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Earl Saunders Jr. railroad photograph collection

Earl Saunders Jr. Railroad Photograph Collection

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Finding aid for the Earl Saunders Jr. Railroad Photograph Collection

MSS.08.29

Butler Center for Arkansas Studies
100 Rock Street
Little Rock, Arkansas, 72201
(501) 320-5700



Repository: Butler Center for Arkansas Studies
Creator:Saunders, Earl L., Jr., 1917-1977
Title: Earl Saunders Jr. Railroad Photograph Collection
Dates: 1890-1977
Quantity: 3.0 Linear feet
Abstract:This collection contains photographs of trains, railroads and railroad-related subjects, as well as a few miscellaneous photographs.
Identification: MSS.08.29
Language: English

Arrangement

The collection is arranged in fourteen boxes, in no particular order. Some attempt was made to group photographs of like subjects together.


Scope and Contents

This collection contains photographs of trains, railroads and railroad-related subjects, as well as a few miscellaneous photographs. They were taken by Earl Saunders Jr. and others over a period of more than eighty years. Most of the photographs are from original negatives; a few are copy prints.


Biographical Note

Earl L. Saunders Jr. was a professional photographer in Little Rock, Arkansas. He specialized in architectural photography. Saunders won numerous photography awards, including the Master of Photography Degree from the Photographers' Association of America in 1955. This degree is the organization's highest honor, based on merits for having photographs accepted for exhibition and on service to the organization. Saunders was also a member of the American Society of Photographers, the Arkansas Professional Photographers Association, the Southwestern Photographers Association, and the Architectural Photographers Association. He held offices and board of directors positions in these organizations. In addition to professional organizations, Saunders was a member of Pulaski Heights Christian Church and the Arkansas Valley Model Railroad Club. Earl L. Saunders Jr. was born in Little Rock, Arkansas, on May 30, 1917 to Earl L. Saunders Sr. and Marguerite Dicks Saunders. He married Jean Cox in December 1944. They had two sons, Kevin and Mike. Saunders attended Little Rock Public Schools, graduating from Little Rock High School. He then attended Little Rock Junior College and the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville. After attending college, Saunders worked for Union National Bank for a time before joining the United States Army in World War II. He served in the army from 1942-1944. Following the war, he worked in the advertising department of the Arkansas Gazette for eighteen months. While working for the Arkansas Gazette, Saunders became interested in photography. He left his job and moved to New York City, where he attended the School of Modern Photography. In 1947, he opened a photography studio in Little Rock, where he specialized in architectural photography.

Earl L. Saunders Jr. died on September 9, 1977. He is buried at Roselawn Memorial Park in Little Rock.


Index Terms

This record series is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.

Railroads -- Arkansas.
Saunders, Earl L., Jr., 1917-1977

Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

Unrestricted Access.

Restrictions on Use

Non-circulating, in-house use only.


Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Earl Saunders Jr. Railroad Photograph Collection, MSS 08-29, Butler Center for Arkansas Studies, Arkansas Studies Institute

Acquisition Information

Donated by Jim Wakefield, 2008


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