Austin History Center

Cordelia DeGress Booth Photographs

An Inventory of the Collection

Overview of the Collection

Creator: Booth, Cordelia DeGress, 1873-
Title: Cordelia DeGress Booth Photographs
Abstract: Cordelia DeGress Booth was a longtime Austin resident with an interest in photography. 36 black-and-white and sepia-toned photographs by Booth depict the creeks of Austin, buildings at the University of Texas, and the state Capitol.
Identification: AR.2016.005
Quantity: .2 linear feet, 1 box (36 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

Cordelia DeGress Booth was a longtime Austin resident with an interest in photography. She was born in 1873 in Texas to a father from Germany and a mother from Mississippi. She attended St. Mary's Academy, graduating in 1891 with a gold medal in history. She married Charles Edwin booth in 1893 and the couple honeymooned in New Orleans. C. Edwin Booth (1866-1942) was originally from Alabama and was a merchant for wholesale furniture. The couple had a son, Charles J. Booth, born 1894; daughter Edna M. Booth, born 1897; and a second daughter, Frances Booth Hawkins who was born in 1901 and died in 1945. Cordelia attended UT as an older student in 1913 and was a member of the Newman Club. Later in life she lived in Waco and Hidalgo, Texas.

Scope and Contents

36 black-and-white and sepia toned photographs by Cordelia DeGress Booth depict the creeks of Austin and the surrounding area, buildings at the University of Texas, and the Capitol. The majority of the images are of waterways and nature scenes in and around Austin at locations such as Barton Creek, Bull Creek, Bear Creek (including Sentinel Rock), the Colorado River, Hamilton Pool, the cave at Hammett's Crossing, Lake Austin, Mount Bonnell, Onion Creek, and Shoal Creek. A few photos depict locations at UT, including the Old Main Building, Battle Hall, and pathways. There is one photo present of the Capitol dome. The photographs were apparently taken during Booth's time at UT which was around 1913.


The photos were originally in an album, but were removed for preservation purposes. They remain in original order. Identifications were copied onto the backs of the photos.


Restrictions on Access

Open to all users.

Restrictions on Use

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.

Index Terms

This record series is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.
Booth, Cordelia DeGress, 1873- .
University of Texas at Austin.
Austin (Tex.)--Pictorial works.
Barton Creek (Tex.)--Pictorial works.
Bear Creek (Tex.)--Pictorial works.
Bull Creek (Tex.)--Pictorial works.
Colorado River (Tex.)--Pictorial works.
Hamilton Pool (Tex.)--Pictorial works.
Onion Creek (Tex.)--Pictorial works.
Shoal Creek (Tex.)--Pictorial works.
Landscape photography.
Document Types:
Black-and-white photographs.

Related Material

Austin Files - Subject

  • Capitol (1888- ) C1040
  • Creeks - Barton Creek C9060(17a)
  • Creeks - Bear Creek C9060(2)
  • Creeks - Bull Creek C9060(20a)
  • Creeks - Hamilton Creek/Hamilton Pool C9060(28)
  • Creeks - Onion Creek C9060(22)
  • Creeks - Shoal Creek C9060(23)
  • Lake Austin L0300
  • Mount Bonnell M8150
  • Photographers and Photography P3500
  • Rivers - Colorado River R4000(1)
  • University of Texas - Buildings - Old Main U3477

Administrative Information

Custodial History

Donated by a distant relative/descendant of the creator.

Preferred Citation

Cordelia DeGress Booth Photographs (AR.2016.005). Austin History Center, Austin Public Library, Texas.

Acquisition Information

Donor #: DO/2016/009

Donation Date: 17 February 2016

Processing Information

Finding aid created and encoded by Nicole Davis/2016.

Detailed Description of the Collection

Photographs, circa 1918-1920

Box Folder
1 1 Hamilton Pool (#001-003)
1 Bull Creek (#004-011, 013)
1 Barton Creek (#012, 019-022)
1 Shoal Creek (#014, 016)
1 Hammett's Crossing (#015, 017)
1 Onion Creek (#018)
1 Colorado River (#023)
1 Lake Austin (#024)
1 Mt. Bonnell (#025)
1 Bear Creek (#026-030)
1 University of Texas (#031-035)
1 Capitol (#036)