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Guide to the Nate Larson Photographs, 2015

Summary

Collection comprises a set of 48 color photographs, 13 reproductions of historic postcards, and several introductory panels, from a project by photographer and artist Nate Larson entitled "Map of All the Railroads," inspired by H.V. Poor's "Map of All the Railroads in the United States in Operation and Progress" (1854). The 13x19 inch digital color photographs, taken in 2015, explore social and economic aspects of thirteen railroad-centered cities and towns identified in Poor's publication, and their progress and potential future. Images feature cityscapes, railroad tracks, buildings and businesses, abandoned sites, monuments, several portraits of people, and other subjects. Acquired as part of the Archive of Documentary Arts at Duke University.

Collection Details

Collection Number
RL.11419
Title
Nate Larson photographs
Date
2015
Creator
Larson, Nate
Extent
1 Linear Feet, 2 boxes; 63 items; 13 x 19 inches
Repository
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
Language
Materials in English

Collection Overview

Collection comprises set of 48 color photographs, 13 reproductions of historic postcards, and several introductory panels, part of a project by photographer and artist Nate Larson entitled "Map of All the Railroads," inspired by H.V. Poor's "Map of all the Railroads in the United States in Operation and Progress" (1854). The 13x19 inch digital color photographs, taken in 2015, explore social and economic aspects of thirteen railroad-centered North Carolina cities and towns identified in Poor's book, and their progress and potential future.

The cities are: Charlotte, Concord, Gaston, Goldsboro, Greensboro, Halifax, Hillsborough, Raleigh, Salisbury, Warrenton, Wayne, Whiteville, and Wilmington. Images include views of businesses, cemeteries, railroad tracks and crossings, monuments, construction sites, abandoned buildings, and several portraits of people.

The artist's statement reads: "In November 2105, I visited twelve of these cities and the site of one former city to survey their progress and contemplate their future. These photographs are observations of the man-altered American landscape and seek to understand of the human experience within it. The images function as a meditation on the passage of time, shifting dynamics of progress and development, and the peculiarities of historic events that shape the present."

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

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Arrangement

Arranged in plate number order as assigned by artist.

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[Identification of item], Nate Larson photographs, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.

