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Guide to the Jesse Pyrant Andrews photographs, 1973-2012

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Abstract

Photojournalist and regional documentary photographer working primarily in Virginia and North Carolina.

Consists of 149 gelatin silver black-and-white prints dating from 1973 to 2012, the majority of which document rural life in the Piedmont plateau of Virginia and North Carolina. There are many portraits of farmers, their families, Latino workers, and other local people, and scenes from their homesteads and farms. Themes include farming, tobacco cultivation, and tobacco auctions; activities such as music-making, dancing, hunting, and working with hides and leather; the lives and struggles of American war veterans; and the status of regional economies and small businesses in rural Virginia in the late 20th century. Additional projects include a series of images taken by Andrews from an Amtrak train during a trip from New York City to Lynchburg, Virginia, and street scenes and portraits of individuals taken in New York City, Massachusetts, North Carolina, Tennessee, and California; there are also a few abstract images of plants and one of ice on a pond. An oral history recording of a veteran is also included in the collection. Acquired as part of the Archive of Documentary Arts at Duke University.

Descriptive Summary

Repository
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University
Creator
Andrews, Jesse.
Title
Jesse Pyrant Andrews photographs 1973-2012
Language of Material
English
Extent
6.0 Linear Feet, 150 Items
Location
For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.

Collection Overview

The Jesse Pyrant Andrews Photographs collection consists of 149 gelatin silver black-and-white prints dating from 1973 to 2012, the majority of which document rural life in the Piedmont plateau of Virginia and North Carolina. There is also one oral history associated with a print. There are many portraits of farmers, their families, Latino workers, and other local people, and scenes from their homesteads and farms. Themes include farming, tobacco cultivation, and tobacco auctions; activities such as music-making, dancing, hunting, tanning animal hides, and braiding leather; the lives and struggles of American war veterans; and the status of regional economies and small businesses in rural Virginia in the late 20th century. Photographs from the series documenting tobacco farming, "13-Month Crop," were selected for a 2002 exhibit of Andrew's work hosted by the Rubenstein Library at Duke University.

Two related bodies of documentary work whose images form part of the Virginia Photographs Series are the Disabled Veterans and the Carter-Wooding projects. The first examines the lives and struggles of American war veterans and includes a recorded oral history of a vet. The second documents the history of two families and their Virginia farm in Halifax County, which dates back to an original 18th-century land grant to the Carter family. Additional projects in the collection include a series of images taken by Andrews from an Amtrak train during a trip from New York City to Lynchburg, Virginia, and street scenes and portraits of individuals taken in New York City, Massachusetts, North Carolina, Tennessee, and California; there are also several abstract images of plants and one of ice on a pond.

In many cases the photographs are accompanied by captions written by the photographer commenting on the individuals, their life histories, and aspects of regional or local culture. Original identification numbers and titles assigned by the photographer were retained and a Rubenstein Library id added. Any titles in brackets were supplied by the archivist as additional description. The original code on the back of the prints has also been retained that indicates series, negative file, and negative number, i.e., POR-3-47-9, meaning the Portrait Series, notebook 3, page 47, negative 9

Acquired as part of the Archive of Documentary Arts at Duke University.

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Contents of the Collection

Consists of 37 black-and-white, 11x14 inch prints exhibited at Duke University's Perkins Library, August 7-December 14, 2002. Andrews spent a year photographing the people involved in cultivating tobacco on the Moore family farm in Pittsylvania County, Virginia, during one tobacco season, April 2000-April 2001. Includes images of family members as well as Hispanic laborers. Tobacco farming is such labor-intensive work that it is often called a "13-month crop." All titles and captions in this series were supplied by the photographer. Original print numbers have been retained. Arranged in original order as received.

