Collection digitized? No. Selected
images are provided here as a sample of the collection.
William A. Barnhill Collection
Photographs of North Carolina folklife, 1914-17 Prints and Photographs
Division, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C., 20540-4730
In 1969, William A. Barnhill gave to the Library of Congress
Prints and Photographs Division materials from his photographic
study, Pioneer Life in Western North Carolina,
depicting the people, landscapes, agriculture, technology,
and handicrafts of the mountain counties around Asheville,
North Carolina, between 1914 and 1917. The gift included seventy-nine
film positives made from Barnhill's 5x7 inch glass negatives
(the negatives were not included in the gift), seventy-seven
mounted gold-toned photographs that he made from the negatives,
and one black-and-white mounted self-portrait photograph.
The seventy-seven gold-toned photographs are housed in LOT
11248, along with captions created by Mr. Barnhill and excerpted
from Horace Kephart's book Our Southern Highlanders.
Also included in the LOT is a biography of Mr. Barnhill by
his friend, Harry Barsantee and a map highlighting the area
in western North Carolina where Barnhill made his photographs.
Later additions to LOT 11248 include thirteen Barnhill photographs
received by the Library of Congress through copyright deposit
and twelve photographs made by the Library's Duplication Services from film positives. Although the original, gold-toned
photographs cannot be xeroxed, many have corresponding copy
negatives made by the Library of Congress Duplication Services that have now been digitized. Mr. Barnhill requested
that his images not be used for commercial purposes.
A number of Barnhill's photographs are featured in Richard
M. Ketchum's article, "Appalachia 1914," in American
Heritage, v. 20 (February 1969), pp. 26-41, 85 [P&P
call number: E171.A43].
Note: Information for this entry was compiled in the
late 1970's for inclusion in: Special Collections in the Library
of Congress: A Selective Guide. Compiled by Annette Melville.
Washington, D.C.: Library of Congress, 1980. The entry was
substantially revised in 2000 by reference specialist Samuel
V. Daniel III.