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Ray and Joyce Bankston’s Dalco Photography Collection, 1960-2004 | Manuscripts

By S. Ivie

Collection Overview

Title: Ray and Joyce Bankston’s Dalco Photography Collection, 1960-2004Add to your cart.
ID: 01/AR0732
Primary Creator: Bankston, Ray
Extent: 126.0 Boxes
Arrangement: Materials are arranged into four series which reflect the original arrangement of the collection. Series 1: Black and White Negatives, Color Negatives, Contact Sheets and Photo Prints is where the majority of images and other documents are located. In later boxes within the first series, an alphabetical arrangement of materials is used.  Series 2: C-Files contains numbered color negatives which reference contact sheets found in the large part of the collection and in the Ad Accounts. Series 3: Ad Accounts contains all files relating to various clients Bankston worked with, including specific information on people, horses, images and any related documentation used for publication purposes. Series 4: Artifacts contains trophies and relics relevant to this collection.
Date Acquired: 00/00/2010. More info below under Accruals.
Languages: English

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This collection contains photo documentation for show horses, quarter horses and cutting horses. Starting from the 1960s and moving up through 2004, Ray Bankston and his company, Dalco, shot the images in this collection. The images provide a history of horse events and they tell the stories of many of the people involved, including some celebrities and wealthy Texans.

Scope and Contents of the Materials

Cutter Bill, Dash for Cash and Depth Charge are just some of the well-known horses Ray Bankston and his company, Dalco, has photographed over the years. He regularly took photographs of horses at the Oklahoma State Fair, the Texas State Fair, Louisiana State Fair, Colorado State Fair, as well as fairs in Missouri, Nebraska, Kansas, New Mexico and Illinois. Ray Bankston even photographed youth shows, such as the National Youth Congress, and he was the official photographer for the 4-H shows until his retirement in 2005.

Photographs of Jerry Wells, Matlock Rose, Dale Livingston and Chip Knost are included in this collection, as well, which are familiar names to those associated with horse breeding, cutting horses, and quarter horses. Bankston also worked with Rex Cauble, a wealthy, controversial Texan and owner of the famous horse, Cutter Bill. Bankston took many photographs of Cauble and the Cauble Ranch. Several black and white images from the 1960s are featured of Cauble and later images depict the Cauble Ranch in a color format.

Bankston took images of paintings by Orren Mixer, too, who was a popular equine artist. Some large format color negatives of his work are part of this collection.

In addition to his horse-related photographs, Bankston photographed some celebrities throughout his career, such as Clint Eastwood, Paul Brinegar, Ken Curtis and Milburn Stone. Curtis, who played Festus, and Stone, who played Doc, on the television series, Gunsmoke, were often seen at horse shows during the 1960s.

Unlike some horse photography, Ray Bankston's photos have never been altered from their original state even though some of his clients have asked for enhancements to their images.

Events or other names are often abbreviated throughout this collection. Some examples of this include 4-H Finals (4-H F.), Appaloosa (App. or pluralized, Apps.) referring to the horse breed, the American Quarter Horse Association (A.Q.H.A.), the Athens Summer Jubilee (A.S.J.), Britannia Farm (B.F.), Britannia Farm Winter Classic (B.F.W.C.), Britannia Farm Spring Celebration (B.F.S.C.), Britannia Farm Santa Classic (B.F.S.C.), Britannia Farm Summer Classic (B.F.S.C.), Colorado State Fair (C.S.F.), Circuit (Cir.), Greater Houston Quarter Horse Show (G.H.Q.H.S.), Guadalupe Valley Horse Breeders Association (G.V.H.B.A.), Guadalupe Valley Quarter Horse Show (G.V.Q.H.S.), Heart O' Texas (H.O.T.), Jerry Wells Show (J.W.S.), Kansas State Fair (K.S.F.), Louisiana State Fair (L.S.F.), Louisiana State University (L.S.U.), National Cutting Horse Association (N.C.H.A.), National Cutting Horse Association Championship (N.C.H.A.C.), National Cutting Horse Futurity (N.C.H.F.), National Reining Horse Association (N.R.H.A.), National Reining Horse Futurity (N.R.H.F.), National Youth Horse Congress (N.Y.H.C.), Oklahoma State Fair (O.S.F.), Pony of America (P.O.A.), Piney Woods (P.W.), Quarter Horse (Q.H.), Quarter Horse Show (Q.H.S.), Two Ring Circuit (T.R.C.), Texas Reining Horse Association (T.R.H.A.), Texas State Fair (T.S.F.), Tri-State Fair (T.S.F.), Trinity Valley Exposition (T.V.E.), World Championship Finals (W.C.F.), West Central Texas Finals (W.C.T.F.) and Youth Show (Y.S.). These abbreviations do not always refer to actual names, but rather, they are names which Bankston has assigned.

The boxes contain 8x10 black and white photo prints and color photo prints mixed in with envelopes of black and white negatives, as well as color negatives. In many cases, there are anywhere from 5-50 negative envelopes per folder. For the majority of the collection, each envelope includes 12 negatives, and items with less than this are noted in the description. The boxes are arranged by date, but they do not necessarily go in chronological order by year.

Administrative Information

Repository: Manuscripts
Accruals: 2010-005, 2016-035
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 Archives and Rare Books department. Copyright restrictions may apply.
Physical Access Note: This collection is stored off-site and requires a minimum of 24 hour notice prior to use.
Acquisition Source: Ray and Joyce Bankston
Acquisition Method: Gift
Preferred Citation: Ray and Joyce Bankston's Dalco Photography Collection, University of North Texas Special Collections

Box and Folder Listing

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Series 4: ArtifactsAdd to your cart.
Box 119: National Cutting Horse Association, Official Trophy, n.d.Add to your cart.
Contains a trophy from the National Cutting Horse Association. The name and event award are blank. The sculpture is of a man on a cutting horse in opposition with a calf. Jim Reno's name appears on the base.
Barcode: 2268
Box 120: Grand Champion Mare, San Antonio, Texas, Lamp, Pt. 1, 1967Add to your cart.
Contains a trophy in the form of a lamp from the A.Q.H.A. (American Quarter Horse Association). The inscription reads," Grand Champion Mare, San Antonio, Texas, Donor-1967-A.Q.H.A." The sculpture is of a horse.
Barcode: 2281
Box 121: Grand Champion Mare, San Antonio, Texas, Lamp, Pt. 2, 1967Add to your cart.
Contains the shade for the Grand Champion Mare trophy lamp. A Dalco color photograph of an N.C.H.A. cutting event and two men with a horse are printed on the shade.
Barcode: 2405
Box 122: National Cutting Horse Association Sportsmanship Award, Lamp, 1960Add to your cart.
Contains a lamp of a man on a cutting horse in opposition with a calf.
Barcode: 2280
Box 123: Light Meter, n.d.Add to your cart.
Contains a light meter which Bankston used throughout his career as a photographer.
Barcode: 2229
Box 124: Assorted Artifacts, n.d., 1970, 1958Add to your cart.
Contains a black hat with the Dalco logo. Includes five compact discs with recorded music and all of them are titled "Ray's Oldies."  A set of three reproductions of famous horses such as Peppy, Wimpy, Little Joe, Jill's Lady, Kid Meyers, Zantanon H, Three Bars, Hard Twist, Hired Hand, Silver King and Depth Charge. Two sets of reproductions with drawings by Carol Bush of the first eight National Reining Horse Associations' Grand Champions are included. A plaque with a Dalco printed image of Impressive Bar Leo is included.
Barcode: 2254

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