Charles Moore and Terry Moore preparing land for planting, early spring 2000

Orig. print number: JA_13MCA_1_34

Box 1 Image RL10010_P_001
Lillian Moore at the Moore homeplace, 2000

Orig. print number: JA_13MCA_1_20

Box 1 Image RL10010_P_002
Terry and his daughter Christine during a break from seeding greenhouse trays, early spring 2001

Orig. print number: JA_13MCA_5_33

Box 1 Image RL10010_P_003
Christine helping with the seeding of the greenhouse trays, early spring 2001

Orig. print number: JA_13MCA_6_19

Box 1 Image RL10010_P_004
Roy Younger placing seeded trays in the greenhouse bed, early spring 2001

Orig. print number: JA_13MCA_3_24A_25

Box 1 Image RL10010_P_005
Terry with a tray of seedlings ready for planting, spring 2000

Orig. print number: JA_13MCA_3_18A_19

Box 1 Image RL10010_P_006
Loading the planter on the first day of planting, spring 2000

Orig. print number: JA_13MCA_3_9

Box 1 Image RL10010_P_007
First day of planting, spring 2000

Orig. print number: JA_13MCA_1_10

Box 1 Image RL10010_P_008
Planting, spring 2000

Orig. print number: JA_13MCA_1_22A

Box 1 Image RL10010_P_009
Eduardo Pineda Arzata, who has worked at the Moore farm for twelve years, at the curing barns, summer 2000

Orig. print number: JA_13MCA_4_2

Box 1 Image RL10010_P_010
Leonel Perez Gutierrez, who has worked at the Moore farm for four years, summer 2000

Orig. print number: JA_13MCA_4_11

Box 1 Image RL10010_P_011
Maximo Perez Gutierrez, who has worked at the Moore farm for nine years, summer 2000

Orig. print number: JA_13MCA_4_8

Box 1 Image RL10010_P_012
Eduardo Pineda Arzata cultivating by hand, spring 2000

Orig. print number: JA_13MCA_5_24

Box 1 Image RL10010_P_013
Cam Moore, Terry's son, cultivating young tobacco, late spring 2000

Orig. print number: JA_13MCA_5_29A_30

Box 1 Image RL10010_P_014
Terry in the final step of cultivation known as laying by, late spring 2000

Orig. print number: JA_13MCA_6_32

Box 1 Image RL10010_P_015
Christine Moore aboard Moira and Renee, her mother, summer 2000

Orig. print number: JA_13MCA_2_22

Box 1 Image RL10010_P_016
The Moore family gathered at the homeplace after Sunday dinner, summer 2000

Orig. print number: JA_13MCA_6_5

Box 1 Image RL10010_P_017
Terry and workers, from left to right, Leonel, Eduardo and Maximo spraying to control tobacco stalk shoots called suckers, summer 2000

Orig. print number: JA_13MCA_2_29A_30

Box 1 Image RL10010_P_018
Eduardo topping the flowered plants, summer 2000

Orig. print number: JA_13MCA_6_24

Box 1 Image RL10010_P_019
Irrigating, summer 2000

Orig. print number: JA_13MCA_2_33

Box 1 Image RL10010_P_020
Terry inspecting for suckers, summer 2000

Orig. print number: JA_13MCA_1_6

Box 2 Image RL10010_P_021
Pulling or harvesting the top leaves near the season's end, summer 2000

Orig. print number: JA_13MCA_2_9A_10

Box 2 Image RL10010_P_022
Charles Moore and workers with the final trailer of tobacco of the season, late summer 2000

Orig. print number: JA_13MCA_5_36

Box 2 Image RL10010_P_023
Early morning, Terry sweeping out an empty barn, summer 2000

Orig. print number: JA_13MCA_3_22

Box 2 Image RL10010_P_024
Betty Starlin, Terry, and Eduardo Pineda taking a break from barning, summer 2000

Orig. print number: JA_13MCA_1_31

Box 2 Image RL10010_P_025
Pro-tobacco poster at Holland's Warehouse, late summer 2000

Orig. print number: JA_13MCA_6_26

Box 2 Image RL10010_P_026
Terry with cousins Caleb and George Moore at their farm, summer 2000

Orig. print number: JA_13MCA_5_6

Box 2 Image RL10010_P_027
Leonel Perez baling cured tobacco early morning, summer 2000

Orig. print number: JA_13MCA_6_22

Box 2 Image RL10010_P_028
Betty and Eduardo barning newly pulled leaves, summer 2000

Orig. print number: JA_13MCA_2_32

Box 2 Image RL10010_P_029
Terry and Leonel sheeting cured leaves from the barns, summer 2000

Orig. print number: JA_13MCA_3_28

Box 2 Image RL10010_P_030
Sheeting tobacco at Caleb and George's farm, summer 2000

Orig. print number: JA_13MCA_1_30

Box 2 Image RL10010_P_031
Eduardo, Leonel, and Maximo pushing an 850 pound bale of tobacco onto the loader in preparation for market, summer 2000

