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[Attendees view the Proof exhibit]

Description: Photograph of the Byrd Williams lecture attendees looking at displays from the "Proof: The Byrd Williams Family Photography Archive" exhibit. They were housed in the Special Collections room in Willis Library.
Date: 2016
Creator: Clark, Junebug
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Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections

[Banner from Proof exhibit]

Description: Photograph of one of the informational banners that was hung in the Special Collections room while the exhibit "Proof: The Byrd Williams Family Photography Archive" was housed there. It reads "Byrd Williams Photography; Byrd Photo; Byrd Williams III worked for Kodak and several other photography companies in addition to being involved in lens manufacturing prior to starting his business in Fort Worth. Through these jobs he gained the skill necessary to launch Byrd Photo which also included a portrait studio and photo lab. Studio work included work for a wide variety of clients including the city crime lab, architects, and magazines. Customers could have a photography painted over in oils, giving it the appearance of a painting - or oil paintings, based on these photographs.; Proof: Photographs from Four Generations of a Texas Family; Customers who came to Byrd Photo to have their portrait made would invariably be presented with a proof -- a photo print they could see before they placed their order for additional photographs. The Williams Collection is filled with photo proofs like these, but it's filled with proof of another kind as well-- proof of four lives spent in an unceasing attempt to capture our world, through the lens of a camera, as well as through the artifacts of their own lives. Over 190 images from the collection, as well as letters and other family mementos, are curated by Byrd Williams IV in the book Proof, available in fall 2016 through UNT Press." On the banner are also three black and white images, and a picture of a camera and old film.
Date: 2016
Creator: Clark, Junebug
Location Info:
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections

[Byrd Williams candid]

Description: Photograph of photographer Byrd Williams IV at the presentation of his Special Collections exhibit. He appears to be turned around in his chair and facing the attendees.
Date: 2016
Creator: Clark, Junebug
Location Info:
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections

[Byrd Williams gives a lecture]

Description: Photograph of Byrd Williams standing at the front of a conference room giving a lecture about a book called PROOF. The book was the subject of an exhibit held with the help of the UNT Special Collections. Pictured on the screen behind Williams is the book.
Date: 2016
Creator: Clark, Junebug
Location Info:
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections

[Byrd Williams Timeline Banner displayed at exhibit]

Description: Photograph of a banner displayed at the "Proof: The Byrd Williams Family Photography Archive". On it are images of each Byrd Williams next to names and a synopsis of their life. The banner reads "Byrd Williams Timeline; Byrd Moore Williams; Byrd Moore Williams owned a hardware store in Gainesville, Texas that sold photography equipment. His early prints were developed in a darkroom in the family's home. His work includes stunningly detailed images of his hardware store, photos of family members and places around Gainesville.; Byrd Moore Williams, Jr.; Byrd Williams II studied at the University of Texas (1905-1907), worked as an engineer, and expanded on family tradition by incorporating imagery in forms other than portraiture, which included landscapes and city scenery. His work includes documentation of civil engineering projects including the San Antonio River Walk. Byrd II's surveying equipment and notebooks are included in the collection as well as fragile nitrate based negatives featuring early scenes of Yosemite National Park.; Byrd Williams III; Byrd Williams III explored photography on his own terms as a fine art as well as a commercial enterprise. He owned a photo service in Fort Worth and in the 1930s created an expansive series of women at work. Through his images, he documented street scenes and the people of Fort Worth, which was developing rapidly in the mid-20th century. With the work of Byrd Williams III, we see photography develop into a unique way of making a personal statement.; Byrd Williams IV; Byrd Williams IV is a prolific exhibiting photographer, who has shown in the United States and abroad. His work is situated in our modern world, however it has significant historical weight. Although three previous generations of photographers are in his DNA, his vision is uniquely his own: humane, curious and full of life. Byrd ...
Date: 2016
Creator: Clark, Junebug
Location Info:
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections

[Byrd Williams with copies of PROOF]

Description: Photograph of Byrd Williams sitting down at a table with copies of his book PROOF, a display on the table lists the price as $30. Two attendees of the exhibit stand in front of the table holding copies of the book for Williams to sign. Beside him stands Karen DeVinney, a member of UNT Press, the publishers of the book.
Date: 2016
Creator: Clark, Junebug
Location Info:
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections

[Candid of Byrd Williams]

Description: Photograph of Byrd Williams at a lecture on the contents of his book PROOF, while exhibiting a collection of his families works. Williams is looking towards the left of the frame.
Date: 2016
Creator: Clark, Junebug
Location Info:
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections

[Cathy Hartman and Byrd Williams]

Description: Photograph of Cathy N. Hartman (left) and Byrd M. Williams (right) behind a table holding a collection of the PROOF books. Williams is signing one of the books for Hartman. Both are looking towards the camera.
Date: 2016
Creator: Clark, Junebug
Location Info:
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections

[Display case at Proof exhibit]

Description: Photograph of a display case with various forms of photography set up inside. The case was a part of the "Proof: The Byrd Williams Family Photography Archive" exhibit, which was housed in the Special Collections room in Willis Library during the Fall 2016 Semester.
Date: 2016
Creator: Clark, Junebug
Location Info:
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections

[Display case from Proof exhibit in Special Collections room]

Description: Photograph of a display case against the wall of the Special Collections room. Inside are three vintage cameras as well as photographs from the times of the cameras. Also housed inside are artifacts from the times of the photos including an old stereoscope (left, third down), an Anheuser-Busch crate, a box, and an old book. All were a part of the "Proof: The Byrd Williams Family Photography Archive" collection.
Date: 2016
Creator: Clark, Junebug
Location Info:
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections

[Informative banner from Proof exhibit]

Description: Photograph of an informational banner hung on the wall during the "Proof: The Byrd Williams Family Photography Archive" exhibit. It was housed in the Special Collections room at Willis Library during the fall semester of 2016. The banner reads "Introduction; 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 site 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 personal effects." Also on the banner are several examples of photos found in the archive collection.
Date: 2016
Creator: Clark, Junebug
Location Info:
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections

[Kevin Yanowski looking at display]

Description: Photograph of Kevin Yanowski, a UNT Librarian, looking into a display case on the floor of the Special Collections room in Willis Library. The exhibit is called "Proof: The Byrd Williams Family Photography Archive" and was held there through the Fall of 2016.
Date: 2016
Creator: Clark, Junebug
Location Info:
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections

[Kevin Yanowski looks at a standing display case]

Description: Photograph of Kevin Yanowski, a UNT Librarian, looking into a standalone display case at the "Proof: The Byrd Williams Family Photography Archive" exhibit. In the display are a few small portraits and booklets of photographs. He is holding a can and napkin in his hand.
Date: 2016
Creator: Clark, Junebug
Location Info:
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections

[Photographs in the Proof exhibit]

Description: Photograph of five photos displayed in the "Proof: The Byrd Williams Family Photography Archive" exhibit. The show was held in the Special Collections room of Willis Library in the Fall of 2016. To the left of the photo two attendees of the reception can be seen.
Date: 2016
Creator: Clark, Junebug
Location Info:
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections

[Vintage camera in display case]

Description: Photograph of a vintage camera owned by the Byrd Williams family. It was on display at the "Proof: The Byrd Williams Family Photography Archive" exhibit held in the Special Collections room in Willis Library. In the background are other displays as well as attendees of the exhibit.
Date: 2016
Creator: Clark, Junebug
Location Info:
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections