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Guide to the Glenn Scarboro photographs, 1962-1976

Summary

This collection of 166 black-and-white inkjet 13x19 inch photographs by Glenn Scarboro explores through street photography, landscapes, and portraits the social life and culture of southern Virginia in the 1960s and 1970s. About half of the photographs were taken in Danville, the photographer's hometown, while other images were taken in Richmond, Blacksburg, Roanoke, and other towns of the region. A dozen or so photographs were taken in other states such as Georgia and North Carolina, and there are a few from Rhode Island and New York. The street scenes in Danville and other towns include images of white and African American residents, small businesses, houses, and churches; rural themes include horse shows. county fairs, and country landscapes. There is also a series of family portraits taken in the 1960s. Collection includes one handmade photobook by Scarboro containing eleven photographs and handwritten text. Acquired as part of the Archive of Documentary Arts at Duke University.

Collection Details

Collection Number
RL.11522
Title
Glenn Scarboro photographs
Date
1962-1976
Extent
1.5 Linear Feet, 3 boxes, 168 items
Repository
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
Language
Materials in English

Collection Overview

This collection of 166 13x19 inch black-and-white inkjet prints by Glenn Scarboro explores through street photography, landscapes, and portraits the social life and culture of southern Virginia in the 1960s and 1970s. About half of the photographs were taken in Danville, a small town with industries linked to tobacco, railroads, and textile mills, and the artist's hometown. Other images were taken in Richmond, Blacksburg, Roanoke, and other towns of the region. A dozen or so photographs were taken in other states such as Georgia and North Carolina, and there are a few from Rhode Island and New York.

The street scenes of Danville and other towns include images of white and African American residents of all ages and backgrounds, chiefly from the 1960s; small businesses; people and their cars; house exteriors and interiors; churches; and outdoor advertising and logos. One photograph is of the house of free black craftsman Thomas Day, in Milton, NC.

Rural themes include portraits of country people, barns and tobacco warehouses, livestock, and rural landscapes, with a large series of images particular focused on southern Virginia horse shows and county fairs.

There are no photographs of the social protests and political activities that took place in small towns such as Danville at that time, but the street photographs do speak to social culture and conditions in southern Virginia during the 1960s, and some, as the photographer notes, allude to the sense of social disruption and alienation in small-town Southern society.

The series ends with a series of portraits, chiefly of Scarboro and his immediate family, taken in the 1960s. One portrait of Scarboro in New York City was taken by photographer, instructor, and friend Emmet Gowin.

The collection also includes a 15-page handmade artist's book by Scarboro containing eleven black-and-white photographs taken in 1963 and printed from original negatives in 1965. The book was assembled in 1972 and is number six of a limited edition of seven, and features a unique cover with a pen-and-ink drawing.

A print inventory created by the photographer contains additional biographical narrative and commentary, and is available in the first box. The photographs are arranged in original order as received.

From the artist's statement: "There was a photograph in The Family of Man made by Jerry Cooke (originally published in Life magazine) of a woman sitting quite forlorn on a bench in a very dark place that gave no clues as to time, place, person or situation...which are the four psychiatric attributes of reality. She was alone. The quote under the photograph read, 'I am alone with the beating of my heart.' (Lui Chi) Making photographs in the streets of my hometown in the 60/70s calmed the beating of my unsettled heart and gave a face to the feelings of social alienation endemic to that time. Danville streets were the places of my earliest identity. In the process of becoming a close observer of ordinary life…I had become an artist.

Anxiety is always at the edge of identity."

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

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Arrangement

Photographs are arranged and numbered in original order as received from the artist.

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How to Cite

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

Contents of the Collection

1. Street Photography and Other Ephemeral Moments, 1962-1976

168 items, 3 boxes, 166 13x19 inch prints; 1 8 1/2 x 11 inch print; one handmade photobook

Body of documentary work by Glenn Scarboro, consisting of 166 13x19 inch black-and-white exhibit quality prints, and a handmade photobook, number 6 of 7 handmade books by Scarboro, with original photographs, ink sketches and handwritten text. Also includes a black-and-white photograph of the group of seven books by Scarboro.

