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Guide to the Jesse Pyrant Andrews Photographs and Oral Histories, 1973-2014 and undated

Abstract

Jesse Pyrant Andrews is a photojournalist and regional documentary photographer working primarily in Virginia and North Carolina. The collection houses 159 black-and-white photographic prints dating from 1973 to 2014, the majority of which document rural and small-town life in the Piedmont plateau of southern Virginia and northern North Carolina. There are portraits of farmers, their families, Latino workers, and other local people, and scenes from homesteads and farms. Themes include farming, tobacco cultivation, and tobacco auctions; activities such as music-making, dancing, hunting, making handmade firearms, and working with hides and leather. Many of the prints speak to the changing status of regional economies and businesses in rural and small-town Virginia and North Carolina in the late 20th century. Additional projects include a series of portraits of U.S. military veterans; a small series on former employees of a shuttered Burlington Mills textile plant in Halifax, Virginia; views from an Amtrak train during a trip from New York City to Lynchburg, Virginia. Other prints in the collection feature 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. Oral history interviews on seven CDs also accompany the Burlington Mills and Virginia portraits projects. Acquired as part of the Archive of Documentary Arts at Duke University.

Descriptive Summary

Collection Number
RL.00043
Title
Jesse Pyrant Andrews photographs and oral histories
Date
1973-2014 and undated
Creator
Andrews, Jesse
Extent
6.5 Linear Feet, 7 boxes; 159 prints; 7 CDs; 2 mp3 files, 159 prints; 7 CDs; 2 mp3 files
Repository
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
Language
Material in English

Collection Overview

The collection comprises 159 gelatin silver process prints dating from 1973 to 2014, through which photographer Jesse Andrews documents rural and small-town life in the Piedmont plateau of southern Virginia and northern North Carolina. The black-and-white images portray 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, creating handmade firearms, tanning animal hides, and braiding leather; the lives and struggles of American war veterans; the closing of a textile mill and the effects on its former employees; and the changing status of regional economies, businesses, and lifestyles in rural and small-town Virginia in the late 20th century. The great majority of the prints measure 11x 14 inches.

A set of six oral histories conducted by Andrews contribute to his efforts to document the lives of former employees of the shuttered Burlington Mill plant in Halifax, Virginia, and the lives of disabled U.S. military veterans also around Halifax.

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 U.S. war veterans and includes recorded oral histories associated with several of the men. The second project documents the history of two families and their Virginia farm in Halifax County, which dates back to an original 18th-century land grant. 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. The collection also includes 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. The original identifier on the back of each print indicates series, negative file, and negative number, i.e., POR-3-47-9, meaning the Portrait Series, notebook 3, page 47, negative 9. There are a few unnumbered prints. Titles in brackets were supplied by library staff when there was no known title.

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.

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

Arrangement

Arranged in the following series: 13-Month Crop, 2000-2001; Bill Davis and Davis Family, 1976-2006; Portraits, 1977-2008; Train Project, 2010; Virginia Photographs, 1976-2014 and undated; Burlington Mills, 2013-2014; and Other Prints, 1973-2010.

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warning Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research, but is restricted to educational, non-commercial use. Photographer retains all copyrights and must be contacted for any other use. The oral histories require advance preparation for access.

Researchers must register and agree to copyright and privacy laws before using this collection.

All or portions of this collection may be housed off-site in Duke University's Library Service Center. The library may require up to 48 hours to retrieve these materials for research use.

Please contact Research Services staff before visiting the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library to use this collection.

warning Use Restrictions

The copyright interests in this collection have not been transferred to Duke University. For more information, consult the copyright section of the Regulations and Procedures of the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library.

