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Collection Number: 04859

Collection Title: Al Clayton Photographs, 1960s-1980s

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Size 2.5 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 3500 items)
Abstract Photographer Al Clayton of Atlanta, Ga., was trained as a medical photographer and photojournalist. In the 1960s, he traveled through the Mississippi Delta, eastern Kentucky, Georgia, and Alabama, documenting poor people's lives. In July 1967, his photographs were presented at a hearing on Capitol Hill, where they helped spur senators to call for increased funding for anti-poverty programs. These images were collected in Robert Coles's Still Hungry in America (1969). Clayton has also contributed images to books by John Egerton and others as well as publishing humorous books, chiefly relating to food. The collection includes contact sheets (proof sheets containing contract prints from more than one negative that are often used to select individual images for printing) and photographic negatives of images by Al Clayton. Included are photographs used in Still Hungry in America by Robert Coles (1969) and Southern Food: At Home, On the Road, In History by John Egerton (1987). There are also images relating to country music, the Grand Ole Opry, and life in the American South.
Creator Clayton, Al, 1934-
Language English
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Restrictions to Access
No restrictions. Open for research.
Restrictions to Use
Note that there is not a negative available for each image on the contacts sheets. It is not possible to reproduce images that appear only on a contact sheet.
Copyright Notice
Copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.
Preferred Citation
[Identification of item], in the Al Clayton Photographs #4859, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Received from Al Clayton in December 1996 (Acc. 96201).
Sensitive Materials Statement
Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations, the North Carolina Public Records Act (N.C.G.S. § 132 1 et seq.), and Article 7 of the North Carolina State Personnel Act (Privacy of State Employee Personnel Records, N.C.G.S. § 126-22 et seq.). Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g., a cause of action under common law for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual's private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill assumes no responsibility.
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Photographer Al Clayton of Atlanta, Ga., was trained as a medical photographer and photojournalist. In the 1960s, he was asked by the Southern Regional Council help provide Congress with evidence of malnutrition among the poor in the American South. In summer 1967, Clayton traveled through the Mississippi Delta, eastern Kentucky, Georgia, and Alabama, documenting poor people's lives. In July 1967, his photographs were presented at a hearing on Capitol Hill, where they helped to spur senators to call for increased funding for anti-poverty programs. Two years later, the photographs were collected in Robert Coles's Still Hungry in America (1969).

Clayton also contributed photographs to books by John Egerton's Southern Food: At Home, On the Road, In History (1987) and to humourous books, chiefly about food, including Critter Cuisine (1992) and Dreadful Delicacies (1993), both with Mary Ann Clayton, and The Quotable Hog: Root or Die (1994).

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The collection includes contact sheets (proof sheets containing contract prints from more than one negative that are often used to select individual images for printing) and photographic negatives by photographer Al Clayton of Atlanta, Ga. Included are images used in Still Hungry in America by Robert Coles (1969) and Southern Food: At Home, On the Road, In History by John Egerton (1987). There are also images relating to country music, the Grand Ole Opry, and to life in the American South.

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Contents list

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Series 1. Contact Sheets, 1960s-1980s.

Note that there is not a negative available for each image on the contacts sheets. It is not possible to reproduce images that appear only on a contact sheet.

Note that original file folder titles have, for the most part, been retained.

Image Folder PF-4859/1

Country #04859, Series: "1. Contact Sheets, 1960s-1980s." PF-4859/1

Image Folder PF-4859/2-3

PF-4859/2

PF-4859/3

Country music #04859, Series: "1. Contact Sheets, 1960s-1980s." PF-4859/2-3

Image Folder PF-4859/4

Earl Scruggs, Vandy, Studio #04859, Series: "1. Contact Sheets, 1960s-1980s." PF-4859/4

Image Folder PF-4859/5

Grand Ole Opry #04859, Series: "1. Contact Sheets, 1960s-1980s." PF-4859/5

Image Folder PF-4859/6

Green country #04859, Series: "1. Contact Sheets, 1960s-1980s." PF-4859/6

Image Folder PF-4859/7

Terasa Pilgram #04859, Series: "1. Contact Sheets, 1960s-1980s." PF-4859/7

Image Folder PF-4859/8-13

PF-4859/8

PF-4859/9

PF-4859/10

PF-4859/11

PF-4859/12

PF-4859/13

South #04859, Series: "1. Contact Sheets, 1960s-1980s." PF-4859/8-13

Image Folder PF-4859/14

South: Poor people #04859, Series: "1. Contact Sheets, 1960s-1980s." PF-4859/14

Image Folder PF-4859/15

Waylon and Skeeter Davis #04859, Series: "1. Contact Sheets, 1960s-1980s." PF-4859/15

Image Folder PF-4859/16

Tammy Wynette #04859, Series: "1. Contact Sheets, 1960s-1980s." PF-4859/16

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Note that original file folder titles have, for the most part, been retained.