White house, Main Street, Danville, VA, 1964
Box 1
Image RL.11522-P-0001
Man at wall, downtown Danville, Danville, VA, 1964
Box 1
Image RL.11522-P-0002
Woman at market, downtown Danville, Danville, VA, 1964
Box 1
Image RL.11522-P-0003
Horse and cow, Rt. 460 West, near Blacksburg, VA, 1967
Box 1
Image RL.11522-P-0004
Three women, Roanoke, VA, 1967
Box 1
Image RL.11522-P-0005
Lady on corner of South Auburn Street, Richmond, VA, 1973
Box 1
Image RL.11522-P-0006
Two women talking, Richmond, VA, 1963
Box 1
Image RL.11522-P-0007
Equus I at horse show, Orphanage Road, Danville, VA, 1967
Box 1
Image RL.11522-P-0008
Women in horse trailer, Orphanage Road, Danville, VA, 1967
Box 1
Image RL.11522-P-0009
Line of people in doubt, corner of Main and Union, Danville, VA, 1963
Box 1
Image RL.11522-P-0010
Ford and man, near Books, Strings, and Things, Blacksburg, VA, 1967
Box 1
Image RL.11522-P-0011
1953 Chevrolet, Highway 58 East, Danville, VA, 1963
Box 1
Image RL.11522-P-0012
Young girl at Miller and Rhodes, Broad Street, Richmond, VA, 1973
Box 1
Image RL.11522-P-0013
White horse in arena, Orphanage Road, Danville, VA, 1967
Box 1
Image RL.11522-P-0014
Building facades, downtown Richmond, Richmond, VA, 1973
Box 1
Image RL.11522-P-0015
Pepsi logo, Richmond, VA, 1963
Box 1
Image RL.11522-P-0016
Family at revival, Indian Springs, GA, 1963
Box 1
Image RL.11522-P-0017
Three women on Main Street, Main Street, Danville, VA, 1964
Box 1
Image RL.11522-P-0018
Horse show social, Orphanage Road, Danville, VA, 1967
Box 1
Image RL.11522-P-0019
Get Right with God, Highway 58 West, Danville, VA, 1967
Box 1
Image RL.11522-P-0020
Two women and Equus II, Orphanage Road, Danville, VA, 1967
Box 1
Image RL.11522-P-0021
Mother with child and friend, Rt. 460, near Blacksburg, VA, 1967
Box 1
Image RL.11522-P-0022
Family in a Ford truck, Rt. 460 West, near Blacksburg, VA, 1967
Box 1
Image RL.11522-P-0023
Cowboys, Virginia State Fair, Richmond, VA, 1973
Box 1
Image RL.11522-P-0024
A Camellia cow, Virginia State Fair, Richmond, VA, 1973

A large cow statue advertising the Camellia Dairy.

