Exhibit commentary by visual materials archivist Karen Glynn. Original feature by Tam Ferguson, Duke Office of News & Communications
Hugh Mangum, an itinerant photographer from a prominent Durham, North Carolina, family, traveled a rail circuit through North Carolina, Virginia, and West Virginia. Along this route he took portraits of a remarkable variety of people, rendering a rich and diverse pictorial history of the region at the turn of the 20th century. At the beginning of his photographic career in the early 1890s, Mangum maintained a darkroom in a tobacco pack house on the Mangum farm at West Point on the Eno River in Durham. Over the years, he moved to Virginia and partnered with colleagues to operate photography studios in Roanoke, Pulaski, and East Radford, Virginia.
The Friends of West Point and other organizations, individuals, and Mangum family members worked together to restore Hugh Mangum’s darkroom and to open the "Hugh Mangum Museum of Photography" at West Point Park on the Eno River in 1986. That same year, the Association for the Preservation of the Eno River Valley gave Hugh Mangum’s glass plate negatives to the Rare Book, Manuscript, and Special Collections Library at Duke University.
The Hugh Mangum Photographs Collection consists of approximately 688 negatives made from the early 1890s through 1922.
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[Identification of item], Hugh Mangum Photographs, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.
Processed by Karen Glynn and Peter Hymas.
Encoded by Julie Doring.
Completed May 2006.
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- Mangum, Hugh, 1877-1922
- African Americans -- North Carolina -- Photographs.
- North Carolina -- Pictorial works
- Durham (N.C.) -- Pictorial works
- Virginia -- Pictorial works