University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

David Valdez Photographic Archive, 1907-2013 (bulk 1967-2012)



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Valdez, David, 1949-
Title: David Valdez photographic archive
Dates: 1907-2013,
Dates (Bulk): (bulk 1967-2012)
Abstract: This archive documents Valdez's career as official photographer for President George H. W. Bush, as well as his work for the Department of Housing and Urban Development and Walt Disney Attractions. Materials include prints, slides, negatives, manuscript and printed materials, clippings and tear sheets, audiovisual and digital media, and artifacts.
Identification: urn:taro:utexas.cah.03438
Extent: 83 linear feet
Language: English .
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Note

David Valdez was born on June 1, 1949, in Alice, Texas. After graduating from high school in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Valdez enlisted in the U. S. Air Force, where he was trained as a photographer. He served with the 836th Combat Support Group for four years, and then earned a BA in journalism from the University of Maryland at College Park. While he was a student there, Valdez was employed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) as a photographer. He left the federal government to become chief photographer for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. In 1983, he became personal photographer to then-Vice President George H. W. Bush. In 1988, President Bush appointed Valdez director of the White House Photo Office. During this administration, Valdez traveled to 75 countries and all 50 states with the president. In 1997, Valdez published George Herbert Walker Bush: A Photographic Profile.

Valdez was appointed general manager of photography for Walt Disney Attractions in 1993. In 2001, he became special assistant to the HUD assistant secretary. From 2003 to 2010, Valdez was the director of visual and electronic information for HUD's assistant secretary for public affairs. Valdez donated his archive to the Briscoe Center in 2012.


Scope and Contents

The David Valdez Photographic Archive covers the length of Valdez's career, from his earliest work for the U. S. Air Force through his federal and presidential photography and his work for Walt Disney Attractions. Themes reflected in Valdez's work for the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) include urban planning and construction, disaster responses, community development and labor and housing rights. Valdez's photography for the independent U.S. Chamber of Commerce and its publications is documented in the collection. The collection also contains numerous images of President George H. W. Bush, his wife Barbara and family, and other significant political figures during the Reagan and Bush administrations. Valdez's continued involvement with the Bush family, the Republican Party and the Bush Presidential Library and Museum is present in the collection as well. Valdez's body of work also includes marketing photography and video produced for Walt Disney Attractions and his digital photographic artworks and personal photography.

The archive contains a broad range of media, including prints, transparencies, negatives, and audiovisual and digital materials created by Valdez throughout his career. Additional materials in the archive include correspondence; tear sheets and publications featuring his photography; presidential schedules, itineraries and travel materials; and White House and Disney memorabilia and artifacts.


Organization and Arrangement

The papers are arranged chronologically into eight series:
  • I. U.S. Air Force and university, 1967-1979
  • II. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), 1962-1984 and 2001-2010
  • III. U.S. Chamber of Commerce, 1972-1984 (bulk 1983-1984)
  • IV. White House, 1907-2010 (bulk 1983-1993)
  • V. Walt Disney Attractions, 1986-2001 (bulk circa 1993-2000)
  • VI. Post-White House activities, 1976-2013 (bulk 1993-2010)
  • VII. Personal, circa 1954-2012
  • VIII. Artifacts

Restrictions

Conditions Governing Access

A portion of this collection is stored remotely; contact repository in advance for retrieval. Access to some digital materials requires an appointment; contact repository for more information.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright restrictions may apply; contact repository for more information.


Index Terms

Personal Names
Bush, Barbara, 1925-2018
Bush, George Prescott 1976-
Bush, George W. (George Walker), 1946-
Bush, George, 1924-
Reagan, Ronald
Valdez, David, 1949-
Corporate Names
Chamber of Commerce of the United States of America.
United States. Air Force
United States. Department of Housing and Urban Development
White House News Photographers Association
Subjects
Photographers
Photography
Presidents
Vice-Presidents
Places
Baltimore
Florida
Kennebunkport
Maine
Maryland
United States
Walt Disney World Resort
Washington, D.C.
Document Types
Photographs

Separated Material

Some books have been separated to the Library Unit, and one pamphlet has been separated to the subject vertical files. Artifacts have been separated to the Artifact Collection in the Exhibits and Material Culture Unit. Please contact the photograph archivist for more information and a listing of items.


Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

David Valdez Photographic Archive, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.

Accession Number(s)

2013-080; 2013-121; 2014-070; 2015-002

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Ashleigh Kuertz, 2014.


Archivist's Note

Materials in this collection are first arranged into chronological series based upon the office or department in which Valdez was employed, and then arranged into subseries based on the type or format of material within each series. Some items have been removed from binders, boxes or slide carousels and are identified and stored with a photocopy of the binder or box label.


Detailed Description of the Collection

Series I. U.S. Air Force and university, 1967-1979

Papers and print materials
box
2013-080/14 U.S. Air Force and university printed materials, 1967-1970, 1978
Prints
box
2013-080/15 U. S. Air Force prints, circa 1967-1975
Album of prints (includes U.S. Air Force and other early prints), circa 1967-1979
box
2W157 [SRH1230020225] Lackland Air Force Base group photograph, 1967
Scrapbooks
box
2013-080/16 U.S. Air Force scrapbook, circa 1967-1979
Publications
box
2W159 [SRH1230020235] The MacDill Herald , 1969



Series II. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), 1962-1984, 2001-2010

Papers and printed materials
box
2013-080/14 Correspondence, 1976-1983, 2001, 2008
HUD certificates, 1978-1981, 2007-2009
Miscellaneous HUD materials, 1980-1982, circa 2000-2010
box
2W155.2 [SRH1230020232] HUD certificates, 1979-1983, 2008-2009
Framed collectible stamp and envelope, 1978
box
2W157 [SRH1230020225] Awards and certificates, 1979
box
2W158.2 [SRH1230020245] Oversize printed materials, 1990, 2007
Prints
box
2013-080/15 HUD prints, circa 1975-1983
box
2013-080/17 HUD prints, circa 1975-1983
Oversize album prints (includes HUD, White House), circa 1975-1992
box
2013-080/53 HUD prints, 2002-2006
box
2W153.1 [SRH1230020379] HUD mounted prints, circa 1975-1983
box
2W153.2 [SRH1230020380] HUD mounted prints, circa 1975-1983
box
2W153.3 [SRH1230020381] HUD mounted prints, prints for pamphlet draft, circa 1975-1983
box
2W156 [SRH1230020234] HUD prints, circa 1975-1983
HUD prints, circa 1975-1984
HUD photographs (may include non-HUD), circa 1975-1988
box
2W158.1 [SRH1230020233] HUD prints, circa 1975-1983
box
2W158.2 [SRH1230020245] HUD prints, circa 2000-2010
box
2W161 [SRH1230020236] HUD prints, circa 1975-1983
Transparencies
box
2013-080/18 HUD transparencies and negatives, 1977-1982
HUD transparencies (includes other photographers), 1962-1993
HUD transparencies, 1977-1981
HUD and U.S. Chamber of Commerce transparencies, 1972-1983
Negatives and contact sheets
box
2013-080/19 Demonstrations/Washington, D.C., circa 1980-1989
Inaugural Parade, 1981
U.S. Navy Academy, undated
Negatives (Washington, D.C.), undated
Negatives, undated
Negatives, circa 1970-1979
box
2013-080/20 Negatives, circa 1980-1989
Scrapbooks
box
2013-080/16 Nation's Business and HUD scrapbook (includes clippings, prints, tear sheets and printed materials), circa 1976-1984
Publications
box
2013-080/14 HUD publications and tear sheets, 1975-1982
HUD tear sheets, circa 1975-1983
HUD and Nation's Business tear sheets (removed from binder), 1975-1984
box
2W160 [SRH1230020227] The Washington Post , October 11, 1980
Audiovisual materials
box
2013-080/55 VHS cassettes, 2003-2004
"Homeownership Month 2005, Baltimore Version" Betacam SP cassette, 2005
Digital media
box
2013-080/56 "HUD 40th Anniversary Revision" DVD, circa 2000-2010



Series III. U.S. Chamber of Commerce, 1972-1984, (bulk 1983-1984)

