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Collection Summary

Biographical Note

Scope and Contents Note

Arrangement of the Collection

Restrictions

Index Terms

Related Material

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Series 3: Photographs, 1850s-1970

Subseries 3.1: Portraits, 1850s-1970

Subseries 3.2: Stereographs, circa 1880-1910

Subseries 3.3: Postcards, circa 1900-2000

Sub-subseries 3.3.1: Dallas, printed postcards

Sub-subseries 3.3.2: Dallas, real photographic postcards

Sub-subseries 3.3.3: Texas, printed postcards

Sub-subseries 3.3.4: Texas, real photographic postcards

Subseries 3.4: Albums, 1898-1965

Subseries 3.5: Dallas photographs, circa 1880-1970

Subseries 3.6: Texas photographs, circa 1880-1950

Subseries 3.7: Panoramas, circa 1900-1925

Subseries 3.8: Negatives and lantern slides, circa 1875-1960

Subseries 3.9: Personal photographs, circa 1970-2013

Southern Methodist University

George W. Cook Dallas/Texas image collection

A Guide



Collection Summary

Collector: Cook, George Wilson
Title: George W. Cook Dallas/Texas image collection
Dates: 1850s-2013
Abstract: The George W. Cook Dallas/Texas Image Collection is an important resource for research in Dallas and Texas history. A native Dallasite, George Cook (1949-2012) was a life-long collector with a focus on Dallas and Texas primary sources. He had a special interest in photographs, and postcards, and was also fascinated by the State Fair of Texas, the 1936 Texas Centennial, and the history of aviation. The strength of Cook’s collection lies in its visual images, over 2,200 photographs and 12,000 postcards, related to the city of Dallas and Texas.
Identification: Ag2014.0011
Quantity: 90 boxes (70 linear feet)
Language: English
Repository: DeGolyer Library, Southern Methodist University

Biographical Note

George Wilson Cook was born in Oak Cliff, Texas in 1949. He moved to Highland Park in 1959 and graduated from Highland Park High School before earning his bachelor of business administration and master of business administration degrees from the University of North Texas. Both of his parents, Gus and Martha Cook, passed away when George Cook was a young man, and he received an inheritance that enabled him to retire early from the banking business.

“It was in my retirement that I found my true calling: the study, collection, and interpretation of local Dallas history.” George Cook spent his life collecting Dallas and Texas primary sources. He died in Dallas on December 1, 2012.

Source:

George Cook’s biographical statement, August 2011, George Cook papers.

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Scope and Contents Note

The George W. Cook collection came as a gift in 2014. Cook had a special interest in photographs, postcards, advertising, and was also fascinated by the State Fair of Texas, the 1936 Texas Centennial, and the history of aviation. The strength of Cook’s collection lies in its visual images. Among the over 2,200 photographs, there are portraits, stereographs primarily showing street life in Dallas, albums from different time periods, location photographs, including images of events, and people, and 12,000 postcards, both printed and real photographic postcards, from Dallas and all over the state of Texas.

Highlights of the collection include:

Album: "Graphic History of Negro Dallas," compiled by the Priscilla Art Club, 1932-1941. This photograph album depicts people, homes, businesses, churches, schools, and activities relating to Dallas's African American community.

Portraits: Included among the portraits are 13 cased images of the family of noted businessman and inventor John Milton Oram, who constructed and installed the first telephone in Dallas.

Location Photographs: Includes images of Dallas and Fort Worth locations, events, and people.

