Guide to the Jay Carl Anderson Photographs and Papers
Jay Carl Anderson was a Duke University student from 1974 to 1978 and freelance photographer who photographed Duke scenes and athletic events as well as politicians and scenes around Durham and North Carolina. He also served as the editor of the 1978 Chanticleer (Duke University's yearbook). The Jay Carl Anderson Photographs and Papers include images of Anderson's time at Duke, particularly images of East and West campus, athletic events (particularly Duke men's basketball), and Duke students. The collection also includes images of United States Presidents and Presidential Campaigns (particularly Jimmy Carter and the 1976 Democratic National Convention), as well as scenes around Durham, and locations inside and outside of North Carolina.
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The Jay Carl Anderson Photographs and Papers include images of Duke University, Durham, Duke athletic events, and many other subjects taken by Jay Anderson throughout the 1970s and 1980s.
The collection includes a large number of photographs taken by Jay Anderson during his time as a student at Duke University in the 1970s, particularly images of the Duke campus, Duke athletic events, and related topics for the 1978 Chanticleer. Also included are images taken in and around Durham after Anderson graduated from Duke, images of politicians and political activity at the national and state level, and locations and events outside of North Carolina. The collection also includes student materials from Anderson's time at Duke and correspondence and publications related to his work as a freelance photographer.
Topics and individuals depicted include Duke's East and West Campus, Duke Blue Devils men's basketball games, student life at Duke in the late 1970s, Duke athletic events, and scenes around Durham and North Carolina. The collection also includes images of politicians such as United States Presidents Jimmy Carter, Gerald Ford, and Ronald Reagan, the 1976 Democratic National Convention, politicians Jesse Jackson, George Wallace, and Walter Mondale, and many other subjects.
The photographs were divided by format and did not include a system to match the same image in different formats. Many negatives were grouped into folders with topical labels, while many others were individually labeled by roll or completely unlabeled. Some negatives were still rolled and uncut, and have been cut to fit into sleeves. Many unlabeled negatives were grouped into labeled folders. Many slides were in labeled containers, while others were sleeved and grouped into folders. Some negatives and slides may contain further identifying information for individual rolls or pages that are not included in folder titles. Most prints were unlabeled, and have been grouped into labeled folders. Some individual prints, likely submitted for publication to clients such as the New York Times, include descriptive captions identifying individuals, events, and/or dates. Not all negatives or slides are represented in prints, and a few prints may not have corresponding negatives or slides.
Photographs taken for the American Dance Festival during Anderson's tenure as official ADF photographer are held at the American Dance Festival Archives.
The Jay Carl Anderson Photographs and Papers are arranged into five series: Duke University, Duke Sports, Durham and North Carolina. Other Topics and Locations, and Exhibitions, Publications, and Writings.
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Copyright for Official University records is held by Duke University; all other copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.
How to Cite
[Identification of item], Jay Carl Anderson Photographs and Papers, Duke University Archives, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.
Includes images of buildings, people, events, and activities on West and East Campus as well as images taken for use in the 1978 Chanticleer. Buildings depicted include the Duke Chapel, the Allen Building, the West Campus quad (now Abele Quad), Perkins Library, Pegram dormitory, and many others. Persons depicted include Terry Sanford, members of the Associated Students of Duke University (ASDU), several professors and faculty members, freshmen students during orientation 1975, and many others. Events and activities depicted include several protests, including a rally related to Duke Forest, and many others. A number of images in the Chanticleer subseries are believed to have been taken by other photographers.
Includes images of buildings, people, and events on the Duke University campus. Many of these photographs were taken while Jay Anderson was a student at Duke from 1974-1978, but later images are also included. Locations and topics include the Duke Chapel, the Allen Building, the West Campus quad (now the Julian Abele quad), Pegram dormitory, the statues of James Buchanan Duke and Washington Duke, officers from the Associated Students of Duke University (ASDU), students walking to and from classes, campus buses, campus protests including a protest related to the Duke Forest, classroom interiors, and many other subjects. Several groups of negatives were labeled as East or West Campus, many prints and negatives were unlabeled, although some have additional identifying information. Many of these images may have been taken for the Chanticleer or Chronicle.
Includes images of people and events at Duke University. Events and topics include the British American Festival in 1984, images of Duke President Terry Sanford in his office, and other subjects.
