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Guide to the Alex Harris photographs and papers, 1970-2012 and undated

Abstract

Documentary photographer, author, and faculty at the Center for Documentary Studies in Durham, North Carolina.

The Alex Harris Photographs and Papers span the years 1970 to 2012. The 549 black-and-white and color photographic prints are organized into the following series established by the photographer: Alaska; American South; Cuba Auto/Landscapes; Game Boy; May Day: Yale on Strike (which includes images of radical activist Bobby Seale); New Mexico/Arizona; Philadelphia Experience Corps; Portraits of Aging; and Mobile, Alabama. Harris's professional papers are housed in four additional series: Publicity and Audiovisual Materials; Correspondence; DoubleTake Files; Project Files; and Teaching Materials. The papers reflect Harris's collaborations with other photographers and writers on books and exhibitions, including anthropologist Gertrude Duby Blom, and document his career at Duke University, both as a teacher and as co-founder of the Center for Documentary Studies and its magazine, DoubleTake. 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
Harris, Alex.
Title
Alex Harris photographs and papers 1970-2012 and undated
Language of Material
English
Extent
29 Linear Feet, Approximately 15,400 Items
Location
For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.

Collection Overview

The Alex Harris Photographs and Papers span the years 1970-2012, from the time Harris was producing his earliest photographic work as a graduate student at Yale University, to his more recent work documenting the American South. The 413 black and white and color photographic prints in the collection are organized into the following series established by the photographer, and are described more fully in the collection guide: Alaska; American South; Cuba Auto/Landscapes; Game Boy; May Day: Yale on Strike; New Mexico/Arizona; Philadelphia Experience Corps; Portraits of Aging; and Mobile, Alabama. The images depict landscapes across the United States, the culture and society of Cuba and U.S. cities, and portraits and other shots of individuals spanning all ages, races, and origins. Among the images of Yale students on strike, there are photos of the radical activist Bobby Seale. The prints range from black-and-white gelatin silver to color archival pigmented prints printed on laser or inkjet printers; sizes range from 8x10 inch reference prints to very large 24x30 inch exhibit prints, for which smaller surrogates exist; some prints are matted.

Four other series composed mainly of non-photographic materials document other aspects of Harris's career, especially his collaborations with other photographers and writers, and his career at Duke University, both as a teacher and as co-founder of the Center for Documentary Studies (CDS) and its magazine, DoubleTake. The Publicity and Audiovisual Materials Series contains recordings of lectures as well as publicity for exhibits and publications. The extensive Correspondence Series includes not only Harris's letters but also grant applications, research notes, drafts and proofs, printed materials, and photographs. The DoubleTake Files consist mainly of materials generated during the planning stages and early years of the magazine's existence; while materials on Harris's extensive collaborations on other publications, documentary projects, and related exhibitions make up the large Project Files Series, which also includes many oral histories and interviews related to his projects. The last group in the collection, the Teaching Materials Series, comprises syllabi, student writings, and other materials from classes taught by Harris mainly through the CDS at Duke University.

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

Administrative Information

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Collection is open for research. Materials are for educational use only; commercial reproduction is prohibited.

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

Use copies are available as surrogates for the very large prints in the Cuba Auto/Landscapes and Game Boy series, and should be used whenever possible. Please consult with a reference archivist for access to the original prints.

Original audiovisual materials are closed to use. Use of these materials may require production of listening or viewing copies. Please contact a reference archivist before coming to use 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.

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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

Contains six 16x20 inch (box 3) and 50 11x14 inch black-and-white prints (boxes 1-2). The images were made over the course of multiple trips over a five-year period to villages along the Kobuk River, located above the Arctic Circle, and fishing villages along the southern coast of the Bering Sea in Alaska. The images depict the day-to-day lives of indigenous peoples in various small Alaskan communities.

