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

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

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 ctfild 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 - Chichmastenango

 

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

   

Memed - Antigua

 

20

   

Francescan Monastery

 

21

   

Lake Atltlml

 

22

   

Lake Atiflan

 

23

   

Rio Polochic

 

24

   

Animal Market - Smÿ Francisco Alto

 

25

   

Untitled (cathedral)

 

26

   

San Pedro Sacatepequez

 

27

   

Tucuru

 

 

 

Last Updated: 1/3/12