James Andrew (Jimmie) Dodd, photographer, son of Earle Bartholomew and Ellen Belle (Horan) Dodd, was born in Houston, Texas, on July 20, 1917. After graduating from high school he worked as a mascot for the Missouri Pacific Railroad. He began photography as a hobby and in 1935, upon buying a used Auto Graphlex camera with a $250 loan from King Ranch president Robert Kleberg, Jr., made it his profession.
For the next forty years Dodd worked as a photographer throughout South Texas while living in Kingsville. He photographed weddings, community pageants, school activities, political rallies, and other social and cultural events. He took many photographs on the King Ranch from 1935 to the early 1950s, a time when other photographers had difficulty getting access to the ranch. He photographed ranch life, as well as the Klebergs' public life and several of the famous personalities who visited there, including Will Rogers, Anne Baxter, and Nelson Rockefeller. For many years Dodd was the photographer for the Kingsville Police Department.
Other significant subjects that he photographed include the Texas City disaster in 1947, the opening of the Shamrock Hotel in Houston in 1948, Professional Golfers Association tour events in Texas in the 1940s and 1950s, and the Missouri Pacific Railroad in the Corpus Christi-Kingsville area. His professional memberships included the American Professional Photographers Association and the Texas Professional Photographers Association. Dodd belonged to Saint Gertrude's Catholic Church in Kingsville, was a charter member of the Kingsville Knights of Columbus, and was a member of the Confederate Air Force.
He moved to Kerrville in the early 1970s and continued working, despite health problems. He never married. Dodd died of heart failure on January 27, 1984, in Kerrville. In 1983 the Barker Texas History Center at the University of Texas at Austin acquired his negative files, which consisted of 23,000 negatives dating from 1937 to 1967.
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Jimmie A. Dodd Photograph Collection, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, University of Texas at Austin. Kerrville Mountain Sun, February 1, 1984. San Antonio Express News, October 24, 1982. Vertical Files, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, University of Texas at Austin.
The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this entry.
Lawrence A. Landis,
“Dodd, James Andrew,”
Handbook of Texas Online,
accessed May 22, 2022,
Published by the Texas State Historical Association.
Original Publication Date:
December 1, 1994