Abilene Photograph Collection

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Abilene Photograph Collection

The Abilene Photograph Collection consists of over 10,000 images that range from the early twentieth century to the present. The copy collection was started in 1981 with most of the copies added to the collection by 2000. The collection has a delightful assortment of images of community members, homes, businesses, churches and ranches. The collection details Abilene's rich history, capturing a multitude of public events in Abilene and surrounding areas.

The Abilene Photograph Collection began in 1981 with grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities, Texas Committee for the Humanities, Moody Foundation, Abilene Cultural Affairs Council, and Hardin-Simmons University. The collection started as a copy collection of locally held photographs of regional significance. Collections were borrowed, copies made, the owner's identification data recorded, and then the original images were returned to the lender.

Dr. B. W. Aston, Senior Professor of History at HSU, did most of the copy work using a Polaroid MP-4 Land Camera. Dr. Fane Downs, Professor of History at McMurry University, worked with the Apple IIe computer to build the database of numbers and descriptors. Dr. Joe Dahlstrom, Dean of Libraries, accepted the collection into the Richardson Library and worked with the community to find significant photographs.