Austin History Center

Tumey Family Photograph Album

An Inventory of the Collection

Overview of the Collection

Creator: Tumey Family
Title: Tumey Family Photograph Album
Inclusive Dates: 1935-1939
Abstract: The Tumey Family lived in Austin, Texas in the early 20th century. 349 black-and-white photographs document the Tumey Family from 1935 to 1939, although it is unclear who exactly owned and created the album.
Identification: AR.2012.027
Quantity: .2 linear feet (1 box, 349 photographs)
Location: Archives stacks
Language: The records are in English.
Repository: Austin History Center, Austin Public Library 810 Guadalupe, PO BOX 2287, Austin, TX 78768

Biographical Note

The Tumey Family lived in Austin, Texas in the early 20th century. Thomas L. Tumey was born in Kentucky in 1849 to Thomas House and Elizabeth Jane Tumey. He was married to Mary Elizabeth Simpson (1851-1919). As of 1937 they lived at 105 1/2 West Mary Street. Their children were Thomas House (1871-1952), Samuel Lawson (1873-1942), George William (1874-1936), Alfred Simpson (1876-1955), Hortense (1878-1945), and Maude (1881-1965). Thomas L. Tumey was a utilityman for the City Street and Bridge Department. He died in Austin in 1937 and is buried in Oakwood Cemetery. Thomas House Tumey (1871-1952) was married to Elizabeth Jane Tumey and they had a son, Thomas Lawson Tumey (1906-1964). He worked as a mechanic and was married to Empress Cleo Tumey (1908-1998) who was the daughter of James Solomon and Della Parthenia Swofford. In 1935 they lived at 1904 Eva Street.

Scope and Contents

349 black-and-white photographs document the Tumey Family from 1935 to 1939. It is unclear who exactly owned and created the album. The majority of photos are snapshots and informal portraits, presumably of family and friends but few of the photographs are identified. Individuals who are named include Thomas L. Tumey (1849-1937), Empressaria Tumey, Flores, Mary Jo and Rollin, Lillian, Charlie O., Glad and Keek, the Rice family, cousin Alice Johnson, Kat, Stel., brother D.L. Holland's family, Ethel, and Genelle. There is a picture of an Etta who graduated from 'Texas University' in August 1935; this is possibly Etta Golenternek. Scenes include men in front of Southern Oil Gas Company mechanic shop owned by D.L. Holland; Church of Christ buildings (one possibly located at 1000 Brodie Street) and social gatherings; the Tower at the University of Texas at Austin and other buildings on campus; interiors of an unidentified grocery store; classroom scenes with high school students at an unidentified school; Boy Scout Troop 19 camping and with a radio merit badge display; family houses; an unidentified shop with a Kodak photo display; a group of boys wearing "Safety Patrol" sashes; graduates in caps and gowns in 1939; and outdoor baptisms(?).


The photographs were removed from the original album pages and put in archival sleeves for preservation purposes, but they remain in original order.


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Restrictions on Use

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Index Terms

This record series is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.
Family Names:
Tumey Family.
Austin (Tex.).
Document Types:
Black-and-white photographs.

Related Material

AF - Biography - Tumey, Thomas House, 1821-1870

Administrative Information

Custodial History

The album was donated anonymously, so custodial history is unknown. It was originally attributed to AR.1991.076, The Desk and Derrick Club of Austin Scrapbooks, but no connection between this album and that collection could be ascertained so it was separated from that collection.

Preferred Citation

Tumey Family Photograph Album (AR.2012.027), Austin History Center, Austin Public Library, Texas.

Acquisition Information

Donor #: unknown

Donation Date: unknown

Processing Information

Finding aid created and encoded by Nicole Davis/2015.

Detailed Description of the Collection

Photographs, 1935-1939

Box Folder
1 1-3 Photographs, 1935-1939