An archive is a story which hasn’t been written. Within each box and
folder are photos, letters, scrapbooks and artifacts. Individually they
are curiosities, but combined, they are interconnected evidence of the
past. The Byrd Williams Family Photography Collection was created by
four photographers, all named Byrd Moore Williams, over four successive
generations beginning in 1890 and continuing through the present day.
The collection is proof of four lives, lived in vivid detail. The story
is yet to be told.
The archive, acquired by UNT Libraries in 2014, contains over 300,000
unique images, ranging from snapshots to studio portraits to street
photography. Subject matter is diverse too; in this collection the
landscapes of Yosemite sit alongside televangelists, professional hockey
players and Fort Worth city landmarks new and old. The history of the
Williams Family is told within the collection through letters,
postcards, diaries and artifacts such as cameras and significant