Alaska prints
Box 1-3

Fifty-six black-and-white 17x22 inch digital prints (boxes 6-7) of people and places throughout North Carolina, photographed from 1971-1972. The project was an initiative of the Institute of Policy Sciences and Public Affairs at Duke University and started as a photographic study of substandard housing and living conditions in the state. The images feature scenes and portraits of North Carolinians from counties in the eastern, central and western regions. These photographs are from very early in Harris's professional career. Additionally, the series contains 38 24x30 inch color prints (boxes 4-5) of the American South, photographed from 1984-1985. This project was funded by an award from the Lyndhurst Foundation; the images feature scenes from a variety of Southern towns.

American South prints
Box 4-7

Contains 21 24x30 inch pigmented inkjet color prints of Cuban landscapes and city scenes taken from within the interiors of classic American cars dating from 1948-1958. Also includes one 24x30 type C lambda digital laser print on Fuji Crystal Archive Paper. Use copies for these large prints are available in Box 10. There is also a single 24x30 color print, in a 30x40 mat. No use copy is available for this print.

Cuba, original prints
Box 8-9
Cuba, 8x10 use copies
Box 10
Cuba auto, 24x30 matted print
Oversize Image Folder 1

Game Boy Series, 1997-1999

(2 boxes, 1 folder)

Consists of 21 20x24 inch color prints, featuring the artist's son, Will, and deals with the subject of children and technology. Smaller use copies for these large prints are available in box 13. The project was provoked by the artist's observation that children, including his own, were becoming increasingly attached to hand held, portable electronic gaming devices. The series captures the artist's son in a variety of settings, both public and private, playing his Game Boy and means to explore the implications of how pre-adolescent interaction with electronics might bear out on post-adolescent human interaction and relationships. Use copies for these large prints are available in Box 10.

Game Boy, original prints, 1997-1999, printed 1999
Box 11-12
Game Boy, 8x10 use copies
Box 10

Alex Harris's earliest work in the collection consists of 12 black-and-white 16x20 inch digital prints of student demonstrations at Yale University. The demonstrations came in response to the arrest of Black Panther Party leader, Bobby Seale, who was accused of ordering the murder of a supposed police informant in New Haven, CT. The series documents the demonstrations from a variety of angles and includes images of National Guard soldiers, students and university officials. These images remained unprinted for almost thirty-seven years until they were edited and printed as part of an exhibition of Alex Harris's early work at Duke University.

Yale student protest prints
(12 prints)
Box 13

black-and-white digital prints and color prints taken by Harris in New Mexico and Arizona, printed in 1999 and 2000. There are also some images shot in Arizona at a Rainbow Gathering, a counter-culture festival (1979, printed in 1999).

11x14 New Mexico and Arizona color prints
(49 prints)
Box 14-15
11x14 black-and-white digital New Mexico prints
(28 prints)
Box 16
7 11x14 Arizona Rainbow Gathering black-and-white digital prints, and 21 11x14 New Mexico black-and-white digital prints
(28 prints)
Box 17
16x20 black-and-white digital New Mexico prints
(25 prints)
Box 18

Contains 11x14 black-and-white prints shot by Harris on assignment to document the Experience Corps, a United States civic engagement program akin to the Peace Corps. Images feature school children and tutors interacting in various school settings in six Philadelphia city schools.

Philadelphia prints
(56 prints)
Box 19-22

Contains black-and-white matted portraits of older individuals from Durham, North Carolina in their seventies, eighties and nineties. The images include biographical information and the place each portrait was taken. Also includes publicity poster for exhibit.

Portraits of Aging prints
(21 prints)
Box 23-25

Contains 68 archival pigmented color photographs taken by Alex Harris in Mobile, Alabama for a documentary book project co-authored with naturalist Edward O. Wilson, entitled "Why We Are Here: Mobile and the Spirit of a Southern City" (2012). The prints were part of an exhibit in the Mobile Museum of Art from October-January 2013.

Images include portraits of Mobile citizens from various backgrounds; a football team's activities; Civil War re-enactors; street scenes; Mardi Gras events; and landscapes, including images of the Gulf of Mexico.

