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Description: Photograph of Abner Rayburn. The black and white photograph is of a young Abner Rayburn, possibly at age nine or ten (around 1900). He wears a dark, double breasted coat with a white collared shirt. The studio portrait shows Abner from the waist up. Abner was born in 1891, the youngest of Sam Rayburn's siblings and the only sibling born in Texas (the Rayburn family moved from Tennessee to Texas in 1887). He died in 1914 of typhoid fever.
Description: Photograph of Abner Love Rayburn, Sam Rayburn's youngest sibling. Abner was born in Texas in 1891. He died in 1914. Sam Rayburn was grooming his brother Abner to become his secretary in Washington. Abner died of typhoid fever before this could happen. Abner is shown in this head and shoulders photo wearing a dark suit with bow tie and a white collared shirt. A formal, studio portrait, the photo is oval shaped and mounted to a cardboard backing with the studio name in the lower right corner, "THE ELLIOTS AUSTIN, TEX."
Description: Photograph of three men in coats and top hats sitting in a car. The men are, left to right, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Sam Rayburn, and Alben Barkley. Sam Rayburn was escorting FDR and Barkley to the 1944 inaugural.
Description: Photograph of Katherine (Kate) (Rayburn) Thomas. Katherine Thomas was one of Sam Rayburn's sisters. The photograph is a head and shoulders image of Mrs. Thomas. She wears a V-neck dress with shiny appliques on the shoulders. She wears a matching necklace. her hair is pulled back from her face in a low chignon.
Creator: Gittings portrait studio
Description: Signed portrait of Lyndon B. Johnson sitting in a leather chair. He wrote "For Speaker Rayburn- To a great Texan who has made his country, his party, and his times greater. With warm admiration- Lyndon B. Johnson".
Creator: Moss Photo
Description: Photograph of a man standing on a beach. The black and white photo shows the man standing in the sand looking out upon the tide and the sky. The man, silhoutted against the brightness of the sky is wearing a brimmed fisherman's hat, wears a spyglass on a cord around his neck and wears a coat and pants and rubber boots. The photo includes the signature/maker's mark in the lower left corner that reads, "COPYRIGHT 1907 BY C.H. CLAUDY." The photo is framed with a stained and faded ivory mat.
Creator: Carl H. Claudy
Description: Portrait of Martha Rayburn, Sam Rayburn's mother. She is wearing a dark dress with a high collar and glasses. Her light hair is braided and pulled back. It is matted on a dark board with the company's name embossed on the bottom of the board.
Creator: Howse Bro's Studio
Description: Photograph of Martha Rayburn. She is the daughter of Sam Rayburn's brother, Richard. This is her high school graduation photo. She is wearing a knit sweater with a collar as well as a double-strand necklace of pearls and pearl earrings. Information about the photograph or the subject is printed on the back, but has faded beyond recognition.
Description: Photograph of Medibel Rayburn Bartley, Sam Rayburn's sister, wearing a dark-colored formal dress. She is standing in a formal living room next to a couch and chair. She holds her hands in front of her as she faces the camera.
Description: Photograph with two sides. On the first side is Lucinda Rayburn, and unknown man (possibly S. E. Bartley), and an unknown woman (possibly Medibel Rayburn Bartley) sitting in a fenced grassy yard. On the second side is an unknown man (possibly S. E. Bartley), an unknown woman (possibly Medibel Rayburn Bartley), an unknown woman, Lucinda Rayburn, and another unknown woman all sitting in grass and leaning to the left.
Description: Photograph of four men in a field. Three men are standing with two dogs, and the fourth man sits in a surrey pulled by a single horse. Handwritten note on the back of the photo states that the men are "not identified" but could be the Rayburn men. It says, "third from left could be Sam Rayburn."
Description: Photograph of the Rayburn family on the Rayburn house's porch. Handwritten note on the back of the photograph names those in the photo (L-R) as Sam Rayburn, Tom Rayburn, Lucinda (Lou) Rayburn, and (mother) Martha Waller Rayburn.
Description: Photograph of Robert E. Lee. General Lee served as a Confederate General during the U.S. Civil War. He died on October 12, 1870. The photo is a head and shoulders view of Lee. He is wearing a dark suit, white shirt and black bow-tie. He has gray/white hair and a medium-length beard. Text under the image reads, "Last Photograph General Robert E. Lee."
