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Shooting the Carter Family Papers

May 29, 2009

Yesterday, I had the pleasure of assisting University Publications staff in a photo shoot for an upcoming issue of the Sombrilla, UTSA’s magazine. The star of the shoot was none other than our own Aline B. Carter Family Papers, 1823-1997.

The collection originally came to the Archives in 2000 and focused primarily on the life of Aline B. Carter, Poet Laureate of Texas from 1947-1949. The 2008 additions to the collection enrich and expand the collection by providing a look at not only the family’s history, but social life and customs of San Antonio over several generations.

It was really interesting to see the Publications staff at work, choosing materials that their readers would find interesting, and then professionally photographing them. My heart swells when I see our collections get the star treatment, like when all of our HemisFair ’68 film went off for digitization.

The Sombrilla will be running an extended profile of the family and donation in their July 2009 issue. Below are photographs of Senior Designer Karen Thurman and University Photographer Mark McClendon. And, of course, the (now-famous!) Carter Family Papers. To think we knew them when they lived in the attic…

 

Karen chooses the next items to photograph while Mark sets up the shot of an assortment of Indian Depradations records.

Mark and Karen review the photos to see if they've gotten one that will work.

Mark and Karen review the photos to see if they’ve gotten one that will work.

Aline Carter's 1913 diary and some correspondence.

Aline Carter’s 1913 diary and some correspondence.

Mrs. Canterbury's record of beef purchases looks ready for its close-up.

Mrs. Canterbury’s record of beef purchases looks ready for its close-up.

Box 1 of one of the 2008 accessions (unprocessed).

Box 1 of one of the 2008 additions (unprocessed).

Be sure to keep an eye out for the July 2009 Sombrilla!

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