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Overview

Biographical Note

Scope and Contents Note

Arrangement of the Collection

Restrictions

Index Terms

Related Material

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Series 1: Photographic Prints, Celebrities, Entertainment and Political Figures, 1960-2005

Series 2: Photographic Prints, Dallas People, 1960-2007

Series 3: Dallas Events, Topics and Locations, 1960-2007

Houston Post

Dallas Times Herald

Series 6: Negatives, 1950s-1990s

Series 7: Manuscripts, Publications and Printed Material, 1960s-2000s

Southern Methodist University

Andy Hanson photographs and papers, circa 1955-2008



Overview

Creator: Hanson, Andy, 1932-2008.
Title: Andy Hanson photographs and papers
Dates: circa 1955-2008
Abstract: Andy Hanson (1932-2008) worked as a press photographer for the Dallas Times Herald newspaper from 1960 until the paper closed in December 1991. He continued work as a free-lance photographer until his death. Included in the collection are many photographs of famous, high profile, politicians, celebrities, and newsworthy people in Dallas. Hanson also actively documented the theater, opera, musical and social events in the city. The collection predominantly consists of Hanson’s photographs and negatives; however, there are also manuscripts, appointment books and other materials. In addition, there are photographs by other Dallas Times Herald photographers.
Identification: Ag2014.0007
Quantity: 122 Boxes: approximately 16,000 photographic prints; approximately 99,000 negatives (88 linear feet)
Language: Material is in English
Repository: DeGolyer Library, Southern Methodist University

Biographical Note

Andrew “Andy” Anthony Hanson was born March 7, 1932 on a citrus farm in Falfurrias, Texas. The youngest of five children of a Swedish immigrant and a Chicago native, Andy’s interest in photography started at the age of ten with his first camera, a Brownie, and a darkroom in the family garage. In high school, he was already interested in journalism, and he circulated a hand-printed newspaper.

Andy attended Texas A&I University, Kingsville, Texas (now Texas A&M University, Kingsville) and served as editor and photographer of the campus newspaper and the college yearbook. He transferred to the University of Houston to complete a B.S. in journalism. As a University of Houston student, Andy worked part-time in the darkroom at the Houston Post. After graduation in 1955, he took a full-time position as photojournalist at the Houston Post until 1959.

In 1960, Andy moved to Dallas to join the photography staff of the Dallas Times Herald (DTH) where he remained until the newspaper closed in December 1991. He was an event photographer covering notable national and local people at various functions, social gatherings, speeches, also stage, theater and such musical performances as opera, symphony and concerts.

Hanson’s large archive includes photographs and negatives of both local and national politicians, celebrities, musicians and sports figures.

He resided in Dallas, Texas until his death on October 22, 2008.

Sources:

Hanson, A. (2003). Andy Hanson, Another Side. Dallas, Texas: Photographic Archives Lab & Gallery, pp.4-6.

“Andrew Hanson Obituary.” Dallas Morning News, October 28, 2008.

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Scope and Contents Note

The Andy Hanson collection consists of photographs of national and local celebrities, politicians, business leaders, musicians, singers, stage, motion picture screen and television stars, comedians, authors, artists, athletes, and opera virtuosi among other professions and many leaders in the Dallas community. Although, many of the photographs are undated, most are from the period 1960 to 2000.

In addition to photographic prints, there are thousands of negatives. Sometimes there are prints and negatives for a subject, or just prints or just negatives. Hanson’s manuscripts, notebooks, clippings, and magazines are placed in the last series.

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Arrangement of the Collection

The collection is organized into 7 series:
Series 1: Photographic Prints, Celebrities, Entertainment and Political Figures, 1960-2005
Series 2: Photographic Prints, Dallas People, 1960-2007
Series 3: Photographic Prints, Dallas Topics and Locations, 1960-2007
Series 4: Early Work and Houston Post, 1950s-1960s
Series 5: Dallas Times Herald photographs by Andy Hanson and others, 1960s-1990s
Series 6: Negatives, 1950s-1990s
  • Subseries 6.1: Dallas Times Herald and Dallas people and events, 1952-1991
  • Subseries 6.2: Dallas Times Herald Work, circa 1961-1989
Manuscripts, Publications and Printed Material, 1960s-2000s

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research use.

