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Guide to the Chris Johnson farmworker photographs, 1990s

Abstract

Collection comprises 124 black-and-white digital photographic prints taken by North Carolina photographer Chris Johnson, portraying North Carolina farmworkers and migrant laborers in work settings as well as in their field camps and homes, many of which are revealed as dilapidated and unsanitary. Several series document labor organization and protests, including a five-year strike protesting working conditions for Mount Olive Pickle company workers. Other subjects in the images include the children and families of the farmworkers; volunteer teachers and organizers, some of whom are from the organization Student Action with Farmworkers; tobacco and Christmas tree growing in North Carolina; and street scenes from the border crossing areas of Brownsville, Texas and Matamoros, Mexico. Acquired as part of the Archive of Documentary Arts at Duke University.

Descriptive Summary

Title
Chris Johnson farmworker photographs
Creator
Johnson, Chris.
Extent
1.5 Linear feet, 2 boxes
Repository
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University

Collection Overview

Collection comprises 124 black-and-white photographic prints taken by North Carolina photographer Chris Johnson, portraying North Carolina farmworkers and migrant laborers in work settings as well as in their field camps and homes, many of which are revealed as dilapidated and unsanitary. Several series document labor organization and protests, including a five-year strike protesting working conditions for Mount Olive Pickle company workers. Other subjects in the images include the children and families of the farmworkers; volunteer teachers and organizers, some of whom are from the organization Student Action with Farmworkers; tobacco and Christmas tree growing in North Carolina; and street scenes from the border crossing areas of Brownsville, Texas and Matamoros, Mexico.

The prints measure 13x19 inches and are unmatted.

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

Administrative Information

A majority of collections are stored off site and must be requested at least 48 business hours in advance for retrieval. Contact Rubenstein Library staff before visiting. Read More »

warning Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research. 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.

Photographs in the collection may not be reproduced without permission from the photographer.

Contents of the Collection

Pesticides, 1990s

4.0 Items
Two Sprayers
Box 1
Folder 1
Image RL_10065_P_001
Applying Pesticides
Box 1
Folder 1
Image RL_10065_P_002
Filling Pesticide Container
Box 1
Folder 1
Image RL_10065_P_003
Pesticide Truck
Box 1
Folder 1
Image RL_10065_P_004

Tobacco

10.0 Items
Broken Hoe
Box 1
Folder 2
Image RL_10065_P_005
Thinning
Box 1
Folder 2
Image RL_10065_P_006
Planting Tobacco Seedlings
Box 1
Folder 2
Image RL_10065_P_007
Farmworker
Box 1
Folder 2
Image RL_10065_P_008
Two Workers
Box 1
Folder 2
Image RL_10065_P_009
Tobacco Worker
Box 1
Folder 2
Image RL_10065_P_010
Tobacco Planter
Box 1
Folder 2
Image RL_10065_P_011
Tobacco Row
Box 1
Folder 2
Image RL_10065_P_012
Tractor
Box 1
Folder 2
Image RL_10065_P_013
Loading Tobacco
Box 1
Folder 2
Image RL_10065_P_014

Cabbage

4.0 Items
Harvesting Cabbage
Box 1
Folder 3
Image RL_10065_P_015
Cutting Cabbage
Box 1
Folder 3
Image RL_10065_P_016
Two Cabbage Pickers
Box 1
Folder 3
Image RL_10065_P_017
Close Up
Box 1
Folder 3
Image RL_10065_P_018

Christmas Trees

14.0 Items
Head
Box 1
Folder 3
Image RL_10065_P_052
Shoulder
Box 1
Folder 3
Image RL_10065_P_053
Christmas Tree Baler
Box 1
Folder 3
Image RL_10065_P_054
Conveyor
Box 1
Folder 3
Image RL_10065_P_055
Lifting Tree
Box 1
Folder 4
Image RL_10065_P_056
Two Tree Workers
Box 1
Folder 4
Image RL_10065_P_057
Planting Seedlings
Box 1
Folder 4
Image RL_10065_P_058
Portrait
Box 1
Folder 4
Image RL_10065_P_059
On the Truck
Box 1
Folder 4
Image RL_10065_P_060
Loading the Truck
Box 1
Folder 4
Image RL_10065_P_061
Stacks of Trees
Box 1
Folder 4
Image RL_10065_P_062
Loaded Truck
Box 1
Folder 4
Image RL_10065_P_063
Baler
Box 1
Folder 4
Image RL_10065_P_064
Finished for the Day
Box 1
Folder 4
Image RL_10065_P_065

