produce ammonia and other chemicals used in fertilizers.

After earning his doctorate in education from the University of Michigan, he was hired by Texas Christian University (TCU) in Fort Worth where he taught safety, health, and physical education from 1957 to 1978.

Lillian Lela Hill Standifer (1924-2014) was born in Hallettsville, Texas to Scott Shelby Hill (1890-1966) and Dr. Beth Michel Hill (1984-1973). She graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a bachelors degree in physical education in 1944 and married James Standifer in July of the same year. She and James had two children: Jo Lynn Standifer Moore (1944-2000) and James William Standifer, Jr. (1948-1973). She taught physical education in Fort Worth from 1958 to her retirement in 1981. Her interests included genealogy and Texas history.

Access Terms

This Collection is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.

Corporate Name: Emergency Export Corporation Sea Scouts (Boy Scouts of America) Topical Term: Black-and-white photography Cactus Ordnance Works (Cactus, Tex.) -- History -- Pictorial works Company towns -- Texas -- History -- Pictorial works Lamar University -- History -- Pictorial works Photographs -- 20th century -- United States -- Specimens Portrait photography Sports teams
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Processing Information:

Devised titles and other information added by the processor are in square brackets.

Several negatives in the collection included yellow sticky notes with comments providing context for the people and places depicted. These notes were removed from the negatives, affixed to acid-free paper, and interleaved with the negatives they described.

Conditions Governing Use:

Reproduction and publication of materials in this collection are subject to the policies of UNT Special Collections. Copyright restrictions may apply.

Preferred Citation:

James Standifer Photography Collection, University of North Texas Special Collections

Physical Characteristics or Technical Requirements:

This collection is located offsite in the Research Collections Library. The UNT Special Collections department requires a 24 hour notice from patrons in order to receive materials from the Research Collections Library and ready the materials for use. Please contact UNT Special Collections for further information.

Arrangement of Materials:

Materials are arranged into two series: Series 1: Negatives and Series 2: Photographs.

Each series is arranged alphabetically by folder title.

Scope and Contents

This collection contains the photography of James Standifer, the director of recreation at the Cactus Ordance Works in Cactus, Texas from 1947-1952. The collection consists primarily of medium format negatives housed in brown paper envelopes. Additional materials include medium format photo prints, 35mm negatives, 5x7 photo prints, and 8x10 photo prints.

Most of the collection stems from Standifer’s time as the recreation director for the Cactus Ordnance Works in Cactus, Texas. Through his hobby as an amateur photographer, Standifer documented the plant’s grounds, personnel, and sports teams as well as people, groups, and events in Cactus and nearby Dumas, Texas. Although Standifer worked at the Cactus plant from 1947 to 1952, the photographs of Cactus in this collection date from 1947 to 1949.

The collection also includes photographs and negatives of James Standifer and his family in Beaumont, Lillian Lela Hill Standifer's family in Hallettsville and Marble Falls, and Standifer's time at Lamar University and Texas A&M University.