Orig. print number: JA_13MCA_2_19

Box 2 Image RL10010_P_032
Terry and Charles at Holland's Warehouse on the first day of the market, Danville, Va., summer 2000

Orig. print number: JA_13MCA_1_36

Box 2 Image RL10010_P_033
Terry with Dan and Danny Robertson, Owners of Holland's Warehouse, Danville, Va., summer 2000

Orig. print number: JA_13MCA_5_30

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A tobacco auction in progress, Hollan's Warehouse, Danville, Va., late summer 2000

Orig. print number: JA_13MCA_5_20

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Terry receiving his check for tobacco sales, Holland's Warehouse, Danville, Va., late summer 2000

Orig. print number: JA_13MCA_6_25

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Terry sows wheat as a cover crop, fall 2000

Orig. print number: JA_13MCA_3_36

Box 2 Image RL10010_P_037

Contains 18 11x14 inch black-and-white gelatin silver prints, the majority of which feature Bill Davis and the Davis family, a rural family from the Piedmont plateau region of Pittsylvania County, south-central Virginia. Titles and captions supplied by the photographer; information in brackets supplied by library staff; original print numbers have been retained. Organized in original order as received.

William Arastus Davis (Bill), 1988

Orig. print number: JA_POR_4x5_1

Box 2 Image RL10010_P_038
Bill Davis braiding a belt from deer hide, 1988

Orig. print number: JA_POR_88_20

Bill learned to braid leather when he was a child. His father did not want him to learn that craft so he would take the strands of leather under the covers of his bed at night and practice braiding simply by feel. He could do any sort of braid from the most simple to making what he called a "rosette", a round knot woven from 16 strands of leather, seemingly with no beginning or end.

Box 2 Image RL10010_P_039
Bill Davis playing a chromatic harmonica, 1988

Orig. print number: JA_POR_45_26A

The chair he is sitting in was made by his grandfather, Simeon Benton Davis.

Box 2 Image RL10010_P_040
Bill Davis with his younger sister, Nancy Paige Davis, 1990

Orig. print number: JA_POR_43_16A

Bill was much older than Nancy. When she turned 18, she wanted to attend the nursing school at the University of Virginia, but their father refused to pay for her to go. Bill eventually saved enough money to send her and she graduated in 1941. She never returned to the farm except to visit and lived in Richmond until her death in 2005. This image was made during her last visit to see Bill.  She always referred to him as her "angel" and thus she was making a halo for him.

Box 2 Image RL10010_P_041
Orbrey Nathaniel Davis (Nat), 1979

Orig. print number: JA_POR_88_38

Nat had been telling me about one of his first girlfriends. He was sad because he thought no one would ever care for him again.

Box 2 Image RL10010_P_042
Bill and Nat Davis playing music on their front porch, 1978

Orig. print number: JA_POR_42_27

They knew hundreds of old time tunes as well as hymns and ballads.

Box 2 Image RL10010_P_043
Bill Davis grave, November 2006

Orig. print number: JA_LAL_12_XX

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The Davis family cemetery, 2006

Orig. print number: JA_LAL_12_XX

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All that is left of what Nat Davis referred to as the big woods, undated

Orig. print number: JA_LAL_14_XX

This is where Hat and Bill hunted and trapped their entire lives. Bill used to say that the mound in the background was an Indian burial place.

Box 2 Image RL10010_P_046
Site of the Davis family spring, November 2006

Orig. print number: JA_LAL_14_XX

This spring was where they got their water for nearly 100 years. It is now a mosquito breeding ground.

Box 2 Image RL10010_P_047
Site of the Davis family homeplace, November 2006

Orig. print number: JA_LAL_13_XX

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William Arastus Davis (Bill Davis), 1900_1991, on the Davis Farm near Chatham, Va., 1976

Orig. print number: JA_POR_84_43

Bill was a friend of my grandmother. When I was a child, she would take me with her to visit the Davis farm. I knew the Davises very well. They are all dead now, their farm sold and is now a high-end housing development. The Davis family was a real link to the past. They never got accustomed to the Twentieth Century.

Box 3 Image RL10010_P_049
Bill Davis, November, 1989

Orig. print number: JA_POR_42_24

Bill had gotten out his wool army uniform for cold weather.

