University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the Icons of American Photography Collection, 1927-1970

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Avery, Sid, photographer.
Creator: Cherry, Vivian, 1920-, photographer.
Creator: Filo, John, photographer.
Creator: Gomel, Robert, photographer.
Creator: Iwasaki, Carl, photographer.
Creator: Louw, Joseph, photographer.
Creator: Moore, Charles, 1931-2010, photographer.
Creator: Mydans, Carl, photographer.
Creator: Schapiro, Steve, photographer.
Creator: Schutzer, Paul, photographer.
Creator: Villet, Grey, photographer.
Creator: University of Texas at Austin. Center for American History, collector.
Title: Icons of American Photography Collection
Dates: 1927-1970
Abstract: The Icons of American Photography Collection is a collection of key American photographs gathered by the Dolph Briscoe Center for American History.
Accession No.: 2011-267; 2012-217; 2013-235; 2014-192
Extent: 15 photographic prints
Language: Materials are written in English.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Historical Note

The Icons of American Photography Collection was established in 2011 by the Dolph Briscoe Center for American History to catalog iconic American photography collected by the institution. In contrast to traditional archival collections, the collection consists of individual photographs by photographers. The collection will continue to expand over time with incoming accessions.

Scope and Contents

As of 2014, the Icons of American Photography Collection consists of fifteen iconic American photographs collected by the Dolph Briscoe Center for American History. Photographers represented in the collection include Grey Villet, Steve Schapiro, Robert (Bob) Gomel, Paul Schutzer, Joseph Louw, Carl Iwasaki, John Filo, Vivian Cherry, Carl Mydans, Sid Avery and Charles Moore. Subjects documented in the photographs include the Brown sisters of the Brown vs. Board of Education lawsuit, the Kent State Massacre, Martin Luther King, Jr., the Freedom Riders, the 1965 Selma-to-Montgomery March, Rosa Parks, Dorothy Day at an anti-nuclear bomb demonstration, Charles Lindbergh’s transatlantic flight, World War II, and Malcolm X. The collection will continue to expand with new accessions.



Photographs are described at item level and arranged chronologically.


Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research use.

Use Restrictions

Photographers and photo agencies retain copyright on all materials in this collection. Written permission must be obtained from copyright holder to publish from the collection.

Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Ali, Muhammad, 1942---Photographs.
Day, Dorothy, 1897-1980--Photographs.
King, Martin Luther, Jr., 1929-1968--Photographs.
Lindbergh, Charles A. (Charles Augustus), 1902-1974--Photographs.
Parks, Rosa, 1913-2005--Photographs.
Taylor, Elizabeth, 1932-2011--Photographs.
X, Malcolm 1925-1965--Photographs.
Anti-war demonstrations--United States--Photographs.
Civil rights--United States--1950-1960--Photographs.
Freedom Rides, 1961--Photographs.
Kent State Shootings, Kent, Ohio, 1970--Photographs.
World War, 1939-1945--Photographs.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Icons of American Photography Collection, 1927-1970, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Amy Bowman in December 2011 and March 2014.

Detailed Description of the Collection

2AA48 Photographic prints, 1927-1970
Charles Lindbergh in crowds following his successful transatlantic flight, London, National Geographic, 1927
2AA12 Loungers hang around the Duval Club Lunchroom in Freer, Texas, 1937
2AA48 Roustabouts in Freer, Texas, photographed by Carl Mydans, 1937
Japanese surrender on board the U.S.S. Missouri in Tokyo Bay, photographed by Carl Mydans, September 2, 1945
Brown sisters walk to school, Topeka, Kansas, photographed by Carl Iwasaki, 1953
Elizabeth Taylor sunning herself on the Marfa, Texas, set of Giant, photographed by Sid Avery, 1955
Martin Luther King at police headquarters, Montgomery, Alabama, photographed by Grey Villet, 1958
Dorothy Day picketing against the atomic bomb, New York, photographed by Vivian Cherry, 1959
Freedom riders Julia Aaron and David Dennis sitting onboard a bus as they and 25 others are escorted by two National Guardsmen holding bayonets on way from Montgomery, Alabama, to Jackson, Mississippi, photographed by Paul Schutzer, May 1961
Black Muslim leader Malcolm X photographing Cassius Clay surrounded by fans after he beat Sonny Liston, Miami, Florida, photographed by Bob Gomel, February 1964
Summer of 1964 Freedom Bus, photographed by Steve Schapiro, 1964
Rosa Parks, Selma, 1965
Dr. Martin Luther King assassination, Memphis, Tennessee, photographed by Joseph Louw, April 4, 1968
Mary Vecchio grieving over slain student, Kent State, photographed by John Filo, May 4, 1970
Alabama State Troopers beating civil rights marchers in Selma, Alabama, photographed by Charles Moore, 1965