Contents of the Collection

Statement and list of plates with graphic from H.V. Poor’s Map of all the Railroads in the United States in Operation and Progress (1854), 2015
Box 1
Image RL11419-P-0001
Map of North Carolina, from H.V. Poor’s Map of all the Railroads in the United States in Operation and Progress (1854), 2015
Box 1
Image RL11419-P-0002
Scanned postcards of Charlotte, from the Postcard Collection of the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, 2015
Box 1
Image RL11419-P-0003
Sports Field, Charlotte, North Carolina, 2015
Box 1
Image RL11419-P-0004
Dairy Queen, Charlotte, North Carolina, 2015
Box 1
Image RL11419-P-0005
Paper Doll Lounge, Charlotte, North Carolina, 2015
Box 1
Image RL11419-P-0006
Scanned postcards of Concord, from the Postcard Collection of the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, 2015
Box 1
Image RL11419-P-0007
In Memory, Concord, North Carolina, 2015
Box 1
Image RL11419-P-0008
Honorio, Concord, North Carolina, 2015
Box 1
Image RL11419-P-0009
Sports Field and Parking Lot, Concord, North Carolina, 2015
Box 1
Image RL11419-P-0010
Real Estate Offices, Concord, North Carolina, 2015
Box 1
Image RL11419-P-0011
Or Go to Hell, Concord, North Carolina, 2015
Box 1
Image RL11419-P-0012
Google Map of Gaston, North Carolina, 2015
Box 1
Image RL11419-P-0013
Paper Plant, Gaston, North Carolina, 2015
Box 1
Image RL11419-P-0014
Hardee's, Gaston, North Carolina, 2015
Box 1
Image RL11419-P-0015
Abandoned School, Gaston, North Carolina, 2015
Box 1
Image RL11419-P-0016
Auto Dealership, Gaston, North Carolina, 2015
Box 1
Image RL11419-P-0017
Scanned postcards of Goldsboro, from the Postcard Collection of the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, 2015
Box 1
Image RL11419-P-0018
Cory, Goldsboro, North Carolina, 2015
Box 1
Image RL11419-P-0019
Railroad Tracks, Goldsboro, North Carolina, 2015
Box 1
Image RL11419-P-0020
Cash Discount, Goldsboro, North Carolina, 2015
Box 1
Image RL11419-P-0021
Plate Glass, Goldsboro, North Carolina, 2015
Box 1
Image RL11419-P-0022
Mural, Goldsboro, North Carolina, 2015
Box 1
Image RL11419-P-0023
Scanned postcard of Greensboro, from the Postcard Collection of the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, 2015
Box 1
Image RL11419-P-0024
Intersection, Greensboro, North Carolina, 2015
Box 1
Image RL11419-P-0025
Home, Greensboro, North Carolina, 2015
Box 1
Image RL11419-P-0026
Computer & Electronic Services, Greensboro, North Carolina, 2015
Box 1
Image RL11419-P-0027
Greensboro Massacre Site, Greensboro, North Carolina, 2015
Box 1
Image RL11419-P-0028
Railroad Tracks, Greensboro, North Carolina, 2015
Box 1
Image RL11419-P-0029
Scanned postcard of Halifax, from the Postcard Collection of the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, 2015
Box 1
Image RL11419-P-0030
Cotton Field, Halifax, North Carolina, 2015
Box 1
Image RL11419-P-0031
Amphitheater, Halifax, North Carolina, 2015
Box 1
Image RL11419-P-0032
Service Center, Halifax, North Carolina, 2015
Box 1
Image RL11419-P-0033
Overturned Truck, Halifax, North Carolina, 2015
Box 1
Image RL11419-P-0034
Scanned postcard of Hillsboro, from the Postcard Collection of the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, 2015
Box 2
Image RL11419-P-0035
Widowmaker, Hillsborough, North Carolina, 2015
Box 2
Image RL11419-P-0036
Southern Pride, Hillsborough, North Carolina, 2015
Box 2
Image RL11419-P-0037
Business Center, Hillsborough, North Carolina, 2015
Box 2
Image RL11419-P-0038
Scanned postcards of Raleigh, from the Postcard Collection of the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, 2015
Box 2
Image RL11419-P-0039
Confederate Monument, Raleigh, North Carolina, 2015
Box 2
Image RL11419-P-0040
Jesus is Coming, Raleigh, North Carolina, 2015
Box 2
Image RL11419-P-0041
Drainage Wall, Raleigh, North Carolina, 2015
Box 2
Image RL11419-P-0042
Construction Site, Raleigh, North Carolina, 2015
Box 2
Image RL11419-P-0043
Scanned postcards of Salisbury, from the Postcard Collection of the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, 2015
Box 2
Image RL11419-P-0044
Cemetery, Salisbury, North Carolina, 2015
Box 2
Image RL11419-P-0045
Frost Bites, Salisbury, North Carolina, 2015
Box 2
Image RL11419-P-0046
Sell to Sell Again, Salisbury, North Carolina, 2015
Box 2
Image RL11419-P-0047
Scanned postcard of Warrenton, from the Postcard Collection of the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, 2015
Box 2
Image RL11419-P-0048
Solar Farm, Warrenton, North Carolina, 2015
Box 2
Image RL11419-P-0049
Collapsed House, Warrenton, North Carolina, 2015
Box 2
Image RL11419-P-0050
Web clipping of Waynesboro history, 2015
Box 2
Image RL11419-P-0051
Sewer Infrastructure, Waynesboro, North Carolina, 2015
Box 2
Image RL11419-P-0052
Emma, Waynesboro, North Carolina, 2015
Box 2
Image RL11419-P-0053
Jungle Gym, Waynesboro, North Carolina, 2015
Box 2
Image RL11419-P-0054
Scanned postcard of Whiteville, from the Postcard Collection of the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, 2015
Box 2
Image RL11419-P-0055
Whiteville Meat Market, Whiteville, North Carolina, 2015
Box 2
Image RL11419-P-0056
Southern Pawn & Guns, Whiteville, North Carolina, 2015
Box 2
Image RL11419-P-0057
Auto Parts, Whiteville, North Carolina, 2015
Box 2
Image RL11419-P-0058
Walking Man's Friend, Whiteville, North Carolina, 2015
Box 2
Image RL11419-P-0059
Scanned postcard of Wilmington, from the Postcard Collection of the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, 2015
Box 2
Image RL11419-P-0060
Port Entrance, Wilmington, North Carolina, 2015
Box 2
Image RL11419-P-0061
Iron Man & Step Brothers, Wilmington, North Carolina, 2015
Box 2
Image RL11419-P-0062
Railroad Tracks, Wilmington, North Carolina, 2015
Box 2
Image RL11419-P-0063
 

Historical Note

Nate Larson is a contemporary artist working with photographic media, artist books and digital video. His projects have been widely shown across the United States and internationally as well as featured in numerous publications and media outlets.

Larson holds a full-time faculty appointment in the photography department at Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) in Baltimore. During his 2015 sabbatical, he was the Barbaralee Diamonstein-Spielvogel Visiting Artist Fellow at Duke University and a Rubys Artist Project Grant Recipient from the Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance.


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Provenance

The Nate Larson photographs were received by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library as a gift in 2017.

Processing Information

Processed by Paula Jeannet Mangiafico and Leslie Hayes, April 2017.

Accession(s) described in this collection guide: 2017-0024.

Other Notes

Photographs are printed on Canson Infinity Baryta Photographique 310 gsm using an Epson 7900 and Epson Ultrachrome HDR ink. Introductory pages and postcard images are printed on Moab Kayenta Photo Matte 205 gsm using an Epson 7900 and Epson Ultrachrome HDR ink.