Guide to the Rob Amberg Sodom Laurel Album Exhibit Photographs, 1975-1994
Documentary photographer and writer based in western North Carolina.
Collection contains 16 gelatin silver prints from Amberg's Sodom Laurel Album book that the Center for Documentary Studies turned into a traveling exhibit. Also includes 32 prints displayed in the Allen Building exhibition. Acquired as part of the Archive for Documentary Arts.
- David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University
- Duke University. Center for Documentary Studies.
- Rob Amberg Sodom Laurel Album Exhibit Photographs, 1975-1994 and undated
- Language of Material
- 3.0 Linear Feet, 16 Items
- For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.
Collection consists of 2 series, each holding prints from Amberg's Sodom Laurel Album, first published by the University of North Carolina Press in 2002. Acquired as part of the Archive for Documentary Arts.
The 16 gelatin silver prints in the Traveling Exhibit series were used in a 2003 traveling exhibit created by the Center for Documentary Studies. The series includes images of Dellie Norton and her family, tobacco planters and workers, and scenes from Madison County, North Carolina.
The 32 Allen Building Exhibit prints were used in an exhibition at Duke University's Allen Building. They include both 11x14 and 16x20 gelatin silver prints. Scenes include Dellie Norton and her family, tobacco workers, cemeteries, and folk arts.
Collection is restricted to educational, non-commercial use. Creator retains all copyrights.
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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.
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Box 1 contains 11x14 prints; Box 2 contains 16x20 prints. Includes the page number from Sodom Laurel Album.
Box 3 contains 11x14 matted prints; Box 4 contains 16x20 matted prints. Includes the page number from Sodom Laurel Album.
Rob Amberg's photographs and writings have been exhibited and published nationally and internationally in journals, magazines, and galleries. He lectures frequently and performs regular documentary assignments for non-profit organizations, philanthropic foundations and editorial publications. He is the recipient of fellowships and awards from numerous organizations, including: the National Endowment for the Humanities, the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, the Center for Documentary Studies, Alternate Roots, the North Carolina Humanities Council, and the National Endowment for the Arts.
His book, Sodom Laurel Album, was published in 2002 by the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University and the University of North Carolina Press. The book received the 2003 Thomas Wolfe Memorial Literary Award from the Western North Carolina Historical Association. In 2005, his work was included in the book Quartet: Four North Carolina Photographers, which was published by Safe Harbor Books. His latest book, The New Road: I-26 and the Footprints of Progress, was published in 2009 by the Center for American Places and the University of Georgia Press.
Dellie Chandler Norton (1898-1993) was a much-loved storyteller and ballad singer whose songs were recorded by Alan Lomax and John Cohen. In 1990, she received a North Carolina Folk Heritage Award.
- Amberg, Rob.
- Amberg, Rob--Sodom Laurel Album.
- Norton, Dellie Chandler.
- Duke University. Center for Documentary Studies.
- Tobacco farmers--North Carolina--Madison County.
- Tobacco farmers--North Carolina--Madison County--Social life and customs--Pictorial works.
- Southern States--Social Conditions.
- Country life--North Carolina--Pictorial works.
- North Carolina--Pictorial works.
- Black-and-white photographs.
- Gelatin silver prints.
The Rob Amberg Photographs collection in Duke University's Archive for Documentary Arts has photographs from the same project.
[Identification of item], Rob Amberg Sodom Laurel Album Exhibit Photographs, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.
The Rob Amberg Sodom Laurel Album Exhibit Photographs were received by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library as a transfer in 2011.
Processed by Meghan Lyon, March 2011
Encoded by Meghan Lyon, March 2011
Updated by Meghan Lyon, October 2011
Accessions 2011-0055 and 2011-0198 are described in this finding aid.
Descriptive sources and standards used to create this inventory: DACS, EAD, NCEAD guidelines, and local Style Guide.
This finding aid is NCEAD compliant.