Prints and Photographs

The Prints & Photographs collection at the DeGolyer Library consists of over 1,000,000 images. It includes a broad range of makers and processes from the daguerreotype to gelatin silver prints, stereographs, albums, negatives and film.

  • List of photographers/collectors represented in negative collections.


The DeGolyer Library is home to one of the most comprehensive railroad photograph collections in the country. Besides many domestic and foreign railroad accessions, the DeGolyer also holds the Eric Steinfeldt Collection of Maritime Views.

U.S. West

DeGolyer holdings include several rare accessions, including Alexander Gardner’s 1867 western landscape survey, Across the Continent on the Kansas Pacific Railroad (Route of the 35th Parallel). The Lawrence T. Jones III Texas Photography Collection documents all aspects of Texas photography, ca. 1846-1940. Also in the collection are important images by

  • Carleton Watkins
  • Eadweard Muybridge
  • Andrew Russell
  • John K. Hillers
  • George N. Barnard
  • William Henry Jackson
  • Charles Roscoe Savage
  • F. Jay Haynes


Our materials relating to Mexico include:

  • Photographs by such image makers working in Mexico as Abel Briquet, Hugo Brehme, Charles B. Waite and others
  • Mexican Revolution photographs by Manuel Ramos, Walter Horne, and others throughout Mexico and on the border
  • The Elmer and Diane Powell Collection on the Mexican Revolution, 1910-1920, contains photographs, photographic postcards, prints, original artwork, broadsides, currency, periodicals, books and manuscripts
  • Broadsides by artist José Guadalupe Posada that reflect social and political events around the time of the revolution

Major Collections

  • Civil War photographs and travel albums
  • The George W. Cook Dallas/Texas Image Collection -- over 2,200 photographs and 15,000 postcards, significant manuscripts, diaries, albums, banknotes, ephemera, books, pamphlets, broadsides and objects related to the city of Dallas and Texas
  • The Andy Hanson Collection of thousands of his photographs between 1960-2008, highlighting the political and social scene in Dallas Hanson captured while working at the Dallas Times Herald
  • The Robert Yarnall Richie Collection -- approximately 10,000 photographs, 95,000 negatives and films, the lifework of the commercial photographer
  • The Richard Steinheimer Collection -- thousands of negatives, many of them concerning western railroads
  • The Collection of Jack Kilby, the engineer who invented the microchip while at Texas Instruments and was also a skilled photographer

International Collections

  • Photographs of Western India by William Johnson, featuring views and panoramas of cities, towns, and people, ca. 1858.
  • Les Travaux Publics de la France par MM. F. Lucas et V. Fournie—Ed. Paris, J. Rothschild, 1883, a five-volume set with collotype illustrations of towns and landscapes in France
  • The Sir Ellice Victor Elias Sassoon, Bart., G.B.E. (1881-1961) Collection of diaries, correspondence and photograph albums made in Shanghai, India, and throughout the world
  • Der Vormarsch der Flieger Abteilung 27 in der Ukraine album contains views of the Ukraine occupied by German forces during World War I
  • The Banks McLaurin, Jr. Stereograph Collection has over 9,000 stereo cards and viewers.

Prints and Drawings

Featured are collections of graphic materials, artwork and posters, including the illustrated 1847 Army portfolio / By Capt. D.P. Whiting, 7th Inf'y, U.S.A. No. 1., and the African-American Film Collection, featuring promotional posters. The Alvin Colt Neiman-Marcus Fortnight Design Collection consists of original drawings and blueprints for the annual Fortnight cultural event in Dallas.