Housing

33.0 Items
Bed
Box 1
Folder 5
Image RL_10065_P_019
Labor Camp
Box 1
Folder 5
Image RL_10065_P_020
Group Toilets
Box 1
Folder 5
Image RL_10065_P_021
Bedroom
Box 1
Folder 5
Image RL_10065_P_022
Labor Camp in Tobacco Field
Box 1
Folder 5
Image RL_10065_P_023
Shower
Box 1
Folder 5
Image RL_10065_P_024
Roommates
Box 1
Folder 5
Image RL_10065_P_025
Community Kitchen
Box 1
Folder 5
Image RL_10065_P_026
Worker on Bed
Box 1
Folder 5
Image RL_10065_P_027
Locked Refrigerators
Box 1
Folder 6
Image RL_10065_P_028
Cleaning Up
Box 1
Folder 6
Image RL_10065_P_029
No Trespassing / Employees Only
Box 1
Folder 6
Image RL_10065_P_030
Guadalupe Mattress
Box 1
Folder 6
Image RL_10065_P_031
3 Roommates
Box 1
Folder 6
Image RL_10065_P_032
Broken Drawers
Box 1
Folder 6
Image RL_10065_P_033
Bedroom with Water Damage and Mold
Box 1
Folder 6
Image RL_10065_P_034
Sunset
Box 1
Folder 6
Image RL_10065_P_035
Housemates
Box 1
Folder 7
Image RL_10065_P_036
Living Quarters
Box 1
Folder 7
Image RL_10065_P_037
Four Farmworkers
Box 1
Folder 7
Image RL_10065_P_038
Hombres & Mujeres
Box 1
Folder 7
Image RL_10065_P_039
Housing on Tree Farm
Box 1
Folder 7
Image RL_10065_P_040
Broken Seat
Box 1
Folder 7
Image RL_10065_P_041
Leaking Sink in a House with 20 Workers
Box 1
Folder 7
Image RL_10065_P_042
Leaking Sink
Box 1
Folder 7
Image RL_10065_P_043
Outside Bedroom
Box 1
Folder 8
Image RL_10065_P_044
Woodstove in Community Kitchen
Box 1
Folder 8
Image RL_10065_P_045
Cooking Dinner
Box 1
Folder 8
Image RL_10065_P_046
Water Damage
Box 1
Folder 8
Image RL_10065_P_047
Cocina
Box 1
Folder 8
Image RL_10065_P_048
Clothes Line
Box 1
Folder 8
Image RL_10065_P_049
Playful
Box 1
Folder 8
Image RL_10065_P_050
Three Mattresses
Box 1
Folder 8
Image RL_10065_P_051

Family and Culture

4.0 Items
Family
Box 2
Folder 1
Image RL_10065_P_066
Farmworker at Festival
Box 2
Folder 1
Image RL_10065_P_067
Father and Son
Box 2
Folder 1
Image RL_10065_P_068
Man and Woman
Box 2
Folder 1
Image RL_10065_P_069
Not Kosher
Box 2
Folder 1
Image RL_10065_P_070
FLOC Flag
Box 2
Folder 1
Image RL_10065_P_071
In Front of Harris Teeter
Box 2
Folder 1
Image RL_10065_P_072
Don't Spend a Nickel
Box 2
Folder 1
Image RL_10065_P_073
Farmworkers Feed the World II
Box 2
Folder 1
Image RL_10065_P_074
Farmworker Rights Now
Box 2
Folder 1
Image RL_10065_P_075
Rally 2
Box 2
Folder 2
Image RL_10065_P_076
Rally 8
Box 2
Folder 2
Image RL_10065_P_077
Rally 15
Box 2
Folder 2
Image RL_10065_P_078
Migrant Education
Box 2
Folder 2
Image RL_10065_P_079
Boy with Bike
Box 2
Folder 2
Image RL_10065_P_080
Learning About Cameras
Box 2
Folder 2
Image RL_10065_P_081
Passing Out Information
Box 2
Folder 2
Image RL_10065_P_082
Writing
Box 2
Folder 2
Image RL_10065_P_083
Informing Farmworkers
Box 2
Folder 2
Image RL_10065_P_084
Talking with Students
Box 2
Folder 2
Image RL_10065_P_085

