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Collection Number: P0020

Collection Title: Elmer D. Johnson Photographic Collection, circa 1940-1942

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Image from the collection

Exterior view of the Louis Round Wilson Library on the campus of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, circa 1940-1942; P0020/0020, in the Elmer D. Johnson Photographic Collection (P0020), North Carolina Collection Photographic Archives, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.


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Size 15 black-and-white photographic prints in a photographic album and 12 loose prints in 3 polyethylene sheets (1.5 linear feet in 1 flat storage box)
Abstract Elmer D. Johnson attended the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, N.C., from 1932 to 1951, receiving a BA (1936), MA (1942), and PhD (1951) all in history. Johnson did not take the images contained in this collection, but received them in 1942 from an unidentified fellow student who was leaving UNC to serve in World War II. The collection consists of 15 prints mounted in a small leather album and 12 loose photographs. Imprinted on the front of the album are the words "Snap Shots," and "Chapel Hill, N.C." (handwritten in pen). All of the photographs appear to have been made on the campus of the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill between the years 1940 and 1942. Included are images of the Louis Round Wilson Library (exterior and interior), the Morehead-Patterson Memorial Bell Tower, South Building (exterior), Emerson Playing Field, and student Paul Hayes Etheridge Jr. in a Pettigrew Hall dorm room.
Language English
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Restrictions to Access
The photographic album in this collection is fragile due to its age and the materials used in the album. There are no original negatives for any of the images in the Johnson Collection. Researchers may be presented with a digital copy instead of original materials if the Photographic Archivist has determined an original should not be handled.
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 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Preferred Citation
[Identification of item], Elmer D. Johnson Photographic Collection (P0020), year image was made [when known], North Carolina Collection, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Library.
Acquisitions Information
The photographs were a gift in 1990 from Elmer Douglas Johnson, an alumnus of the University of North Carolina. He received the photographs from an unidentified fellow student who was leaving UNC in 1942 to serve in World War II. (Accession no. 30423.)
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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Elmer D. Johnson of Durham, N.C., attended the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, N.C., receiving a BA (1936), MA (1942), and PhD (1951) all in history.

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Collection contains 27 black-and-white photographic prints depicting buildings and grounds at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, N.C., during the early 1940s. Fifteen of the images are contained in a small leather covered album; the other 12 are stored in polyethylene sheets.There are a few individuals included in the images, but only one is identified. Included are images of the Louis Round Wilson Library (exterior and interior), the Morehead-Patterson Memorial Bell Tower, South Building, Emerson Playing Field, and student Paul Hayes Etheridge Jr. in his dorm room in Pettigrew Hall.

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Contents list

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Series 1. Photographic Album: Snap Shots, Chapel Hill, NC, circa 1940-1942.

15 black-and-white photographic prints in a 14 page album.

Arrangement: Original order as found in album.

Includes images of Old South Hall, interior and exterior views of Louis Round Wilson Memorial Library, views of the Morehead-Patterson Memorial Bell Tower, and an image of Paul H. Etheridge Jr. in a Pettigrew Hall dorm room. Descriptions in this series have been created by processors who worked with the collection.

Flat Box 1

Photograph Album P0020/0001

Paul H. Etheridge Jr. seated at desk in dorm room (#11) in Pettigrew Hall (written on back of print), circa 1940-1942 #P0020, Series: "1. Photographic Album: Snap Shots, Chapel Hill, NC, circa 1940-1942." Flatbox 1, Photoalbum P0020/0001

Black-and-White Photographic Print

Page 01; 2.5x4.5 inches.

Photograph Album P0020/0002

View of Louis Round Wilson Library from steps of South Hall, circa 1940-1942 #P0020, Series: "1. Photographic Album: Snap Shots, Chapel Hill, NC, circa 1940-1942." Flatbox 1, Photoalbum P0020/0002

Black-and-White Photographic Print

Page 02; 2.5x4.5 inches.

Photograph Album P0020/0003

View of Louis Round Wilson Library (exterior, front), circa 1940-1942 #P0020, Series: "1. Photographic Album: Snap Shots, Chapel Hill, NC, circa 1940-1942." Flatbox 1, Photoalbum P0020/0003

Black-and-White Photographic Print

Page 03; 2.5x4.5 inches.