Contents of the Collection

1. 13-Month Crop Series, 2000-2001

37 prints

Series comprises 11x14 inch black-and-white prints exhibited at Duke University's Perkins Library, August 7-December 14, 2002. Andrews spent one tobacco farming season, April 2000 to April 2001, photographing the people who cultivate tobacco on the Moore family farm in Pittsylvania County, Virginia. Images portray family members as well as Hispanic farmworkers. 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. Prints are 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
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First day of planting, spring 2000

Orig. print number: JA_13MCA_1_10

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

Orig. print number: JA_13MCA_6_32

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

Orig. print number: JA_13MCA_2_22

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

Orig. print number: JA_13MCA_6_5

Box 1
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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
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“Pulling” or harvesting the top leaves near the season's end, summer 2000

Orig. print number: JA_13MCA_2_9A_10

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

Orig. print number: JA_13MCA_1_30

Box 2
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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
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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

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

Orig. print number: JA_13MCA_5_30

Box 2
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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
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2. Bill Davis and Davis Family Series, 1976-2006 and undated

18 prints

Series is made up of 18 11x14 inch black-and-white prints, the majority of which feature portraits of Bill and Nat Davis, brothers from an established rural family from the Piedmont plateau region of Pittsylvania County in south-central Virginia. Images range from the landscapes and sites around this family farm to the portraits of the two brothers Bill and Nat. One image includes a sister, Nancy Paige Davis. There are several images of Bill's burial and gravesite.

Titles and captions were supplied by the photographer; information in brackets supplied by library staff. Original print numbers are noted. 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
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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.

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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
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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
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Bill Davis grave, 2006 November

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
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Site of the Davis family spring, 2006 November

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, 2006 November

Orig. print number: JA_LAL_13_XX

Box 3
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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, 1989 November

Orig. print number: JA_POR_42_24

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

Box 3
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Bill Davis's burial, 1991 August

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
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Orbrey Nathaniel Davis (Nat Davis), 1898-1987, at Davis farm, 1978 October

Orig. print number: JA_POR_88_39

This is Bill Davis' brother.

Box 3
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Nat Davis skinning foxes, 1984 November

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, 1989 May 21

Orig. print number: JA_LAL_80_15

Box 3
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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.”

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3. Portraits Series, 1977-2008

14 prints

Series consists of 11x14 inch black-and-white portraits of people from Virginia and North Carolina, including teenagers and fathers and mothers with their sons. Original print numbers and titles assigned by the photographer are retained. Arranged in rough chronological 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
Dirk and Jack, Marshall, Va., 1977 June

Orig. print number: JA_POR_42_44

Box 7
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Sadie Conklin, Ontario, California, 1977 August

Orig. print number: JA_POR_63_7

Ms. Conklin was born in 1884 in Conklin, California, where she lived her entire life. Her father "came to California in a covered wagon." Regrettably I have made no recordings of her.

Box 7
Image RL10010_P_151

4. View from Amtrak Northeast Regional, Train #147, Train Project Series, 2010

31 prints

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
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[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

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[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
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[Houses and street with white car], 2010 Nov. 19

Orig. print number: JA_LAL_110_21_A

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[Cars on highway and graffiti], 2010 Nov. 19

Orig. print number: JA_LAL_109_30A

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[Large graffiti on factory wall], 2010 Nov. 19

Orig. print number: JA_LAL_108_17

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[Large river and cars on highway], 2010 Nov. 19

Orig. print number: JA_LAL_108_37

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

Orig. print number: JA_LAL_111_6

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

Orig. print number: JA_LAL_111_7

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

Orig. print number: JA_LAL_111_30A

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

Orig. print number: JA_LAL_111_7A_8

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

Orig. print number: JA_LAL_111_25A_26

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

Orig. print number: JA_LAL_108_15

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

Orig. print number: JA_LAL_109_6A

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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

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[White wall with graffiti, factories in distance], 2010 Nov. 19

Orig. print number: JA_LAL_108_30

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[Street with parked cars and church], 2010 Nov. 19

Orig. print number: JA_LAL_108_19

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

Orig. print number: JA_LAL_108_25

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[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

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[Graffiti on wall, trees and power lines beyond], 2010 Nov. 19

Orig. print number: JA_LAL_108_16

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

Orig. print number: JA_LAL_108_14

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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

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

Orig. print number: JA_LAL_111_19A_20

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[City station ramp with fence, opaque roof with arches], 2010 Nov. 19

Orig. print number: JA_LAL_109_5_A

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[Large covered train station platform with white stool], 2010 Nov. 19

Orig. print number: JA_LAL_109_14_A

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

Orig. print number: JA_LAL_111_20_A_21

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5. Virginia Photographs Series, 1976-2014 and undated

28 prints; 5 oral history CDs; 2 mp3 files

Comprises 11x14 inch black-and-white portraits chiefly taken in the Halifax, Virginia area, primarily of farmers, forming part of the Carter-Wooding Project, and U.S. military veterans, part of the Veterans Project. Accompanying four of the portraits are oral history interviews conducted by Jesse Andrews, on CDs.

