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O. Henry, 1862-1910
Literary File, Photography Collection

38 items

Acquisition: Internal transfers
Access: Open for research
Processed by: Mary Foster and Susan McClellan, 2006
RLIN Record ID: None


Table of Contents

Scope and Contents
Item List
Index of Photographers

Scope and Contents

The O. Henry Literary File consists of 38 photographs (36 photographic prints and 2 tintypes) which are chiefly portraits of William Sydney Porter (O. Henry), his wife, Athol Estes Porter, and their daughter, Margaret. An index at the end of this guide lists photographers whose work is featured in this file. Further descriptions of some items are available in a card catalog in the repository.

This file forms a part of the Literary File Collection, which is comprised of photographs and albums withdrawn from the libraries and/or papers of literary figures, and generally include portraits and images collected by or of those figures.

*Items are located at PH:LF:Henry, O.


Item List

Accession / P No. Description
P1-P2Duplicate cabinet card portraits of Porter (P2 in deteriorated condition).
P3Photographic print of Porter (standing at a teller's window, back to camera) and three unidentified men (employees) at the First National Bank of Austin.
P4 Portrait of Porter as a middle-aged man.
P5-P6Cabinet card portraits of Athol Estes Porter.
P7 Portrait of Athol Estes Porter in costume as a character in Pinafore.
P8Portrait of Athol Estes Porter wearing a long dress and holding a fan in her left hand.
P9 [was T85]Full front tintype portrait of Athol Estes Porter wearing a white pinafore with a ribbon in her hair.
P10Group portrait including William Sydney Porter and Athol Estes Porter (others identified on verso).
P11Group portrait of Athol Estes Porter, Margaret Porter, and William Sydney Porter.
P12Group portrait including Mrs. Roach, Margaret Porter, and William Sydney Porter, sitting in an "observation automobile" with unidentified people.
P13-P14Duplicate cabinet card portraits of Athol Estes Porter, holding her infant daughter, Margaret; each inscribed to "Sister Nettie" (Athol's sister?) on verso.
P15-P16 Duplicate cabinet card portraits of Athol Estes Porter with her daughter Margaret as a young girl (P16 has been cut to a circular shape).
P17Cabinet card portrait of Athol Estes Porter, seated, with her daughter Margaret standing on a chair beside her.
P18Cabinet card portrait of Margaret Porter as a baby wearing a pinafore.
P19 Cabinet card portrait of Margaret Porter as a toddler.
P20Cabinet card portrait of Margaret Porter as a very young girl, standing against a winter background.
P21Cabinet card portrait of Margaret Porter as a young girl, standing against a stone wall.
P22Full front bust portrait of Margaret Porter as a girl, wearing two bows in her hair; mounted and inscribed to "Aunt Nettie" (Athol's sister?) on mount verso.
P23 3/4 right profile bust portrait of Margaret Porter as a (teenage?) girl.
P24Full front bust portrait of Margaret Porter as a teenager, wearing a white blouse with a large bow; oval photographic print, originally mounted but now detached (see also 980:0120:0001).
P25Full front 3/4 length portrait of Margaret Porter as a young woman, standing, in a suit, hat and long gloves.
P26Carte-de-visite of Alston Estes with his signature on the verso.
P27 Snapshot of Margaret Porter as a young woman standing outside in a thicket with an unidentified young woman seated on the ground (back to camera).
P28Full front bust portrait of Margaret Porter as a young woman with an unidentified young woman.
P29Tintype portrait of Porter, his daughter Margaret, and two unidentified ladies, with palms and a house depicted on the left side of the backdrop; irregularly shaped tinplate.
P30Snapshot of Margaret Porter carrying an unidentified little girl piggyback.
P31 Photographic print of four young women seated on a bench in front of a gothic-style structure (three are facing camera and one is on the other side facing the building); inscribed on verso: "Margaret Porter / taken / on the other side."
P32 Snapshot of a group of unidentified people (three women, one man, and an infant).
P33 Right profile portrait of an unidentified woman, seated.
980:0120:0001Left profile bust portrait of Margaret Porter as a teenager, wearing a white blouse with a large bow; mounted, oval photographic print from the Vincent W. Lanfear Collection (see also P24).
980:0120:0002Cabinet card portrait of a little girl (Margaret Porter?).
997:0105:0062 Photographic print of Porter's cradle.
997:0105:0063Portrait of Mary V. Swain (Porter's mother).
997:0105:0076 View of Porter's grave in Ashville, N.C., 4 August 1914.


Index of Photographers

Ankenman & Co.--P13-P14
Cooper, S. H.--P10
Gessford, Joseph G.--P24, 980:0120:0001
Hill, S. B.--P1-P2
Huff, H. L.--980:0120:0002
Ideal Studio (Pittsburg, Pa.)--P4
Journeay, William O.--P7-P8, P15-P16, P18-P19
Marks, H. R. (Harvey R.), 1821-1902--P5-P6
Townsend (Austin, Tex.)--P21
Van Stavoren, J. H.--P26
Vander Weyde, William M., 1871?-1929--P23
W. G. & A. J. Thuss--P17, P20


O. Henry Literary File Finding Aid
(Last modified: 9 November 2007)

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