Keeland acquired through his wife a collection of photographic negatives owned by Harry Walker (1894-1971), husband of Carrie Scott Walker (1895-1981), Mrs. Keeland’s aunt. The negatives cover the period from the turn of the twentieth century to the 1940s and record Walker’s life growing up in Beaumont, Texas, and his adult life after his move to Houston in the late 1910s. Walker was apparently the photographer on most of the negatives. Although most of the subjects are unidentified, the pictures provide an important view of domestic life and dress during that era. Of interest are photographs of Walker’s home at 1914 Bissonnet, Houston, with views of the area that includes Poe Elementary School when the neighborhood was new in 1929. Historical views of Houston from the 1920s include Rice Institute, Hermann Hospital, the Houston Ship Channel, and the San Jacinto Trust Company, his employer. There are also historic images of pioneer aviatrix Katherine Stinson flying a Wright Brothers biplane about 1915. The names of the folders and the filing system are Walker’s, except that the Rice, Hermann, and Stinson photographs have been moved to separate folders. Another folder includes several photographs of downtown Houston in the snow, about 1925, with views of Union Station and nearby buildings.
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From the Collection: 25.00 linear feet
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