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Collection Number: P0018

Collection Title: Paul and Lafayette Buchanan Photographic Collection, circa 1920s-1930s

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Size 0.5 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 37 items)
Abstract Paul Buchanan was born around 1910 and lived at Hawk in Mitchell County, N.C. He learned photography from his father, Lafayette "Fate" Buchanan, who engaged in the business on a part-time basis. In the 1920s, Paul Buchanan started working in the medium professionally and often traveled in the mountain counties of Mitchell, Yancey, Avery, and McDowell in search of subjects. Paul Buchanan died in 1987. The collection consists of 37 prints made from original negatives loaned to the North Carolina Collection Photographic Archives for printing. Buchanan's photography is not stylized; his subjects dressed as they wished and his photographs appear spontaneous. The images show unidentified men, women, and children in the mountain counties where Buchanan worked. Some of the people are posed in front of quilts. A few of the images include dogs and horses. The photographs appear to have been made in the 1920s and 1930s.
Creator Buchanan, Lafayette.



Buchanan, Paul, 1910-1987.
Language English
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Restrictions to Access
No restrictions. Open for research.
Restrictions to Use
No image in this collection may be reproduced without the permission and consent of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
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 Paul and Lafayette Photographic Buchanan Collection #P0018, North Carolina Collection Photographic Archives, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
In 1987, Mrs. Paul Buchanan allowed the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill to make prints from the original glass negatives in her possession. The University Photographic Archivist selected images from the collections to have duplicated.
Sensitive Materials Statement
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Paul Buchanan was born around 1910 and lived at Hawk in Mitchell County, N.C. He learned photography from his father, Lafayette "Fate" Buchanan, who engaged in the business on a part-time basis. In the 1920s, Paul Buchanan started working in the medium professionally and often traveled in the mountain counties of Mitchell, Yancey, Avery, and McDowell in search of subjects. Paul Buchanan died in 1987.

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The collection consists of 37 prints made from original negatives loaned to the North Carolina Collection Photographic Archives for printing. Buchanan's photography is not stylized; his subjects dressed as they wished and his photographs appear spontaneous. The images show unidentified men, women, and children in the mountain counties where Buchanan worked. Some of the people are posed in front of quilts. A few of the images include dogs and horses. The photographs appear to have been made in the 1920s and 1930s.

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37 items.

Arrangement: Original order.

The images show unidentified men, women, and children in the mountain counties where Buchanan worked. Some of the people are posed in front of quilts. A few of the images include dogs and horses. Most of the photographs date from the 1920s and 1930s.

Print Box 1

Black and White 5x7 Photographic Print P0018/01

Photographic Prints #P0018, Series: "Paul and Lafayette Buchanan Photographic Collection, 1920s-1930s." Printbox 1, Bw0507print P0018/01

Black and white photographic prints

37 images

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Processing Information

Processed by: North Carolina Collection Photographic Archives, 1997

Encoded by: Patrick Cullom, May 2010

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