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Frank Schleuter Photographs / Bank of the Southwest Collection

 Collection
Identifier: MSS 0100

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of photographs by the prolific Houston commercial photographer, Frank Schleuter. A wide variety of topics are included, such as images of skylines, construction, oil fields, industry, agriculture, rural life, Houston’s port and ship channel, social occasions, and Houston’s citizens. While Schleuter's career spanned a longer period, this collection primarily features photoraphs dating from 1907 to 1943. Formats range from glate plates on through more modern film, and the collection includes both prints and negatives. There are 1,350 photographs: 1075 standard size prints and negatives,and 275 panoramas.

Dates

  • 1907-1945

Creator

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research. However, to preserve the original photographs, access will be provided by digital surrogates when possible. Access to panoramas or fragile photographs requires an apppointment.

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to publish or reproduce materials from MSS 0100 Frank Schleuter Photographs / Bank of the Southwest Collection must be obtained from the Houston Metropolitan Research Center or the appropriate copyright holder.

Biographical / Historical

For 57 years, until his retirement in 1964, at the age of 90, Frank Schleuter carefully recorded Houston’s growth and development. His work includes images of skylines, construction, oil fields, industry, agriculture, rural life, Houston’s port and ship channel, social occasions, and Houston’s citizens.

He was best known as an oil field photographer for he was frequently called to the fields when a gusher was imminent. His photographs recorded the event for potential investors and posterity’s sake. His career spanned the time from glass plates and wooden cameras to modern films and sophisticated cameras and portable lighting.

Extent

100 Linear Feet (32 boxes, 12 panorama trays) : 1,350 photographs: 1075 standard size prints and negatives, 275 panoramas

Language of Materials

English

Photo Database

To request the full inventory of photographs in this collection, please contact the HMRC Photo Archives, photo.reference@houstontx.gov.

Custodial History

The photographs in this collection were purchased by the Bank of the Southwest, presented in an exhibition, and later donated to the Houston Public Library.

Digitized Materials

Many of the images from this collection have been digitized and are available on the Houston Public Library Digital Archives at https://cdm17006.contentdm.oclc.org/digital/collection/schlueter

Creator

Title
Frank Schleuter Photographs / Bank of the Southwest Collection
Status
Completed
Author
Matt Richardson
Date
March 4, 2020
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin

Repository Details

Part of the Houston Metropolitan Research Center Repository

Contact:

(832) 393-1662

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Houston, Texas 77002
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