University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

Darryl Heikes Photographs, circa 1960-2001

Creator Heikes, Darryl
Title: Darryl Heikes photographs
Dates: circa 1960-2001
Abstract: For decades, Darryl Heikes' photographs appeared in leading publications worldwide including on the front pages of the New York Times, the New York Daily News, the Washington Post, and the covers of U. S. News and World Report. The collection includes transparencies, negatives, contact sheets and prints spanning Heikes' career as a photojournalist.
Identification: urn:taro:utexas.cah.01224
Extent: 32 linear feet
Language: Materials are written in English.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

Biographical Note

For decades, Darryl Heikes' photographs appeared in leading publications worldwide including on the front pages of the New York Times, the New York Daily News, the Washington Post, and the covers of U. S. News and World Report. Throughout his career, many of his photographs have won awards from the White House News Photographers Association, Picture of the Year Competition, and World Press. Selections from his UPI work were published in Picture This! The Inside Story and Classic Photos of UPI Newspictures by Gary Haynes.

Heikes began his career in photojournalism taking photographs for the Salina High School newspaper in Kansas. While enrolled as a student at Kansas State University, Heikes was a stringer for United Press International (UPI), Associated Press (AP), the Kansas City Star, Topeka Capital Journal, and the Salina Journal. After receiving his degree in journalism in 1960, he joined the photographic staff at the Salina Journal.

In 1961, UPI recruited Heikes to work as a wire service photographer. For the next twenty years he worked in Kansas City; Oklahoma City; Austin, Texas, on contract with the Austin American-Statesman; Dallas, Texas, on contract with the Dallas Times Herald; Madison, Wisconsin (1964-1965); Minneapolis (1966-1967); and Washington, D.C. (1967-1981).

In 1981, Heikes began covering the White House for U.S. News and World Report. He traveled with Presidents Johnson and Nixon to Russia and the Middle East. He covered President Ford's summit with world leaders in Finland, President Carter's Middle East shuttle diplomacy, President Reagan's Finland summit with Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev, and President George H. W. Bush's trips to meet with world leaders. He was present at the funeral of Japanese Emperor Hirohito, President Clinton's summits with Russian President Boris Yeltsin, and most of the G7.

Heikes covered national political conventions from 1968 to 1996, as well as the political campaigns of George McGovern and Richard Nixon in 1972, Jimmy Carter in 1976 and 1980, Gerald Ford in 1976, Ronald Reagan in 1984, Walter Mondale in 1984, George H.W. Bush in 1988 and 1992, Michael Dukakis in 1988, Bill Clinton in 1992 and 1996, and Bob Dole in 1996.

Heikes also excelled at sports photography, most notably while covering the Olympics in Mexico City, Munich, and Montreal. He captured Bob Beamon's world record-breaking long jump in 1968; Jim Ryun's tragic fall and Russian gymnast Olga Korbut in 1972; and Romanian gymnast Nadia Comenci in 1976. Following the Israeli athletes massacre in Munich, he photographed the negotiations between the terrorists and German officials. Darryl Heikes retired in 2001 and died in 2018.

Scope and Contents

The collection includes transparencies, negatives, contact sheets and prints spanning Heikes' career as a photojournalist. From his work as a feature, sports, and spot news photographer for UPI to his tenure as a White House photographer for U.S. News and World Report, it serves as a rich and extensive visual documentation of the political and social history of the United States from the 1960s through 2001.


Conditions Governing Access

The majority of this collection is stored remotely. Advance notice required for retrieval. Contact repository for retrieval.

Conditions Governing Use

Darryl Heikes retains copyright to his images.

Index Terms

Personal Names
Bush, George, 1924-
Carter, Jimmy, 1924-....
Clinton, Bill, 1946-....
Heikes, Darryl
Reagan, Ronald
Washington, D.C.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Darryl Heikes Photographs, circa 1960-2001, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.

Archivist's Note

The majority of this collection is minimally processed. A selection of Mr. Heikes's images can be found online here.

