Austin History Center

A Barton Creek Portfolio by Ford E. Lowcock

An Inventory to the Collection

Overview of the Collection

Creator: Lowcock, Ford E.
Title: A Barton Creek Portfolio by Ford E. Lowcock
Inclusive Dates: 1979-1982
Abstract: Ford E. Lowcock is an Austin native who has lived most of his life within a mile of Barton Creek. He began documenting Barton Creek in 1979 to preserve the landscape he knew as a child. A Barton Creek Portfolio consists of eight 11x14" dye transfer prints mounted on 16x20" boards.
Identification: AR.1999.012
Quantity: 1.34 linear feet (8 oversize photos)
Location: Outer Vault, oversize archives shelf
Language: The records are in English.
Repository: Austin History Center, Austin Public Library, 810 Guadalupe, PO BOX 2287, Austin, TX 78768

Biographical Note

Ford E. Lowcock is an Austin native whose concern for Barton Creek and interest in photography were combined in 1979 to begin A Barton Creek Portfolio. After spending over a year in California during the late 1970s, Lowcock began documenting Barton Creek in 1979 to preserve the landscape he knew as a child, an area gradually changing due to increased urbanization.

His photographic experience includes a year at Brooks Institute in California and several years in commercial photography in Austin. He worked with Bob Haslanger to publish A Barton Creek Portfolio.

Bob Haslanger began his interest in photography in 1962 after taking a panoramic series of pictures of his neighborhood from the roof of his family home. In the 1980s, Haslanger owned a commercial photographic business specializing in location work. He is known for his work with Cibachrome and performed field testing for Ilford America with their Ciba materials.

Scope and Contents

A Barton Creek Portfolio contains eight dye transfer (color) prints. Each print is 11x14 inches mounted on 16x20-inch matte board. The prints are housed in a portfolio case. The photographs document and preserve the memories Ford E. Lowcock has from growing up less than a mile from Barton Creek, including a calm Prussian blue creek lying below silvery tree limbs still gold and red with leaves of late fall, fern lined rock steps under a canopy of oaks, a foggy November morning--images outside of time and away from the changes of development. The images were shot with a large format camera.

The linen-covered portfolio box was made by Connie Brooks and Gary McLerran. The label and title page were letterpress printed by John and Betty Dyess. The design of the label and title page was by Mark Mitchell. The portfolio was endorsed by the Save Barton Creek Association.


The collection is arranged in the order in which it was received.


Restrictions on Access

White cotton gloves must be worn when handling photographs.

Restrictions on Use

Restriction #03: These materials may not be duplicated without the written permission of the photographer.

Index Terms

This record series is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.
Lowcock, Ford E.
Haslanger, Robert.
Austin (Tex.).
Barton Creek (Tex.).
Document Types:
Color photographs.

Related Material

Austin Files Subject - Creeks - Barton Creek - C9060(17a)

Austin Files Biography - Lowcock, Ford E.

Administrative Information

Custodial History

The published portfolio was sponsored by the Save Barton Creek Association and exhibited at Austin's Accent Gallery during February 1983. The Association presented the portfolio to the City of Austin in March 1983. The prints hung in City Council members' offices until August 1984 when they were transferred to the AHC.

Preferred Citation

A Barton Creek Portfolio by Ford E. Lowcock (AR.1999.012). Austin History Center, Austin Public Library, Texas.

Acquisition Information

Donor #: DO/1984/107

Donation Date: Presented to City 1983 May 23. Transferred to Austin History Center 1984 August 15.

Processing Information

Initial processing by unknown.

Finding aid encoded by Sarah Sauri/2014.

Detailed Description of the Collection

Photographs, 1979-1982

Photos housed in linen-covered custom-made portfolio box on oversize archives photo shelf in Outer Vault.
Box Print
1 1 On a Foggy Morning
2 Grasses & Bluff
3 Fall Overview
4 Snowy Tree Arch
5 A Natural Drain
6 Ferns & Rock Steps
7 Rushing Water
8 Sycamore Falls