University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

Chalberg (Russell) Photograph Collection

Descriptive Summary

Creator Chalberg (Russell)
Title Chalberg (Russell) Photograph Collection
Dates: 1923-ca.1965
Abstract Images from around Texas taken by the Ellison Photographic Studio in Austin, ca. 1923-1965.
Extent 1 foot, 9inches; 197 black and white negatives, 154 black and white prints, 8 templates
Language English.
Repository Dolph Briscoe Center for American HistoryThe University of Texas at Austin

Scope and Contents

Russell Chalberg purchased the Ellison Photographic Studio in Austin in the 1960s from Alfred Ellison. The bulk of the 13,000 negatives and prints from the studio which had been operated in Austin from the 1870s to the early 1950s, deals with Austin and Travis County and is currently housed at the Austin History Center while remaining prints and negatives representing the years 1923-ca. 1965 in areas other than Travis County were donated to the Barker Texas History Center. More than half of the negatives included are of unidentified persons from Dripping Springs circa 1946 arranged by the letter assigned to each roll of film by the photographer. Also included are group portraits of Liberty Hill High School banquets 1946 and 1948; officials of Shell Oil 1953; the Texas Classroom Teachers Association 1949; and shots of the activities surrounding a wedding reception in Walburg. The collection contains in addition photographs of missions and other historic sites in Texas as well as some taken for the Pedernales Electric Cooperative and several Texas construction firms. The most recent items are a set of contact prints of Lyndon Johnson at a press conference in the mid-1960s which are very similar to those housed in the LBJ Library.



Where possible, the photographer’s original order was used. The photographs and negatives fall into three broad categories: 10 portraiture and group shots, 20 scenery, and 30 copy photography.


Access Restrictions

Unrestricted access.

Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Johnson, Lyndon Baines
Johnson, Claudia Alta (Lady Bird)Taylor
Troutman, Johanna
Carrizo Springs
Dripping Springs
Fort Hood
La Grange
Washington-on-the Brazos
Hobbs, New Mexico
Aerial photographs
Alamo, Siege of the
Architectural drawings
Bastrop State Park
Blanco River
Business and commerce
Construction and development
Dining and dining rooms
Electric power
Goliad Massacre
Historic buildings and sites
Liberty Hill High School
Longhorn Cavern
Monuments and memorials
Nuestra Senora de la Purisima Concepcion de Acuna Mission
Nuestra Senora del Espiritı Santo de Zuniga Mission
Pedernales River
Huston College (Austin)
San Elizario Presidio
San Francisco de la Espada Mission
San Jacinto Monument
San Jose y San Miguel de Aguayo Mission
San Juan Capistrano Mission
San Marcos High School
Street scenes
Teachers and teaching
Texas Classroom Teachers Association
U. S. Army

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Chalberg (Russell) Photograph Collection, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, University of Texas at Austin.

Detailed Description of the Collection

3Y190 Dripping Springs Portraits (unidentified), 1946
Texas Classroom Teachers' Association, 1949
Liberty Hill High School Banquet, 1946, 1948
LBJ Contact prints (n.d.)

3Y191 Shell Pipeline (meetings 1-19-53 and 7-23-53)
Walburg Wedding (n.d.)
142nd and 143rd Infantry, 1923
Chesterfields at Samuel Huston College (n.d.)
Pedernales Electric Cooperative (n.d.)
C. L. Boydston machinery, 4-14-50
Larson Construction Co., Buda Bridge, 10-26-56
C. S. Spelling Pedernales River (bridge construction), 1947 San Marcos High School, 9-9-53
Texas Missions and Churches (n.d.)
San Elizaro
San Francisco de la Espada
San Jose
San Juan
Bastrop State Park
Blanco River
Longhorn Cavern

3Y192 Cityscapes
Templates for postcards, greeting cards
Copy photos of architectural drawing
Copy photos of historic personages
Copy photos of historic sites
Copy photos of aerial views