Papers and printed materials
box
2013-080/14 Correspondence, 1983
box
2W155.2 [SRH1230020232] Matted drawing, 1983
Transparencies
box
2013-080/18 HUD and U.S. Chamber of Commerce transparencies, 1972-1983
Scrapbooks
box
2013-080/16 Nation's Business and HUD scrapbook (includes clippings, prints, tear sheets and printed materials), 1976-1984
Publications
box
2013-080/14 HUD and Nation's Business tear sheets (removed from binder), 1975-1984
Nation's Business tear sheets, 1983-1984
box
2013-080/57 Nation's Business , 1983-1984
box
2W160 [SRH1230020227] The Washington Report , July 25, 1983



Series IV. White House, 1907-2010, (bulk 1983-1993)

Papers and printed materials
box
2013-080/21 Correspondence, 1984-1992, undated
White House invitations, 1984-1992, undated
Event programs, menus, tickets, 1984-1992
box
2013-080/22 Event programs, menus, tickets, 1984-1992
White House holiday cards, 1985-1992, undated
Certificates, 1985-1990
HUD and U.S. Chamber of Commerce transparencies, 1972-1983
Research materials, undated
"The President's Man" screenplay drafts, undated
box
2013-080/23 Reagan Alumni directory, 2003
Bush-Quayle Alumni directories, 1989, 1991, 1999, 2002
White House Press Corps directory, 1990
Congressional pictorial directory, 1989
NAFTA report, 1992
President's Special Review Board report, 1989
box
2013-080/24 The President's photo schedule (daily), 1989-1993
box
2013-080/25 Daily schedule of the President, 1991
Daily schedule of the President, 1992
box
2013-080/26 Monthly schedule of the President, 1989-1992
Defense Intelligence Agency manual, 1988
White House staff manual, 1991
Executive Office telephone directory, 1992
White House Press Corps directory, 1990
White House printed material (includes campaign material, material using Valdez images), 1988-1992, undated
Miscellaneous printed materials, 1907, 1960, 1984-1992, undated
box
2013-080/27 White House printed material (includes press releases, gift receipts, Photographic Services organizational documents), 1977-1992
George H. W. Bush bumper stickers (includes vice presidential and presidential campaigns), circa 1984-1992
Vice presidential trip books, 1984-1986
box
2013-080/28 Vice presidential trip books, 1984-1987
box
2013-080/29 Presidential trip books, 1991-1992
box
2013-080/30 Presidential trip books, 1989-1992
box
2013-080/31 Presidential trip books, 1991-1992
Trip books, itineraries, travel materials, 1984-1993
box
2013-080/32 Presidential and vice presidential trip books (small), 1984-1990
box
2013-080/58 Presidential and vice presidential trip binders, circa 1984-1993
box
2013-080/33 Miscellaneous trip books, undated
White House trip passes (removed from album), circa 1984-1993
box
2W143.3 Newspaper posters of The Washington Post , June 3, 1990
Daily News proofs for "Private Moments" article, July 14, 1991
box
2W155.2 [SRH1230020232] Illustrated envelope, 1989
box
2W157 [SRH1230020225] Awards and certificates, 1987, 1990
White House Christmas cards, 1984-1988
box
2W158 [SRH1230020226] Oversize thank you card from Bass Pro Shops, circa 1988-1993
Prints
box
2013-080/17 Oversize album prints (includes HUD, White House), circa 1975-1992
George H. W. Bush vice presidency prints, 1984-1986
George H. W. Bush vice presidency prints, circa 1983-1989
box
2013-080/34 George H. W. Bush prints (removed from binder), circa 1983-1993
George H. W. Bush presidency prints, 1989-1993
box
2013-080/35 George H. W. Bush presidency prints, 1989-1993
box
2013-080/36 George H. W. Bush presidency binder prints, circa 1989-1993
George H. W. Bush presidency and vice presidency prints, 1983-1993
box
2013-080/37 George H. W. Bush presidency prints (removed from binder), circa 1989-1993
box
2013-080/38 George H. W. Bush presidency prints, circa 1989-1993
George H. W. Bush presidency binder prints, circa 1989-1993
box
2013-080/39 George H. W. Bush presidency binder (includes other photographers), circa 1989-1993
box
2013-080/40 Bush presidential campaign prints, 1992
Bush presidential campaign prints (unpublished), 1992
box
2W153.1 [SRH1230020379] Mounted print, circa 1980-1989
box
2W157 [SRH1230020225] Presidential and vice presidential photography, circa 1983-1993
box
2W158.2 [SRH1230020245] George H. W. Bush presidency and vice presidency prints, circa 1983-1993
George H. W. Bush presidency prints, circa 1989-1993
box
2W161 [SRH1230020236] Presidential photography, circa 1989-1993
Transparencies
box
2013-080/17 George H. W. Bush portrait transparencies, circa 1980-1989
George H. W. Bush presidency transparencies (includes images of publications), circa 1983-1993
George H. W. Bush presidency transparencies, undated
George H. W. Bush campaign transparencies (removed from binder), circa 1992
White House transparencies (removed from carousel), circa 1988-1993
box
2013-080/41 George H. W. Bush White House transparencies, circa 1983-1993
box
2013-080/42 George H. W. Bush White House transparencies, circa 1983-1993
Scrapbooks
box
2013-080/43 Scrapbook, 1907, circa 1970-1994
White House scrapbook, 1976-2010
box
2013-080/44 White House scrapbook 1, circa 1980-2000
box
2013-080/45 White House scrapbook 2, circa 1975-1995
box
2013-080/46 Scrapbook, 1983-1985, 1988-1992
Publications
box
2013-080/46 Tear sheets (removed from album), 1988-1992
Tear sheets (removed from album), 1987-1992, 1998
box
2W158.1 [SRH1230020233] George H. W. Bush oversize album (tear sheets), 1986-1993, undated
box
2W159 [SRH1230020235] Newspaper tear sheets, 1985-1992
box
2W160 [SRH1230020227] Newspaper tear sheets, 1985-1992
box
2013-080/57 Magazine tear sheets, 1986-1993
box
2W155 [SRH1230020224] Magazine tear sheets, 1986-1993
Audiovisual materials
box
2013-080/55 VHS cassettes, 1991, 1993, undated
"Today Show: David Valdez White House Photos" U-Matic video cassette, undated
Digital media
box
2013-080/56 7 "White House Photos" zip discs, undated
"Clinton: Portrait of Victory" CD-ROM, 1993
"David Valdez Today Show Segment 9/3/91 With Menu" DVD, 1991