Box 1
Image RL.11522-P-0025
Three barns, Buckingham County, VA, 1963
Box 1
Image RL.11522-P-0026
America, Airport Road, Danville, VA, 1963
Box 1
Image RL.11522-P-0027
American neighborhood, Richmond, VA, 1973
Box 1
Image RL.11522-P-0028
Courtyard, Richmond, VA, 1963
Box 1
Image RL.11522-P-0029
Legs, Main Street, Danville, VA, 1963
Box 1
Image RL.11522-P-0030
Corvair and kids, West Main Street, Danville, VA, 1973
Box 1
Image RL.11522-P-0031
A man studying art, Richmond, VA, 1973
Box 1
Image RL.11522-P-0032
Five men, Broad Street, Richmond, VA, 1973
Box 1
Image RL.11522-P-0033
Amusement ride, Virginia State Fair, Richmond, VA, 1973
Box 1
Image RL.11522-P-0034
The flag, Roanoke, VA, 1967
Box 1
Image RL.11522-P-0035
Photo window, Blacksburg, VA, 1967
Box 1
Image RL.11522-P-0036
Tobacco warehouse, Highway 58 East, Danville, VA, 1963
Box 1
Image RL.11522-P-0037
Thomas Day house, Milton, NC, 1963
Box 1
Image RL.11522-P-0038
Jehovah's witnesses, Main Street, Danville, VA, 1964
Box 1
Image RL.11522-P-0039
Car hood, Highway 58 East, Danville, VA, 1967
Box 1
Image RL.11522-P-0040
Chevrolet Impala, Broad Street, Richmond, VA, 1974
Box 1
Image RL.11522-P-0041
T.V. in Emmet's apartment, Providence, RI, 1967
Box 1
Image RL.11522-P-0042
Lawrence, Virginia Polytechnic Institute, Blacksburg, VA, 1967
Box 1
Image RL.11522-P-0043
Women's room, Virginia State Fair, Richmond, VA, 1973
Box 1
Image RL.11522-P-0044
My sister Kathy, Danville, VA, 1962
Box 1
Image RL.11522-P-0045
Bench, Blacksburg, VA, 1967
Box 1
Image RL.11522-P-0046
Chair, Milton, NC, 1963
Box 1
Image RL.11522-P-0047
Jimmy's world, Buckingham County, VA, 1963
Box 1
Image RL.11522-P-0048
Child in background, Main Street, Danville, VA, 1963
Box 1
Image RL.11522-P-0049
Young couple on Main Street, Danville, VA, 1963
Box 1
Image RL.11522-P-0050
Man in Cadillac, Patton Street, Danville, VA, 1963
Box 1
Image RL.11522-P-0051
Older couple on Main Street, Danville, VA, 1963
Box 1
Image RL.11522-P-0052
Young man at Johnson Drug Store, Main Street, Danville, VA, 1963
Box 1
Image RL.11522-P-0053
Man at Haynesworth Camera Store, Main Street, Danville, VA, 1963
Box 1
Image RL.11522-P-0054
Children playing, Danville, VA, 1964
Box 1
Image RL.11522-P-0055
Curb market, Spring Street, Danville, VA, 1964
Box 1
Image RL.11522-P-0056
Burlesque show at Danville Fair, Old Piney Forest Road, Danville, VA, 1963
Box 1
Image RL.11522-P-0057
Two women at Mr. Cue II, Union Street, Danville, VA, 1964
Box 1
Image RL.11522-P-0058
Woman at YMCA, Main Street, 1964
Box 1
Image RL.11522-P-0059
Girl with glasses, Danville, VA, 1963
Box 1
Image RL.11522-P-0060
Newspaper boy, Main Street, Danville, VA, 1963
Box 1
Image RL.11522-P-0061
School guard crossing, North Main Street, Danville, VA, 1964
Box 1
Image RL.11522-P-0062
Couple at F. W. Woolworth Company, Main Street, Danville, VA, 1963
Box 1
Image RL.11522-P-0063
Woman at city armory wrestling match, Floyd Street, Danville, VA, 1973
Box 1
Image RL.11522-P-0064
Friday night wrestling at city armory, Floyd Street, Danville, VA, 1973
Box 1
Image RL.11522-P-0065
Sunday morning church services, Aiken Street, Danville, VA, 1964
Box 1
Image RL.11522-P-0066
Baby with mother, Main Street, Danville, VA, 1963
Box 1
Image RL.11522-P-0067
Kid in rain suit, Danville, VA, 1963
Box 1
Image RL.11522-P-0068
Soldier with children, Main Street, Danville, VA, 1963
