O. D. and Estelle Bates came to Irving during the late 1960s. Motivated
by their own interest in local history, they began collecting photos and
conducting recorded interviews documenting the history of the Irving
In 1976, as a Bicentennial project, they headed a group of
volunteers who surveyed the local cemeteries. The couple was later
instrumental in helping form the Irving Heritage Society.
The photos in this collection were gathered by the Bates from ancestors
of Irving area pioneer families. Many of the photos were later used in a
book about Irving's history entitled Irving: A Texas Odyssey.