Series V. Walt Disney Attractions, 1986-2001, (bulk circa 1993-2000)

Papers and printed materials
box
2013-080/47 Correspondence, 1994-2001, undated
Printed materials, 1996-2001, undated
Tickets, passes, stickers, 1995-2001, undated
box
2W143.5 Disney's Animal Kingdom Grand Opening Celebration poster, 1998
box
2W157 [SRH1230020225] Awards and certificates, 1996-2000
box
2W158.2 [SRH1230020245] Oversize printed materials, circa 1990-1999
box
2W161 [SRH1230020236] Walt Disney World oversize poster, 2000
Prints
box
2013-080/53 Disney-MGM prints, circa 1990-1999
box
2W158 [SRH1230020226] Disney-MGM prints, circa 1990-1999
box
2W158.2 [SRH1230020245] Disney-MGM prints, circa 1990-1999
Transparencies
box
2013-080/42 Disney-MGM transparencies, circa 1990-1999
box
2013-080/48 Disney-MGM transparencies, circa 1990-1999
box
2013-080/49 Disney restaurants transparencies, circa 1996-1997
Disney-MGM transparencies, circa 1990-1999
Disney-MGM transparencies (removed from carousel), circa 1990-1999
Publications
box
2013-080/47 Tear sheets and publications, circa 1993-2001
box
2013-080/57 Photo Marketing , 2001
box
2W155 [SRH1230020224] Eyes & Ears , 1997
Audiovisual materials
box
2013-080/55 "Walt Disney World Photography Overview" VHS cassette, 2000
"Walt Disney World Photograph Overview" Betacam SP video cassette, 2000
"Disney Photography Slide Show" U-Matic UCA-20 video cassette, 1986
Digital media
box
2013-080/56 "Disney photos/cover photo" zip disc, circa 1990-1999
"Disney" zip disc, circa 1990-1999



