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Historic newspaper, photo collections find new homes

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Two historic collections, one containing newspapers from 400 years ago and the other photos from four generations of one family, found new homes during April. Pieces of the Caren Archive of newspapers have been sold to a number of interested organizations while the photo collection has been acquired by the University of North Texas.

Potions of the Caren Archive owned by Eric Caren in Somers, New York, sold for more than $1.3 million. The collection contains more than a million newspapers dating from the 16th century to the 1960s. The newspapers were auctioned in New York City.

The Caren Arhcive is considered an international collection of newspapers, but, according to the Bonhams New York auction house, the Americana materials were the most popular.

The auctioned items included:

  • Anti-British propaganda printed during 1775. “Bloody Butchery by the British Troops” listed the casualties from the battles of Lexington and Concord. Paul Revere’s colored broadside of the Boston Massacre, which was printed for its propaganda value rather than its accuracy.
  • The July 18, 1776 printing of the Declaration of Independence in The New-England Chronicale, a Boston newspaper.

More than 200,000 items remain available from the Caren Archive.

Photo Collection

The photo archive obtained by the University of North Texas includes thousands of images gathered by four generations of photographers within one Fort Worth family. Byrd Williams IV, his father, grandfather and great-grandfather all used cameras to earn their living, document history and create art. The collection dates to the late 1800s.

The amount of the purchase by the university in Denton was not released. The materials are available for viewing in the reading room of the university library.

About 80 percent of the collection documents Fort Worth with portraits and photographs of events and architecture. Other areas of Texas also are documented, including the border with Mexico with photos of soldiers fighting with Mexican revolutionary Pancho Villa near El Paso during 1915.

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