01/AR0888 Guide to the Erwin E. Smith Photography Collection Smith, Erwin E. Finding Aid Authors: Nicole Yatsonsky.

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2017-10-12
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Guide to the Erwin E. Smith Photography Collection 1904/1986 University of North Texas Special Collections Overview of the Collection Erwin E. Smith Photography Collection 1904-1986 1905-1910 01/AR0888 Smith, Erwin E. (Erwin Evans), 1886-1947 1.00 English 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/
A collection of photographic and print works by and about American West photographer, Erwin E. Smith.
Administrative History:

Born in Honey Grove, Texas in 1886, Erwin Evans Smith (1886-1947) grew up loving the unique life of the American West and sought to capture it through his art. Initially interested in sculpture, he quickly took to photography while working as a teenager on cattle ranches in Texas, New Mexico, and Arizona. He frequently teamed up with newspaper writer, George Patullo, to feature his photographs alongside stories of the West, which were published in various print works, such as the Saturday Evening Post, National Magazine, and Cattleman magazine. He took over 2,000 photographs in his lifetime, most between 1905 and 1912 from his time on the ranches. His work is considered some of the best examples of early 1900s cowboy life, alongside famous artists Charles M. Russell and Frederic Remington. Smith passed away in Texas in 1947.

Administrative Information Acquisition Information:

Purchase.

Accruals:

2017-039

Separated Materials:

Item #25, a large, framed photograph, is kept separately from the main collection box (Box 1).

Conditions Governing Use:

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

Conditions Governing Access:

This collection is not restricted.

Preferred Citation:

Erwin E. Smith Photography Collection, University of North Texas Special Collections

Related Materials:

John Stryker Photography Collection

Levis Family Collection

Physical Characteristics or Technical Requirements:

This collection is stored off-site and requires a minimum of 24 hours notice prior to use.

Arrangement of Materials:

This collection is arranged by type of material.

Scope and Contents

Collection of works by and about American West photographer, Erwin E. Smith. His photographs and prints depict life on ranches in the American West, including shots of people at work, cowboys, horses, Native Americans, and his own family members. Types of items include photographs, postcards, a newspaper article, and two event programs--his historical grave dedication ceremony in 1976 and an exhibit at the Sherman Historical Museum in 1986. Various photographs are undated or have approximate dates, including the collection's start date of 1904.

Detailed List of Contents id187925 Photographs circa 1904 - 1929 Scope and Contents

25 photographs depicting early 1900s cowboy life

id193284 1 703164 id190463 1 1 Photographs id190464 1 1 1 The Matador Boys at Roaring Springs circa 1909 Scope and Contents

Title written in pencil on back. "Copyright by Erwin E. Smith, Bonham, Texas" printed on back.

id190465 1 1 2 Cowboy on horseback chasing cattle through a field undated Scope and Contents

"Esther Huston" written in pencil on back

id190466 1 1 3 Horse saddle on wooden saddle stand undated id190467 1 1 4 Cowhands guiding a herd of cattle undated id190468 1 1 5 Cowboys "tailing down" a cow undated id190568 1 1 6 [Edwin Sanders having trouble with "Puddin'Foot"] 1906 Scope and Contents

"Edwin Sanders, cousin of the photographer, Erwin E. Smith, having trouble with 'Puddin'Foot' a Percheron cross on a Spanish mare-a horse that was bad and could shake the best riders. One of a series of photographs. ED Ranch, near Crowell, Texas" Source: Erwin E. Smith Collection, Amon Carter Museum of American Art

id190569 1 1 7 [Cowhands pulling a wagon up a canyon] 1907 Scope and Contents

"Cowhands Pulling the Chuck Wagon out of a Bad Place while the Outfit Trails out of the Canyon" Source: Erwin E. Smith Collection, Amon Carter Museum of Art

id190570 1 1 8 [The Usual Morning Fight] 1906 Scope and Contents

"The Usual Morning Fight [Edwin Sanders Having Trouble with Puddin' Foot, a Percheron Cross on a Spanish Mare], ED Ranch, Crowell, Texas" Source: Imagining the Open Range: Erwin E. Smith, Cowboy Photographer by Byron Price

id190571 1 1 9 [Edwin Sanders dragging a beef in for butchering] 1906 Scope and Contents

