James Standifer Photography Collection, 1904-1976Add to your cart.

By M. Dodson

Collection Overview

Title: James Standifer Photography Collection, 1904-1976Add to your cart.
Predominant Dates: 1940-1949
ID: 01/ AR0930
Primary Creator: James Standifer
Extent: 1.0 Boxes

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

Each series is arranged alphabetically by folder title.

Date Acquired: 00/00/2014. More info below under Accruals.
Languages: English


This collection contains the photography of James Standifer.

Scope and Contents of the Materials

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.

Collection Historical Note

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.

Subject/Index Terms

Access Information

Access Restrictions:

This collection is not restricted.

Use Restrictions:

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

Physical Access Note:

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.

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Administrative Information

Repository: University of North Texas Special Collections
Accruals: 2019-17
Preferred Citation: James Standifer Photography Collection, University of North Texas Special Collections
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.


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