Texas A&M University Kingsville, South Texas Archives

Jimmy Dodd Photograph Collection

Collection Summary

Creator Dodd, James (Jimmie) Andrew, 1917-1984
Title Jimmy Dodd Photograph Collection
Dates: 1930's-1970's
Abstract: This collection includes photographs and negatives; over 500 images, taken by pioneer Kingsville, Texas Citizen, James (Jimmie) Andrew Dodd. The photographs are mostly of Kleberg County and the surrounding areas throughout the first half of the 20th century.
Identification A1978-022, A1985-018, A1985-064, A1991-009, A1991-038, A1995-016
Collection URL http://archives.tamuk.edu/collections/ead.php?xml=jimmy%20dodd%20ead
Quantity: 500 plus photographs and negatives, 3 STA Photo Files
Location: STA Photo File
Language: English

Historical Note

James Andrew Dodd was born on July 20, 1917 and died on January 27, 1984. His grandparents, Patrick Andrew and Mary Agness Beahl came to Texas with the railroad in 1884 and ultimately to Kingsville in 1905 when the St. Louis, Brownsville and Mexico line came to south Texas. Mr. Horan worked for the railroad and Mrs. Horan opened a boarding house. Ultimately, they operated the King’s Inn which was located next to the train depot on the corner of 6th Street and Kleberg Avenue. They had three daughters and one son. One of their daughter Ellen was widowed at an early age and remarried Earl B. Dodd came to Kingsville from Illinois to first manage the Kingsville Commission Company and then became manager of the Central Power and Light Company until his death in 1948. The Dodd’s had two children, one was Jimmy Dodd. James Andrew Dodd was popularly known as Jimmy Dodd and was remembered by all Kingsville as a photographer. He learned his trade from a local photographer named Kingston. After graduating from high school he worked as a mascot for the Missouri Pacific Railroad. In 1935 Dodd took photography as a hobby and was able to purchase a used Auto Graphlex camera with a $250 loan from King Ranch president Robert Kleberg, Jr. For the next forty years Dodd worked as a photographer throughout South Texas while living in Kingsville. He photographed weddings, community pageants, school activities, political rallies, and other social and cultural events. He took many photographs on the King Ranch from 1935 to the early 1950s, a time when other photographers had difficulty getting access to the ranch. He photographed ranch life, as well as the Klebergs' public life and several of the famous personalities who visited there, including Will Rogers, Anne Baxter, and Nelson Rockefeller. For many years Dodd was the photographer for the Kingsville Police Department. Other significant subjects that he photographed include the Texas City disaster in 1947, the opening of the Shamrock Hotel in Houston in 1948, Professional Golfers Association tour events in Texas in the 1940s and 1950s, and the Missouri Pacific Railroad in the Corpus Christi-Kingsville area. His professional memberships included the American Professional Photographers Association and the Texas Professional Photographers Association. Dodd belonged to Saint Gertrude's Catholic Church in Kingsville, was a charter member of the Kingsville Knights of Columbus, and was a member of the Confederate Air Force. He moved to Kerrville in the early 1970s and continued working, despite health problems. He never married. Dodd died of heart failure on January 27, 1984, in Kerrville. In 1983 the Barker Texas History Center at the University of Texas at Austin acquired his negative files, which consisted of 23,000 negatives dating from 1937 to 1967.

Scope and Contents

The collection includes photographs and negatives of Kingsville, Riviera and the surrounding areas. Dodd was a stringer for the Kingsville Record and the Corpus Christi Caller Times, his interest was in capturing newsworthy photographs. He captured images of buildings such as King’s Inn, Hotel Buena Vista, and Texas A& I University. The port of Corpus Christi, the King Ranch house and grounds, the Missouri Pacific Railroad and the naval military installation were subjects he shot and archived. Storefronts in Kingsville, local baseball teams, parades, carnivals and the machinery at the Celanese plant sparked his interest. The region of South Texas was growing in population and industry at the time that Dodd was photographing local events. Jimmie Dodd ran a photographic studio in Kingsville, Texas, along with his work for the local newspapers. He worked as a photographer for the Kingsville Police department, capturing pictures of automobile accidents, hurricane damage, train derailments, and crime scenes. He stood five feet tall, his small size a point people remembered. Robert Kleberg Jr. was a friend and loaned Dodd money to buy his first camera. Jimmie Dodd’s personality and skill as a photographer opened the door for encounters with the rich and famous that came to visit King Ranch, the Naval Air Station and the bustling Port of Corpus Christi.



The photographs are arranged in the order they were received.

Index Terms

Dodd, James (Jimmie) Andrew, 1917-1984
Eisenhower, Dwight D. (Dwight David), 1890-1969
Johnson, Lyndon B. (Lyndon Baines), 1908-1973
Kleberg, Robert Justus, 1896-1974
Kleberg, Helen Campbell, 1902-1963
Presley, Elvis, 1935-1977
Rogers, Roy, 1911-1998
Rogers, Will, 1879-1935
Roosevelt, Franklin D. (Franklin Delano), 1882-1945
King Ranch (Tex.)
Texas A& I University
Missouri Pacific Railroad Company
American Professional Photographers Association
Texas Professional Photographers Association
Saint Gertrude's Catholic Church Kingsville, TX
Knights of Columbus
Geographical Names
Alice (Tex.)
Bishop (Tex.)
Kingsville (Tex.)
Riviera (Tex.)
Cattle trade
Church buildings
Fire Departments
Funeral rites and ceremonies
Law enforcement
Mexican Americans
Photographers – Texas
Ranches and ranching