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Bill Davis' burial, August, 1991

Orig. print number: JA_POR_51_12A

Pictured are (from left) Calvin Daniel, Ricky Adkins, and Dennis Daniel. Calvin Daniel inherited the Davis farm. These men dug Bill's grave. They and I were the only people at the burial. Bill asked me to make this last image of him at the family cemetery.

Box 3 Image RL10010_P_051
Orbrey Nathaniel Davis (Nat Davis), 1898_1987, at Davis farm, October, 1978

Orig. print number: JA_POR_88_39

This is Bill Davis' brother.

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Nat Davis skinning foxes, November, 1984

Orig. print number: JA_POR_56_8ND

This was Nat's primary source of income. Occasionally he would trap a mink. Nat was also an avid turkey hunter.

Box 3 Image RL10010_P_053
Bill Davis on his birthday, May 21, 1989

Orig. print number: JA_LAL_80_15

Box 3 Image RL10010_P_054
Bill Davis fleshing out a deer hide, Chatham, Va., 1982

Orig. print number: JA_POR_45_30

"Bill would tan fresh deer hides to use in his leather work. He made a device which would split a hide into evenly sized strips for braiding. He made belts, sashes, hat bands, watch fobs, key holders, and guitar straps. He also did harness repairs and remade worn out shoes. But the first step in this process was to pick all the flesh off the hide. If left, the bits of flesh would attract insects to eat the hide and leave uncured spots on the finished hide."

Box 3 Image RL10010_P_055

Twelve black-and-white portraits of individuals from Virginia and North Carolina, including children, adults with children, and mothers with adult sons. Original print numbers and titles assigned by the photographer are retained. Arranged in original order as received.

Mark Aaron, Esmont, Va., 2003

Orig. print number: JA_LAL_65_8

Box 3 Image RL10010_P_132
Mark Aaron, Callands, Va., 2001

Orig. print number: JA_LAL_147_9

Box 3 Image RL10010_P_133
Stewart Werner and his son Stewart Werner Jr., Halifax, Va., 2007

Orig. print number: JA_POR_116_6

Box 3 Image RL10010_P_134
Rud Shupik, Callands, Va., 2002

Orig. print number: JA_POR_57_14

Box 3 Image RL10010_P_135
Rud Shupik, Riceville, Va., 2001

Orig. print number: JA_POR_2_15

Box 3 Image RL10010_P_136
Moira Riser, Pelham, N.C., 2003

Orig. print number: JA_POR_14-3

Box 3 Image RL10010_P_137
John Riser, Pelham, N.C., 2003

Orig. print number: JA_POR_14_7

Box 3 Image RL10010_P_138
Rachael Martin, Halifax, Va., 2008

Orig. print number: JA_POR_123_8

Box 3 Image RL10010_P_139
Giles Motley, Pittsylvania County, Va., 1998

Orig. print number: JA_POR_41_14

Box 3 Image RL10010_P_140
Watermelon vendor, Tightsqueeze, Va., 1992

Orig. print number: JA_POR_86_27

Box 3 Image RL10010_P_141
Richard Stoner and his mother, Beatrice Stoner, 2004

Orig. print number: JA_POR_106_12

Box 3 Image RL10010_P_142
Jerry Smith and his mother, Norma Smith, 2003

Orig. print number: JA_4x5_PORTRAITS_9

Box 3 Image RL10010_P_143

These 31 11x14 inch images were taken by Jesse Andrews on November 19, 2010 using traditional black-and-white film during a train trip from New York City to Lynchburg, Virginia. Images were chiefly taken from the windows of the moving train and capture overpasses, traffic, graffiti, residential neighborhoods, train stations, and other urban landscapes; a few shots focus on train passengers and there is one of a railroad worker on the tracks.

Descriptive titles in brackets supplied by library staff. All prints were developed in 2011 and 2012. Original print numbers assigned by the photographer are retained.