Photograph Album P0020/0004

View of Morehead-Patterson Memorial Bell Tower from rear of Louis Round Wilson Library, circa 1940-1942 #P0020, Series: "1. Photographic Album: Snap Shots, Chapel Hill, NC, circa 1940-1942." Flatbox 1, Photoalbum P0020/0004

Black-and-White Photographic Print

Page 04; 2.5x4.5 inches.

Photograph Album P0020/0005

View of Morehead-Patterson Memorial Bell Tower from rear of Louis Round Wilson Library, circa 1940-1942 #P0020, Series: "1. Photographic Album: Snap Shots, Chapel Hill, NC, circa 1940-1942." Flatbox 1, Photoalbum P0020/0005

Black-and-White Photographic Print

Page 05; 2.5x4.5 inches.

Photograph Album P0020/0006

View of main staircase inside of Louis Round Wilson Library, circa 1940-1942 #P0020, Series: "1. Photographic Album: Snap Shots, Chapel Hill, NC, circa 1940-1942." Flatbox 1, Photoalbum P0020/0006

Black-and-White Photographic Print

Page 06; 2.5x4.5 inches.

Photograph Album P0020/0007

View of main reading room inside of Louis Round Wilson Library, circa 1940-1942 #P0020, Series: "1. Photographic Album: Snap Shots, Chapel Hill, NC, circa 1940-1942." Flatbox 1, Photoalbum P0020/0007

Black-and-White Photographic Print

Page 7; 2.5x4.5 inches.

Photograph Album P0020/0008

View of book dumbwaiter in stacks of Louis Round Wilson Library, circa 1940-1942 #P0020, Series: "1. Photographic Album: Snap Shots, Chapel Hill, NC, circa 1940-1942." Flatbox 1, Photoalbum P0020/0008

Black-and-White Photographic Print

Page 08; 2.5x4.5 inches.

Photograph Album P0020/0009

Chandelier in main reading room of Louis Round Wilson Library, circa 1940-1942 #P0020, Series: "1. Photographic Album: Snap Shots, Chapel Hill, NC, circa 1940-1942." Flatbox 1, Photoalbum P0020/0009

Black-and-White Photographic Print

Page 09; 2.5x4.5 inches.

Flat Box 1

Photograph Album P0020/0010

View of lobby inside of Louis Round Wilson Library, circa 1940-1942 #P0020, Series: "1. Photographic Album: Snap Shots, Chapel Hill, NC, circa 1940-1942." Flatbox 1, Photoalbum P0020/0010

Black-and-White Photographic Print

Page 010; 2.5x4.5 inches.

Photograph Album P0020/0011

Overhead view of stacks in Louis Round Wilson Library, circa 1940-1942 #P0020, Series: "1. Photographic Album: Snap Shots, Chapel Hill, NC, circa 1940-1942." Flatbox 1, Photoalbum P0020/0011

Black-and-White Photographic Print

Page 11; 2.5x4.5 inches.

Photograph Album P0020/0012

Overhead view of stacks in Louis Round Wilson Library, circa 1940-1942 #P0020, Series: "1. Photographic Album: Snap Shots, Chapel Hill, NC, circa 1940-1942." Flatbox 1, Photoalbum P0020/0012

Black-and-White Photographic Print

Page 12; 2.5x4.5 inches.

Photograph Album P0020/0013

Interior hall in Louis Round Wilson Library, circa 1940-1942 #P0020, Series: "1. Photographic Album: Snap Shots, Chapel Hill, NC, circa 1940-1942." Flatbox 1, Photoalbum P0020/0013

Black-and-White Photographic Print

Page 13; 2.5x4.5 inches.

Photograph Album P0020/0014_0001

Interior hall in Louis Round Wilson Library, circa 1940-1942 #P0020, Series: "1. Photographic Album: Snap Shots, Chapel Hill, NC, circa 1940-1942." Flatbox 1, Photoalbum P0020/0014_0001

Black-and-White Photographic Print

Page 14; 2x2 inches.

Photograph Album P0020/0014_0002

Nighttime view of Morehead-Patterson Memorial Bell Tower, circa 1940-1942 #P0020, Series: "1. Photographic Album: Snap Shots, Chapel Hill, NC, circa 1940-1942." Flatbox 1, Photoalbum P0020/0014_0002

Black-and-White Photographic Print

Page 14; 2x2 inches.