Detailed List of Contents id258689 Negatives id258691 1 724300 id258740 1 1 1936 Centennial - Dallas; Mama; Mama, Zena May; Maybe Aunt Itasea and Uncle Slim McCormick's House - Weimar; Michel Drug; Our House; Re: Texas Centennial, Maybe; Unidentified Rooms of Houses circa 1920-1939 id258741 1 2 Ancil Leonard - Supt. [Superintendent] of Cactus; Baird, Cecil - Cecil Baird and Pencil Collection; Baird, Jimmy; Baseball, 1948; Baseball - Cactus Men's Team, 1948; Baseball - Cactus Men's Team, 1949; Baseball - Tucumcari Baseball Team (Braves), 1949 circa 1947-1949 id258742 1 3 Basketball - Action Shot; Basketball - Boy Scout Team, Season 1947-48; Basketball - Cactus Junior Tournament; Basketball - Cactus Teams, Season 1948-49; Basketball - Dumas Independent, Season 1948-49; Basketball - Hartley Ind.[Independent]; Basketball - Sea Scouts; Basketball - T.A.A.F. [Texas Amateur Athletic Federation] District Number 6 Tournament 1947-1949 id258743 1 4 Basketball 1947-48 - Women's Team, Cactus; Basketball (Independents) - Speaman Independents, Season 1948-49; TAAF [Texas Amateur Athletic Association] District Champion; Basketball Team - Sea Scouts, 1948; Basketball Team - Women 1948; Buck's Sporting Good, Amarillo, Texas - Interior; Burk, John Leonard II, John Leonard III; Burton, Charles; Butler, Norman; Butler, Norman - Basketball Season 1948-49 1947-1949 id258744 1 5 Buildings; Elton Owens, Step-Grandson - Ennis, Texas; Grandma, James, Zena May, Clarence, John Burk; Hydrangea; James [Kirby Lumber Company]; James and Zena May; Mama; Mama, Garden, Produce; Zena May circa 1920-1939 id258745 1 6 Cactus Ordnance Works - Industrial Relations Staff Under E.E.C. [Emergency Export Corporation]; Cactus Ordnance Works - Main Gate; Cactus Ordnance Works - Staff Houses; Capitol - Texas State Capitol and Grounds; Carnival - Dumas; Carnival; Cheerleaders - Junior Cheerleaders, Basketball Season 1948-49; Cochran, Ruth; C.O.W. [Cactus Ordnance Works] Dormitories; C.O.W. - LP and IP Building; C.O.W. - Unprinted Shots 1946-1949 id258746 1 7 [Candid Shots of People Taken Outside; Group Portraits of People Taken in Front of a Building with Columns, in a Field, and in Front of a Tree; Scenes of People Playing Baseball and Volleyball] circa 1935-1945 id259535 1 8 [Couple Sitting in a Classroom; Students in a Typing Classroom; Teacher and Two Students in a Classroom; Man in a Suit and Glasses Outside a Building; Man in a Tie Standing Next to a Column; Two Students at a Dance; Group Shot of Four Students; Group of Six Women Outside] circa 1935-1945 id258747 1 9 Damron, Orville - Display Athletic Goods, Samples; Dance - Youth Dance; Donn, Patsy; Duffy, C. W. - Children's Birthday Party; Duffy, C. W. - E.E.C. [Emergency Export Corporation] 1948, Director of Industrial Relations; Duffy Children; Duffy Family; E.E.C. Gals; E.E.C. - Industrial Relations Staff; E.E.C. - Parties; Emergency Export Corp, Administration - Last E.E.C. Men to Leave 1947-1949 id258749 1 10 Fire Department - E.E.C. [Emergency Export Corporation]; Fire Department - Smith's Shift; Folks, Charlene - Upchurch; Ford - 1913 Model T; French, C. L.; French, O. R.; French, Othal Ray - Basketball Season - 1948-49; Frye, Bill - Season 1947-1948; Guards - W. C. Blythe, F. C. Babcoch, H.C. Shipp, F. H. Gillispie, L. W. Amason and R. E. Gregg; Hale, Monte - Movie Actor, Dogie Days 1948; Hart, Lovis (Happy) 1947-1949 id258750 1 11 Flood on Colorado at Marble Falls 1935 Scope and Contents

Includes photographs. Originally housed in an envelope inscribed "Flood at M.F. when bridge went out, Turtles at SA Zoo, M.F. friends of Y, K, and C."

id258751 1 12 Girl Scouts 1936 Scope and Contents

Originally housed in an envelope inscribed "Girl Scout Camp - Wimberly, Lela 12 yrs old - 1936." Includes a yellow sticky note with comments written in pencil: "Girl Scouts - probably at Wimberly when I was 13 - Lela."