[Tracks underneath power lines], 2010 Nov. 19

Orig. print number: JA_LAL_110_3A_4

Box 3 Image RL10010_P_056
[Boat on large river, bridge in distance], 2010 Nov. 19

Orig. print number: JA_LAL_110_33

Box 3 Image RL10010_P_057
[Graffiti reading "Depression"], 2010 Nov. 19

Orig. print number: JA_LAL_108_24

Box 3 Image RL10010_P_058
[Woman sleeping in window seat on train], 2010 Nov. 19

Orig. print number: JA_LAL_111_1A

Box 3 Image RL10010_P_059
[Graffiti beneath highway pillars], 2010 Nov. 19

Orig. print number: JA_LAL_109_12A

Box 3 Image RL10010_P_060
[Houses and street with white car], 2010 Nov. 19

Orig. print number: JA_LAL_110_21_A

Box 3 Image RL10010_P_061
[Cars on highway and graffiti], 2010 Nov. 19

Orig. print number: JA_LAL_109_30A

Box 3 Image RL10010_P_062
[Large graffiti on factory wall], 2010 Nov. 19

Orig. print number: JA_LAL_108_17

Box 3 Image RL10010_P_063
[Large river and cars on highway], 2010 Nov. 19

Orig. print number: JA_LAL_108_37

Box 3 Image RL10010_P_064
[Bare trees and field beyond], 2010 Nov. 19

Orig. print number: JA_LAL_111_6

Box 3 Image RL10010_P_065
[Tall grasses and weeds underneath highway from moving train], 2010 Nov. 19

Orig. print number: JA_LAL_111_7

Box 3 Image RL10010_P_066
[Cemetery and trees from moving train], 2010 Nov. 19

Orig. print number: JA_LAL_111_30A

Box 3 Image RL10010_P_067
[River and trees next to tracks], 2010 Nov. 19

Orig. print number: JA_LAL_111_7A_8

Box 3 Image RL10010_P_068
[Tracks and white structure with graffiti beneath overpass], 2010 Nov. 19

Orig. print number: JA_LAL_111_25A_26

Box 3 Image RL10010_P_069
[Abandoned building with many glass windows], 2010 Nov. 19

Orig. print number: JA_LAL_108_15

Box 3 Image RL10010_P_070
["Sale Lease" sign behind wire], 2010 Nov. 19

Orig. print number: JA_LAL_109_6A

Box 4 Image RL10010_P_071
[Fence and clouds framed by interior train window], 2010 Nov. 19

Orig. print number: JA_LAL_111_36

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[Narrow tree-lined canal and buildings beyond, from overpass], 2010 Nov. 19

Orig. print number: JA_LAL_108_27

Box 4 Image RL10010_P_073
[White wall with graffiti, factories in distance], 2010 Nov. 19

Orig. print number: JA_LAL_108_30

Box 4 Image RL10010_P_074
[Street with parked cars and church], 2010 Nov. 19

Orig. print number: JA_LAL_108_19

Box 4 Image RL10010_P_075
[Crane and houses behind sheet metal fence with graffiti], 2010 Nov. 19

Orig. print number: JA_LAL_108_25

Box 4 Image RL10010_P_076
[Globe Dye Works sign on factory roof behind trees], 2010 Nov. 19

Orig. print number: JA_LAL_108_24

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[Line of attached houses, tracks in foreground], 2010 Nov. 19

Orig. print number: JA_LAL_111_13A

Box 4 Image RL10010_P_078
[Graffiti on wall, trees and power lines beyond], 2010 Nov. 19

Orig. print number: JA_LAL_108_16

Box 4 Image RL10010_P_079
[Stone prison-like structure with corner tower, barbed wire fence], 2010 Nov. 19

Orig. print number: JA_LAL_108_14

Box 4 Image RL10010_P_080
[Highway ramp and avenue running through town], 2010 Nov. 19

Orig. print number: JA_LAL_108_20

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[Overhead view of tree-lined tracks], 2010 Nov. 19

Orig. print number: JA_LAL_108_36

Box 4 Image RL10010_P_082
[Worker on railroad bridge with street beyond], 2012 Mar. 23

Orig. print number: JA_LAL_111_19A_20

Box 4 Image RL10010_P_083
[City station ramp with fence, opaque roof with arches], 2010 Nov. 19

Orig. print number: JA_LAL_109_5_A

Box 4 Image RL10010_P_084
[Large covered train station platform with white stool], 2010 Nov. 19

Orig. print number: JA_LAL_109_14_A

Box 4 Image RL10010_P_085
[Reflection of photographer's face on interior train window], 2010 Nov. 19

Orig. print number: JA_LAL_111_20_A_21

Box 4 Image RL10010_P_086

Comprises 24 11x14 inch black-and-white gelatin silver prints, primarily portraits of farmers and disabled veterans taken in the Halifax, Virginia area. There is one oral history accompanying a print of veteran Frank Joseph Wilcoski. Arranged in original order as received. Information in brackets is supplied by library staff; original identification codes and titles assigned by the photographer are retained.