The prints were made on an Epson 7900 stylus pro, using Epson ultrachrome hdr inks. The paper is Innova Fibraprint ultrasmooth gloss, an acid-free and lignin-free paper on a fiber base.

[Original 2x3 foot color prints are closed to research use; 11x17 viewing prints are available in the repository.]

Mobile, Alabama color prints
(68 2x3' original prints)
Box 62-63
Mobile, Alabama prints
(68 11x17" viewing prints)
Box 64

Contains paper and a/v materials related to exhibits and publications featuring Harris's work in documentary photography. This series also includes several audio recordings of presentations by Harris. Recordings related to specific documentary projects are described with their related materials in the Project Files Series.

[Original audiovisual materials are closed to use. Use of these materials may require production of listening or viewing copies. Please contact a reference archivist before coming to use this collection.]

Contains copies of publications which feature Harris's photography; one contains an essay on his work. Additionally, includes one folder of thumbnails and captions of particular photographic documentary projects, 1998-2001.

Aperture, 1978 and 1989
(2 issues)
Box 26
Innovations, 2001-2002
(4 issues)
Box 26
El Contemporani, 2001 (essay on Harris)
Box 26
Yale Alumni Magazine, 1971
Box 26
Brochures, Cordoned Heart and Gertrude Blom, 1984 and undated
Box 26
Other brochures, 1993-2000 and undated
Box 26
Printed pages of thumbnail images and captions from Harris's photographic collection at Duke, 1998-2001
Box 26
Exhibition catalog, Les Suds profonds de l'Ámerique--Alex Harris, Clarence John Laughlin, Ralph Eugene Meatyard: collection le Pavillon des Images, 2010

Produced by Gilles Mora, Paris, Democratic Books. Also includes leaflet from exhibition and undated [2010] gift note from Alex Harris. Exhibition date: 2010 Oct. 21-2011 Jan. 30.

Box 60

Recordings of Harris from a 1993 presentation given at the National Humanities Center, and an exhibit reception at Duke University in 2003. Titles taken from original cassette labels, with some information supplied by the archivist. Arranged chronologically.

Lectures and speaking engagements related to Harris's photographic projects and publications, including A World Unsuspected: Portraits of Southern Childhood; A New Life: Stories and Photographs from the Suburban South; and South Africa: The Cordoned Heart project, are found in their respective subseries in the Project Files Series.

[Original audiovisual materials are closed to use. Some use copies are available and are noted. Otherwise, access to materials requires production of listening or viewing copies. Please contact a reference archivist before coming to use this collection.]

National Humanities Center (NHC) lecture: The Art of Documentary Photography, #247, circa 1993
Box 27 Audiocassette RL_10060_C_012
NHC lecture: Culture in Focus, #653, circa 1993
(2 copies)
Box 27 Audiocassette RL_10060_C_013
Harris's presentation at the opening reception of his exhibit, Alex Harris Photographs, 1998-2000, Images From the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, September 24, 2003
Audiocassette RL_10060_C_018

One VHS video cassette and one DVD documenting class activities and a lecture.

[Original audiovisual materials are closed to use. Use copies are available. Please contact a reference archivist before coming to use this collection.]

"AGO AME made by the students of CA 180S, Duke University, Fall 1996, Film and Video Program and Dept. of Cultural Anthropology," VHS video cassette, 1996

[Viewing copy available in Box 62.]

Box 62
"The Idea of Cuba--Alex Harris Lecture," Nasher Museum, DVD, 2007 Nov. 16

[Viewing copy available in Box 62.]

Box 62
Use copies of interviews with Gertrude Duby Blom; one use copy of NHC lecture "Culture in Focus" by Harris.
Box 28
Use copies of "AGO AME" video and "The Idea of Cuba" lecture by Harris
Box 62

Correspondence, drafts, grant applications, research notes, photographs, printed materials, proofs, publicity, and other materials produced during Harris's work on a variety of books, conferences, exhibitions, and academic activities from the mid-1970s through the early 1990s. Some projects are covered in considerable depth, including the following: early history of the Duke University Center for Documentary Studies; Wendy Ewald and the project that eventually became the Literacy Through Photography Program; photographer Paul Kwilecki's first book, Understandings; Harris's work with Robert Coles and Helen Levitt on her In the Street: Chalk Drawings and Messages New York City, 1938-1948; and various projects involving South African photographers (see scope notes for specific boxes). Other books and exhibitions represented in this series include: I Shall Save One Land Unvisited: Eleven Southern Photographers (1978); The Last and First Eskimos (1982); The Old Ones of New Mexico (various editions); Red White Blue and God Bless You: a Portrait of Northern New Mexico (1992); and River of Traps: a Village Life (1990). Arranged alphabetically by correspondent or topic.

Abram-Bios, 1973-1992 and undated
(36 folders)
Box 29
Black photography-CDS, 1980-1991 and undated
(30 folders)
Box 30
CDS Board-Coffey, 1979-1991
(20 folders)
Box 31
Coles-Dietz, 1972-1992 and undated

Materials include correspondence and publicity for The Cordoned Heart exhibition.

(28 folders)
Box 32
Doc book-Ewald, 1976-1991 and undated
(25 folders)
Box 33
Ewald-Gallery 10, 1980-1992 and undated

Materials include seventy-five of Harris's 35mm slides and related negatives of John Hope Franklin, 1990 June-July.

(22 folders)
Box 34
General correspondence-ICP (International Center of Photography), 1976-1991 and undated
(38 folders)
Box 35
ICP-Ledochowski, 1978-1990 and undated

Materials include manuscripts and correspondence with photographer Paul Kwilecki on his first book, Understandings. See also related materials filed under the book's title. Some items removed to Oversize Materials.

(21 folders)
Box 36
Leger-Lyndhurst, 1980-1990 and undated
(20 folders)
Box 37
Lynnemeir-Mora, 1979-1992 and undated

One folder, A.J. Meek, removed for preservation.

(34 folders)
Box 38
Morgan-Resume, 1977-1992 and undated
(43 folders)
Box 39
Rhodenbaugh-Smith, 1981-1992 and undated
(32 folders)
Box 40
Smithsonian-South Africa, Cordoned Heart, 1981-1991 and undated

Materials include: correspondence with Omar Badsha and other photographers; publicity and photographic materials for various South Africa projects such as Beyond the Barricades, The Cordoned Heart and The Transported of Kwandebele For the last title, see also materials filed under David Goldblatt.

(13 folders)
Box 41
South Africa, Friends of Photography-Trachtenberg, 1981-1991 and undated

Materials include; correspondence and publicity materials for the South Africa Documentary Photography Fellowship Program; transcripts of interviews with South African documentary photographers and with South African journalist Allister Sparks.

(21 folders)
Box 42
Trask-Young, 1975-1990 and undated
(36 folders)
Box 43
Photographs, various projects, 1972-1991 and undated

8x10" format prints and negatives removed from correspondence folders for flat storage. Includes work on projects with Gertrude Blom, Robert Coles, the photographs of Aden Field, and publicity photographs for The Cordoned Heart.

(5 folders)
Box 44

Files consist chiefly of correspondence with several hundred authors, photographers, and staff members during the first few years of publication of the magazine DoubleTake. Recordings derive from organizational meetings and various talks by DoubleTake founders such as Robert Coles.

Related materials may be found in the DoubleTake Records, 1908-1999 (bulk 1993-1999), also held in the Rubenstein Library. Materials about the magazine's founding can be found under files titled Editorial Prospectus; Whitney Ellsworth (a publishing consultant); Publication--Early Correspondence; and Quail Roost conference, and in other folders. See also the recordings in this series. Arranged alphabetically by name or topic.