Accession Numbers

2006-031; 2007-205; 2007-187, 2013-099

Detailed Description of the Collection

Photographic Material

2006-031/1 [12607150] Personalities A-Carter
2006-031/2 [12606409] Personalities Cranston-H
2006-031/3 [12614826] Personalities H-L
2006-031/4 [12614848] Personalities M-P
2006-031/5 [12615002] Personalities R-S
Billing Packets, June-August 1994
2006-031/6 [12606431] Billing Packets, September 1994-August 1995
2006-031/7 [12604470] Billing Packets, October 1995-December 1996
Personalities T
2006-031/8 [12614859] Personalities U-Z
January-June 1992
2006-031/9 [12606442] July-September 1992
2006-031/10 [12606362] Pres. Bush, October 1992-January 1993
Pres. Clinton, December 1992-January 1993
2006-031/11 [12614815] Pres. Clinton, February-June 1993
2006-031/12 [12606464] Pres. Clinton, July 1993-March 1994
2006-031/13 [12606395] January 1990
January-July 1991
February 1992
April 1994
2006-031/14 [12614837] Pres. Bush, February-October 1990
2006-031/15 [12606511] Pres. Bush, November-December 1990
Pres. Bush, January-June 1989
2006-031/16 [12606475] Pres. Bush, July-December 1989
August 1987
Democratic Convention, July 1988
Military Training Camp
Shuttle Launch
2006-031/17 [12606533] Pres. Reagan, 1981-1983
2006-031/18 [12604469] Pres. Reagan, 1983
2006-031/19 [12606486] Heikes' selects, Reagan-Clinton, 1981-1997
2006-031/20 [12606453] Pres. Reagan, 1985-1987
2006-031/21 [12606410] Pres. Reagan, 1987-1989
Pres. Bush, July-August 1988
2006-031/22 [12606384] Bush/Quayle, September-December 1988
Negatives and contact sheets
2006-031/22 [12606384] Pres. Bush, 1989-1990
2006-031/23 [12604480] Including Pres. Bush and Pres. Reagan, 1987-1993
2006-031/24 [12606522] 1992
2006-031/25 [12606420] Including Pres. Bush and Pres. Clinton, 1993-1994
2006-031/26 [12604458] 1993-1994
2006-031/19 [12606486] 1993-1994
3So34d [SRH1230022176] Prints, 11x14 and smaller
Eisenhower on birthday, 1959
H. Ross Perot
Reagan visit to Berlin, April 23-25, 1987
Presidents and First Ladies, mostly featuring Carter through George W. Bush, focus on George H.W. Bush
Various news assignments
2.325/T18A [SRH1230002417] Prints, 16x20
Presidents, primarily Nixon and Johnson
General news assignments
U.S. News and World Report with Heikes on cover, signed by colleagues
4Jb42a [22882570] Scrapbooks
"A Deadline Every Minute," Darryl Heikes art exhibit, Kansas State Student Union, 2006
Mounted prints, including White House News Photographers Association contest entries
4Jb42a [22882570] "Anwar Sadat", 1978
"Sheepshead Bay, ME," lobsterman and mate in dingy, 1988/08/27
Pres. Reagan and Soviet Pres. Gorbachev leave failing Summit, 1986/10/12
Nancy Reagan arrives to see Pres. Reagan after he was shot, George Washington University, 1981/04/01
Pres. Bush plays softball with press corps and secret service, Kennebunk, Maine, August 1992
Young Bush supporter with face painted, 1992/11/01
Billy Carter testifies on dealings with Libya, 1980/08/21
"Really Gary I'm Going To Win," Sen. Gary Hart and Walter Mondale, 1984/10/22
"Dad's Wandering Eyes," A Man watches a bikini clad girl, 1989/08/21
"Good Ole' Boys," Kentucky, 1984/08/28
"Sharing Sadness" Young couple weeps at dedication of Vietnam Memorial, 1982/11/11