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Arrangement of the Collection

The George W. Cook Dallas/Texas image collection is organized into 6 series. A finding aid for all manuscripts and documents is available.
This finding aid describes Series 3: Photographs.
Series 1: George Cook papers, 1940s-2010
Series 2: Manuscripts and documents
Series 3: Photographs, 1850s-1970
Subseries 3.1: Portraits, 1850s-1970
Subseries 3.2: Stereographs, circa 1880-1910
Subseries 3.3: Postcards, circa 1900-2000
Sub-subseries 3.3.1: Dallas, printed postcards
Sub-subseries 3.3.2: Dallas, real photographic postcards
Sub-subseries 3.3.3: Texas, printed postcards
Sub-subseries 3.3.4: Texas, real photographic postcards
Subseries 3.4: Albums, 1898-1965
Subseries 3.5: Dallas photographs, circa 1880-1970
Subseries 3.6: Texas photographs, circa 1880-1950
Subseries 3.7: Panoramas and miscellaneous, circa 1915-1925
Subseries 3.8: Negatives and lantern slides, circa 1875-1960
Subseries 3.9: Personal photographs, circa 1970-2013
Series 4: Art, undated
Series 5: Ephemera, 1883-1990s
Series 6: Artifacts

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research use.

Use Restrictions

Permission to publish materials must be obtained from the Director of the DeGolyer Library. It is the responsibility of the user to obtain copyright authorization.

Sensitive Material Statement:

Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations. Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications for which DeGolyer Library assumes no responsibility.

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Index Terms

This collection is indexed under the following terms in the Southern Methodist University Libraries' online catalog. Researchers desiring related materials may search the catalog using these terms.
Subjects (Persons)
Oram family.
Peak, Junius.
Subjects (Organizations)
Crozier Technical High School (Dallas, Tex.)
Orbette A. Homer Studio (Dallas, Tex.)
State Fair of Texas – History.
Sivils Drive-In (Restaurant: Dallas, Tex.)
Subjects
Families – Texas – Dallas.
Railroads – Texas.
Places
Dallas (Tex.) -- History.
Texas -- History.
Document Types
Photographs
Stereographs.
Negatives.
Lantern slides.
Postcards.
Photographic postcards.
Albums.

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Related Material

Selected digitized items: George W. Cook Dallas/Texas Image Collection

Selected manuscript collections have a catalog record in the online catalog. Researchers can find these records by using the phrase “Part of the George W. Cook collection” or by searching the call number MSS 0123.

George W. Cook collection of Texas manuscripts and artifacts, DeGolyer Library, Southern Methodist University

Lawrence T. Jones III Texas Photographs, Ag2008.0005, DeGolyer Library, Southern Methodist University

George A. McAfee Dallas collection, Ag1996.1032, DeGolyer Library, Southern Methodist University

J. Allen Hansley photographs, Ag2006.0009, DeGolyer Library, Southern Methodist University

Andy Hanson Photographs, Ag2014.0007, DeGolyer Library, Southern Methodist University

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

George W. Cook Dallas/Texas image collection, DeGolyer Library, Southern Methodist University

Acquisition Information

Gift, George W. Cook, 2014.

Processing Information

The collection name for the entire gift from George Cook is “George W. Cook Dallas/Texas image collection.” Originally accessioned as A2014.0020 before the photographs and manuscripts were separated into two accessions. A finding aid for each half was created.

The photographic materials were loosely divided by type, size, and subject. Significant additional sorting took place to put like subjects and timeframes together, and further identifications were necessary. Photographs were put into acid-free boxes, folders and sleeves.

Processed by

Anne E. Peterson, 2014-2017.

Finding aid written by

Anne E. Peterson, 2017. Updated by Danae Renieri, 2019.

Finding aid encoded by

Cynthia Franco, 2017. Updated by Ada Negraru, 2019.

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Detailed Description of the Collection

Series 3: Photographs, 1850s-1970

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Subseries 3.1: Portraits, 1850s-1970
9 boxes

Box
1 Oram family - cased images, circa 1850s-1860s
Box
2 Oram family - early portraits, circa 1860s-1880
Box
3 Oram family - children, Jessie, Alice, J.M., circa 1855
Box
4 Junius Peak - ambrotype, circa 1862
Box
5 Tintype and carte de visite album, circa 1870s
Box
6 Portraits, cartes de visite and cabinet cards, circa 1870-1900
Box
7 Portraits, (some groups), circa 1890-1910
Box
8 Portraits, circa 1930-1970
Box
9 Portraits, miscellaneous, and large

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Subseries 3.2: Stereographs, circa 1880-1910
1 box

