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About the Collections

General Photograph Collection

The General Photograph Collection contains over 7,000 photographs, covering the development of Corpus Christi beginning in the late nineteenth century and continuing well into the twentieth century. With over twenty subject categories the photographs range from street scenes to the destruction left behind by hurricanes such as the 1919 hurricane and Celia which hit Corpus Christi in 1970.

McGregor Collection

In 1929 Dr. John Frederick "Doc" McGregor (1893-1986) arrived in Corpus Christi with his family. Although a practicing chiropractor the need to supplement his income during the depression and his love of photography led him to open a small photography business in his home at 1015 N. Chaparral. As a photographer for the Caller and Times newspapers he documented the daily news and events of the city. The collection consists of more than 3,000 photographs documenting the history of Corpus Christi during the 1930s and 1940s.

Louis De Planque

It is believed that photographer Louis De Planque, a native of Prussia, came to Mexico with Maximilian’s army and eventually set up studios in Matamoros and Brownsville. He arrived in Corpus Christi in 1868 where he established his home and studio. Louis De Planque traveled throughout the South Texas region photographing the families of the area. De Planque was affectionately called “Don” Luis by the residents of the city who described him as an individual who loved celebrations and enjoyed playing practical jokes. Besides the photographs in this collection several of the collections of the early families of Corpus Christi contain his photographs. Mr. De Planque died on May 1, 1898 and is buried alongside his wife in the Old Bayview Cemetery.

Murphy D. Givens (Audio Clips)

Murphy D. Givens is a native Texan, born in Gatesville, who grew up and attended public schools and college in Alabama. He worked as reporter and editor at newspapers in Alabama, Michigan and Mississippi before joining the Caller-Times in 1981. He is the Viewpoints Editor, sits on the Editorial Board, and has written more than 200 columns on Corpus Christi and South Texas history. These audio clips are from his radio commentary on local history which airs each Friday on KEDT-FM.

Post Cards

This collection consists of over 300 postcards documenting the history of Corpus Christi and Nueces County.

Accessing Materials In-House

The Local History Archive room is located on the second floor of the Central Library and is not open to the public. Although material from these collections do not check out, arrangements can be made to view materials in the Local History/Genealogy reading room under staff supervision.

Due to limited staffing, if you plan to visit during evening or weekend hours, it is recommended that you contact us 24 hours in advance in order to make your visit a more productive one.

Preserving the materials housed in the archive collection is vital; therefore, access to items in this collections is dependent upon their condition. All items must be handled with care. Marking, tearing, smudging, erasing, or writing on any items is strictly prohibited. The use of gloves may be required when handling certain items.

A request form must be filled out when requesting materials from the archives. Only one folder at a time will be made available.

Photocopying materials will be handled on a case by case basis and must be cleared with staff in advance. Duplication of materials may be denied if damage might be incurred. If you require a reprint of a John Frederick "Doc" McGregor photograph, you may want to contact the Corpus Christi Museum of Science and History. The Local History Department may only provide photocopies or scanned images.

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