"Security?" Followers of Nation of Islam guard church for Yosef Hawkins' funeral
"Spelling Boredom" Two national spelling bee finalists wait for turn, 1986/05/29
"A Reaching Hand," assistant holding scrim reaches out toward model on other side
"There's a Bag Lady Under There," bag lady in rain gear near Washington Monument
"Two Sisters Share A Bubble", August 1978
"Patron Saint of the Homeless," Mitch Snyder, 1984/12/28
"Crying for a Job," Detroit sign board walker dressed like Charlie Chaplin, March 1983
"True Colors," Showing support for U.S. Hockey team at Winter Olympics, 1998/02/17
"I Know, I Know," Sen. Jesse Helms at news conference, 1986/09/12
"Defiant," Col. Oliver North at investigation into Iran Contra, 1987/07/14
"Blah to You," Chief Justice Rehnquist sticks tongue out after close confirmation, 1986/09/18
"Too Young to Pray," Islamic marchers at demonstration, 1979
"Cold Shoulder," Vice Pres. Al Gore turns back on Speaker Tom Foley
"World Series of Poker," Las Vegas, 1988/05/01
"Taming the West's Wild Horses,", 1989/03/10
"First Cup of Coffee," Lobster fishing, 1988/08/24
"Men of Butcher Holler,", 1984/08/28
"The Hat," Gorbachev has trouble with his hat, 1986/10/10
"Lobsterman's Dinner,", 1988/08/27
"Lobstermen Forever,", 1989/08/23
"Brownsville, TX, USA," illegal aliens, 1984/02/28
"Home Sweet Home," Cameron Park, TX, 1984/02/28
"Death Row," Angola State Prison, 1985/03/14
"It's Not Like Home," Jessup State Prison, 1981/08/27
"Mixed Emotions," Reagan, Nixon, Ford, Mrs. Reagan, Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter, 1981/10/18
"Remembering," AIDS quilt display, 1989/10/06
"On Death Row", 1985/03/14
"Not the Devil," laser scientist, 1986/10/17
"Blue and Red Hands," laser scientist, 1986/10/17
"Sleeping Is Better Than Working," Juarez, Mexico, February 1983
"Always On the Left," Sen. Ted Kennedy, 1994/10/20
"Tiny Muscles," Michael Dukakis, October 1989
"There's A Bag Lady Under There", January 1982
"Grate Person," homeless person Sam Rogers sitting on grate, January 1982
"Hard Time," inmate at Jessup Prison, 1981/08/27
"Duin' Time," Jessup State Prison, 1981
"An Eyeful," Jessup Prison, 1981/08/27
"Just Showing Off," French jets over Utah Beach, Normandy, 1984/06/06
"Desert Duty," Kuwaiti Desert, 1994/10/28
"So What Can I Say?" Prime Minister Begin at Meeting of the Kinnessett
"Remembering," Vietnam Memorial Dedication, 1982/11/11
"Nyet," Russian Foreign Minister Kozyrev, 1993/10/03
"Just Resting," Rep. Claude Pepper
"George Meany, Hat and Tree", 1978/12/18
"Tired and Out," Deputy Secretary of the Treasury Roger Altman
"I've Got the Vote," Senate Majority Leader George Mitchell
"He Did It," Sen. Bob Dole and other Senate and White House officials
"Trouble Ahead," Zoe Baird, 1992/12/24
"Puppy Love," Pres. Bush and dog Millie's puppy, 1989/03/29
"Getting The Point," Pres. Carter, Pres. Sadat of Egypt, 1979/03/08
"At Days End," Lobstermen row home, 1988/08/26
"Ouch!" Ecuadorian marathoner winces, 1987/08/09
"Pres. Reagan in front of U.S. flag", February 1982
"Crisis," Pres. Bush reacts to Soviets balking at arms treaty, 1990/06/01
"Widow of Pilot Killed in the Gulf War", 1991/06/08