Includes images taken for the 1978 Chanticleer, most but not all of them photographed by Jay Anderson, as well as images photographed by other individuals for later editions of the Chanticleer. There is some overlap between this subseries and Series 1.1 Campus, Series 1.2 Other, Series 2 Duke Sports, Series 3 Durham and North Carolina, and Series 4.1 Politicians. Many slides in this subseries were labeled with names of staff photographers for the Chanticleer from 1978-1984, and are most likely the work of these photographers. How they came to be included in Jay Anderson's photographs is unknown.
2. Duke Sports
Consists primarily of men’s basketball and football images, with small numbers of images of men’s and women’s soccer, baseball, field hockey, cross-country and track, and tennis. Some basketball and football negatives are dated and include names of the opposing team; many do not. Several prints include descriptive captions giving date, opposing team, and/or player names. Images show players during games as well as coaches, crowds, and other subjects.
Includes images of games, players, crowds, and other topics related to Duke basketball in the 1970s and 1980s. The majority of images were taken during games, and some negatives and prints indentify individual players, opposing teams, and/or dates, but many do not. Includes images of Cameron Indoor Stadium, Coach Mike Krzyzewski, Coach Bill Foster, and most individual players from 1975-1987.
Includes images of football games, Wallace Wade Stadium, crowds and fans, and other topics related to Duke football. Some images have identifying imformation, but most do not. Some negative rolls also include images from other sports, including soccer.
Includes images of sporting and athletic events at Duke and elsewhere. Includes images of men's and women's soccer, baseball, field hockey, ice hockey, cross-country and track, men's and women's tennis, and other events. Baseball images may include the Durham Bulls or the Bulls Stadium. Most images do not include identifying information.
Includes images of people, events, and neighborhoods in the city of Durham as well as elsewhere in North Carolina. Many of these images were included in the 1978 Chanticleer. Images include the visit of Archbishop Desmond Tutu to North Carolina Central University in 1986, the demolition of the Washington Duke Hotel in 1975, a parade in downtown Durham, children and adults in neighborhoods near Duke University, the North Carolina State Fair in Raleigh, a factory and farms in and near Little River, North Carolina, and other subjects.
Includes images of people, events, and locations in the city of Durham. Topics include buildings and scenes in downtown Durham, including a parade in 1977 or 1978, the visit of Archbishop Desmond Tutu to North Carolina Central University in 1986, the demolition of the Washington Duke Hotel in 1975, children playing and people outside their homes in neighborhoods around Duke University, and other subjects. Many of these images were likely photographed for the 1978 Chanticleer and several of them are included in that publication.
Includes images of Archbishop Desmond Tutu's visit to North Carolina Central University.
Includes images of people, events, and locations around North Carolina. Locations and topics include Chapel Hill, the North Carolina State Fair in Raleigh in 1977, factories and farms near Little River and Orange, mountain scenes, beach scenes, and other subjects.
Includes images of people, events, and locations outside of North Carolina or for commercial use. Includes many images of politicians and political events both in and outside of North Carolina, including Jimmy Carter, Gerald Ford, Ronald Reagan, Terry Sanford, Jesse Jackson, Walter Mondale, and George Wallace, among others, and events and people during the 1976, 1980, and 1984 Presidential Campaigns, including the 1976 Democratic National Convention. Also included are images of people, events, and locations outside of North Carolina, including many in New York City and state, Europe, and the Soviet Union, among others. Commercial work included images in Research Triangle Park as well as images in and outside of North Carolina. Also included in this series are images with unknown locations and topics.
Includes images of North Carolina state and local politicians as well as politicians outside of North Carolina, and other celebrities. Many images relate to Presidential campaigns and inaugurations, including the inauguration of Jimmy Carter and the Presidential Campaign of 1976, including many of Terry Sanford, then President of Duke, George Wallace and others, as well as the 1976 Democratic National Convention. Also included are the Presidential Campaigns of 1980 and 1984, including candidates Jesse Jackson (and his 1984 visit to Duke) and Walter Mondale, and Presidents Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter, and Ronald Reagan. Other individuals include celebrity visitors to Duke University in the 1970s and 1980s, including Eric Clapton in concert, Clint Eastwood, Patty Hearst, and many others. Many of the negatives and prints in this series were grouped into labeled folders but do not include individual names or labels.
Images not taken by Jay Anderson.