"Edwin Sanders dragging a beef in for butchering in bitterly cold weather; this type of storm is usually referred to as a 'blue norther'. ED Ranch, near Crowell, Texas." Source: Erwin E. Smith Collection, Amon Carter Museum of American Art

id190572 1 1 10 [Edwin Sanders and his horse taking a break] 1906 Scope and Contents

"Edwin Sanders dipping a drink with the rolled brim of his hat while his mount and packhorse stand nearby. ED Ranch, near Crowell, Texas." "Grabbing water" written in pencil on back. Source: Erwin E. Smith Collection, Amon Carter Museum of American Art

id190573 1 1 11 [Foreman and three cowboys riding on Three Circles Ranch] 1906 Scope and Contents

"Foreman of the Three Circles Ranch in the lead followed by three cowboys out riding over the range. Edwin Sanders, cousin to the photographer, at extreme right. Three Circles Ranch, Texas." Source: Erwin E. Smith Collection, Amon Carter Museum of American Art

id190574 1 1 12 [George Patullo ready to ride] 1908 Scope and Contents

"George Pattullo in his tenderfoot days, mounted and ready to ride the Texas plains. JA Ranch, Texas." Source: Erwin E. Smith Collection, Amon Carter Museum of American Art

id190575 1 1 13 A cowhand and spectators watch a cowboy on a horse circa 1920-1935 Scope and Contents

"[unknown word] Frank Bradford" written in pencil on back

id190576 1 1 14 [First Monday Trade Day in Bonham, Texas] circa 1911 Scope and Contents

"First Monday Trade Day in Bonham, when farmers and ranchers brought goods and livestock to trade in the City Square." Source: Erwin E. Smith Collection, Amon Carter Museum of American Art

id190577 1 1 15 [Buggy on the range] circa 1908-1909 Scope and Contents

"Buggy on the range. Three Block Ranch, New Mexico." Source: Erwin E. Smith Collection, Amon Carter Museum of American Art

id190578 1 1 16 Cowboys riding near roundup camp undated id190579 1 1 17 [Claud Jefferies working with an outlaw] 1905 Scope and Contents

"Claud Jefferies working with an outlaw in the Matador corrals. Matador Ranch, Texas." Source: Erwin E. Smith Collection, Amon Carter Museum of American Art

id190580 1 1 18 Cowboy cut out against the skyline undated Scope and Contents

Title written in pencil on back of photo

id190581 1 1 19 [Studio shot of Erwin E. Smith] circa 1904 Scope and Contents

"Studio shot - Erwin E. Smith in western dress seated" Source: Erwin E. Smith Collection, Amon Carter Museum of American Art

id190582 1 1 20 Ranchers in town with their livestock for trade day undated id190583 1 1 21 [Bust of American Horse] circa 1908 Scope and Contents

Source: Imagining the Open Range: Erwin E. Smith, Cowboy Photographer by Byron Price

id190584 1 1 22 [Quanah Parker, Comanche Chief, with three wives] 1910 Scope and Contents

"Quanah Parker, Comache Chief, and three of his seven wives somewhere in the Southwest." "Sparkman" written in pencil on back. Source: Erwin E. Smith Collection, Amon Carter Museum of American Art

id190585 1 1 23 [Ruth Roach, a female rodeo performer] 1920s Scope and Contents

Source: Erwin E. Smith Collection, Amon Carter Museum of American Art

id190588 1 1 24 Tommy Douglas and his mule, Mande 1919 Scope and Contents

Title written in pencil on back of photo. Photograph given by John Stryker. Note written in pencil on back reads, "Not in any contest but sent for your pleasure - Stryker, Kearney, Nebr."

id191071 25 Henry Patten, old time cowpuncher with the Three Block Outfit, New Mexico 1929 703165 Scope and Contents

Framed photograph of Henry Patten, an old time cowpuncher with the Three Block Outfit in New Mexico, playing a violin in front of a stone fireplace. A rifle hangs on the wall above the mantle, lined with a gas lamp and various bottles. A note on the back reads "Hand written on the print 'Henry Patten, old time cowpuncher with the Three Block Outfit, New Mexico, Copyright by Erwin E. Smith, Bonham, Texas,' written in hand by Erwin Smith. Appears on the cover of 'The Cattleman' magazine, Sept 1929." The photograph appears on the cover of "The Cattleman" magazine, September 1929 issue, Vol. XVI, No. 4, a copy of which is attached to the back of the frame.