Box 1
Image RL.11522-P-0069
Cowboy at horse show, Orphanage Road, Danville, VA, 1967
Box 1
Image RL.11522-P-0070
Bus stop at F. W. Woolworth Co., Union Street, Danville, VA, 1963
Box 1
Image RL.11522-P-0071
Friends at Danville Fair, Old Piney Forest Road, Danville, VA, 1963
Box 1
Image RL.11522-P-0072
Man with cane at horse show, Orphanage Road, Danville, VA, 1967
Box 1
Image RL.11522-P-0073
Man holding horse, Orphanage Road, Danville, VA, 1967
Box 1
Image RL.11522-P-0074
Lady among cars, Indian Springs GA, 1963
Box 1
Image RL.11522-P-0075
Two children, Industrial Avenue, Danville, VA, 1964
Box 1
Image RL.11522-P-0076
Horse with cars, Orphanage Road, Danville, VA, 1967
Box 1
Image RL.11522-P-0077
Billboard, Providence, RI, 1967
Box 1
Image RL.11522-P-0078
Chevrolet truck, unknown location in Virginia, 1967
Box 1
Image RL.11522-P-0079
Man in hat, Richmond, VA, 1969
Box 1
Image RL.11522-P-0080
Mother and child, Richmond, VA, 1969
Box 1
Image RL.11522-P-0081
Young girl, Virginia State Fair, Richmond, VA, 1973
Box 1
Image RL.11522-P-0082
Goodman Furniture, Danville, VA, 1963
Box 1
Image RL.11522-P-0083
North Theater, North Main Street, Danville, VA, 1964
Box 1
Image RL.11522-P-0084
Sartorial elegance, Richmond, VA, 1973
Box 1
Image RL.11522-P-0085
Four men, location unknown in Virginia, circa 1963-1974
Box 2
Image RL.11522-P-0086
Girls in Chevrolet Bel Air, Danville, VA, 1964
Box 2
Image RL.11522-P-0087
Randy with watermelons, Halifax County, VA, 1973
Box 2
Image RL.11522-P-0088
Elmo's Barber Shop, Richmond, VA, 1969
Box 2
Image RL.11522-P-0089
Mother and teapots, Danville, VA, 1973
Box 2
Image RL.11522-P-0090
Two people in silence, Indian Springs, GA, 1963
Box 2
Image RL.11522-P-0091
Women at horse show, Danville, VA, 1967
Box 2
Image RL.11522-P-0092
Three cows, Virginia State Fair, Richmond, VA, 1973
Box 2
Image RL.11522-P-0093
Utility poles, Newport News, VA, 1969
Box 2
Image RL.11522-P-0094
White horse, North Carolina, 1969
Box 2
Image RL.11522-P-0095
Couple at horse show, Orphanage Road, Danville, VA, 1967
Box 2
Image RL.11522-P-0096
A moment of surprise, Broad Street, Richmond, VA, 1973
Box 2
Image RL.11522-P-0097
Kids on corner, Danville, VA, 1964
Box 2
Image RL.11522-P-0098
Queen Nefertiti, Broad Street, Richmond, VA, 1969
Box 2
Image RL.11522-P-0099
Man with cigarette, North Main Street, Danville, VA, 1964
Box 2
Image RL.11522-P-0100
Ballerina, Ann Boyer School of Dance, Danville, VA, 1963
Box 2
Image RL.11522-P-0101
Man at wrestling match, Floyd Street, Danville, VA, 1973
Box 2
Image RL.11522-P-0102
Woman at Elk Club, Main Street, Danville, VA, 1964
Box 2
Image RL.11522-P-0103
New York landscape, Millerton, NY, 1973
Box 2
Image RL.11522-P-0104
Glenn Scarboro, Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY (photograph by Emmet Gowin), 1967
Box 2
Image RL.11522-P-0105
Han's apartment, Richmond, VA, 1963
Box 2
Image RL.11522-P-0106
Man at Elk Club, Danville, VA, 1964
Box 2
Image RL.11522-P-0107
Kid on horse, Danville, VA, 1967
Box 2
Image RL.11522-P-0108
Richmond Dairy, Richmond, VA, 1973
Box 2
Image RL.11522-P-0109
Couple with camera, Danville, VA, 1964
Box 2
Image RL.11522-P-0110
Cathedral, Milton, NC, 1963
Box 2
Image RL.11522-P-0111
Kids in store, Milton, NC, 1963
Box 2
Image RL.11522-P-0112
Porters, Danville, VA, 1964
Box 2
Image RL.11522-P-0113
Couple in London Fog coats, Danville, VA, 1964
