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Collection Number: P0015

Collection Title: Jack J. Kearins Collection, circa 1936-1990 (bulk 1940-1970)

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View of an outdoor illicit distilling operation, circa March, 1954; P0015/0003, in the Jack J. Kearins Collection (P0015), North Carolina Collection Photographic Archives, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.


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Size 1.5 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 145 items)
Abstract Jack (John) J. Kearins (1915-1993) of Raleigh, N.C., was an agent with the United States Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms (ATF) and spent most of his career working in North Carolina. The collection consists of negatives and prints, circa 1936-1990, collected by Jack J. Kearins during his tenure with the United States Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms (ATF). Many of the photographs document illegal liquor stills in the state of North Carolina and their destruction by ATF agents. The collection also contains a copy of Kearins' 1969 book, Yankee Revenooer.
Creator Kearins, Jack J.
Language English
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Restrictions to Access
No restrictions. Open for research.
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No usage restrictions.
Copyright Notice
Copyright is retained by University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Preferred Citation
[Identification of item], in the Jack J. Kearins Collection #P0015, North Carolina Collection Photographic Archives, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Jack J. Kearins collected the photographs; Ruth Richard, Carrboro, N.C., donated the collection to the North Carolina Collection in March 1994 (Accession no. 30572).
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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Jack (John) J. Kearins (1915-1993) of Raleigh, N.C., was an agent with the United States Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms (ATF) and spent most of his career working in North Carolina. Kearins authored the book Yankee Revenooer , published by the Moore Publishing Company of Durham in 1969.

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The collection consists of negatives and prints, circa 1936-1990, collected by Jack (John) J. Kearins during his tenure with the United States Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms (ATF). Many of the photographs document illegal liquor stills in the state of North Carolina and their destruction by ATF agents. The collection also contains a copy of Kearins 1969 book, Yankee Revenooer.

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Contents list

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About 145 items

Arrangement: Chronological

Photographs, about 1936 through 1990 (bulk about 1940-1970), and a copy of the book Yankee Revenooer. The materials cover the following subject categories:

  • Distilling, Illicit, North Carolina.
  • Liquor Industry, North Carolina.
  • Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms, North Carolina.
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Black and White Photographic Print P0015/0001

Images of John Kearins, circa 1958-1990 #P0015, Series: "Jack J. Kearins collection, circa 1936-1990 (bulk 1940-1970)." Printbox 1, Bwpprint P0015/0001

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Black and White Photographic Print P0015/0002

Images from the field, circa 1936 #P0015, Series: "Jack J. Kearins collection, circa 1936-1990 (bulk 1940-1970)." Printbox 1, Bwpprint P0015/0002

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Black and White Photographic Print P0015/0003

Images from the field, circa 1947-1949 #P0015, Series: "Jack J. Kearins collection, circa 1936-1990 (bulk 1940-1970)." Printbox 1, Bwpprint P0015/0003

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Black and White Photographic Print P0015/0004

Images from the field, circa 1950s (1952, 1956-1959) #P0015, Series: "Jack J. Kearins collection, circa 1936-1990 (bulk 1940-1970)." Printbox 1, Bwpprint P0015/0004

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Black and White Photographic Print P0015/0005

Images from the field, undated #P0015, Series: "Jack J. Kearins collection, circa 1936-1990 (bulk 1940-1970)." Printbox 1, Bwpprint P0015/0005

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Black and White Photographic Print P0015/0006

Images of ATF field work copied/collected by Kearins, circa 1984 #P0015, Series: "Jack J. Kearins collection, circa 1936-1990 (bulk 1940-1970)." Printbox 1, Bwpprint P0015/0006

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Box P0015/0007

Copy of Yankee Revenooer (Durham, N.C., 1969) #P0015, Series: "Jack J. Kearins collection, circa 1936-1990 (bulk 1940-1970)." Printbox 2, Box P0015/0007

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Processing Information

Processed by: North Carolina Collection Photographic Archives, 1998

Encoded by: Tracy M. Jackson, May 2010

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