Ackerman-Crosland
(80 folders)
Box 45
Cummings-Exploris
(36 folders)
Box 46
Farmer-Kellam
(65 folders)
Box 47
Keohane-Mickiewicz
(57 folders)
Box 48
Microscopic-Quail Roost
(44 folders)
Box 49
Race-Zagajewski
(94 folders)
Box 50

A group of eight recordings, six of which document meetings and retreats conducted in the early 1990s to discuss creation of the magazine eventually known as DoubleTake. Two microcassettes from 1986 feature Robert Coles discussing the Center for Documentary Studies. No transcripts have been discovered, but material on the early history of the magazine is present in this collection. Several tapes may derive from the same meeting at Quail Roost Retreat in 1993, although with slight variations in labeling and dating. Tapes are arranged chronologically. "MC" denotes microcassettes, "C," audiocassettes.

[Originals closed to use. Listening copies must be made. Please consult with a reference archivist before coming to use this item.]

"R. Coles on Documentary Studies," 1986 Jan. 27
Box 62 Audiocassette RL_10060_MC_019
"R. Coles on Documentary Studies," 1986 Jan. 27
Box 62 Audiocassette RL_10060_MC_020
"Bob Coles/Whitney Ellsworth," 1992 May 4
Box 62 Audiocassette RL_10060_C_025
"Bob Coles/Alex Harris Q.R. [i.e., Quail Roost] #1," undated [1993 May 5?]
Box 62 Audiocassette RL_10060_C_026
"#3 Quail Roost Retreat, Whitney Ellsworth, Alex Harris, et al.," 1993 May 5
Box 62 Audiocassette RL_10060_C_027
"Bob on magazine," undated
Box 62 Audiocassette RL_10060_C_028
"DoubleTake conv. [conf.?]," undated
Box 62 Audiocassette RL_10060_C_029
"DoubleTake meeting," undated
Box 62 Audiocassette RL_10060_C_030

Articles, correspondence, grant applications, manuscripts, notes, photographic materials, printed materials, research notes, tape recordings, and other documents derived from various books and related exhibitions and symposia on which Harris has worked as curator, editor, organizer, or photographer. The bulk of the materials derive from the following three books and related projects: Gertrude Blom: Bearing Witness (1984); A New Life: Stories and Photographs from the Suburban South (1997); A World Unsuspected: Portraits of Southern Childhood (1987); and from South Africa: The Cordoned Heart, (1986) a project on South African photographers documenting apartheid, conducted with Omar Badsha, Bruce Payne, Margaret Sartor, and others. There are two large sets of oral history interviews on cassette tapes in this series, deriving from Harris's work with anthropologist Blom, and from his work with South African photographers.

Articles, recorded interviews, correspondence, grant applications, manuscripts, research notes, card files, and other materials related to projects on anthropologist, journalist, and photographer Gertrude Duby Blom, who documented the culture and struggles of Mexican indigenous peoples such as the Lacandón. Materials center around Harris's work with Blom on the book Gertrude Blom: Bearing Witness (1984) and the related exhibition at the International Center for Photography, also 1984, co-curated by Harris and Margaret Sartor. Arranged alphabetically by topic. Photos of indigenous tribes, probably from this period, are also found in Box 57.

The Rubenstein Library also holds a small collection of Blom's photographic prints of the Lacandón.

[Original audiovisual materials are closed to use. Listening copies are available. Please contact a reference archivist before coming to use this collection.]

Blom project files
(22 folders)
Box 51-53
Mexico: small black-and-white photographs of indigenous tribes and bi-racial people (Lacandón, Ladinos, and others), circa 1983
(3 folders)
Box 57

Eight of the cassettes are interviews conducted by Alex Harris; the ninth cassette features Blom speaking at a conference. Titles are transcribed from original cassette labels, with some additional expansion/information supplied by archivist.

[Listening copies available in Box 28.]

