Accession Number: 47
John C. Campbell Folk School Records
Selected Records, 1923-1983
Selected Photographs, c. 1925-1985
3.3 linear ft.
Part A - Selected Documents
Series I - Board and Corporation
Meetings, Minutes and Reports, 1925-69
Series II - Directors’ Office Files.
Series III - Scrapbooks and Publications, 1952-82
Part B - Selected Photographs,
Series I - Brochures and News
Releases, c. 1970-83
Series II - General File, c. 1925-1983
Series III - Betty Denash Photograph Albums c. 1930-1950
Series IV - Larry Pontier Prints c.1980
Series V - Doris Ulmann Copy Prints and Copy Negatives
Access and Use
Provenance: The John C. Campbell Folk School collection
was compiled by the Settlement Institutions of Appalachia / Berea
College Research Resources Project (1979-1986), and funded by
the Appalachian Fund and the National Endowment for the Humanities.
The records of the John C. Campbell Folk School were collected
and organized 1982-1983 by Project staff and then microfilmed
at the Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives.Selected
John C. Campbell Folk School photographs were collected, organized,
and reproduced by Project staff in 1986.
Access: The microfilm master negative is owned by Berea
College. A use copy is available in Hutchins Library’s
Archives and Special Collections Department. Because Berea College
does not own the copyright for the manuscripts or printed documents
included in this microfilm edition, it is the responsibility
of the researcher to secure permission to publish from the John
C. Campbell Folk School or its successors and assigns.
The copy negatives and a set of copy prints are owned by Berea
College and are available in Hutchins Library’s Special
Collections and Archives Department. Berea College has permission
to reproduce all or part of the school’s photographs, use
them in slide or film presentations, display them, or loan them
for displays, and to allow their use by researchers for reproduction
Preferred Citation: Either "John C. Campbell Folk School
Records, Berea College Special Collections & Archives, Berea, Ky," when
documents are cited, or "John C Campbell Folk School Photographic
Collection, Berea College Special Collections & Archives, Berea,
Ky," when images are used.
Related Berea College Archives
- Howard A. Kester papers, 1923-1972 Edited by Edward M. Wayland.
- Howard A. Kester papers, 1923-1972. Edited by Edward M. Wayland.
- The Appalachian Photographs of Doris Ulmann
Other Related Archives
Southern Historical Collection, Manuscripts Department Library, University of
North Carolina at Chapel Hill
- John Charles and Olive Dame Campbell Papers (#3800).
- John C. Campbell Folk School Records, 1928-1988 (#5040)
Part B: Selected Photographs, c.
Series Description and Subject List, Part
15 Boxes, 1,913 Photo-reproductions
Overview, Part B
The photographs belonging to the John C. Campbell Folk School collection range
from those taken for insurance documentation and random snap-shots, to elaborate
photo studies and arrangements depicting various aspects of Appalachian life
and culture. There were over 7,000 original images, but many of these were
duplicates. Ultimately, only 1,913 photographs (27%) of the total collection
were selected for duplication.
Overall, the photographic collection is extremely strong in its documentation
of folk school activities, particularly in the areas of Danish and other traditional
folk dance and traditional handicrafts, including ceramics, weaving, wood,
and metal work.
The duplicated photos are numbered on the back, and arranged alphabetically
by primary subject. (See Collection Contents Summary following the series descriptions.)
An in-house index classifies the photos also by secondary subject, by date,
and by the original series, as desribed below. Thus the identification numbers
allow researchers to locate photos by series, by date, or by subject.
||Brochures and News Releases, c. 1970-83
||Boxes 3 - 17
This series consists of 705 promotional, but nonetheless exceptional photographs,
which document school activities, campus, and handicrafts. Subjects given particular
emphasis include folk art techniques, artifacts, and craftspeople at work.
||General File, c. 1925-1983
||Boxes 3 - 17
Photographs included in this series document Folk School activities, environs,
handicrafts, craftspeople, and campus. The series contains 1,104 images selected
from a variety of original formats including loose prints, mounted prints,
albums, 35mm slides, and original negatives. Predominate dates are from c.
1950-1983. Particular emphasis is given to folk arts, craftspeople, and their
work. Folk dancing is also given attention with a number of photographs taken
at various festivals and special events.
||Betty Denash Photograph Albums c. 1930-1950
|Boxes 3 - 17
The four albums and a set of duplicate loose prints that comprise this series,
record school activities involving woodcarving, weaving, dyeing, campus buildings
and farm, and folk dancing. The photographs were taken and / or collected by
Denash herself. Early carvers and instructors are extensively featured in this
series. Denash photograph dates range from about 1930 through 1950. Album titles
include "Crafts, Houses, Farm"; "People and Recreation": "Supplies";
||Larry Pontier Prints c.1980
|Boxes 3 - 17
Loose prints and 35mm negatives from the 1980s contained in this series include
studies of craftspeople and workshops as documented by Brasstown area photographer,
Larry Pontier. Included are views of black-smithing, copper sculpture, lapidary,
woodworking, pottery, and other crafts. Arranged alphabetically by subject.
|| Doris Ulmann Copy Prints and Copy Negatives c. 1922-1933
|Boxes 3 - 17
This series contains copy prints and copy negatives of original photographs
by nationally recognized photographer Doris Ulmann. Mrs. Ulmann traveled extensively
throughout the southern Appalachian region during the late 1920s and early
1930s documenting various aspects of mountain life and culture.
In an effort to preserve Ulmann images belonging to the John C. Campbell Folk
School, the North Carolina Department of Archives and History agreed to duplicate
many of these original prints. Images selected for inclusion in the SIA collection
were taken directly from the copy negatives of these original prints. Also
included are several copy prints taken from images not duplicated in the North
Carolina Archives' project. These photographs are primarily portraits of local
residents and include various craftspeople, folk school staff members and students.
Part B: Collection Contents Summary, Alphabetically Arranged by Primary Subject: Selected Photographs, c. 1925-1985
Box 3: Activities
Box 4: Activities (Cont.), Animals
Box 5: Architecture, Artifacts
Box 6: Artifacts (Cont.)
Box 7: Artifacts (Cont.), Campus Buildings and Grounds
Box 8: Campus Buildings And Grounds (Cont.), Ceremonies, Dress, Events
Box 9: Events (Cont.), Folk Art
Box 10: Folk Art (Cont.)
Box 11: Folk Art (Cont.)
Box 12: Folk Art (Cont.) Interiors
Box 13: Interiors (Cont.), Landscapes, Music
Box 14: Music (Cont.), Occupations, People
Box 15: Portraits
Box 16: Portraits (Cont.), Portraits/Staff, Sports, Street Scenes, Studies
Box 17: Studies (Cont.), Theater, Transportation
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