The South Texas Border, 1900-1920


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The Robert Runyon Photograph Collection of the South Texas Border Area, a collection of 8,241 items, is a unique visual resource documenting the Lower Rio Grande Valley during the early 1900s. Donated by the Runyon family to the Center for American History in 1986, it includes glass negatives, lantern slides, nitrate negatives, prints, and postcards, representing the life's work of commercial photographer Robert Runyon (1881-1968), a longtime resident of South Texas. His photographs document the history and development of South Texas and the border, including the Mexican Revolution, the U.S. military presence at Ft. Brown and along the border prior to and during World War I, and the growth and development of the Rio Grande Valley.

The digitization and presentation of these materials by The General Libraries at the University of Texas at Austin* were supported by an award from the Library of Congress/Ameritech National Digital Library Competition. The digital images are also mounted at the awardee institution.

The source materials for this collection are housed at the Center for American History* at the University of Texas at Austin*. For information about acquiring permission to copy any of this material, please read the Center for American History's copyright information*.

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