Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary

Presbyterian Photographs collection, 1860-1946

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Artificial collection
Title: Presbyterian photographs collection
Dates: 1860-1946
Abstract The Presbyterian photographs collection is an artificial collection of Presbyterian-related photographs. Photographs primarily document the early 20th century history of the Presbyterian Church, primarily in Texas and the southwest.
Identification: 1993-005, 1993-010, 1994-178, 1996-060, 1996-063, 1996-083, 1996-088, 1997-005, 1997-021, 1998-007, 1998-012, 1999-010, 2003-001, 2016-005, 2016-007
Extent: 3 inches
Language: Materials are written in EnglishEnglish.
Repository: Austin Seminary Archives, Stitt Library, Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary.

Scope and Content Note

The Presbyterian photographs collection is an artificial collection of Presbyterian-related photographs donated at various times throughout the Seminary’s history and organized initially by the first archivist at the Seminary. Photographs primarily document the early 20th century history of the Presbyterian Church, primarily in Texas and the southwest. The collection includes photographs donated by individuals as well as those transferred from the Stitt Library or different offices in the Seminary.

The collection consists of four series: Series I includes photographs of Presbyterian Churches in Texas; Series II includes photographs of churches in Missouri; Series III includes photographs of churches in Virginia; Series IV includes photographs of unidentified Presbyterian Churches; Series V includes individual and group portraits of people either directly or indirectly involved with the Presbyterian Church. Each series includes photographs dating from the 1860s to 1940s.

Description for each photograph depended on various factors including original inscriptions on the actual item, identification of people or places by Seminary staff, as well as print and online resources. Additional information may be found in the holding record for the collection.

Material without an accession number noted is part of accession 2016-007. This material was found on the shelf in the archives with no donor information and officially accessioned when the collection was processed.

Organization of Collection

Series I, Texas
Series II, Missouri
Series III, Virginia
Series IV, Unidentified Location
Series V, Portraits


Access Restrictions

Materials are available by appointment only. Contact the archivist for details.

Index Terms

Personal Names
Purcell, Malcolm Lee, 1893-1978.
Eastminster Presbyterian Church (Kansas City, Mo.)
Laymen's Missionary Movement (Presbyterian Church in the U.S.)
South Texas Presbytery (Presbyterian Church in the U.S.)
Southern Presbyterian Church (U.S.)
St. Andrew's Presbyterian Cemetery (Houston, Tex.)
Texas-Mexican Presbytery (PCUS)
University Presbyterian Church (Austin, Tex.)
Westminster Encampment (Kerrville, Tex.)
Presbyterian Church--Texas--History.

Related Collections:

See also: Congregational History Collection at the Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary Archives

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Presbyterian Photographs Collection, 1860-1946, Austin Seminary Archives, Stitt Library, Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary

Processing Information

Processed by Itza Carbajal, Archives Assistant, May 2016.