id259536 1 13 [Group of Five Students Standing in Front of a Column; Group of Three Students with a Teacher; Scene from a Dance; Band Performing at a Dance; Group of Eleven Students with Chairs in the Background; Two Shots of a Group of Students Posing in Front of a Backdrop; Three Women Sitting at the Front of an Auditorium] circa 1935-1945 id259537 1 14 [Group of Three Women in Front of a Window; Young Girl and Boy in a Car; Street Scenes with Houses and Cars; People On or Near a Tennis Court; Portrait of a Man Wearing a Hat] circa 1935-1945 id258752 1 15 Henderson, Betty Jo; Henderson, Beverly; Henderson, Beverly, White, JoAnn; Home Demonstration Club Minstrel; Home Demonstration Hobby Show; Hospital - Cactus Plant; Housing - Cactus Courts, Shots of Filth; Industrial Relations Staff - E.E.C. [Emergency Export Corporation]; Irvin, Kermit - Child's Birthday Party; Irvin, Mary Ann - Mary Ann Irvin's Birthday Party 1947-1949 Scope and Contents

"Home Demonstration Club Minstel" includes images of men in blackface.

id259348 1 16 [Houses - Exterior Views; Damaged Negative of a Woman Standing on the Front Porch of a House; Woman Standing Between Two Brick Lamp Posts in Front of a House Three Windows] circa 1920-1939 id259538 1 17 [Hville Garden Club Float; Woman Displaying Produce; Two Men Carrying Plants; Crowd of People at a Fair; Water Tower and Building; Sacred Heart Church in Hallettsville, Texas; Calf on a Farm] circa 1935-1945 id258753 1 18 Kurland, Bob, Norris, Ollie; Legatski, Arnold and Mrs. - Cactus Get Acquainted Party; Lhuillier, Clayton, Janet; Lochinvar - Standifer "His Majesty"; Luttral (B.N. Luttral Junior - Father); Mail and Records - E.E.C. [Emergency Export Corporation]; May - Don May, Son and Mother; Marion, Jimmy Don; McCrae, Captain D. M. - C.O. [Commanding Officer] Cactus Ordnance Works; McCullough - Manager, Phillips Chemical Company 1943-1949 id258754 1 19 Lamar College Negatives circa 1940-1942 id258755 1 20 Mama and Papa; The Studebaker circa 1920-1939 Scope and Contents

Includes one photograph with "Yates at wheel, 7 passenger Studebaker at Halletsville" inscribed on the back.

id258756 1 21 Mama at Llano; Papa and Mama; Papa and Mama - Early Marriage; Parade Float - Yoakum; Turtles at San Antonio Zoo circa 1920-1939 id258757 1 22 Mehaffey - Mrs. and Newborn Baby Starla Sue; Miscellaneous - Chiropractor's Son, Dumas, Texas; MunKres, Doyle - Basketball Season, 1948-49; MunKres, Doyle; MunKres, Ernie; Negro Children - Old Masonic Home, Austin, Texas; New Year's Eve Party, Norris, Ollie; Parade - Carnival, C.O.W.X. [Cactus Ordnance Works] Trucks; Park - Wharton, Texas, Jo Lynn's Park; Phillip's Chemical - Taking Plant Over 1944-1949 id258758 1 23 Mrs. Owen Bossett 1934 Scope and Contents

Originally housed in a photo-finishing envelope from the Fox Company in San Antonio, Texas addressed to a customer in care of the Bruhl Drug Store in Llano, Texas.

id259539 1 24 [People Gathered Around a Model T; View of a Campus with Brick Buildings; Campsite with a Tent; Five Men Standing Near a Tent] circa 1930-1949 id258759 1 25 Phillip's Daughters - Mrs. Nina Dyer, Miss Charlene Folks; Pierce Lodge - P.E.M. [Physical Education Majors] Club Picnic; Plant Changeover, August 15. 1948 - E.E.C. [Emergency Export Corporation] to Phillips; Purchasing Department; Purchasing Department Girls; Recreation Hall, 1947 [1 of 2]; Recreation Hall - 1947 [2 of 2]; Safety Department - Green Flag and Presentation, E.E.C.; Sapp, (CWO [Chief Warrant Officer]) Joseph - U.S. Army Ordnance; Sassman, Long (Marvin's Son) 1944-1948 id258760 1 26 Pierce's Lodge 1944-1946 Scope and Contents