[The oral history is available in mp3 file format. Please contact a reference archivist for access.]

Reid Carter, Chatham, Va., 1976

Orig. print number: JA_POR_52_6

"Reid Carter was a mechanic who worked primarily on pulpwood trucks. He lived with his mother in a cabin without running water or electricity. When she died in 1982, at age 100, Reid lost his mind and was committed to a state mental institution in Staunton. He died a few months later."

Box 4 Image RL10010_P_087
Tattoo Red's, Danville, Va., 1994

Orig. print number: JA_POR_87_17

"Red's was a gathering place for local outlaw bikers, the Scorpions. Red died in 2007."

Box 4 Image RL10010_P_088
Lily Savage, Halifax, Va., 2007

Orig. print number: JA_LAL_97_25

Box 4 Image RL10010_P_089
Halifax County, Va., 2008

Orig. print number: JA_LAL_97_25

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Edwin Wemple, Charlottesville, Va., 1976

Orig. print number: JA_POR_4x5_3

"Ed Wemple grew up in Charlottesville and graduated from the University of Virginia. He wandered the country during the depression of the 1930s. He worked as a longshoreman in New York, in lumber camps in Oregon and eventually went to Mexico, where he became a heroin addict. He cured himself by walking from El Paso to the Oklahoma border. He returned to New York, where he lived until 1964, taking in the bohemian and jazz cultures and working at odd jobs. He returned to Charlottesville in 1964 and lived there until his death in 1987. I lived in the same house with him for a year. He had not had a bath in nine years and spent his time reading and sleeping. He went by taxi once a week to the Alderman Library to replenish his book supply. A wonderful man who had endless stories to tell about his life. I regret that I did not record any of our conversations."

Box 4 Image RL10010_P_091
Frank Joseph Wilcoski and his son, Frank Joseph Wilcoski, Jr., 2005

Orig. print number: JA_POR_146_53

This print measures 9 7/8 x 7 7/8". Oral history recording accompanies this print and is available in mp3 format; contact the Rubenstein Library for access information. Part of the Carter-Wooding project.

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Matthew Lafayette Aaron ("Fate" Aaron), undated

Orig. print number: JA_POR_77_19

Born Jan. 10, 1919 at Callands, Va. Grew up on a tobacco farm, enlisted in the Army in 1941, fought as an infantryman through North Africa, then as a Ranger through the Sicilian and Italian campaigns. Discharged November, 1945. Wounded three times in what he called "three years of continuous combat." As a Ranger he was usually at the forward most front of the fighting. He has suffered since his discharge with severe PTSD and alcoholism. In spite of that, as well as his physical wounds, he was a successful tobacco farmer until he retired in 1994. He lives on the same farm where he was born. Up to this time I have not been able to convince Mr. Aaron to agree to an oral history. When I made this photograph, he said, "I was a nice fellow when this picture was made (the portrait of himself he is holding), before I went overseas. Since then, I don't know, I just never have been the same." This is part of the Disabled Veterans series.

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Mrs. Maynard Amos, undated

Orig. print number: JA_POR_51_35

Mrs. Maynard Amos operated Amos' General Store at Callands, Va. with her husband until he suffered a stroke in 1999. Since then she has run the store on her own. One of only a handful of such rural businesses still in operation, it remains a gathering place for local farmers and a source for gasoline, farm supplies, groceries, patent medicines, and just about anything else a person might need.

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Giles Herman Motley ("Mud" Motley), 1961_2003, near Climax, Va., August 1998

Orig. print number: JA_POR_41_16

Died of alcoholism, Oct., 2003. A close friend.

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Giles Herman Motley at Weal, VA., 2002 October

Orig. print number: JA_POR_49_28

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James Bianchi, sandwich maker, at the Corner Deli, Charlottesville, Va., 1976 September

Orig. print number: JA_POR_38_28

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Rogers Royal holding a stick of cured bright leaf tobacco, near Climax, Va.,

Orig. print number: JA_POR_49_19

He is the last farmer in Pittsylvania county to cure his tobacco with wood. This is practically a lost art, having been replaced almost completely with oil and propane curing by the mid 1970s.

