Bill Woodside Lake Whitney Views Collection, 1950-1990Add to your cart.

By Emily Aparicio and Catherine Keenan

Collection Overview

Title: Bill Woodside Lake Whitney Views Collection, 1950-1990Add to your cart.
ID: 01/ AR0764
Extent: 4.0 Boxes
Arrangement: The photographic negatives within the collection are arranged alphabetically by the primary title on each sleeve.
Date Acquired: 10/00/2013. More info below under Accruals.
Languages: English


The Bill Woodside Lake Whitney Views Collection contains photo negatives from the Lake Whitney Views newspaper in Whitney, Texas. The collection spans through the years 1950 to 1990 and includes photo negatives of local figures, fishing tournaments, thermocline readings, recreational locations and events, and business locations.

Scope and Contents of the Materials

This collection contains photo negatives of the Lake Whitney Views newspaper in Whitney, Texas, spanning from the years 1950 through 1990. The Lake Whitney Views was a newspaper running from 1950 to 2014 and the creator of the first official bass fishing tournament. The images provide a history of the newspaper as well as snapshots of significant events in Hill County over the decades, including photos of bass fishing tournaments, rodeo and beauty competitions, thermocline readings, recreational locations, boat shows, local public figures, and business locations. Photo negatives of lodges such as the Oak Lodge, Pioneers Cove, Redwood, Ridgewood, Rocky Canyon, Rocky Creek, Sparks Sports, Sportman’s, Sunset, and Uncle Gus’ are included in the collection. Negatives related to organizations, including the Waco Bass Club, Taylor Ready Mix, Shields General Store, Shady Grove Café, and the Turner Agency are also within the collection. Photo negatives of the opening of the Lake Whitney Dam in 1951 also appear.

Collection Historical Note

The collection was assembled by Bill Woodside (1918-2006), who owned and operated the Lake Whitney Views newspaper after working as a reporter and photographer for the Hillsboro Evening Mirror. The collection was donated by Melinda Routh, who founded the Lake Whitney Views newspaper alongside Randy Routh in 1951. The Lake Whitney Views newspaper remained active until 2014.

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 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.

Technical Access Note:

Bill Woodside Lake Whitney Views Collection, University of North Texas Special Collections

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Administrative Information

Repository: University of North Texas Special Collections
Accruals: 2013-37
Acquisition Source: Melinda Routh
Preferred Citation: Bill Woodside Lake Whitney Views Collection, University of North Texas Special Collections
Processing Information: This collection has been inventoried. Please contact Special Collections if you are interested in a specific topic or image.
Finding Aid Revision History: The abstract, scope and content, and biographical note were updated on 2/21/2017 by Catherine Keenan.


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