Includes photographs.

id258761 1 27 Port Arthur Drawbridge 1946 id259540 1 28 [Portrait of a Coach and a Football Player; Portrait of a Man in a Suit Sitting at a Desk; View of a Refinery] circa 1940-1949 id258762 1 29 [Portrait of a Man Wearing a Cap and Vest] circa 1920-1939 Scope and Contents

Originally housed in an envelope inscribed "(Negatives) Bill Long's Service Station & Family, Pics of Grandma, Aunt Zena May, Beaumont House in 20s."

id259531 1 30 [Portrait of James Standifer in Uniform; View of a Storefront; Stone Structure with Columns and a Garden; Brick Building with a Bench; Young Woman Standing in Front of a Porch; Man and a Woman Standing on a Curb; Two Men with Raised Fists Facing Each Other] circa 1930-1939 id259541 1 31 [Portraits of Boys Standing in a Yard] circa 1930-1939 Scope and Contents

Includes a yellow sticky note with comments written in pencil: "I think this is a Marble Falls friend of K & C, Might be Eb."

id258770 1 32 [Portraits of James Standifer] circa 1932-1944 Scope and Contents

Originally housed in an envelope inscribed "Old Standifer negative, Merchant Marine, A&M, Home, Spindletop, San Jacinto Monument, Tiny and Dogs."

id259305 1 33 [San Jacinto Monument; Battleship USS Texas] circa 1948 id258763 1 34 School, Cactus; Sea Scouts - 1948 at Lake McClellan and Palo Duro Canyon; Sea Scout Auxiliary - Camping Trip; Sea Scout Auxiliary - Lake McClellan; Sea Scout Auxiliary - Lake McClellan, 1948; Sea Scout Auxiliary Party; Sea Scout Queen; Silver Wings, Dance; Snapp, Chas.; Snow, Following Blizzard 1948 id258764 1 35 Softball - Borger Bees - Women's Team - Scenes in Austin State Meet; Softball - Cactus Men's Softball Team; Softball - Cactus Women's Team; Square Dance; S.S.A. [Sea Scout Auxiliary] - Betty Hartless at Lake McClellan; S.S.A. [Sea Scout Auxiliary] - Lake McClellan; Standifer Home, 1947 - 675A Cactus Courts; Standifer Home, 1948 - 675A Cactus Courts; Standifer Family, J. W. - Visit to Houston 1947-1949 id258765 1 36 St. Louis - Buildings and Scenes 1946 Scope and Contents

Includes photographs.

id258766 1 37 [Standifer Vacation Pictures] circa 1950-1959 id258767 1 38 Standifer, J. W., Jr.; Standifer, J. W., Jr. - One Hour Old; Steger, L. E., Jr. - Wedding and Shower of L. E. Steger, Jr. and Scotty Woods; Steger, Luther; Steger, Robert, MunKres, Doyle; Sunday School Party, Summer 1948 - Standifer's Lawn 1948-1949 id258775 1 39 [Texas A&M Campus] circa 1950-1959 id258768 1 40 Texas A&M - Funeral, Reveille; Texas A&M College - Reveille's Funeral, Administration Building, Railroad Station; Thacker, Jesslyn; Trosper, Leroy; Vietti, Leno; Walsh, Jim - Purchasing Agent; Warren, Jim (E.E.C. [Emergency Export Corporation]); White, Jo Ann; Wilkins - Wedding of Vernon Wilkins, Shower; Wilson, Captain Burt; Wilson, Wilma - Portraits; Wrestling; Wright, Dr. Norman W. - Mrs., Baby; Zilker Springs - Austin, Texas 1943-1949 id258769 1 41 Texas Relays - 1945, Sammy Farrier - Queen 1945 Scope and Contents

Includes photographs.

id258772 1 42 T.U. [University of Texas] Game Negatives circa 1940-1945 id258771 1 43 [Two Views of a Storefront] circa 1920-1939 Scope and Contents

