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Wedding Portrait

Description: Copy negative of a wedding portrait of Sallie Parker Willis and Thomas Middlebrook Willis believed to be taken in Abilene, Texas. The photograph was either taken the day of the wedding or the day after. He is sitting in a chair on the right holding a hat, and she is standing behind him on the left holding her hat. They are in front of a studio background with columns. An official Texas historical marker was placed at Thomas Middlebrook Willis' grave in 2009 at the Masonic Cemetery of Abilene, TX. The historical marker states that after graduating from the Law School of Cumberland University in Lebanon, Tennessee, T.M. Willis moved to Abilene and established a practice. In 1886 he married Abilene resident Sallie Parker at the First Presbyterian Church of Abilene and the couple had eight children. Willis was elected City Attorney and later served as City Judge.
Date: 1886

[Photograph of College Hack]

Description: Photograph of several female Simmons University students sitting in the college hack. Note on the back of the photo reads, “This picture of the college Hack was made during 1905-06 term -- Left to right - in Hack Picture - On back step Mabel Wylie 1904-10 -- Kitty Cowden 1904-07 -- Chloe McBride 1905-1912 -- Grace Rains 1905-1906 -- Virginia Guitar 1903-1909 -- Myrtle Trantham 1905-1908 -- Para Melinda Robinson 1902-1905 -- Carrie Miller 1903-1910 standing -- This Kodak picture made by Mary Paxton evidently in the year 1905-06 - ___ information, as to college attendance of each occupant - furnished by Randy Armstrong Publications Director of HSU - about 1891."
Date: 1891~
Creator: Paxton, Mary
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[Photograph of Mother Holding Rupert Richardson]

Description: Photograph of Rupert N. Richardson Jr. (1943-1953) as an infant in the arms of his mother. She sits on a wooden bench set on rocker legs that is in the front lawn of a house.
Date: [1891..1921]

[Photograph of Old Main Building]

Description: Photograph of the Old Main building at Hardin-Simmons University in Abilene, Texas, which was erected in 1891 and then remodeled into the Simmons Science Hall in 1918. The brick building is three stories, with a bell tower, and several dormers and chimneys. A person can be seen standing on the steps of the right entrance door.
Date: [1891..1918]

[Photograph of Old Main Building]

Description: Photograph of the Old Main building at Simmons College (science hall) in Abilene, Texas. Typed note in the bottom margin reads, "Completed in 1892."
Date: 1891

[Photograph of Old Main Building Construction]

Description: Photograph of the old Main Building during construction at Simmons College. Note on the back of the photo reads, “Hardin Simmons College under construction -- Abilene, Tex -- Old Main.”
Date: 1891?

[Portrait of Pauline Richardson]

Description: Portrait of Pauline Richardson, visible from the shoulders up, wearing a light-colored dress with transparent cut-outs. She is turned to the side, and her hair is gathered into a bun at the base of her neck.
Date: [1891..1921]

[Architectural Rendering of Old Main Building]

Description: Architectural rendering of the Old Main at Abilene Baptist College in Abilene, Texas. The first, second, and third floor plans have been included along the top. The architect has been named in the lower-right corner of the frame.
Date: May 4, 1891

[Portrait of W. C Friley and Wife]

Description: Portrait of W. C. Friley, the first president of Hardin-Simmons University (1892-1894), and his wife. Friley sits in a chair and wears a dark-colored suit with a bow tie. His wife stands by his side, wearing a dark-colored dress with black lace details.
Date: 1892
Creator: Ward, G. E.

[Photograph of Val Halla]

Description: Photograph of the fine arts building and business office (also served as a men’s dorm), Val Halla, at Simmons College. Several men stand in front of the building. This building is located on the current Caldwell Hall site.
Date: [1893..1898]
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[Photograph of the 1896 Simmons College Football Team]

Description: Group photograph of the Simmons College football team during the 1896-1897 school year. A note has been made at the bottom of the photo which reads, “Here probably is the first football team at Hardin-Simmons University. Organized by Prof. Karl A. Krause, who came to Texas from Yale in 1896.” Each member of the varsity team is listed by name and position.
Date: [1896..1897]

[Photograph of 1898 Football Team]

Description: Group photograph of a Simmons College football team tentatively identified as being from the 1896 school year. Each member of the team is identified in order on the back of the photo.
Date: 1898?

[Photograph of Female Graduates]

Description: Group photograph of female graduates from Simmons College. They wear matching graduation dresses and caps. Note on the back of the photo reads, "March '98 -- Seated: Mary Parramore -- Nell Payne."
Date: March 1898
Creator: Vickers

[Portrait of Edith Simmons]

Description: Portrait of Mrs. Edith H. Simmons holding her pet cat, Aristotle, up against her face. Edith wears a dark-colored dress with white embroidered details and a small cap with fringe at the top and both sides.
Date: 1899?
Creator: Rockwood, George G.

[Photograph of Simmons College Baseball Team - 1899]

Description: Group photograph of the 1899 Simmons College baseball team. Note on the back of the photograph lists the names of each player and his home city and state: “1. Terry Elkins, 2. Bert Brown, 3. Cullis Forbus, 4. Baxter Scoggins, 5. Freeman Hanna, 6. Fowler Paycock, 7. Prof. Ernest Lotspeich, 8. Bob Young, 9. Charley Brown, 10. Will Marshal, 11. Barris Anderson, 12. Stewart Logan -- December 16, 1899 -- Abilene -- Simmons College.”
Date: December 16, 1899

[Photograph of 1901 Graduates]

Description: Group photograph of the women of the Simmons College graduating class of 1901. Handwritten note in the bottom margin reads, "Simmons College -- Abilene, Texas. Class of 1900-1901."
Date: [1900..1901]

[Photograph of Female Graduates]

Description: Group photograph of Simmons College graduates from the class of 1900-1901 in their dark-colored caps and gowns.
Date: [1900..1901]

[Photograph of Female Graduates]

Description: Group photograph of Simmons College graduates in their caps and gowns. The photo shows 15 women in three rows.
Date: [1900..1901]

[Photograph of Old Main Building]

Description: Photograph of students standing on the porch and balcony of the administration building at Simmons College in Abilene, Texas.
Date: 1900

[Photograph of Simmons College in 1900]

Description: Group photograph of the faculty, staff, and students of Simmons College in 1900. The group stands or sits in front of a brick building on the campus.
Date: 1900

[Photograph of Simmons College Picnic]

Description: Photograph of a group posed in front of trees at a picnic sponsored by Simmons College. A wooden box of food can be seen in the foreground. Handwritten note in the bottom margin reads, "Picnic while at Simmons College -- 1900."
Date: 1900

[Photograph of Graduating Class of 1902]

Description: Group photograph of the graduating class of 1902 at Simmons College in Abilene, Texas. Note on the back of the photo reads, "Left to right -- Leltie Logan, George Pearce, Allie Elbard, Wm. Smith (nephew of G. W. Smith), Emma Chandler, Eva Mae Hollis, Professor Hairfield, Stuart Logan, Maud Nevels -- Graduating Class of 1902."
Date: 1902

[Photograph of Oscar H. Cooper with His Daughter]

Description: Photograph of President O. H. Cooper and his daughter Mary (Mrs. Dan Gallagher) in the president’s study at Simmons College. Cooper sits in a rocking chair with a book in his lap while Mary plays with her dolls on the floor.
Date: [1902..1903]