Series VI. Post-White House activities, 1976-2013, (bulk 1993-2010)

Papers and printed materials
box
2013-080/50 Correspondence, 1993-2011
Invitations and programs, 1993-2013
box
2013-080/51 George Herbert Walker Bush: A Photographic Profile draft, circa 1993-1997
box
2013-080/52 Certificates, 2002, 2004
Printed materials (includes schedules, press releases), 1991, 1993-2012
Printed materials (includes Presidential Library, Republican Party campaigns), 1997-2011, undated
Business cards, undated
Digital photo art materials, circa 2000-2005
Autographs, undated
Miscellaneous printed materials, 1989-1998, undated
box
2W143.3 Historic Washington, D. C. art posters, undated
"Easter at the White House" poster, 2002
box
2W143.4 "Modern American Presidents" poster featuring Presidents Hoover through Reagan, circa 1990-1999
Donald Carroll Rhodes memorial service booklet, 2011
box
2W143.5 Signed George Bush Presidential Library and Museum poster, circa 1995-1999
box
2W154 [SRH1230020223] George Herbert Walker Bush: A Photographic Profile dust jacket, 1997
box
2W158.2 [SRH1230020245] Oversize printed materials (includes post-White House, digital photo art, miscellaneous), circa 2000-2010, 2012
box
3W143c [SRH1230030271] Bush Library items, 2014
George P. Bush items, 2014, undated
Prints
box
2013-080/53 Digital photo art prints, circa 2000-2010
box
2W153.4 [SRH1230020382] Digital photo art prints, circa 2000-2010
box
2W155.1 [SRH1230020231] Digital photo art prints, circa 2000-2010
box
2W158 [SRH1230020226] Funeral of Coretta Scott King, 2006
Digital photo art prints, circa 2000-2010
box
2W161 [SRH1230020236] Digital photo art prints, circa 2000-2010
Scrapbooks
box
2013-080/43 White House scrapbook, 1976-2010
box
2W154 [SRH1230020223] Digital photo art album, circa 2000-2010
Publications
box
2W159 [SRH1230020235] Newspaper tear sheets, 1995-1997
box
2W160 [SRH1230020227] Newspaper tear sheets, 1995-1997
box
2013-080/57 Magazine tear sheets, 1997-2002
box
2W155 [SRH1230020224] Magazine tear sheets, 1997-2014
Audiovisual materials
box
2013-080/55 VHS cassettes, 1993, 1996, 2001, undated
Digital media
box
2013-080/56 External hard drive, circa 2005-2013
George P. Bush campaign for Texas Land Commissioner, external hard drive, 2014



Series VII. Personal, circa 1954-2012

Prints
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2013-080/53 Photographs of David Valdez, circa 1967-2012
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2013-080/54 Photographs of David Valdez, circa 1967-2012
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2W154 [SRH1230020223] Framed photographs of David Valdez, circa 1954-1967
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2W155.2 [SRH1230020232] Photographs of David Valdez, circa 1967-2012
Mounted photographs of David Valdez, circa 1967-2012
box
2W157 [SRH1230020225] Photographs of David Valdez, circa 1967-2012
box
2W158 [SRH1230020226] Signed Peter Kaplan prints, 1990
box
2W158.2 [SRH1230020245] Photographs of David Valdez and family, circa 1980-1999
Transparencies
box
2013-080/18 Transparencies of David Valdez by Dirck Halstead, 1991
Negatives and contact sheets
box
2013-080/20 Family and friends of David Valdez, undated
Images of David Valdez, circa 1967-2012
Publications
box
2W155 [SRH1230020224] Life magazine issues, 1963, 1988-1989
Audiovisual materials
box
2013-080/55 "Decade in a Day: A Nation's Reach for the Moon" 7-inch vinyl disc, 1969
Robert Francis Kennedy memorial service 7-inch vinyl disc, 1968
VHS cassettes, undated
Digital media
box
2013-080/56 "Sarah Jane Valdez" zip disc, undated
Unlabeled zip discs, undated
"In Search of Freedom" compact disc, undated
External hard drive, circa 2005-2013



Series VIII. Artifacts

Please contact the photographs archivist for more information and a listing of items.