Detailed Description of the Collection

F110 SERIES I –Texas:
Austin, TX:
Felder Photo Company. Presentation of old photos,circa 1933-1946
University Presbyterian Church:
University Studio. 50th anniversary of the University Presbyterian Church taken at the Parlor, now known as the Edleen Beg Parlor, [1993-005],circa 1942
Groundbreaking of new sanctuary at the University Presbyterian Church, [1996-088],undated
Baytown, TX:
Brazos Presbytery Church Camp at Camp Ross Sterling[1996-060]:
YMCA house, people standing on porch,1943
Grounds, including cabins,1943
Group picture near dock (youth),[two photos],circa 1943
Group picture near dock (adults),circa 1943-1944
Group picture near dock,1944
F110 Corpus Christi, TX:
Karl Swafford Company. First Presbyterian Church, [two photographs],circa 1921-1922 and undated
T.W. Swofford’s Studio. Unidentified church,undated
Dallas, TX:
[Laymen’s Missionary Movement (PCUS) Convention at the First Presbyterian Church of Dallas (?)], group photograph posed with a bicycle in front and a banner reading “Circulation,” a sign on the door behind the group reads “Delegates Only,” [2016-007, see also 1996-083], [February 23-25 1915]
FF 6/3 Fort Worth, TX:
General Assembly of the Southern Presbyterian Church (PCUS). Broadway Presbyterian Church. O.L. Swartz, Photographer, [1998-007],May 1905
F110 Hillsboro, TX:
First Presbyterian Church, [1996-063],circa 1960s
Houston, TX:
St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, groundbreaking,[1993-005],circa 1946
Kerrville, TX:
Austin College Clubhouse at Presbyterian Westminster Encampment, [2016-005],1910
Meeting of officers of the Young People’s Conference at Presbyterian Westminster Encampment, [1993-010],circa 1935
Livingston, TX:
Brazos Presbytery Youth Council at Camp Cho Yeh, [1996-060],1949
“Brazos Pres Youth going to Cho Yeh,”1949
“Getting ready to go to camp Cho Yeh,”1949
“Cho Yeh Presbytery Youth Council,”1949
“Brazos Presbytery Youth Council at Camp Cho-Yeah(1st year),circa 1949
“Brazos Presbytery Youth Council at Camp Cho Yeh site,”circa 1949
Uncaptioned photo,circa 1949
“Brazos Presbytery Youth Council at Camp Cho-Yeh,” circa 1949
Uncaptioned photo,circa 1949
Robert H. Johnston Jr. Photographer. Camp Cho Yeh,circa 1950
Natalia, TX:
Studer’s Photography. Natalia Community Church,undated
Studer’s Photography. Group portrait, [Natalia Community Church],undated
Rule, TX:
Presbyterian Church at Rule, Texas. Built in 1910, while James F. Hardie spent his summer vacation doing home mission work there, during his Seminary days,”February 26, 1950
Rusk, TX:
First Presbyterian Churchundated
First Presbyterian Church historic marker,undated
First Presbyterian Church altar,undated
First Presbyterian Church pastor’s study,undated
Waco, TX:
2nd Presbyterian Church, interior,circa 1896-1899
2nd Presbyterian Church Manse,circa 1896-1899
2nd Presbyterian Church minister’s study,circa 1896-1899
Room in the Adam’s home,circa 1896-1899

F110 SERIES II - Missouri:
Kansas City, MO:
Eastminster Presbyterian Church, Anderson Avenue and Benton Boulevard,undated

F110 SERIES III - Virginia:
Richmond, VA:
2nd Presbyterian Church and manse, NE corner of 5th and Main streets, photo taken from the rear, undated

F110 SERIES IV - Unidentified Location:
Taylor’s Mountain Church,undated
Stained glass windowundated

F110 SERIES V - Portraits:
T. W Archibald,1892
George Washington Belk Sr. or Jr?, 1892
Evander Dickson Brown, [Austin Seminary faculty, 1904-1906, 1999-010],circa 1920s
Studson Photography. George Allen Brown (1834-1925),includes memorial card,undated
Frank Emmett Clark,undated
S.M. Erickson,undated
Robert McAlpine Hall,1917-1919
Homeier & Clark Photography. Thomas Cary Johnson,undated
Stephenson Photography. A. A. Lassle?,undated
Walter Lee Lingle,undated
Harris & Ewing Photography. F. Louise,undated
Ernest Carlyle Lynch,undated
John Sprole Lyons Jr. or Sr.?,undated
Majestic Photo Finishers. Mrs. L. C Majors, Synod’s Religious Director of Texas, Dallas, [1998-012, see also group portraits below],circa 1930s
Homer McMillan,undated
Samuel Monroe Neel,circa 1888-1912
Larry Owen,undated
Benjamin Morgan Palmer,circa 1860
George S. Cook Photography. W.J. Richardson,undated
George S. Cook Photography. Henry Ruffner,undated
Alexander Sprunt,undated
Henry Hayes Sweets,undated
[Elias Treviño],undated
Thornton Whaling, “The newly elected moderator,”undated
Unidentified individuals:
Wear’s Studio; Sherman, Texas. Portrait of a manundated
Portrait of a manundated
Portrait of a manundated
Toyohiko Kagawa and Harry White Myers,September 1934
A.R. Levering Photography. Group portrait,undated
Mrs. L. C. Majors and Stella Winogene, [1998-012],circa 1930s
Mitchusson / Conoley family:
Group portrait of four girls,undated
Group portrait of four girls and a boy,undated
William Edward Mitchusson and Amy Conoley Mitchusson, [tintype],undated
P.F. Goben Photography. “S.M. Pickett and wife,”1896
Group members of South Texas Presbytery Council,[1993-005],undated