Preliminary Inventory of the Jesse Andrews photographs, 1974-2008
Photojournalist and regional documentary photographer working in the Virginia and North Carolina area.
Collection consists of black-and-white prints from several of Andrews' projects, including "13 Month Crop," an exhibit hosted by Duke University's Perkins Library; Bill Davis and the Davis family; portraits from North Carolina, Virginia, and New York City; photographs of Halifax and Pittsylvania counties; and a series of photographs from Andrews' Train Project, featuring images taken from train windows.
- David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University
- Andrews, Jesse
- Jesse Andrews Photographs, 1974-2010
- Language of Material
- 6 Linear Feet, 118 Items
- For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.
Collection consists of black and white 11x14 prints, dating from 1974-2010. Most photographs document agricultural life in Virginia and North Carolina, including tobacco crop production, portraits of farmers and their families, portraits of other local people, and miscellaneous images. Please see below for a more detailed description.
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.
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Accession consists of 37 black-and-white, 11x14 prints that comprised the exhibit 13 Month Crop, hosted by Duke University's Perkins Library, August 7-December 14, 2002. Photographs document the production of a tobacco crop on the Moore family farm in Pittsylvania County, Va. Andrews spent a year photographing the people and their work during one tobacco season (April 2000-April 2001).
Addition (dated 1976-2007) contains 17 black-and-white 11x14 prints. The majority of the photographs are of Bill Davis and the Davis family. Also included are some other portraits from North Carolina, Virginia, and New York City.
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.
The chair he is sitting in was made by his grandfather, Simeon Benton Davis.
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.
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.
They knew hundreds of old time tunes as well as hymns and ballads.
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.
This spring was where they got their water for nearly 100 years. It is now a mosquito breeding ground.
Addition contains 35 black-and-white, 11x14 prints. The photographs are primarily portraits taken around the Halifax, Virginia area.
Addition (2008-0040), dated 1976-2007, contains 5 black and white 11x14 gelatin silver prints of a variety of subjects. The descriptions below were provided by the photographer, Jesse Andrews.
Photographer: 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.
Addition (2008-0276), dated 1974-2008, contains 6 gelatin silver 11x14 prints, primarily portraits from Halifax and Pittsylvania counties. The descriptions below were provided by the photographer, Jesse Andrews.
Photographer: 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.
Photographer: 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.
Photographer: Red's was a gathering place for local outlaw bikers, the Scorpions. Red died in 2007.
Photographer: 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.
The 18 black and white photographs are the first part of a 30-print series called "Train Project." All photographs were shot November 19, 2010 on traditional black and white film during a train trip from New York City to Lynchburg, Virginia. Scenes include overpasses, traffic, graffiti, residential neighborhoods, urban landscapes, and fellow train passengers.
Jesse Andrews is a photojournalist and regional documentary photographer working in the Virginia and North Carolina area.
- Andrews, Jesse.
- Documentary photography.
- Documentary photography--United States--Exhibitions.
- Documentary photography--Virginia--Pittsylvania County.
- Tobacco farmers--Virginia--Pittsylvania County.
- Tobacco farmers--Virginia--Pittsylvania County--Pictorial works.
- Tobacco industry--Virginia--Pittsylvania County.
- Pittsylvania County (Va.)
- Pictorial works.
- Virginia--Pictorial works.
- Archive of Documentary Arts (Duke University)
[Identification of item], Jesse Andrews Photographs, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.
The Jesse Andrews photographs were received by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library as a purchase in 2003, 2006, 2007, 2008, and 2011.
Processed by Elizabeth Arnold, 2003; John Mayrose, May 2007; Meghan Lyon, February 2009 and January 2012
Encoded by John Mayrose, May 2007; Meghan Lyon, March 2009 and January 2012
Box numbers updated by Noah Huffman after digitization, September 2012
This collection is minimally processed: materials may not have been ordered and described beyond their original condition.
Descriptive sources and standards used to create this inventory: DACS, EAD, NCEAD guidelines, and our local Style Guide.
This finding aid is NCEAD compliant.