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Photoarchive Collection

About the Collection

The Photo Archive Collection consists of hundreds of photographs donated to and collected by the Amarillo Public Library over many years. The photographs in this collection show aspects of Texas history and reveal the everyday life of the people of Amarillo and the surrounding area. These images depict the places where people of the Panhandle lived, worked, shopped, and were entertained; they also document the events that affected these individuals as they went about their daily lives.

Most of the photographs in the collection relate to Amarillo or the Texas Panhandle, but some images associated with communities outside of this region also will be found. The information describing the photographs in the collection was gathered from various sources, including: personal interviews, notations written on some of the photographs, material that accompanied the photographs when they were acquired, and from research undertaken by library staff using print and nonprint resources available through the Amarillo Public Library. Of particular value as a primary source of information were the local newspapers -the Amarillo Daily News, Amarillo Globe-Times, and Amarillo Sunday News-Globe. The degree of detail included in the background data accompanying each photograph is dependent on the depth of information that could be discovered about who, or what, was shown in the image. Errors of identity involving people, places, and events, as well as typographical mistakes in the descriptions of the photos, will undoubtedly be found. Additional information about any of the images in this collection, as well as corrections and suggestions, are welcome.

Additional information about Amarillo, Potter County, and the Panhandle of Texas can be found in the following articles from the Handbook of Texas Online.

Potter County:
Texas Panhandle:

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