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Guide to the Margaret Sartor Photographs and Papers, 1966-2003

Summary

Margaret Sartor is a photographer and instructor at Duke University's Center for Documentary Studies. Her Photographs and Papers collection includes photographs of the American South, and some materials from her book project on William Gedney.

Collection Details

Collection Number
RL.01139
Title
Margaret Sartor photographs and papers
Date
1966-2003
Extent
14.5 Linear Feet, 545 Items
Repository
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
Language
English.

Collection Overview

The 2001 Accession (2001-0074) (260 items; 9 lin. ft.; dated 1985-2000) contains black-and-white prints (16x20 and 11x14) by Sartor, focusing especially on home, family, and suburban life in the American South.

The 2002 addition (02-083) (38 items, 3 lin. ft.; dated 1984-2001) contains thirty-eight 16x20 black-and-white photographs printed by Sartor in 2001 from negatives shot 1984-2001. Focus is on home, family, and suburban life in the American South.

The 2003 addition (03-121) (47 items, 1.5 lin. ft.; dated 1987-2003) comprises forty-seven exhibition quality black-and-white 16x20 prints by Sartor, shot between 1987 and 2003, but mostly printed in 2002 and 2003. Subjects include women and family in the suburban South.

The 2015 addition consists of materials relating to Sartor's book, What Was True: The Photographs and Notebooks of William Gedney, published in 2000. This materials has been arranged into a Book Projects series.

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How to Cite

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

Contents of the Collection

1. Accession (2001-0074), 1985-2000

10 boxes

Accession (260 items; 9 lin. ft.) contains black-and-white prints (16x20 and 11x14) by Sartor, focusing especially on home, family, and suburban life in the American South.

Photographs: Family and close friends, 1986-1989
Box 1
Photographs: The South/general, 1986-1989
Box 2
Photographs: Monroe, LA and nearby towns and area, 1986-1989
Box 3
Photographs, 1985-1989
Box 4
Photographs, 1990-1992
Box 5
Photographs, 1993
Box 6
Photographs, 1994
Box 7
Photographs, 1995-1996
Box 8
Photographs, 1997-1998
Box 9
Photographs, 1999
Box 10
Photographs, 2000
Box 11

2. Accession (2002-0083), 1984-2001

1 box

Addition (38 items, 3 lin. ft.) contains thirty-eight, 16x20, black-and-white photographs printed by Sartor in 2001 from negatives shot 1984-2001. Focus is on home, family, and suburban life in the American South.

Photographs, 1984-2001
Box 12

3. Accession (2003-0121), 1987-2003

3 boxes

Addition (47 items, 1.5 lin. ft.) comprises forty-seven, exhibition quality, black-and-white 16x20 prints by Sartor, shot between 1987 and 2003, but mostly printed in 2002 and 2003. Subjects include women and family in the suburban South.

Photographs, 1994-2003
Box 13
Photographs, 1994-2003
Box 14
Photographs, 1987-1999
Box 15

4. Exhibit prints, 2006

2 boxes

Matted prints exhibited at Duke University in 2006 under the title "Close to Home: Photographs by Margaret Sartor," and now part of an online exhibit. Prints were selected from previously accessioned material listed above.

Eleven 16x20 gelatin silver prints in 20x24 mats
Box 16
Wood blocks, Monroe, LA, 1993
Box 16
Fellowship Hall, Monroe, LA, 1989
Box 16
Morgan on Easter afternoon, Monroe, LA, 1998
Box 16
Dorothy with her boyfriend, Monroe, LA, 1994
Box 16
Big Ryan, Monroe, LA, 1999
Box 16
Gus on mother's patio, Monroe, LA, 1997
Box 16
Homemade Jesus billboard near Alto, LA, 1986
Box 16
Big Ryan, family wedding reception, Monroe, LA, 1993
Box 16
Backyard with birdbath, Monroe, LA, 1993
Box 16
Dixie Deb Softball League Game, Monroe, LA, 1987
Box 16
Kelley on the balcony, Gulf Shores, AL, 1994
Box 16
Eleven 16x20 gelatin silver prints in 20x24 mats
Box 17
Sunday School classroom, Monroe, LA, 1993
Box 17
Little Ryan on the telephone, Monroe, LA, 1986
Box 17
Morgan with her father, Gulf Shores, AL, 1994
Box 17
Morgan at the Crawfish Boil, Monroe, LA, 1997
Box 17
Will with bubble wand, Monroe, LA, 2000
Box 17
Morgan, Monroe, LA, 1993
Box 17
Emily as catcher, Monroe, LA, 1988
Box 17
Emily at Gulf Shores, AL, 1987
Box 17
Trey holding Casey's hand on the levee, Monroe, LA, 2002
Box 17
Katherine in the playhouse built for her by ther father, Monroe, LA, 1989
Box 17
Emily in the garden, Monroe, LA, 1999
Box 17

What Was True: The Photographs and Notebooks of William Gedney , 1966-2001

Materials related to the research and publication of Sartor's book, What Was True: The Photographs and Notebooks of William Gedney, published by W.W. Norton in 2000.

Correspondence re: David Roche, 2000-2001
Box 18
Folder 1
David Roche "green notebook" photocopies, 1966-1967

Photocopied in 2000.

Box 18
Folder 2
David Roche text, "Green Notebook #1", undated

Photocopied 1997.

Box 18
Folder 3
Gedney Interviews
(2 folders)

Various interviews with people close to Gedney. First folder contains names (B-M), second folder contains names (O-S).

Box 18
Folder 4-5
Gedney Slides 1-3 (Binder 1), 1996
(3 folders)

3 folders of slides made from Gedney photographs, originally from Sartor's Binder 1.

Box 18
Folder 6-8
Gedney Slides 4-6 (Binder 2), 1996-1999
(3 folders)

3 folders of slides made from photographs by Gedney, numbered Folder 4-7; originally from Sartor's Binder 2.

Box 19
Folder 1-3
Gedney Slides 7 (Binder 2), 1964-1980

Folder 4 of Binder 2 contains pictures and outline of images used in "What Was True"

Box 19
Folder 4
Short Distances and Definite Places, Photographs and Notebooks of William Gedney page proofs, 1998
Box 20
Folder 1
What Was True: Photographs and Notebooks of William Gedney page proofs, 1999
Box 20
Folder 2
 

Historical Note

Documentary photographer and instructor at the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University.

Related Material

The Margaret Sartor Photographs in the Duke University. David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library may contain related material to the Margaret Sartor Papers in the Sallie Bingham Center for Women's History and Culture, which is closed to research.


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Provenance

The Margaret Sartor Photographs and Papers were received by the Rare Book, Manuscript, and Special Collections Library in 2001, 2002, 2003, and 2015.

Processing Information

Processed by Ruth E. Bryan; Karen Glynn

Completed May 9, 2001

Encoded by Ruth E. Bryan, Paula Jeannet Mangiafico, and John Mayrose

Last update December 2015.

Accessions included in this guide: 2001-0074, 2002-0083, 2003-0121, 2015-0090