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FORT WORTH (AP) – The University of North Texas has acquired hundreds of thousands of images amassed by four generations of photographers in one Fort Worth family.

The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports Byrd Williams IV, his father, grandfather and great-grandfather all lived in Fort Worth and used cameras to earn a living, document history and create art. The collection dates to the late 1800s.

The university acquired it in recent months for an undisclosed amount.

Morgan Gieringer, head of archives and rare books at UNT in Denton, says about 80 percent of the collection documents Fort Worth, including portraits and photos of events and architecture.

The collection also includes documents other parts of Texas, including photos by Byrd Williams II of soldiers fighting with Mexican revolutionary Pancho Villa near El Paso in 1915.

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