"Joan and Ted's Last Hurrah," Joan and Ted Kennedy at Democratic convention, August 1980
"Happier Daze," New York Gov. Cuomo and Pres. Clinton
"The Prez Rocks," Pres. Bush plays guitar with B. B. King, 1989/01/21
"Still Swinging," Pres. Carter play softball, 1985/08/31
3X139 [23464860] "Kiss Me," Barbara Bush and Pres. Bush, 1990/04/21
"Turkey Time," Bush and White House turkey, 1990/11/14
"A Face In The Crowd," Bush and foster children, 1990/05/21
"My Time," Naval Academy grad with Pres. Bush, 1992/05/27
"Up You Go," Bush lifts baby, 1989/09/20
"Republican Party's Future," Bush supporters at Wisconsin rally, 1992/10/31
"News at Dusk," Bush news conference, 1990/02/15
"Riding High," Bush re-election campaign, 1992/03/01
"Sitting Pretty," Quayle in Oval Office
"I See the Future," Bush speaks about economy, 1992/10/29
"She Really Cares," Barbara Bush comforts handicapped child, 1990/01/26
"Loudmouth," John Sununu yells, 1990/02/06
"All Is Lost," Bush walks toward Oval Office, 1992/08/07
"It's All Over," Bush looks at concession speech, 1992/11/03
"The Gift," Naval Academy grad and Pres. Bush, 1992/05/27
"Bite the Balloon," Bush on his birthday, 1989/06/12
"President and Mrs. Bush After Inauguration", 1989/01/20
"Mutual Admiration," Barbara and Pres. Bush applaud one another, 1990/06/01
"Looking For Heaven's Help," Bush at campaign rally, 10/28/92
"I've Got A Secret," Sen. Packwood whispers in Tres. Sec. Brady's Ear
"Too Hot" Bush eating hot pancake, 1992/09/06
"Approving Looks" Bermuda children with Pres. Bush flying kite, 1990/04/13
"Presidential Pet" Pres. Bush with dog Ranger, 1990/09/07
"Running Man" Bush jogging, 1990/11/16
"A Birthday Tangle," Bush and balloons
"Diehard Supporters," Bush speaks in rainstorm, 1992/09/05
Untitled, Pres. And Mrs. Bush
"Puckered Up," Pres. and Barbara Bush, 1990/04/21
"Flags," Bush campaigns in Missouri, 8/4/92
"I Can't Hear You," Vice Pres. Bush plugs his ears, 1988/08/16
"Skeptic," Barbara and Pres. Bush, 1988/08/07
"The Chairman Jams," Lee Atwater at party, 1989/01/21
Determination," Bush golfing in rain, 1990/04/29
"The Whites of His Eyes," John Sununu and successor Sam Skinner, 1991/12/05
"A Little Help for A Friend," Bush helps Sec. Jim Baker, 1990/04/14

Printed Material

2006-031/27 [12606351] Air Force One Certificates
4A225b [SRH1230025516] Ephemera, maps, pamphlets

Manuscript Material

2006-031/27 [12606351] Publications containing Heikes' work
2007-205/1 [12606373] Briefing books
President of the United States Pre-advance to Bonn, West Berlin, Rome and Venice, April 22, 1987-May 1, 1987
The Trip of President Reagan to Helsinki, The Moscow Summit and London, May 25, 1988-June 3, 1988
The White House Photographers Working Group: President Bush's Trip to Japan, Korea, Singapore, Australia and Hawaii, November 28, 1991-December 7, 1991
The Trip of President Reagan to the Bonn Economic Summit, Spain, The European Parliament and Portugal, April 30, 1985-May 10, 1985
Book manuscript, 57 Years of Presidential Photography and Stops Along the Way

Digital Material

3R39a [SRH1230019401] CD of images scanned by Darryl Heikes
First ladies at the Reagan Library
George and Barbara Bush in Maine


2006-031/27 [12606351] Artifacts