The Ward M. Canaday Center

for Special Collections

The University of Toledo

Finding Aid

Janet M. Dixon Photographs, 1940s

MSS-051

Size: 3 inches

Provenance: Janet M. Dixon's photograph collection was donated to the University of Toledo Libraries in approximately 1950 by her former husband, Professor James G. Southworth who taught English at the University from 1934 to 1966.

Access: Open

Collection Summary: Photographer residing in Toledo, Ohio during the 1930s-60s
Collection contains 54 black & white photographs (51 x 41 cm and smaller) taken by Dixon in the 1940s. Subjects are men, women, and children of Mexico and Guatemala in everyday situations and scenes of the country side.

Subjects: Music, Art, Drama, and Theatre

Copyright: The publication rights to this collection are assumed to rest with Mrs. Dixon's heirs or assigns subject to provisions of the Copyright Act of 1976. Researchers bear full responsibility to acquire necessary permission to publish any photos from this collection, though the Canaday Center may intervene in this process at its own discretion.

Completed by:  Barbara A. Shirk April 1992 Converted by Patrick Cook Nov. 2011, Edited by Kisora Thomas, February 2014.

Introduction 

The Janet M. Dixon collection consists of 54 photographs (black and white; some sepia) which were taken by Mrs. Dixon m the 1940s. The photos primarily show men, women, and children of Mexico and Guatemala in everyday situations. Included in the collection are scenes of the countryside and buildings, etc.

The photos would be useful for researchers in photography, art history, sociology, anthropology, and other areas as well.

There are no restrictions on the use of the collection.

Biography

There is very little known about Janet M. Dixon. She is the former wife of the late James G. Southworth who taught English at the University of Toledo from 1934-1966.

Mrs. Dixon resided in Chicago, Illinois at 1500 Lake Shore Drive, and was married to Alan Dixon. She entered at least one of her photographs, "Playing Mother (San Francisco Alto)" in DeMet's Amateur Photo Contest [Chicago - c. 1940s].

Scope and Content Note

The photographs in Janet M. Dixon's collection were taken in the 1940s. There are a total of 54 (9 unmatted and 45 matted photos). They range in tone from black and white to sepia and size varies from 51 x 41 cm. and smaller. The majority of the photos are of men, women, and children of Mexico and Guatemala going about their daffy routines. Some of these include shopping m the marketplace, taking animals to market, bathing in the lake, feeding children, attending a funeral, socializing ha the village square, and weaving. There are also scenic photos in the collection such as cathedrals, an elaborately carved sacrificial altar, plants growing in a field, Lake Atitlan in the moonlight, remains of buildings with mountains in the background; some of these were taken through stone arches for a more dramatic effect.

The photos of the people reveal much about them and their lifestyles and can almost be considered character studies. For example, the weather-beaten faces of some of the older people seem to be an indication of the hardships they may have endured and, their hand-woven clothing styles and fabric designs speak highly of their resourcefulness and talent.

Inventory

Box

Folder

Description

1

Photographs

Unmatted

1

Capuchin Convent - Antigua

2

Untitled (woman and child)

3

San Antonio Palopo

4

Untitled (two women and two children)

5

Mass Meeting - San Pedro

6

House of the Lions - Antigua

7

Untitled (three young girls)

8

Market Day - San Francisco Alto

9

Sacrificial Altar - Queraqui (AD 536)

Matted

10

San Francisco Alto

11

Women From Chiquimulilla (taken at Totomcapan)

12

Chichicastenango

13

Market Day - San Francisco Alto

14

Untitled (small child eating)

15

Untitled (woman with child on back and two men)

16

San Juan Chamelco

17

Sacatepequez - San Pedro

18

Playing "Mother" - San Francisco Alto

19

Tucuru

20

Untitled (young woman holding child and older woman with hand on face)

21

San Juan Chamelco

22

Stela H. - Queraqui

23

Chichicastenango

24

San Cristobal

25

Chichicastenango

26

Antigua

27

Lake Atitlan

2

Matted

1

Sacatepequez - San Pedro

2

Mexico

3

Tucuru

4

San Juan Chamelco

5

San Martina Chili Verde

6

Untitled (woman with headdress)

7

Tucuru

8

Chichicastenango

9

The Gumbore

10

Funeral - Chichicastenango

11

On Lake Atitlan - San Antonio Palopo

12

San Juan Chamelco

13

San Cristobal

14

San Antonio Aquas Calientes (near Antigua)

15

Chichicastenango

16

La Recollection - Antigua

17

San Augustine - Antigua

18

Cathedral - Antigua

19

Merced - Antigua

20

Francescan Monastery

21

Lake Atitlan

22

Lake Atitlan

23

Rio Polochic

24

Animal Market - San Francisco Alto

25

Untitled (cathedral)

26

San Pedro Sacatepequez

27

Tucuru