Bonnie Jewel Froman Glass Plate Negative Collection
An Inventory of the Collection
The name of the photographer or studio that created these portraits is unknown. The glass plates were found in an abandoned house (probably a photographer's studio) on or near East 15th Street in Austin and given to Bonnie Jewel Froman of the Museum of the Big Bend at Sul Ross State University.
86 glass plate negatives contain portraits of Austin citizens from the early twentieth century. The majority of the portraits (59) are of men. 21 of those are men in World War I-era military or naval uniform. 17 portraits are of women. There is one family group portrait and one portrait of a young boy. There are five wedding portraits and three portraits of couples. 24 of the plates were divided into halves and contain two portraits of the same individual. None of the individuals is identified. Repeated use of chairs, benches and painted backdrops affirms that these portraits were all taken in the same photographic studio.
The Austin History Center (AHC) is the owner of the physical materials in the AHC collections and makes available reproductions for research, publication, and other uses. Written permission must be obtained from the AHC before any publication use. The AHC does not necessarily hold copyright to all of the materials in the collections. In some cases, permission for use may require seeking additional authorization from the copyright owners. Consult repository for more details.
The glass plate and nitrate negatives are restricted from access. Digital surrogates are available for viewing instead.
The collection was found in a house on or near East 15th Street in Austin by a workman. The house was probably a photographer's studio. He gave the plates to Bonnie Jewel Froman of the Museum of the Big Bend at Sul Ross State University in 1978. The University transferred the materials to the Austin History Center in 1996.
Bonnie Jewel Froman Glass Plate Negative Collection (AR.2009.074). Austin History Center, Austin Public Library, Texas.
Donor #: DO/1996/065.
Donation date: 1996-08-01.
Final processing and EAD by Nicole Davis/July 2014.
Digital copies of the negatives are available on a disk in the Reading Room Digital Collections Box.
Detailed Description of the Records