Box
10

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Subseries 3.3: Postcards, circa 1900-2000
28 Boxes

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Sub-subseries 3.3.1: Dallas, printed postcards
10 boxes

Box
11 A-B
Box
12 B-C
Box
13 C-D
Box
14 E-H
Box
15 H-O
Box
16 P-R
Box
17 R-S
Box
18 S-Z
Box
19 Texas Centennial, Pan Am, and Frontier Centennial, Fort Worth
Box
20 Dallas mini and oversize postcards

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Sub-subseries 3.3.2: Dallas, real photographic postcards

Box
21-22

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Sub-subseries 3.3.3: Texas, printed postcards
11 boxes

Box
23 A
Box
24 A-C
Box
25 C-F
Box
26 G
Box
27 G-J
Box
28 K-O
Box
29 P-San Antonio
Box
30 San Antonio-T
Box
31 U-Texas General
Box
32 U-Texas General
Box
33 Texas Courthouses
Box
34 Texas, Oversized postcards

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Sub-subseries 3.3.4: Texas, real photographic postcards

Box
35 A-J
Box
36 K-S
Box
37 S-Z
Box
38 Texas Courthouses

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Subseries 3.4: Albums, 1898-1965
13 albums

Album
39 Graphic History of Negro Dallas
Album
40 Texas Nursery Company, Sherman, Texas, photo scenes
Album
41 The Road to Independent Living, in the Upper Brazos Valley, Rawlings Land Company
Album
42 Flyin' Frolic commemorative album
Album
43 Travel, Illinois-Texas, 1898
Album
44 MKT Railroad, 1917-1923
Album
45 Royal Miller, Millermore, 1920s
Album
46 Texas, 1900-1906
Album
Travel, Texas and Louisiana, circa 1912
Album
47 Dallas family album, 1913-1925
Album
48 School and Friendship Book. Owned by Ida Alene Harden who attended Washington High School, Dallas and Bishop College (African American college) Marshall, Texas, 1923-1927
Album
49 Dallas Scrapbook, City Views, 1941-1948
Album
50 Dallas Area, Building Electrical Towers, 1947-1965

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Subseries 3.5: Dallas photographs, circa 1880-1970
15 boxes

Box
51 Dallas, A-B
Box
52 Dallas, C-R
Box
53 Dallas S-Z
Box
54 Dallas, White Rock Lake
Box
55 Dallas snapshots
Box
56 Texas Centennial, 1936
Box
57-58 Prints by Orbette A. Homer and Crozier Technical High School Photo Department students, circa 1936-1955
Box
59 Street scenes, downtown
Box
60 Downtown, residences, sports
Box
61 Railroad, interurban
Box
62 Fire and police
Box
63 Photographers
Box
64 Horn-Taylor Collection
Box
65 Sivil’s Drive In, small-size prints & postcards
Box
66 Sivil’s Drive In, 7”x9”, 8”x10” & 11”x14” prints

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Subseries 3.6: Texas photographs, circa 1880-1950
6 boxes

Box
67-69 Texas locations
Box
70 Texas
Box
71 Melaun racecars; Pvt. Pete Dedek
Box
72 Texas railroad depots

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Subseries 3.7: Panoramas, circa 1900-1925
9 Linear Feet

This subseries includes 9 panoramas and miscellaneous large photographs.

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Subseries 3.8: Negatives and lantern slides, circa 1875-1960
17 boxes

Box
73-74 Oram family glass negatives
Box
75 Oram family stereo negatives
Box
76 Miscellaneous glass negatives
Box
77 Glass lantern slides
Box
78 Miscellaneous negatives
Box
79 Texas Centennial negatives, Dallas, 1936
Box
80 Texas Centennial, negatives and copy prints, Dallas, 1936
Box
81 Texas Frontier Centennial, Fort Worth, 1936
Box
82-89 Negatives by Orbette A. Homer Studio and Crozier Technical High School Photo Department students, Dallas

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Subseries 3.9: Personal photographs, circa 1970-2013
1 box

525 prints, 4 x 6 inch and smaller
Box
90

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