University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

Ferguson (Henry Noel) Photograph Collection, 1847, 1889, 1931-1968, 1980

Descriptive Summary

Creator Ferguson (Henry Noel)
Title: Ferguson (Henry Noel) Photograph Collection
Dates: 1847, 1889, 1931-1968, 1980
Abstract: The Henry Noel Ferguson Photograph Collection, 1847, 1889, 1931-1968, 1980, was collected by Ferguson to illustrate his magazine, newspaper articles, and his book The Port of Brownsville: A Maritime History of the Rio Grande (1976).
Accession No.: 86-268
Extent: 1 foot, 3 inches: 993 photographic prints in color and black and white, 19 negatives, 9 postcards
Language Materials are in English.
Repository Dolph Briscoe Center for American History,The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Note

Henry Noel Ferguson (1909-1984) worked for the Brownsville Navigation District and was a freelance writer. In addition to articles he also wrote a book, The Port of Brownsville: a Maritime History of the Rio Grande (1976).

Scope and Contents

The Henry Noel Ferguson Photograph Collection, 1847, 1889, 1931-1968, 1980, was collected by Ferguson to illustrate his magazine, newspaper articles, and his book The Port of Brownsville: A Maritime History of the Rio Grande (1976). Sources include the National Archives, the National Park service and various museums and other state, federal and local agencies. Particularly well-documented are United States historic sites, monuments, state and national parks, events, and prominent persons, but the collection also contains photographs from Canada and other parts of the world.


Organization and Arrangement:

The majority of the photographs are captioned and undated and have been arranged in groups to reflect their association with the article they illustrated. Each group of photographs has been assigned a subject. However, the photographs in each group may include a wide range of images that reflect the content of the article. For example, the group of photographs concerning Stephen Collins Foster also contains images of the Suwannee River. Similarly, a photograph of Boquillas, Mexico, is found in the group of photographs of Big Bend National Park. Photographs of cemeteries, forts, missions, houses, and other buildings are filed under place. Those photographs that were used to illustrate the author's book are filed under Brownsville, Texas. Because the book treats not only the development of Brownsville, but also the history of the Rio Grand region, this group also contains images of such Rio Grande sites as Roma, Texas, and Bagdad, and Guerrero, Mexico, as well as a photo of the Bessie, the last steamboat that operated on the Rio Grande River. A bibliography appended to the inventory lists citations to the articles.


Access Restrictions

Prints are open for reserch use, negatives are restricted. Please contact Photo Archivist for more information.

Index Terms

Armes, Jay J.
Atchison, David Rice
Boone, Daniel
Brady, Matthew (photographer)
Bridger, James
Chapman, John
Columbus, Christopher
Dempsey, Jack
Diaz, Porfirio
Eisenhower, Dwight David
Emmons, Kenneth
Ferree, Frank
Ford, John Salmon "Rip"
Foster, Stephen Collins
French, Daniel Chester
Gorgas, William C.
Grant, Ulysses Simpson
Hughes, John Reynolds
Johnson, Claudia Alta Taylor
Kendall, George Wilkins
Kennedy, John Fitzgerald
Labiche, Emeline
Levy, Uriah Phillips
Lincoln, Abraham
Lincoln, Mary Todd
Lincoln, Robert Todd
Logan, John A.
Mead, George Gordon
Parkhurst, Charley Darkey
Pershing, John J.
Polk, James K.
Rodriguez, Johnny
Santa Anna, Antonio Lopez de
Scott, Winfield
Stillman, Charles
Taylor, Zachary
Thoreau, Henry David
Truman, Bess
Truman, Harry S.
Villa, Francisco "Pancho"
Washington, George
Brownsville, Texas
El Paso, Texas
Fort Davis, Texas
Fort Sam Houston, Texas
Kerrville, Texas
Muleshoe, Texas
Roma, Texas
San Antonio, Texas
Weches, Texas
Eureka Springs, Arkansas
San Francisco, California
Fort Jefferson, Florida
Saint Augustine, Florida
Saint Martinville, Louisiana
Fort McHenry, Maryland
Biloxi, Mississippi
Jackson, Mississippi
Natchez, Mississippi
Tupelo, Mississippi
Branson, Missouri
Washington, D.C.
Goreme, Jordan
Corregidor Island, Phillipines
Urgup, Turkey
Acadians in Louisiana
American Automobile Association
Arlington National Cemetary
Banks and Banking
Bees and honey
Big Bend National Park
Big Bend (region)
Bison, American
Blue Licks Battlefield State Park (Kentucky)
Boll weevils
Cabrillo National Monument (California)
Cal Farley's Boys Ranch
Carlsbad Caverns National Park (New Mexico)
Cattle drives and trails
Chisos Mountains
Crime and criminals
El Capitan (Culberson County)
El Morro National Monument (New Mexico)
Flora and fauna
Forts and fortifications
Guadalupe Mountains National Park
Historic buildings and sites-Mississippi
Houses and housing-Louisiana
Houses and housing-Mississippi
Houses and housing-Virginia
Ice cream
Indians of Mexico
Katmai National Monument (Alaska)
Lincoln Memorial (Washington D.C.)
Loghorn Cavern
Manheim Caverns (Kentucky)
Mines and mining-Gold
Monticello (Virginia)
Monuments and memorials
Mount Vernon (Virginia)
Music and musicians
Natchez Trace Parkway
Natchez Trace (road)
Niagara Falls
Nuetro Senora de la Purisima Concepcion de Acuna Mission
Padre Island
Paro Duro Canyon State Park
Polny Express
Port of Brownsville Navigation District
Rio Grande
Roving Volunteers in Christ's Service
Salvation Army
San Francisco de los Tejas
Tarahumara Indians
Texas Rangers
Tumacacori National Monument
U.S. Department of Treasury, Secret Service Division
U.S. Presidents
U.S. Smithsonian Institution
University of Texas McDonald Observatory
White House
Wycliffe Bible Translators

Administrative Information

Donated by Doris Ferguson.

Preferred Citation:

Ferguson (Henry Noel) Photograph Collection, 1847, 1889, 1931-1968, 1980, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, University of Texas at Austin.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Mattie Sink, September 1988.

Subsequent revisions were made by Evan Usler, October 2011.

Detailed Description of the Collection



3Y511 People:
Armes, Jay J.-Emmons, Kenneth
Ferree, Frank-Logan, John A.
Meade, George, Gordon-Wrigley, William Jr.
United States:
Maryland-Brownsville and Rio Grande region, Texas
3Y512 Cal Farley's Boys Ranch, Tascosa, Texas-Weches, Texas
Virginia-West Virginia
National and State Parks, National Monuments and natural areas:
Big Bend National Park
3Y513 Blue Licks Battlefield State Park-Longhorn Caverns
Mammoth Cave National Park-Yosemite National Park
3Y514 Subjects:
American Automobile Association and automobiles-Animals
Banks and Banking-Cattle drives and trails
Crime and criminals-Ice cream
Insects-Mailing lists
3Y515 Mayflower and the Pilgrims-Pets
Plants-President's Wives
Quicksand-Seven Wonders of the World
Smithsonian Institution-Tarahumara Indians
3Y516 Texas Rangers-Wycliffe Bible Translators
Unidentified photographs