Image Folder PF-4859/17

ACLU #04859, Series: "2. Negatives, 1960s-1980s." PF-4859/17

Image Folder PF-4859/18

Atlanta Journal and Constitution #04859, Series: "2. Negatives, 1960s-1980s." PF-4859/18

Image Folder PF-4859/19-20

PF-4859/19

PF-4859/20

B-AFRA #04859, Series: "2. Negatives, 1960s-1980s." PF-4859/19-20

Image Folder PF-4859/21

Canton snake handlers #04859, Series: "2. Negatives, 1960s-1980s." PF-4859/21

Image Folder PF-4859/22

Country music #04859, Series: "2. Negatives, 1960s-1980s." PF-4859/22

Image Folder PF-4859/23

Cumberland Island, 1980 #04859, Series: "2. Negatives, 1960s-1980s." PF-4859/23

Image Folder PF-4859/24

Charlie Daniels and Jenny Corbett #04859, Series: "2. Negatives, 1960s-1980s." PF-4859/24

Image Folder PF-4859/25

James Dobbs #04859, Series: "2. Negatives, 1960s-1980s." PF-4859/25

Image Folder PF-4859/26

Jack Elliott #04859, Series: "2. Negatives, 1960s-1980s." PF-4859/26

Image Folder PF-4859/27

Georgia Magazine #04859, Series: "2. Negatives, 1960s-1980s." PF-4859/27

Image Folder PF-4859/28-30

PF-4859/28

PF-4859/29

PF-4859/30

Grand Ole Opry #04859, Series: "2. Negatives, 1960s-1980s." PF-4859/28-30

Image Folder PF-4859/31

Green country #04859, Series: "2. Negatives, 1960s-1980s." PF-4859/31

Image Folder PF-4859/32

Hillbilly women #04859, Series: "2. Negatives, 1960s-1980s." PF-4859/32

Image Folder PF-4859/33

Honky tonk #04859, Series: "2. Negatives, 1960s-1980s." PF-4859/33

Image Folder PF-4859/34

Myles Horton #04859, Series: "2. Negatives, 1960s-1980s." PF-4859/34

Image Folder PF-4859/35

J. D. Hudson #04859, Series: "2. Negatives, 1960s-1980s." PF-4859/35

Image Folder PF-4859/36

Stonewall Jackson #04859, Series: "2. Negatives, 1960s-1980s." PF-4859/36

Image Folder PF-4859/37-38

PF-4859/37

PF-4859/38

Hungry #04859, Series: "2. Negatives, 1960s-1980s." PF-4859/37-38

Image Folder PF-4859/39

Juke joint #04859, Series: "2. Negatives, 1960s-1980s." PF-4859/39

Image Folder PF-4859/40

Kathy + 51 #04859, Series: "2. Negatives, 1960s-1980s." PF-4859/40

Image Folder PF-4859/41

Buck Kester #04859, Series: "2. Negatives, 1960s-1980s." PF-4859/41

Image Folder PF-4859/42

Klan rally #04859, Series: "2. Negatives, 1960s-1980s." PF-4859/42

Image Folder PF-4859/43

H. J. Kuntry #04859, Series: "2. Negatives, 1960s-1980s." PF-4859/43

Image Folder PF-4859/44

May Ward's coronation #04859, Series: "2. Negatives, 1960s-1980s." PF-4859/44

Image Folder PF-4859/45

Mexico #04859, Series: "2. Negatives, 1960s-1980s." PF-4859/45

Image Folder PF-4859/46

Nashville poor folks #04859, Series: "2. Negatives, 1960s-1980s." PF-4859/46

Image Folder PF-4859/47

Petta? #04859, Series: "2. Negatives, 1960s-1980s." PF-4859/47

Image Folder PF-4859/48

Billy Pierce and De De #04859, Series: "2. Negatives, 1960s-1980s." PF-4859/48

Image Folder PF-4859/49

Rattlesnake roundup #04859, Series: "2. Negatives, 1960s-1980s." PF-4859/49

Image Folder PF-4859/50

Snakes Cartersville #04859, Series: "2. Negatives, 1960s-1980s." PF-4859/50

Image Folder PF-4859/51-58

PF-4859/51

PF-4859/52

PF-4859/53

PF-4859/54

PF-4859/55

PF-4859/56

PF-4859/57

PF-4859/58

South #04859, Series: "2. Negatives, 1960s-1980s." PF-4859/51-58

Image Folder PF-4859/59

South Carolina poverty #04859, Series: "2. Negatives, 1960s-1980s." PF-4859/59

Image Folder PF-4859/60-62

PF-4859/60

PF-4859/61

PF-4859/62

Southern food #04859, Series: "2. Negatives, 1960s-1980s." PF-4859/60-62

Image Folder PF-4859/63

SRC snakes #04859, Series: "2. Negatives, 1960s-1980s." PF-4859/63

Image Folder PF-4859/64

Swamp #04859, Series: "2. Negatives, 1960s-1980s." PF-4859/64

Image Folder PF-4859/65

Tennessee horse race #04859, Series: "2. Negatives, 1960s-1980s." PF-4859/65

Image Folder PF-4859/66

Eudora Welty #04859, Series: "2. Negatives, 1960s-1980s." PF-4859/66

Image Folder PF-4859/67

Unidentified #04859, Series: "2. Negatives, 1960s-1980s." PF-4859/67

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Processing Information

Processed by: Tim Pyatt, January 1997

Encoded by: Roslyn Holdzkom, January 2007

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