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This guide provides a sampling of the vast number of photographs taken by Erwin E. Smith (1884–1947). From 1905 to 1912 he traveled during the summers to Texas, New Mexico, and Arizona, where he worked as a cowhand and photographer. Throughout the guide are links to the more than 700 images available through the Cowboy Photographer: Erwin E. Smith online collection guide. The teaching guide is designed for use with fourth through seventh grade students and places particular emphasis on social studies and Texas history. Activities are adaptable for interdisciplinary classes and other grade levels as well.




Erwin E. Smith (1884–1947)
Charley Thompson (left) and Ed Bomar (right) Having a Game of Seven-up, Turkey Track Ranch, Texas, 1906
Nitrate negative
Amon Carter Museum, Fort Worth, Texas
LC.S59.217



Erwin E. Smith (1884–1947)
Erwin E. Smith and His Mount Overlooking the Country from a High Point on the JA Ranch, Texas, 1908
Nitrate negative
Amon Carter Museum, Fort Worth, Texas
LC.S59.182
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