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12 black-and-white photographic prints stored in three polyethylene sheets.

Arrangement: Original order.

Includes images of Emerson Playing Field, Louis Round Wilson Library, Morehead-Patterson Memorial Bell Tower, and South Hall. Descriptions in this series have been created by processors who worked with the collection.

Flat Box 1

Black and White Photographic Print P0020/0015

View of South Hall, circa 1940-1942 #P0020, Series: "2. Photographic Prints, circa 1940-1942." Flatbox 1, Bwpprint P0020/0015

Black-and-White Photographic Print

Sheet 1; 2.5x4.5 inches.

Black and White Photographic Print P0020/0016

Students at counter of "book delivery" service room in Louis Round Wilson Library, circa 1940-1942 #P0020, Series: "2. Photographic Prints, circa 1940-1942." Flatbox 1, Bwpprint P0020/0016

Sheet 1; 2.5x4.5 inches.

Black and White Photographic Print P0020/0017

View of Louis Round Wilson Library from Morehead-Patterson Memorial Bell Tower, circa 1940-1942 #P0020, Series: "2. Photographic Prints, circa 1940-1942." Flatbox 1, Bwpprint P0020/0017

Sheet 1; 2.5x4.5 inches.

Black and White Photographic Print P0020/0018

Chapel (unidentified) on campus, circa 1940-1942 #P0020, Series: "2. Photographic Prints, circa 1940-1942." Flatbox 1, Bwpprint P0020/0018

Sheet 1; 2.5x4.5 inches.

Black and White Photographic Print P0020/0019

View of Louis Round Wilson Library (long shot), circa 1940-1942 #P0020, Series: "2. Photographic Prints, circa 1940-1942." Flatbox 1, Bwpprint P0020/0019

Sheet 2; 2.5x4.5 inches.

Flat Box 1

Black and White Photographic Print P0020/0020

View of Louis Round Wilson Library (up close), circa 1940-1942 #P0020, Series: "2. Photographic Prints, circa 1940-1942." Flatbox 1, Bwpprint P0020/0020

Sheet 2; 2.5x4.5 inches.

Black and White Photographic Print P0020/0021

View of Morehead-Patterson Memorial Bell Tower in snow, circa 1940-1942 #P0020, Series: "2. Photographic Prints, circa 1940-1942." Flatbox 1, Bwpprint P0020/0021

Sheet 2; 2.5x4.5 inches.

Black and White Photographic Print P0020/0022

View of Morehead-Patterson Memorial Bell Tower in snow, circa 1940-1942 #P0020, Series: "2. Photographic Prints, circa 1940-1942." Flatbox 1, Bwpprint P0020/0022

Sheet 2; 2.5x4.5 inches.

Black and White Photographic Print P0020/0023

Shelving/stacks inside of Louis Round Wilson Library, circa 1940-1942 #P0020, Series: "2. Photographic Prints, circa 1940-1942." Flatbox 1, Bwpprint P0020/0023

Sheet 3; 2.5x4.5 inches.

Black and White Photographic Print P0020/0024

Interior of Morehead-Patterson Memorial Bell Tower, circa 1940-1942 #P0020, Series: "2. Photographic Prints, circa 1940-1942." Flatbox 1, Bwpprint P0020/0024

Sheet 3; 2.5x4.5 inches.

Black and White Photographic Print P0020/0025

View of Morehead-Patterson Memorial Bell Tower in snow, circa 1940-1942 #P0020, Series: "2. Photographic Prints, circa 1940-1942." Flatbox 1, Bwpprint P0020/0025

Sheet 3; 2.5x4.5 inches.

Black and White Photographic Print P0020/0026

View of Emerson Playing Field from roof of Louis Round Wilson Library, circa 1940-1942 #P0020, Series: "2. Photographic Prints, circa 1940-1942." Flatbox 1, Bwpprint P0020/0026

Sheet 3; 2.5x4.5 inches.

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Processing Information

Processed by: Patrick Cullom, 2009

Encoded by: Patrick Cullom, May 2009; Elizabeth Hull, October 2010

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