Description: Photograph of Ruth Bryan Owen (1885-1954). Owen was the daughter of William Jennings Bryan. She served in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1929-1933 representing Florida's Fourth Congressional District. She served as an Ambassador to Denmark from 1933-1936. The photo is black and white. In the portrait Mrs. Owen wears a pearl necklace and pearl earrings. Her hair is gray and is waved. She wears a floral print dress, only the collar can be seen. The background is all white.
Description: Photograph of Sam Rayburn. The photo is a head and shoulders view of Mr. Rayburn. He wears a dark suit jacket, dark tie, white button-down shirt, and a tan colored cowboy/fedora style hat. This image was taken of Mr. Sam later in his life, most likely between 1950 and 1961.
Creator: Wichita Falls Times and Record News, Photographer Jim Cochran
Description: Photograph of Sam Rayburn. Photo taken in 1911 when Sam Rayburn was age 29. At the time, he was serving as the Speaker in the Texas House of Representatives. The portrait is a head and shoulders photo of Rayburn. He wears a dark, suit jacket, white button-down shirt and dark-colored bow tie. The photo is black and white. Text on reverse of print reads, "Sam Rayburn age 29 when Speaker of the Texas House of Representatives. Please return to Sam Rayburn, Bonham, Texas."
Description: Photograph of Sam Rayburn and another man riding horseback in a parade. Sam Rayburn, at right, rides a palomino-colored horse. He wears cowboy boots, khaki pants, a white button-down shirt, a tie and a cowboy hat. The other man, on the left rides a dark bay colored horse. He also wears trousers, a white button-down shirt, a tie and a cowboy hat. The men are riding down a paved street with buildings, curb, signs, parking meter, fire hydrant and people in background. The horses appear to be stepping over tracks, possibly for a streetcar.
Creator: Paul D. Cravens
Description: Photograph of Sam Rayburn and a group of you people on horseback. The photo appears to be colorized. This is likely a photogaph of Sam Rayburn with the Bonham Quadrille, a Bonham, Texas riding club. Sam Rayburn rides a dark bay colored horse. He is at the center, right. To the left are two mounted young men wearing pink/red shirts and holding American flags. The group behind all sit atop horses. The group is divided into pairs, with each pair wearing similar clothing in colors of green, white, red, gold and blue. They all wear cowboy hats, chaps and boots. Sam Rayburn is wearing khaki pants, white button-down shirt, dark tie, and straw hat with black hatband.
Description: Photograph of Sam Rayburn and two sisters; Katherine [Kate] (Rayburn) Thomas and Medibel [Meddie](Rayburn) Bartley. The women are on the left wearing dark dresses with brooches. Sam Rayburn is wearing a dark suit and tie. They are standing outside Sam Rayburn's home, near the screened porch on the south side of the home.
Date: February 2, 1957
Creator: Eastman Kodak Company
Description: Photograph of Sam Rayburn eating breakfast with members of his family. Seated at the table from left to right: Will Rayburn (Sam's brother), Sam, and Lucinda Rayburn (Sam's sister). The Rayburn family's cook, Bobbie Phillips, is seen in the background. The family is seated in the Sam Rayburn House breakfast room. Sam Rayburn is eating a porkchop for his breakfast. Other foods that can be seen include biscuits, fried eggs, sausage and berries. Many of the serving items seen in the photo are on display in the Sam Rayburn House Museum today. Will Rayburn came to live with his brother Sam, following the death of his wife. Lucinda Rayburn served as the hostess of the household. Bobbie Phillips served as the family's cook for many years. She married Charlie Phillips, the Rayburn's groundskeeper and together they lived on teh property in the caretaker's cottage. They eventually moved into their own home in Bonham. The Rayburn's breakfast room was converted from a kitchen following the addition of a modern kitchen in the 1940s (prior to this photograph being taken). After the conversion, the old kitchen was modified into a breakfast room, with the family eating the majority of their meals here.
Description: Photograph of men standing and talking in groups outside of the Rayburn house on the day of the dedication of the Sam Rayburn Library. Handwritten note on the back of the photo states the event and day of the photograph.
Date: October 9, 1957
Description: Photograph of Sam Rayburn sitting on the edge of the porch of the caretaker's house with a boy and dog. Sam Rayburn has a hand on the boy's shoulder as the boy looks down at the dog. Handwritten note on the back of the photo states that the photo is at the Rayburn home.