Publication Rights:

Permission to publish materials must be obtained from the Director of the DeGolyer Library.

Copyright Statement:

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)
Hanson, Andy 1932-2008.
Subjects
Photographers – Texas – Dallas.
Celebrities – Texas – Dallas.
Places
Dallas (Tex.) – Social life and customs – 20th century.
Dallas (Tex.) – History – 20th century.
Document Types
Photographs.
Portraits.
Clippings.
Scrapbooks.

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Related Material

Andy Hanson Photographs and Papers digital collection

Collection of motion picture publicity photographs, Ag2014.0008. Extent: 12 boxes, approximately 8,000 prints, circa 1930-1990.

Andy Hanson collection of postcards, Ag2014.0009. Extent: 24 boxes, approximately 14,500 postcards, ca. 1900-1990.

J. Allen Hansley Photographs, Ag2006.0009

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Andy Hanson photographs and papers, DeGolyer Library, SMU.

Acquisition Information

Gift, Estate of Andy Hanson, 2014.

Processing Information

The Hanson collection was roughly arranged by name and topic, but many prints were unsorted or unidentified. During processing, photographs of people were arranged by national figures and celebrities and by those individuals living in Dallas. They were put into acid free folders in archival boxes. Prints by other Dallas Times Herald photographers were sorted by name. Manuscripts, albums, notebooks and magazines and newsprint were separated from the photographs and arranged in acid free boxes.

Processed by Anne E. Peterson, 2014-2019

Finding aid written by Anne E. Peterson, 2019

Encoded by Ada Negraru, 2019

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Detailed Description of the Collection

Series 1: Photographic Prints, Celebrities, Entertainment and Political Figures, 1960-2005
17 boxes (3,513 prints)

Black and white prints and color, various sizes, mostly 8 x 10”. Many are undated.
Series 1 inventory

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Series 2: Photographic Prints, Dallas People, 1960-2007
16 Boxes (4,069 prints)

Black and white prints and color, various sizes, mostly 8 x 10”
Series 2 inventory

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Series 3: Dallas Events, Topics and Locations, 1960-2007
25 Boxes (5,648 prints)

Black and white prints and color, (8 x 10”)
Series 3 inventory

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Series 4: Early Work and Houston Post, 1950s-1960s
3 Boxes (419 prints)

Black and white prints
Series 4 inventory

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Series 5: Dallas Times Herald photographs by Andy Hanson and others, 1960s-1990s
6 Boxes (989 prints)

Black and white prints and color
Series 5 inventory

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Series 6: Negatives, 1950s-1990s
37 Boxes (approximately 99,000 negatives)

Black and white and color 4 x 5”, 126 film and 35 mm negatives of Dallas people and events.
Subseries 6.1: Dallas Times Herald and Dallas people and events , 1952-1991
Extent: 7 Boxes (4 x 5”, 126 film and 35 mm) (approximately 14,000 negatives)
Subseries 6.1 inventory
Subseries 6.2: Dallas Times Herald Work, circa 1961-1989
Extent: 30 Boxes (126 film and 35 mm) (approximately 85,000 negatives). Celebrities; stage, screen and TV stars; events, concerts, portraits and parties. Filed alphabetically by subject’s last name. Primarily black and white 35 mm roll film; some 126-roll film. Roll film is cut in strips and sleeved in polyethylene sheet protectors.
Subseries 6.2 inventory

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Series 7: Manuscripts, Publications and Printed Material, 1960s-2000s
18 Boxes

Personal Andy Hanson Photographs, Biographical Materials, and Dallas Times Herald.
Series 7 inventory

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