id187926 Printings undated - 1986 Scope and Contents

8 printed works and 5 postcards

id193285 1 703164 id189830 1 2 Printings id189871 1 2 26 [Erwin Smith's Room as a Teenager in Bonham, Texas.] circa 1907 Scope and Contents

From a gelatin silver print. Smith's photographs of Gladys Harry (right) and Albert Smith (left) sit atop this dressing table. Source: Imagining the Open Range: Erwin E. Smith, Cowboy Photographer by Bryron Price

id189872 1 2 27 [Interior shot with Native American bust] circa 1905-1915 Scope and Contents

"Interior shot (of Erwin E. Smith's apartment or room?) with a Native American bust." Cyanotype on paper. Source: Erwin E. Smith Collection, Amon Carter Museum of American Art

id189873 1 2 28 [A few horses scattered about a West Texas landscape] 1907 Scope and Contents

"A few horses scattered about a West Texas landscape, a mare separated by a barbed wire fence from a colt. At LS Ranch, Texas." Cyanotype on paper. Source: Erwin E. Smith Collection, Amon Carter Museum of American Art

id189874 1 2 29 [Edwin Sanders and the Foreman of the Three Circles Ranch Throw a Diamond Hitch on a Pack Animal, Three Circles Ranch, Texas] 1906 Scope and Contents

Cyanotype on paper. Source: Imagining the Open Range: Erwin E. Smith, Cowboy Photographer by Byron Price

id189876 1 2 30 [A cowboy stands with a rifle beside his horse] undated Scope and Contents

Cyanotype on paper

id189828 1 2 31 "Come and Git It!" 1908 Scope and Contents

Postcard. [Cowpunchers "Hightailing It in to Chuck," with One Horse Pitching on Extreme Left], Three Block Ranch, New Mexico. "Esther Huston" written in pencil on back. Source: Imagining the Open Range: Erwin E. Smith, Cowboy Photographer by Byron Price

id189822 1 2 32A Chief Wolf Robe Cheyenne undated Scope and Contents

Photo on postcard by Native American photographer, Frank A. Rinehart. "Copyrighted 1903, F. A. Rinehart, Ohama, Neb." is printed below the photo. "Erwin E. Smith, Bonham, Texas" is addressed on back.

id189823 1 2 32B Chase-in-the-Morning undated Scope and Contents

Photo on postcard by Native American photographer, Frank A. Rinehart. "Copyrighted 1903, F. A. Rinehart, Ohama, Neb." is printed below the photo. "Erwin E. Smith, Bonham, Texas" is addressed on back.

id189824 1 2 32C Clear undated Scope and Contents

Photo on postcard by Native American photographer, Frank A. Rinehart. "Copyrighted 1903, F. A. Rinehart, Ohama, Neb." is printed below the photo. "Erwin E. Smith, Bonham, Texas" is addressed on back.

id189825 1 2 32D Yellow Wolf undated Scope and Contents

Photo on postcard by Native American photographer, Frank A. Rinehart. "Copyrighted 1903, F. A. Rinehart, Ohama, Neb." is printed below the photo. "Erwin E. Smith, Bonham, Texas" is addressed on back.

id189821 1 2 33 "With an Old Box Camera, Erwin E. Smith Captured The West on Film for Posterity" undated Scope and Contents

Copy of a newspaper clipping featuring the article, "With an Old Box Camera, Erwin E. Smith Captured The West on Film for Posterity," by Virgina Allred. Newspaper publication unknown.

id189826 1 2 34 Program - Dedication of Official Grave Marker - Erwin Evans Smith 1976 Scope and Contents

Program for Erwin E. Smith's Official Texas Historical Grave Marker dedication ceremony at Oakwood Cemetery in his hometown of Honey Grove, Texas.

id189827 1 2 35 Program - Exhibit: "A Sure Enough Cowboy - The Photographs of Erwin Smith" 1986 Scope and Contents

Program for the Erwin E. Smith exhibit, "A Sure Enough Cowboy - The Photographs of Erwin Smith," at the Sherman Historical Museum in Sherman, Texas, from August 3 - September 21, 1986.