G. Blom 7/3/82-conference; 7/4/82-childhood [Side 1]; G. Blom 7/4/82 childhood; 7/5/82 Italy, Germany [Side 2]
Box 27 Audiocassette RL_10060_C_001
G. Blom - political yrs 7/4; Europe 7/5, Mexico 1939 [Side A]; 7/5-7/6/82 Early Days Lacandones; 2 Jacinto, Bor [Side B]
Box 27 Audiocassette RL_10060_C_002
7/6/82, Missionaries, early Mexico; changes (?), deforestation [Side A]; deforestation, change culture; Na Bolom, Bor & Kin [Side B]
Box 27 Audiocassette RL_10060_C_003
7/9/82--Bor and Kin 7/10/82 [Side A]; 7/11/82 Trudi [Blom] on photography, politics--world situation [Side B]
Box 27 Audiocassette RL_10060_C_004
7/12, Politics and Frey Bartolomé; 7/13 Education, Franz -- Anthropology (?) [Side A]; 7/14 Trudi [Blom] on Women [Side B]
Box 27 Audiocassette RL_10060_C_005
7/14, Woman as photog [photographer]; 7/15 Chan K'in & roman [Side A]; 7/15 Chan K'in & Rivers (?); 7/16
Box 27 Audiocassette RL_10060_C_006
G. Blom 7/15/82 (57) 7 on conference [Side A]; G. Blom on Photos 7/20 [Side B]
Box 27 Audiocassette RL_10060_C_007
Trudi on Photos 7/20 (elec. goes off) [Side A]; Trudi on photos 7/20 [Side B]
Box 27 Audiocassette RL_10060_C_008
"Blum--Trudi's talk/conference" [Side A]; "Gertrude Blom" [Side B], undated
Box 27 Audiocassette RL_10060_C_009

Biographies of authors and photographers, correspondence, finances and contracts, and printed materials for A New Life: Stories and Photographs from the Suburban South (1997). Arranged alphabetically by topic. Also includes a recording of Harris speaking about his work, circa 1997.

[Original audiovisual materials are closed to use. Use of these materials may require production of listening or viewing copies. Please contact a reference archivist before coming to use this collection.]

A New Life files
(17 folders)
Box 53-54
Inside The Arts: Alex Harris - A New Life, circa 1997
Box 27 Audiocassette RL_10060_C_011

Manuscripts, recorded lectures, correspondence, copy-edited typescripts, printed materials, and other project files for Harris's book, A World Unsuspected: Portraits of Southern Childhood (1987). Also included here are preparations for a conference at the Lyndhurst Foundation in Chattanooga. Arranged with individual authors's manuscripts first, followed by topical categories in chronological order.

A World Unsuspected project files
(54 folders)
Box 55-57
"Alex Harris--A World Unsuspected" [Side A], undated; "Backward Glances Closing" [Side B], 1988 Apr. 23
Box 27 Audiocassette RL_10060_C_010
"A World Unsuspected," undated
(4 audiocassettes)
Box 27 Audiocassette RL_10060_C_014-C_017

Audiocassettes and micro cassettes of interviews with many of the twenty photographers represented in the Rubenstein Library's South African Documentary Photography Collection, curated by Alex Harris during his work on the project "South Africa: The Cordoned Heart," which resulted in a book published in 1986. Interviews were conducted mainly by Alex Harris and Margaret Sartor. The tapes are mainly undated, but transcripts place them between October 1985 and July 1986. Also includes presentations by Alex Harris and Bruce Payne and others.

There are fifteen microcassettes and six audiocassettes in this group, arranged in order by last name, then by date. Unidentified tapes are at the end. Includes a set of four cassettes from a Cordoned Heart symposium, 1986. "MC" denotes microcassettes, "C," audiocassettes. Since the transcripts contain little or no reference to the tape numbering scheme, an individual transcript cannot be assumed to contain all appearances of an individual on various tapes. Transcripts are housed in the Correspondence Series under "South Africa--Transcripts."

[Originals closed to use. Listening copy must be made. Please consult with a reference archivist before coming to use this item.]

Alberts, Paul (Sides A, B), undated

[Transcript available in Box 42. See also "Unidentified tapes" below.]

Box 62 Audiocassette RL_10060_MC_01
Alphers, Joseph (Side B), undated

[Transcript available in Box 42.]

