Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University

Breckenridge, Texas:

An Inventory of Its Photographs, 1898-1925, at the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library

Descriptive Summary

Creator Texas Tech University. Southwest Collection
Title: Breckenridge, Texas, Photograph Collection,
Dates: 1898-1925
Abstract: Breckenridege, Texas, photographs dated 1898-1925.
Collection # SWCPC 13 E1-E4
Quantity: 127 negatives and 119 prints
Language English.
Repository: Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University

Biographical Sketch

Breckenridge, Texas, is the county seat of Stephens County. Established in 1885, Breckenridge was the center for an oil boom from 1918 to 1921. Presently, its industry centers around machine shops and cotton gins.

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of photographs of Breckenridge, Texas (1898-1925). Included are photographs of oil derricks, a devastating petroleum fire (1920s), and a panoramic view of the town (1925).

The negatives and prints are housed in separate envelopes.

Images from this collection have been digitized and can viewed at


Access Restrictions

Open for research

Index Terms

The subject headings used by the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library are derived from the Library of Congress and/or locally developed.
Subjects (Persons)
Maxwell, Mrs. Earl.
Stephens County--(Tex.)
Gas fields--Texas--Photographs.
Oil fields--Texas--Photographs.
Oil well drilling--Texas.
Oil well drilling rigs--Texas--Photographs.
Petroleum industry and trade--Texas--Breckenridge.
Petroleum industry and trade--Texas--History--20th century.
Petroleum industry and trade--Texas--History--20th century--Photographs.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Breckenridge, Texas, Photograph Collection, 1898-1925, Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas


Gift, undated

Digitized by

Maria Vallejo, 2011

Collection Inventory



1 SWCPC 13-E1: Breckenridge, Texas - City and oil field pumps (46 negatives and 45 prints)
2 SWCPC 13-E2: Breckenridge, Texas - early days (38 negatives and 38 prints)
3 SWCPC 13-E3: Breckenridge, Texas - Miller Hotel, oil wells, "Brideless" wedding, courthouse, laying water lines, 1st Christian Church (1923), and social life in the "Gay 90s" (1890s), E. W. Davenport (31 negatives and 32 prints), 1900 and 1920s
4 SWCPC 13-E4: Breckenridge, Texas - panoramic views (12 negatives and 4 prints)
5 SWCPC 13-E5: Breckenridge, Texas - Stephens County, Wayland Valley, miscellaneous (39 slides)