Box 5 Image RL10010_P_098
Rogers Royal sitting under a tobacco curing barn shelter at his farm, October, 2000

Orig. print number: JA_POR_49_22

Born on this farm in 1930, one of sixteen children. His father was killed in a fall from a hay wagon in 1951.

Box 5 Image RL10010_P_099
Lawrence Van Witcher (Larry Witcher), 1950_2004, Tomahawk Mill near Climax, Va., July, 1984

Orig. print number: JA_POR_56_8LW

Larry was the miller at this water_powered grist mill, which had been in continuous operation since the 1870s. He died in 2004 from a heart attack. A lifelong friend.

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George Riser, Covesville, Va., 2005 Jan. 1

Orig. print number: JA_POR_40_13

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Parlor dance, Carter farm, Halifax, Va., May, 2006

Orig. print number: JA_LAL_148_15

Part of the Carter-Wooding project.

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Parlor dance, Carter farm, Halifax, Va., May, 2006

Orig. print number: JA_LAL_147_10

Musicians are Glenn Waller, Tim Peade, Ken Peade, and Robert Anderson. The child dancing is Mark Aaron. Carter-Wooding project.

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Chatham Theater, Chatham, Va., 1976

Orig. print number: JA_LAL_44_22

Box 5 Image RL10010_P_104
Storefront, Brookneal, Va., March, 2006

Orig. print number: JA_LAL_14_XX

Box 5 Image RL10010_P_105
Storefront, Brookneal, Va., March, 2006

Orig. print number: JA_LAL_14_XX

Box 5 Image RL10010_P_106
Storefront, Brookneal, Va., March, 2006

Orig. print number: JA_LAL_14_XX

Box 5 Image RL10010_P_107
Frank H. Andrews, Chatham, Va., May, 2004

Orig. print number: JA_LAL_100_27

Part of the Disabled Veterans Project.

Box 5 Image RL10010_P_108
Farm auction, Grit, Va., September, 1976

Orig. print number: JA_SALES_7_25

This is the McFarland farm. They had become physically unable to continue farming.

Box 5 Image RL10010_P_109
William Haskell Egan, Charlottesville, Va., 1976

Orig. print number: JA_POR_4x5_15

Box 5 Image RL10010_P_110

Twenty-seven 11x14 inch black-and-white images taken in New York State, California, North Carolina, and Massachusetts of street scenes, buildings, and individuals. In addition to documentary images, there are several abstract images of plants, as well as a few of houses in unidentified locations, and one of ice on a pond. Arranged in chronological order. Several prints are unnumbered. Information in brackets is supplied by library staff; original identification codes and titles assigned by the photographer are retained.

Street scene, Boston, Mass. with sleeping man, 1973 June

Unnumbered.

Box 5 Image RL10010_P_111
Street scene, Boston, Mass., 1973 Oct.

Orig. print number: JA_LAL_44_27

Box 5 Image RL10010_P_112
Broadway Hand, Cambridge, Mass., 1974 Apr.

Orig. print number: JA_LAL_44_4A

Box 5 Image RL10010_P_113
North End, Boston, Mass., 1974

Orig. print number: JA_POR_40_9

"This woman operated a tiny bakery with the help of her son in the Italian section of Boston. They made marzipan, cannolis, and other pastries, as well as several kinds of bread, all wonderful."

Box 5 Image RL10010_P_114
Boston, Mass., 1974

Orig. print number: JA_LAL_121_5A. Elderly woman standing in front of a store holding a tract titled "AWAKE."

Box 5 Image RL10010_P_144
Boston, Mass., 1974

Orig. print number: JA_LAL_4_34. Children playing in the courtyard of an apartment building.

Box 5 Image RL10010_P_145
Boston, Mass., 1975

Orig. print number: JA_LAL_44_5A. Clothesline with clothes hanging on it, with a garden beneath.

Box 5 Image RL10010_P_146
David Crowder, near Crossville, Tn. [Tennessee], 1977 Aug.

Orig. print number: JA_POR_40_33

He picked me up hitchhiking.

Box 5 Image RL10010_P_115
Fox and Willie May Hold, near Crossville, Tn., 1977 Aug.