Box 62 Audiocassette RL_10060_MC_11
"Badsha at Duke" (Sides A and B), undated
Box 62 Audiocassette RL_10060_C_019
Badsha, Omar

Badsha's name appears in numerous transcripts; no single transcript is filed under his name. He also appears on these microcassettes: MC_03; MC_04, (A and B); MC_06 (A and B) [plus "Jeewa"]; MC_07 (A and B); MC_10 (Side B); and MC_08 (A and B).

Box 62
Barry, M. [Michael?] (Side A), undated [1985]

[Transcript available in Box 42.]

Box 62 Audiocassette RL_10060_MC_12
Berman, Bee (Side B), undated

[Transcript available in Box 42.]

Box 62 Audiocassette RL_10060_MC_12
Davies, Michael (Side A), undated

[Transcript available in Box 42.]

Box 62 Audiocassette RL_10060_MC_03
Gentry, Brenda (Side B), undated
Box 62 Audiocassette RL_10060_MC_14
Goldblatt, David--see "Unidentified tapes" below, undated

[Transcript available in Box 42.]

Box 62
Johnson, Lisa (Side A), undated
Box 62 Audiocassette RL_10060_MC_14
Konings, Paul--see "Unidentified tapes" below, undated

[Transcript available in Box 42.]

Box 62
Lawson, Lesley (Side B), undated

[Transcript available in Box 42.]

Box 62 Audiocassette RL_10060_MC_09
Ledechowski, Chris (Side B), undated

[Transcript available in Box 42.]

Box 62 Audiocassette RL_10060_MC_03
Ledechowski, Chris (Side A), undated

[Transcript available in Box 42.]

Box 62 Audiocassette RL_10060_MC_05
Lombard, Rashid (Side B), undated

[Transcript available in Box 42.]

Box 62 Audiocassette RL_10060_MC_05
Lombard, Rashid (Side A), undated

[Transcript available in Box 42.]

Box 62 Audiocassette RL_10060_MC_12
Lombard, Rashid (Sides A and B), undated

[Transcript available in Box 42.]

Box 62 Audiocassette RL_10060_MC_13
Maclennan, Ben (Side A); Micro2, undated

[Transcript available in Box 42.]

Box 62 Audiocassette RL_10060_MC_01
Maclennan, Ben (Side B), undated

[Transcript available in Box 42.]

Box 62 Audiocassette RL_10060_MC_08
Matthews, Jimmy (Side A), undated

[Transcript available in Box 42.]

Box 62 Audiocassette RL_10060_MC_10
Mendel, Gideon (Side A), undated

[Transcript available in Box 42.]

Box 62 Audiocassette RL_10060_MC_08
Mendel, Gideon (Side B), undated

[Transcript available in Box 42.]

Box 62 Audiocassette RL_10060_MC_12
Nunn, Cedric (Side A), undated
Box 62 Audiocassette RL_10060_MC_02
Payne, Bruce, and Alex Harris, "Bruce and Alex on S. Africa Duke Talk", undated
Box 27 Audiocassette RL_10060_MC_02
Payne, Bruce, and Alex Harris, speaking on the Cordoned Heart project, undated
Box 27 Audiocassette RL_10060_MC_15
Perez, Bernie (Side B), undated

[Transcript available?]

Box 62 Audiocassette RL_10060_MC_01
Peters, Myron, 1985

[Peters's name is not labeled on a tape, but a transcript is available in Box 42.]

Box 62
South Africa: The Cordoned Heart Symposium, ICP [four audiocassettes labeled Side 1 -- Side 7], 1986 May 9
Box 62 Audiocassette RL_10060_C_020-C_023
Sparks, Allister (sides A and B), undated

[Transcript available in Box 42.]

