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Biographical Note

Scope and Contents

Restrictions

Index Terms

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Inventory 1904-1968

University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

Frank Duncan papers, 1904-1968



Creator Duncan, Frank, 1877-1970
Title: Frank Duncan papers
Dates: 1904-1968
Abstract: The Frank Duncan papers, 1904-1968, consist of correspondence, tax receipts, check books, bills, deeds, copyright notices, mineral rights applications, photographs, publications, and other legal and financial documents. The business correspondence, financial records, publications, and legal documents concern Duncan's attempts to purchase mineral rights through the General Land Office; business relationships with mining companies, investors, and other prospectors; production and sale of photographic postcards; and copyrighting of his nature photographs through the Library of Congress. Furthermore, personal correspondence details Duncan's relationships with his daughter, friends, girlfriends, colleagues, and other family members, and a few photographs depict the people, communities, and natural resources of West Texas.
Identification: urn:taro:utexas.cah.01898
Extent: 5.25 linear feet
Language: Materials are written in English and Spanish.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

Biographical Note

Missouri-native Francis K. "Frank" Duncan (1877-1970) was a photographer, prospector, and mining supervisor who owned mineral rights in West Texas. Although he primarily lived in Marfa, Presidio, and Terlingua, Texas, Duncan also lived or worked in several areas of Mexico, British Columbia in Canada, Alaska, Missouri, Kansas, Oregon, New Mexico, and numerous other states in the United States. As a professional photographer, he operated several studios, including the Duncan Photography Company in Marfa, and was well known for his group portraits of ranchers and the military as well as his landscapes of West Texas and Big Bend. Additionally, he was a member of the Socialist Party of America, Photographs Association of America, Loyal Order of Moose, and the Brotherhood of American Yeoman.

Duncan's siblings include Hattie (Mrs. J. P. Bradley), Elias, Newt, Maude (Mrs. Atkin), and Lula (Mrs. Vaughn) Duncan. He and his wife M. L. Duncan had one daughter, Kathleen Menard, who helped her father in his photography business and mining ventures.

Sources:

Marfa Public Library. "The Photographer." Marfa Public Library. http://www.marfalibrary.org/photographer.cfm (accessed August 10, 2010).

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Scope and Contents

The Frank Duncan papers, 1904-1968, consist of correspondence, tax receipts, check books, bills, deeds, copyright notices, mineral rights applications, photographs, publications, and other legal and financial documents. The business correspondence, financial records, publications, and legal documents concern Duncan's attempts to purchase mineral rights through the General Land Office; business relationships with mining companies, investors, and other prospectors; production and sale of photographic postcards; and copyrighting of his nature photographs through the Library of Congress. Furthermore, personal correspondence details Duncan's relationships with his daughter, friends, girlfriends, colleagues, and other family members, and a few photographs depict the people, communities, and natural resources of West Texas.

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Restrictions

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research use.

Conditions Governing Use

There are no use restrictions on this collection. Publisher is responsible for complying with copyright law.

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Index Terms

Personal Names
Caldwell, B. B.
Duncan, Frank, 1877-1970
Duncan, Kathleen
Haas, C. R.
Hell, J. Howard
Family Names
Duncan family
Corporate Names
General Land Office (undifferentiated)
Subjects
Mines and mineral resources
Photography
Prospecting
Places
Marfa
Terlingua

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Frank Duncan Papers, 1904-1968, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.

Processing Information

Basic processing and cataloging of this collection was supported with funds from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) for the Briscoe Center's History Revealed: Bringing Collections to Light project, 2009-2011.

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Detailed Description of the Collection

Inventory 1904-1968

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2.325/C63 Correspondence 1907-1968
Correspondence 1907-1968
Correspondence 1907-1968
Legal and financial documents 1907-1968
Paper copy of selected poems 1907-1968
Blank ledger 1907-1968
Mineral awards and receipts 1907-1968
Correspondence and invention patents 1907-1968
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2.325/C64 Correspondence 1907-1968
Correspondence 1907-1968
Correspondence 1907-1968
Correspondence 1907-1968
Mineral awards, metal piece, pamphlets, labels, and ledgers 1907-1968
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2.325/C65 Legal documents 1958
Mineral awards 1928
Correspondence 1907-1968
Correspondence 1937-1945
Patent-related correspondence 1941-1952
Patent-related correspondence 1941-1952
Patent-related documents undated
Newspaper and notes circa 1964
Correspondence 1960-1966
Blank stationery and letterhead undated
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2.325/C66 Correspondence 1907-1968
Correspondence 1907-1968
Loose-leaf notebook undated
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2.325/C67 Miscellaneous 1919-1968
Correspondence 1910-1968
Business correspondence 1932-1944
Mineral awards 1928-1957
Business papers 1910-1964
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2.325/C68 Miscellaneous personal papers 1937-1964
business documents 1919-1966
Photograph undated
Business correspondence 1932-1964
Correspondence 1928-1964
Legal papers circa 1965
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2.325/C69 Correspondence 1910-1966
Business documents 1910-1949
Miscellaneous 1916-1966
Business-related correspondence 1905-1936
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2.325/C70 Correspondence 1937-1940
Chisos Mining Company receipts 1930-1937
Banking and tax materials 1910-1947
Photograph, farm location with four people circa 1940-circa 1949
Correspondence 1918-1936
Correspondence 1936-1968
Miscellaneous receipts 1929-1940
Legal documents 1915
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2.325/C71 Correspondence and contracts 1929-1943
Correspondence and contracts 1928-1945
Correspondence 1928-1935
Correspondence 1936-1961
Forfeited claims and correspondence 1929-1955
Newspapers 1958
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2.325/C72a Receipts 1964
Correspondence and photographs undated
Ledger book 1944-1946
Receipts 1964
Mineral leases 1935-1951
Catalogs, product manuals, and photographic information 1912-1926
Mining-related materials and correspondence 1927-1957
Frank Duncan will 1940
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2.325/C72b Texas General Land Office correspondence 1936-1947
U.S Department of Interior correspondence 1944-1951
Correspondence with C.H. Hell 1943-1944
Legal papers and tax returns 1942-1948
Correspondence 1916-1945
Correspondence 1909-1967
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2.325/C72c Correspondence 1937-1943
Correspondence 1936-1944
Correspondence and legal documents 1913
Forfeited claims 1928
Frank Duncan and Kathleen Menard correspondence 1942-1944

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