Orig. print number: JA_POR_40_13

Box 5 Image RL10010_P_116
Crystal Graber, Ontario, Cal., 1992

Orig. print number: JA_POR_88_21_A

Box 5 Image RL10010_P_117
Helen Marshall at Forest Home, Blanch, N.C., 1997

Orig. print number: JA_POR_4x5_24

Box 5 Image RL10010_P_118
Terry Moore in his firefighter's gear, 2001 May

Orig. print number: JA_13MCB_109_XX

Box 5 Image RL10010_P_119
Charlottesville, Va., 2001

Orig. print number: JA_LAL_21_14. Man walking across a parking lot, seen through partially opened curtains.

Box 5 Image RL10010_P_148
Abandoned grist mill, Riceville, Va., 2001

Orig. print number: JA_LAL_35_7. Wooden building with the window closed in with a sign reading "FIN."

Box 5 Image RL10010_P_149
Holly Hernandsen, Pelham, N.C., 2002 Oct.

Orig. print number: JA_POR_3_49

Box 5 Image RL10010_P_120
Times Square, New York City, 2003 July

Orig. print number: JA_LAL_12_XX

Box 6 Image RL10010_P_121
Street preacher, New York City, 2003 July

Orig. print number: JA_LAL_12_XX

Box 6 Image RL10010_P_122
Kudzu house, 2003

Orig. print number: JA_LAL_58_4

Box 6 Image RL10010_P_123
Plant shadow, 2003

Orig. print number: JA_LAL_59_16

Box 6 Image RL10010_P_124
Adam's needle (yucca plant), 2003

Orig. print number: JA_NAT_4x5_16

Box 6 Image RL10010_P_125
New York City, 2003 July

Unnumbered.

Box 6 Image RL10010_P_126
45th St. at Broadway, New York, 2004 Dec.

Orig. print number: JA_LAL_80_15

Box 6 Image RL10010_P_127
Plant shadow, 2004

Orig. print number: JA_LAL_59_16

Box 6 Image RL10010_P_128
Storefront, 7th Avenue, New York City, December, 2004

Orig. print number: JA_LAL_78_31

Box 6 Image RL10010_P_129
Pond ice, 2007

Orig. print number: JA_LAL_106_53

Box 6 Image RL10010_P_130
New homes for sale, 2007

Orig. print number: JA_LAL_77_15

Box 6 Image RL10010_P_131
Danville, Va., 2010

Orig. print number: JA_LAL_97_16. Storefront with the painted image of a bearded black man. Sign reading "Sanctuary."

Box 6 Image RL10010_P_147

Historical Note

Photojournalist and regional documentary photographer Jesse Pyrant Andrews (b. 1949) is based in southern Virginia, and has photographed the changing rural landscapes of Virginia and North Carolina and the lives of its inhabitants since 1975. His work includes photographs of buildings in small southeastern towns, landscapes from train windows, farms and rural farming communities. Many of his photographs document the effects of the industrialization of tobacco farming on communities that once depended on tobacco as their economic base. Andrews has also photographed Latino workers and has documented, with photographs and oral histories, the lives of disabled veterans. He studied at the New England School of Photography in Boston, Massachusetts, working primarily with photographers Olive Pierce and George Dewolfe. He shoots 35mm black-and-white film which he prints in his traditional wet darkroom.

Subject Headings

Related Material

  • Five Farms: Stories from American Farm Families photographs, 2008 (Rubenstein Library, Duke University)

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Jesse Pyrant Andrews Photographs, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.

Provenance

The Jesse Pyrant Andrews photographs were received by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library as a purchase in 2003, 2006, 2007, 2008, and 2011.

Processing Information

Processed by Elizabeth Arnold, John Mayrose, 2007

Encoded by John Mayrose, May 2007; Meghan Lyon, March 2009 and January 2012

Updated and processed by Paula Jeannet Mangiafico and Matthew Warren, December 2012; Clare Callahan and Paula Jeannet Mangiafico, August 2013

Accessions 2003-0229, 2007-0029, 2007-0069, 2008-0040, 2008-0276, 2011-1012, 2012-0040, and 2012-0043 are represented in this finding aid.

Descriptive sources and standards used to create this inventory: DACS, EAD, NCEAD guidelines, and local Style Guide.

This finding aid is NCEAD compliant.