A note from the photographer on the the Carter-Wooding project: "The Carter-Wooding project is something I started in the late 1990s, documenting the 'old Carter farm' in Halifax County, where I now live. The property was originally a 5000-acre land grant from King George, divided into five parcels and given to the five (then) Carter brothers. As was common at that time, the Woodings and Carters intermarried over several generations, thus the name. The Woodings were prominent early settlers in both Halifax and Pittsylvania Counties. The Carters were prominent Virginia settlers since the beginning. The land grant extended from the Banister river, which borders the North side of Halifax (town), northward up what is now Rt. 501. It was probably little more than a footpath then. There are two fragments of the land grant remaining, one of them being a 200 acre parcel (the old Carter farm) and another smaller parcel located about a mile north of the other. One of them is owned by a friend of mine, who is in one of the photographs in the collection, an image of him standing in the doorway of the pack barn. His father is seated on the step in front of him. His father, Robert Wooding, died in 2004, and took a great deal of history with him. His son, Robbie (my friend) still lives on the farm and still grows a little dark-fired tobacco."

The prints are arranged in original order as received, roughly chronological, with original captions provided by Andrews. Original identification codes and titles assigned by the photographer have been retained.

Conditions Governing Access note

The oral histories are open to research use. As they require additional preparation time for access, please contact the Rubenstein Library before coming to use these materials.

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
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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
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Lily Savage, Halifax, Va., 2007

Orig. print number: JA_LAL_97_25

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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.

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Frank Joseph Wilcosky and his son, Frank Joseph Wilcosky, Jr., 2005

Orig. print number: JA_POR_146_53

Print measures 9 7/8 x 7 7/8 inches. Oral history recording accompanies this print. Part of the Carter-Wooding project.

Conditions Governing Access

The oral history is available in mp3 format and is open to research use. As it requires advance preparation for access, please contact the Rubenstein Library before coming to use this material.

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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.

The oral history interview with Aaron was completed in 2012.

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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.

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Rogers Royal sitting under a tobacco curing barn shelter at his farm, 2000 October

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.

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Lawrence Van Witcher (Larry Witcher), 1950-2004, Tomahawk Mill near Climax, Va., 1984 July

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., 2006 May

Orig. print number: JA_LAL_148_15

Part of the Carter-Wooding project.

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

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

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Storefront, Brookneal, Va., 2006 March

Orig. print number: JA_LAL_14_XX

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Storefront, Brookneal, Va., 2006 March

Orig. print number: JA_LAL_14_XX

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Storefront, Brookneal, Va., 2006 March

Orig. print number: JA_LAL_14_XX

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Frank H. Andrews, Chatham, Va., 2004 May

Orig. print number: JA_LAL_100_27

Part of the Disabled Veterans Project.

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Farm auction, Grit, Va., 1976 September

Orig. print number: JA_SALES_7_25

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

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William Haskell Egan, Charlottesville, Va., 1976

Orig. print number: JA_POR_4x5_15

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Frank Joseph Wilcosky, Halifax, Va., 2008 August
Conditions Governing Access

The oral history is open to research use. As it requires advance preparation for use, please contact the Rubenstein Library before coming to use this material.

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Earl Link, Alton, Va., 2013 September
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Donald Carter, Volens, Va., 2014 July 8

Orig. print number: JA_POR_153_28

Donald Carter was a scout dog handler for the U.S. Army in Vietnam, 1969-1970. His dog was killed by a booby trap near the end of Carter's tour of duty. Mr. Carter is shown holding the wooden nameplate that hung on Rover's kennel.

This print is accompanied by an oral history interview on CD.

Part of the Veterans Series. An oral history CD accompanies this print.