Originally housed in an envelope inscribed "Buildings, Homes, Strunk tombstone, Centennial 1936 at Dallas, Unidentified Rooms of homes, CM & C: group & tent."

id258773 1 44 T. Y. Hill 1921; 1936 Scope and Contents

Negatives were originally housed in a photo-finishing envelope from the Fox Company in San Antonio, Texas addressed to T. Y. Hill in care of the Bruhl Drugstore in Llano, Texas. Also includes a smaller envelope addressed to T. Y. Hill dated June 23, 1921.

id258774 1 45 Tyler Swimming Meet circa 1935-1945 Scope and Contents

Includes two negatives and two photographs of the Goodman-Legrand House in Tyler, Texas.

id258748 1 46 [Views of a Building with a Bell Tower] undated id259542 1 47 [Views of Boats on the Water] undated
id258690 Photographs id258692 1 724300 id259306 1 48 [Clocktower at Greenfield Village] circa 1930-1939 id259307 1 49 [Four Men Posing Next to a Building] circa 1930-1939 id259308 1 50 [Horse-Drawn Carriage for City Dye Works] undated id259347 1 51 Inside the Alamo; [Picture of James and Zena May Standifer with an Unidentifed Woman Standing Next to a Hydrangea Bush; Two Women and a Man Standing Near a Parked Car] circa 1930-1949 Scope and Contents

Originally housed in a photo-finishing envelope. Includes negatives.

id259309 1 52 Lamar Junior College, Texas A&M, Personal Pictures, Mostly Lamar College Era circa 1940-1945 Scope and Contents

Includes negatives.

id259310 1 53 Llano Granite Quarry circa 1910-1915 id259311 1 54 [Man Standing on a Bridge] 1904 Scope and Contents

Inscribed "S. F. Standifer, [illegible], 1904."

id259312 1 55 [Man Wearing a Hat] circa 1930-1939 id259332 1 56 [Picture of a Teenage Boy Wearing a Letter Sweater Standing Next to Another Boy Wearing a Football Uniform] circa 1925-1935 Scope and Contents

Originally housed in a photo-finishing envelope inscribed "Ask Zena May [crossed out], Get Print." Includes a negative of the same image.

id259313 1 57 [Picture Postcard of a Man in Uniform] circa 1911-1920 id259314 1 58 Pictures - Texas University [University of Texas] Versus A&M circa 1940-1945 id259315 1 59 [Portrait of a Man and a Boy Wearing Baseball Uniforms] circa 1920-1939 id259316 1 60 [Portrait of a Man Leaning Against a Tent] circa 1911-1920 id259317 1 61 [Portrait of a Young Man] undated id259318 1 62 [Portrait of James Standifer] 1932 Scope and Contents

The back of the photograph is inscribed "James W. Standifer, Sr., 1924 Model T, Snow, the dog, Headed for college, Fall, 1932."

id259319 1 63 [Portrait of James Standifer] circa 1930-1939 id259346 1 64 [Portrait of James Standifer Standing in Front of a Bonfire Under Construction at Texas A&M] circa 1940-1944 id259320 1 65 [Sign for Big Bend National Park; Monument; Church] 1974; 1976 Scope and Contents

Folder contains three 35mm color slides.

id259321 1 66 Spindletop Park - Beaumont, Texas undated Scope and Contents

Inscribed on the back in blue ink: "Replica of Gladys City which was there when Spindletop came in."

id259322 1 67 [Three Men in Bathing Suits] circa 1930-1939 id259323 1 68 [Three Men in Bathing Suits Sitting On or Near a Ford Model T] circa 1930-1939 id259324 1 69 [Two Men in Front of a Tent] circa 1911-1920 id259325 1 70 [University of Texas Clocktower; Church; Texas Capitol] 1945 id259326 1 71 [Views of the San Jacinto Monument and Its Reflecting Pool] circa 1939 id259327 1 72 [Young Man in Uniform Standing in Front of a Tent] circa 1911-1920 id259328 1 73 [Young Woman Standing on a Sidewalk] circa 1935-1945