Includes images of locations and events in other parts of the United States as well as Europe and Asia. Includes many images of New York City and other locations in New York state; Mardi Gras in New Orleans, Louisiana; various locations across Europe and the Soviet Union; and others.
Includes images of individuals, machinery, buildings, and items taken for commercial use. Subjects include buildings and people in Research Triangle Park and images taken specifically for the New York Times, as well as other topics.
Includes images of interiors, people, symposium/panel events, outdoor scenes, and other subjects. Some negatives are labeled, some labels are unintelligible, and many are unlabeled.
Includes images from other series that were printed and prepared for exhbitions in various locations, publications including Jay Anderson's photographs or related to his work and subjects in some way, writings and materials from his time as a Duke student that include or are related to his photography, to Duke University, or to Durham, and travel materials from his trip to Europe and the Soviet Union in 1977.
Includes photographic prints made for display in exhibitions or submitted for awards or exhibitions. Many prints are mounted onto boards or printed at sizes larger than 8x10". Photographs in this series are included in other series, particularly Series 1.1 Campus, Series 1.3 Chanticleer, Series 2.1 Basketball, Series 3 Durham and North Carolina, and Series 4.1 Politicians. A very few items in this subseries include information about the event, exhibition, or contest for which they were prepared.
Includes copies of publications featuring Jay Anderson’s work, as well as correspondence related to publishing his work and some additional publications that do not include Anderson’s work. Included are newspaper and magazine clippings from Duke and Research Triangle publications as well as the New York Times, correspondence with editors and managers at publications including the New York Times and Sports Monday, photocopies of images and works published in books and other media, and Duke photography publications Latent Image and The Archive. Latent Image number 5 (1980) includes two of Jay Anderson’s photographs; also included in this series are several other issues of Latent Image.
Includes papers and projects from Jay Anderson’s time as a student at Duke, including papers on the decline of student activism at Duke, working in Durham, commuting from West to East Campus, and the portrayal of presidential authority in the Chanticleer.
Includes tickets, maps, postcards, and memorabilia from Jay Anderson's travels around Europe (including England, France, Greece, the Netherlands, and other countries) and the Soviet Union in 1977.
Jay Carl Anderson was a photographer and Duke alumnus who photographed Duke athletic events and campus scenes in the 1970s and 1980s.
Jay Carl Anderson was born in 1956 to Jay C. and Marion C. Anderson. Born in Utica, New York, he grew up in Clinton, New York. His father owned an advertising agency and Jay Anderson learned graphic arts and photography while still in school, first publishing photographs in the Clinton Courier newspaper at age 16. He enrolled at Duke University in 1974 and moved to Durham, North Carolina. He became photography editor for the Chronicle in his freshman year and began working as a freelance photographer, publishing photographs in Parade Magazine and the New York Times while still a student. He covered the 1976 Democratic National Convention in New York as well as other political events and locations in New York and Washington D.C. He traveled to Europe and the Soviet Union for about six months in 1977. In 1976 he joined the staff of the Chanticleer, becoming editor in 1978.
In the summer of 1978, while completing the 1978 Chanticleer, Jay Anderson became involved with modern dance and the American Dance Festival, which came to the Duke campus that same year. He began frequent collaboration with ADF and became the American Dance Festival's official photographer in 1982.
Anderson remained in Durham after graduating from Duke with a BA in History in 1978, and continued to work as a freelance photographer and photojournalist in addition to his work with ADF. He took photographs of Duke athletic events, particularly basketball, throughout the 1980s, and remained involved with the Chanticleer; he also did commercial work in the Triangle and took photographs throughout North Carolina.
Jay Anderson married Saundra Prescott in 1990. The couple moved to St. Petersburg, Florida, in 2010. Jay Carl Anderson died February 8, 2013.
University Archives Photograph Collection, Duke University Archives, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.
Chanticleer Photograph Collection, Duke University Archives, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.
University Photography Visual Materials, Duke University Archives, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.
The Chanticleer, Duke University Archives, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.
Jay C. Anderson Papers, American Dance Festival Archives. This collection contains Jay Anderson's photographs from his time as the official photographer for the American Dance Festival.
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The Jay Carl Anderson Photographs and Papers were received by the University Archives as a gift in 2015.
Processed by Tracy M. Jackson, January 2017.
Accessions described in this collection guide: UA2015-0006.