Box 62 Audiocassette RL_10060_C_024
Weinberg, Paul (A); see also "Unidentified tapes" below.
Box 62 Audiocassette RL_10060_MC_11
W. [Weinberg], Paul (A and B); see also "Unidentified tapes" below.
Box 62 Audiocassette RL_10060_MC_04
Unidentified: GBlatt [Goldblatt?] (Side B), undated
Box 62 Audiocassette RL_10060_MC_02
Unidentified: Paul [could mean Alberts, Konings, or Weinberg] (Side B), undated
Box 62 Audiocassette RL_10060_MC_05
Unidentified: Side A may also refer to Goldblatt, undated
Box 62 Audiocassette RL_10060_MC_09
Notebook with "Bill Hawley" on cover (Director of Educational Programs in Public Policy at Duke Univ.) with notes on education programs in NC, and other loose notes on same, 1978 and undated
Box 62
Script from a talk concerning Harris's documentary film work (in partnership with Paula Erlich), The Time of Our lives: Living With Brain Cancer, circa 2012
Box 62

Syllabi, printed materials, student writings, and other classroom materials for Harris's classes at University of North Carolina and Duke University. Arranged chronologically.

[SOME MATERIALS MAY BE RESTRICTED: Students's grades and social security numbers have been redacted in all places where they were encountered. Any similar information remaining in the files is closed to use and must be removed.]

Classes at UNC and Duke, 1976-1996
(32 folders)
Box 58-60
Student Photographic Work, DOC, 2003-2004

Color photographs documenting North Carolina State Fairgrounds and Durham, North Carolina urban scenes, produced by three students taking Alex Harris's course, PPS/DOCST 177S, academic year 2003-2004. Consists of nine inkjet 9x13 inch color prints and four paper-format text panels, including the introductory text panel by Harris. Some of the students's work was exhibited in 2004 at the Center for Documentary Studies under the title Sense of Place. List of titles available in the box.

(13 items)
Box 61
Kwilecki, Paul: proofs and other documents from Kwilecki's photography book, Understandings (removed from Correspondence Series)
Box 61
Printed materials and publicity, various projects, 1975-1991 and undated
(5 folders)
Box 61
Lyon, Danny, Memories of the Southern Civil Rights Movement, proofs, 1992
(4 folders)
Box 61

Historical Note

Alex Harris was born in 1949 and grew up in Atlanta, Georgia. He is married to Margaret Sartor, also a documentary photographer and educator. Harris has spent the majority of his adult life in North Carolina. His photography deals with a wide range of subject matter, documenting in particular aspects of the American South, New Mexico, Arizona, and Alaska, as well as the people and regions of Cuba. Many of his works are part of major collections, including those of The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, The J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles, The Museum of Modern Art in New York, The High Museum of Art in Atlanta, The North Carolina Museum of Art, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Harris has also received a variety of awards for his photography, including a Guggenheim Fellowship in Photography, a Rockefeller Foundation Humanities Fellowship, and a Lyndhurst Prize. He is a co-founder of the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University, where he has taught documentary photography and writing since 1975. He has also published many books on documentary photography, many of which feature his own work.

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Related Material

  • South Africa Documentary Photographs Collection, 1940s-2007 and undated (David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University)
  • Gertrude Duby Blom Photographs, 1950s-1980s (David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University)

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Alex Harris Photographs and Papers, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.

Provenance

The Alex Harris Photographs and Papers were received by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library as a gift from 1992-2012.

Processing Information

Processed by Tanner Capps, Paula Jeannet Mangiafico, February 2010

Encoded by Tanner Capps, Paula Jeannet Mangiafico, March 2010

Addition processed and encoded by Michael Shumate, August 2011

Updated to include additions of student work, Paula Jeannet Mangiafio, July 2012

Accession 2012-0116 processed and encoded by Paula Jeannet Mangiafico, November 2012

Accessions 1992-0060, 1993-0116, 1993-0312, 2000-0009, 2000-0277, 2001-0104, 2002-0017, 2002-0080, 2003-0032, 2003-0028, 2003-0228, 2003-0261, 2004-0329, 2008-0018, 2008-0118, 2008-0119, 2009-0005, 2009-0170, 2010-0082, and 2012-0116 are described in this finding aid.

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