Beyond Farmwork

18.0 Items
Roofers
Box 2
Folder 3
Image RL_10065_P_086
Cement Mixer
Box 2
Folder 3
Image RL_10065_P_087
Dry Cleaning
Box 2
Folder 3
Image RL_10065_P_088
Home Construction
Box 2
Folder 3
Image RL_10065_P_089
Construction Worker
Box 2
Folder 3
Image RL_10065_P_090
Moving Shingles
Box 2
Folder 3
Image RL_10065_P_091
Foundation
Box 2
Folder 3
Image RL_10065_P_092
Road Worker
Box 2
Folder 3
Image RL_10065_P_093
Foundation II
Box 2
Folder 3
Image RL_10065_P_094
Moving Cinderblocks
Box 2
Folder 4
Image RL_10065_P_095
Road Construction Worker
Box 2
Folder 4
Image RL_10065_P_096
Road Construction
Box 2
Folder 4
Image RL_10065_P_097
Dry Cleaner Employee
Box 2
Folder 4
Image RL_10065_P_098
Construction Worker II
Box 2
Folder 4
Image RL_10065_P_099
Day Off
Box 2
Folder 4
Image RL_10065_P_100
Shoveling Cement
Box 2
Folder 4
Image RL_10065_P_101
Shoveling Cement II
Box 2
Folder 4
Image RL_10065_P_102
On the Roof
Box 2
Folder 4
Image RL_10065_P_103
Do Not Cross Over the Fence
Box 2
Folder 5
Image RL_10065_P_104
Casa De Cambio
Box 2
Folder 5
Image RL_10065_P_105
Welcome / Bienvenidos
Box 2
Folder 5
Image RL_10065_P_106
Border Crossing
Box 2
Folder 5
Image RL_10065_P_107
Border Patrol on Rio Grande
Box 2
Folder 5
Image RL_10065_P_108
Numero Uno
Box 2
Folder 5
Image RL_10065_P_109
C&L Drug Co.
Box 2
Folder 5
Image RL_10065_P_110
Nueva York
Box 2
Folder 5
Image RL_10065_P_111
Todo Mexico
Box 2
Folder 5
Image RL_10065_P_112
Matamoros, Mexico
Box 2
Folder 5
Image RL_10065_P_113
Store Construction
Box 2
Folder 5
Image RL_10065_P_114
Street Musician--Matamoros Mexico
Box 2
Folder 6
Image RL_10065_P_115
Mexican Side of Rio Grande
Box 2
Folder 6
Image RL_10065_P_116
Artesania
Box 2
Folder 6
Image RL_10065_P_117
Conversation
Box 2
Folder 6
Image RL_10065_P_118
Monna Lisa
Box 2
Folder 6
Image RL_10065_P_119
Bienvenidos
Box 2
Folder 6
Image RL_10065_P_120
Bridge Security
Box 2
Folder 6
Image RL_10065_P_121
Rio Grande
Box 2
Folder 6
Image RL_10065_P_122
Walking Bridge to Mexico
Box 2
Folder 6
Image RL_10065_P_123
Notice
Box 2
Folder 6
Image RL_10065_P_124

Historical Note

Chris Johnson is a documentary and fine art photographer based in North Carolina.

Subject Headings

Related Material

Related Materials

Student Action with Farmworkers records, 1950-2010; Rubenstein Library, Duke University

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Chris Johnson farmworker photographs, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.

Processing Information

Processed by: Levi Crews, November 2013

Accessions described in this finding aid: 2013-0196