Conditions Governing Access

The oral history is open for research use. As it requires advance preparation for access, please contact the Rubenstein Library before coming to use these materials

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Don LaFlamme, Keeling, Va., 2014

Orig. print number: JA_POR_151_28A

Don LaFlamme has been making custom muzzleloading rifles and pistols for over 40 years. The guns he makes are highly prized works of art as well as functional firearms.

An oral history CD accompanies this print.

Conditions Governing Access

The oral history is open for research use. As it requires advance preparation for access, please contact the Rubenstein Library before coming to use this material.

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6. Burlington Mills Series, 2013-2014

4 Photographic Prints

These portraits and the oral histories that accompany them form part of the Burlington Mills Project, which documents the lives of former employees of a Halifax, Virginia textile mill, and how they and their community have been affected by the mill's closure in 2002. The black-and-white prints measure 11x 14 inches, and are arranged in chronological order and then by original identifiers.

Burlington Mill site, Halifax, Va., 2013, prior to demolition
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Parking lot, Burlington Mills fabric plant, Halifax, Va., 2013 September

Orig. print number: JA_LAL_145_33

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Cissy Tingen Martin and Geneva Andrews, Halifax, Va., 2014 January
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Lott Rogers, Halifax, Va., 2014 February

Orig. print number: JA_BUR_1_8

Lott Rogers, now a financial consultant in Halifax, Virginia, was the plant manager at the Halifax Burlington Mills fabric plant when that plant closed in 2002.

This print is accompanied by an oral history interview on CD.

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7. Other Prints, 1973-2010

27 prints

Series houses 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.

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Street scene, Boston, Mass., 1973 October

Orig. print number: JA_LAL_44_27

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Broadway Hand, Cambridge, Mass., 1974 April

Orig. print number: JA_LAL_44_4A

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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.”

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Boston, Mass., 1974

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

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Boston, Mass., 1974

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

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Boston, Mass., 1975

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

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David Crowder, near Crossville, Tn. [Tennessee], 1977 August

Orig. print number: JA_POR_40_33

He picked me up hitchhiking.

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Fox and Willie May Hold, near Crossville, Tn., 1977 August

Orig. print number: JA_POR_40_13

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Crystal Graber, Ontario, Cal., 1992

Orig. print number: JA_POR_88_21_A

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Helen Marshall at Forest Home, Blanch, N.C., 1997

Orig. print number: JA_POR_4x5_24

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Terry Moore in his firefighter's gear, 2001 May

Orig. print number: JA_13MCB_109_XX

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Charlottesville, Va., 2001

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

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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."

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Holly Hernandsen, Pelham, N.C., 2002 October

Orig. print number: JA_POR_3_49

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Times Square, New York City, 2003 July

Orig. print number: JA_LAL_12_XX

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Street preacher, New York City, 2003 July

Orig. print number: JA_LAL_12_XX

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Kudzu house, 2003

Orig. print number: JA_LAL_58_4

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Plant shadow, 2003

Orig. print number: JA_LAL_59_16

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Adam's needle (yucca plant), 2003

Orig. print number: JA_NAT_4x5_16

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New York City, 2003 July

Unnumbered.

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45th St. at Broadway, New York, 2004 December

Orig. print number: JA_LAL_80_15

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Plant shadow, 2004

Orig. print number: JA_LAL_59_16

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Storefront, 7th Avenue, New York City, 2004 December

Orig. print number: JA_LAL_78_31

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Pond ice, 2007

Orig. print number: JA_LAL_106_53

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New homes for sale, 2007

Orig. print number: JA_LAL_77_15

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Danville, Va., 2010

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

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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 documentary projects now also include oral history interviews that provide an important context for his portraits of Virginia veterans, farmers, and former textile mill workers. Andrews 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.

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Preferred Citation

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

Provenance

The Jesse Pyrant Andrews photographs and oral histories were received by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library as a purchase in 2003, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2011, and 2014.

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; and Paula Jeannet Mangiafico, December 2015

Accessions 2003-0229, 2007-0029, 2007-0069, 2008-0040, 2008-0276, 2011-0012, 2012-0040, 2012-0043, 2012-0098, and 2014-0212 are represented in this finding aid.