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Don Shugart Photography Collection, 1978-2001

Identifier: AR0004

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Scope and Contents

Collection consists of works by the professional photographer Don Shugart. Materials reflect Shugart's 26-years as primary photographer for National Cutting Horse Association events including the Futurity, Triple Crown, Eastern Nationals and World Finals. In addition, Shugart shot horse and livestock photographs at Fort Worth Stock Shows, the Houston Livestock Show, the State Fair of Texas and at American Paint Horse Association championship shows. Derby, Jax and Super Stakes are some of the other events included in this collection. The collection is composed primarily of medium format photo negatives. When photo prints or different sized negatives are included it has been noted in the detailed description. Other information such as the names of horses and the dates have been recorded as it is available. The final year for the negatives in this collection is 2001 since the Shugart's business went to the digital format afterward.


  • Creation: Majority of material found in 1978-2001
  • Acquisition: Date acquired: 12/27/2010


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is not restricted.

Conditions Governing Use

Reproduction and publication of materials in this collection are subject to the policies of the UNT Special Collections department. Copyright restrictions may apply.

Biographical or Historical Information

Don Shugart (1934-   ) was 40 when he started taking horse photographs for his daughter, who was in 4-H. He eventually upgraded to a better camera, began shooting horse shows and made what are referred to as "ranch calls." The "ranch call" work  involves visiting a client's ranch to take photographs on site. Although he has retired from some events, his work continues to be in demand since he is highly regarded in the horse photography field. This is partially due to his unique method of removing cast shadows from underneath of the horse by using outdoor flash photography and positioning the camera closer to the ground. Shugart's work has also been featured in many equine publications and he taught a class on horse photography during the 1980s in Grapevine, Texas. Don and his wife, Jan, ran their film photography business for over 25 years. Photo subjects include individuals, cattle, horses, publicity photos and action shots from horse events.

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The Don Shugart Photography Collection contains horse photography for rodeos, competitive events and individuals over a 26 year period which documents the horse industry in Texas and related areas.

Arrangement Note

Materials are arranged into two series which reflect the original arrangement of the collection. Series 1: Ranch Calls is primarily photography for individuals or organizations. Folders are arranged by the last name of the individual or in some cases the name of an organization, in alphabetical order. Each folder may contain a number of images, some from single photo sessions, others from multiple photo sessions over a period of years. The number of images associated with each folder indicates how many negatives are included in that photo session. Folders associated with one individual horse may also contain images of other, un-named horses.

Physical Access Requirements

This collection is stored off-site and requires a minimum of 24 hour notice prior to use.

Source of Acquisition

Don and Jan Shugart

Method of Acquisition


Don Shugart Photography Collection, 1978-2001
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Repository Details

Part of the University of North Texas Special Collections Repository

University of North Texas, Willis Library
1155 Union Circle # 305190
Denton TX 76203 US