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Record Detail


Collection Name:

Ray Rector Papers and Photography Collection

Creator:

Rector, Ray

Life Dates:

1884-1933

Nationality:

U.S.

No. of Items:

1,208

Span Dates:

1903-1933

Description:

The Ray Rector Papers and Photography Collectionn is comprised of about 200 photographs of ranch life in the Stamford vicinity; SMS Flat Top Ranch; and Pecos rodeo. Additionally the collection contains prints used in the publication Cowboy Life on the Texas Plains, which includes vintage prints by Rector as well as modern prints by his son Tommie (Box 1). Also there are small prints of ranch life, cowboys and activities, which are captioned (Box 2), as well as newspaper clippings, reviews of Ray Rector's book and the exhibit and clippings on Tommie Rector (Box 3).

The portion of the collection consists of prints (982:0083:0001-0042) used in a traveling exhibition of Ray Rector's cowboy photography.

The collection also contains approximately 1,000 nitrate negatives (2000:0060:0001-0006); 42 glass negatives; 7 hand-colored, black-and-white, panoramic prints; 2 small loose prints; and three family keepsake albums (2005:0026:0001-0022, 2005:0027:0000, 2005:0028:0001-0032). The time period represented 1903 to 1933.

Two copy prints of circa 1903 photographs of Rector.

Related Materials
One published videotape (999:0021:0180) entitled Rodeo: The Music Video (Cabin Fever Entertainment, 1991) was transferred to the Ransom Center Library. The following five audio cassettes were transferred to the Center's Sound Recordings Collection:
984:0035:0001 -- Cassette tape side 1 inscribed: Bert Johnson / Rector / Photos / SMS Cowboy Talks / 1977. Inscribed on side 2: Bert Johnson Talks with Margaret Rector – Ray R. Photos / 1977;
984:0035:0002 -- Cassette tape side 1 inscribed: Rip Gustavson (Duplicate) / SMS Cowboy-Abilene Aug 1978. Inscribed on side 2: [illegible];
984:0035:0003 -- Cassette tape side 1 inscribed: “Old Friend” Margaret Rector Intervued [sic] on KLBJ by Cactus Pryor/ Nov. 8, 1982. Inscribed on side 2: Continue Music from Sta. KQXT San Antonio;
2005:0016:0002 -- Cassette tape: Margaret Rector interview with Bert Johnson, an old time cowboy who worked for Swenson Ranch many years. "Now lives in Arlington, Tex.", 1 May 1978;
2005:0016:0003 -- Cassette tape: Margaret Rector talks with "Rip" Gustavson, old cowboy living in Abilene, Texas, while reviewing box of 75 photos of ranch scenes. The men give their recollections and help identify persons in the photos. There are some interesting tales on these tapes, Aug. 1978.

Accession No(s):

982:0045:0001-0106; 984:0035:0001-0003; 984:0039:0001-0027; 2000:0060:0001-0006; 986:0021:0001-0006; 997:0051:0001-0324; 999:0021:0001-0181; 2000:0060:0001-0006; 2005:0016:0001-0003; 2005:0026:0001-0022; 2005:0027:0000; 2005:0028:0001-0032

Location(s):

Restricted Access (Negatives)
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Restricted Access (Nitrate negatives)
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Flat file (986:0021:0001-0006)
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R Box, Large (Exhibition poster and photograph 982:0083:0001-0002)
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R Box, Medium (copy prints)
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Rector, R., Album 1 (2005:0026:0001-0022)
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Rector, R., Album 2 (2005:0027:0000)
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Rector, R., Album 3 (2005:0028:0001-0032)
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Rector, R., Archive Boxes 1-7
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Rector, R., Exhibition Prints Box 1 (982:0083:0003-0009)
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Rector, R., Exhibition Prints Box 2 (982:0083:0010-0014)
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Rector, R., Exhibition Prints Box 3 (982:0083:0015-0029)
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Rector, R., Exhibition Prints Box 4 (982:0083:0030-0042)
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Rector, R., OV Box (clippings; 2005:0016:0001)
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