Lawrence T. Jones III Texas Photography Collection

The Lawrence T. Jones III Texas Photography Collection is a broad visual resource for the study of the state of Texas. It contains many rare and unique images from among 4,000 historic views of Texas, ca. 1846 to 1945. 

Portrait of a woman with elaborate cameo jewelry and off the shoulder dress. Austin, Travis County, Texas

Portrait of a woman with elaborate cameo jewelry and off the shoulder dress. Austin, Travis County, Texas.

This ambrotype is housed in a paper-mache case with inlayed mother-of-pearl decoration in the shape of flowers in a vase. 

C. 1857

Colonel Julius A. Andrews, Confederate States of America Army

Portrait of Colonel Julius A. Andrews, 32nd Texas Cavalry Regiment, Confederate States Army, as a lieutenant colonel. Andrews enlisted in a Texas cavalry battalion in 1861. Within a short time he was promoted to adjutant, lieutenant colonel, and then colonel. The two stars on his collar indicate that he was a lieutenant colonel when this tintype was made. Andrews returned to Texas after the war and lived in Tarrant County.

Tintype in thermoplastic case with gypsy fortune teller design in relief; case made by A. P. Critchlow & Co.

C. 1861-1862

First Lieutenant William Polk Hardeman, Texas Ranger

Portrait of Brigadier General William Polk Hardeman. Hardeman fought in the Texas Revolution, numerous Indian campaigns, the Mexican War of 1846-1848, and in the Confederate States Army.

Daguerreotype in case with mixed floral bouquet motif. Case and brass mat help date the image to c. 1846-1847

President-elect Abraham Lincoln

Abraham Lincoln, photographed as President-elect by Alexander Gardner.

February 24th, 1861.

Abraham Lincoln

Abraham Lincoln glass plate negative by Alexander Gardner.

From the only original unretouched negative, made in 1864, at the time he commissioned General Ulysses S. Grant Lieut. General of all the Armies of the Republic. It was suggested that this negative (with that of Ulysses S. Grant) be made in commemoration of that event. Printed by Moses Rice.

1864