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A Guide to the Derry Family Photo Album
The Derrys were an African American family who lived in San Antonio during the 1920s. Charles H. Derry Senior and his wife Mattie had two children, a daughter named Pinkie Derry and a son named Charles H. Derry Jr. Pinkie Derry was born in 1885 and eventually married a man named Lonzo Bilton. The couple had no children, and Pinkie passed away in 1974.
Charles H. Derry, Jr. was born in 1883 and married Mattie K. Smith. He worked as a chauffeur for the U.S. Arsenal in South San Antonio while Mattie worked as a Teacher at Norris Wright Cuney Elementary School, which is now designated as a local historical landmark. The couple had a son named Elmore V. Derry, born in 1907, and a daughter named Johnnie M. Derry, born in 1912. The family home was located at 800 Virginia Blvd. at the corner of South Pine. By 1936, the address was listed in the City Directory as 800 South Pine rather than 800 Virginia Blvd. Charles Jr. passed away in 1970 and Mattie Smith in 1962.
Elmore V. Derry worked as a teacher at Douglass Junior High School (now Douglass Academy) before passing away in 1977. Johnnie married a man named Clayborn Blevins during the 1930s. Neither Johnnie nor Elmore had children, and Johnnie passed away in 2003.
Contains 31 black and white and sepia tone gelatin sliver photographs, some with captions. The album depicts an African American family living in San Antonio during the 1920s. The album contains images of a trip to Portland, Oregon Council Crest Amusement Park and images of them in their horse drawn carriage and in their home in San Antonio.
This collection is housed at UTSA's Main Campus and must be accessed via the John Peace Library Special Collections reading room. To request access, please use the Collections Request Form.
[Identification of item], Derry Family Papers, MS 524, University of Texas at San Antonio Libraries Special Collections.
Purchased in November 2019 (Acc. 2019-078).
Processed by China Whitby, Graduate Student Clerk, November 2019.
The photographs are presumed to belong to the Derry family based upon a photograph of a home in the album, which is inscribed with the address and resident's name. Stephanie Noell, Special Collections Librarian, performed research on the Derry family based on the caption of this photo, using San Antonio City Directories, SNAP Magazines, the San Antonio Register, and United States Census records. This research supported the writing of the Biographical History of the family.