Box 2
Image RL.11522-P-0114
Line of people, Friday night wrestling, Danville, VA, 1973
Box 2
Image RL.11522-P-0115
College students walking to downtown, Danville, VA, 1964
Box 2
Image RL.11522-P-0116
Older couple on corner, Danville, VA, 1964
Box 2
Image RL.11522-P-0117
Woman in store, Rt. 460 West, near Blacksburg, VA, 1967
Box 2
Image RL.11522-P-0118
Girl in white socks, Main Street, Danville, VA, 1963
Box 2
Image RL.11522-P-0119
Tree in Reva's driveway, Danville, VA, 1963
Box 2
Image RL.11522-P-0120
High Street Baptist Church, Danville, VA, 1964
Box 2
Image RL.11522-P-0121
Man at horse trailers, Danville, VA, 1967
Box 2
Image RL.11522-P-0122
Two kids playing, Richmond, VA, 1969
Box 2
Image RL.11522-P-0123
Five kids on a porch, Richmond, VA, 1969
Box 2
Image RL.11522-P-0124
Mother and child, Broad Street, Richmond, VA, 1969
Box 2
Image RL.11522-P-0125
Two women under umbrella, Danville, VA, 1964
Box 2
Image RL.11522-P-0126
Spectators at burlesque show, Danville Fair, 1963
Box 2
Image RL.11522-P-0127
Children in grocery store, North Main Street, Danville, VA, 1964
Box 2
Image RL.11522-P-0128
Houses, Roanoke, VA, 1963
Box 2
Image RL.11522-P-0129
Perkins Barber Shop, Kemper Road, Danville, VA, 1964
Box 2
Image RL.11522-P-0130
A male gathering, Christiansburg, VA, 1967
Box 2
Image RL.11522-P-0131
Kids with toy guns, Richmond, VA, 1969
Box 2
Image RL.11522-P-0132
Drum major, Danville, VA, 1964
Box 2
Image RL.11522-P-0133
Car and house on Highway 58 East, Danville, VA, 1964
Box 2
Image RL.11522-P-0134
New American gothic, Danville, VA, 1963
Box 2
Image RL.11522-P-0135
Cadillac, Richmond, VA, 1972
Box 2
Image RL.11522-P-0136
Two men talking, West Main Street, Danville, VA, 1964
Box 2
Image RL.11522-P-0137
Three men at bank, Danville, VA, 1964
Box 2
Image RL.11522-P-0138
American flag and young man, Danville, VA, 1963
Box 2
Image RL.11522-P-0139
Cub scouts as peppermint sticks, Danville, VA, 1963
Box 2
Image RL.11522-P-0140
Two women at Harnsbergers, Danville, VA, 1964
Box 2
Image RL.11522-P-0141
Man and woman at curb market, Danville, VA, 1964
Box 2
Image RL.11522-P-0142
Window and cup, Buckingham County, VA, 1963
Box 2
Image RL.11522-P-0143
Father and two daughters at wedding, Danville, VA, 1964
Box 2
Image RL.11522-P-0144
Two painted trees on building, Richmond, VA, 1973
Box 2
Image RL.11522-P-0145
Sexual politics, Indian Springs, GA, 1964
Box 2
Image RL.11522-P-0146
Bob's Grill, Danville, VA, 1964
Box 2
Image RL.11522-P-0147
Grocery shopping from back of a truck, Richmond, VA, 1969
Box 2
Image RL.11522-P-0148
Man on porch, Danville, VA
Box 2
Image RL.11522-P-0149
Uncle Squirrel and his cows, Nelson County, VA, 1973
Box 2
Image RL.11522-P-0150
Young men playing basketball, Danville, VA, 1964
Box 2
Image RL.11522-P-0151
Man and two kids, Danville, VA, 1964
Box 2
Image RL.11522-P-0152
Fire station Number Three, Danville, VA, 1963
Box 2
Image RL.11522-P-0153
Man and woman, Lower Main Street, Danville, VA, 1964
Box 2
Image RL.11522-P-0154
Mother in hair curlers and smoking a cigarette, Danville, VA, 1962
Box 2
Image RL.11522-P-0155
My sister in rain coat, Danville, VA, 1962
Box 2
Image RL.11522-P-0156
My sister brushing hair, Danville, VA, 1962
Box 2
Image RL.11522-P-0157
My sister with wild hair, Danville, VA, 1962
Box 2
Image RL.11522-P-0158
My sister in Chair, Danville, VA, 1962
Box 2
Image RL.11522-P-0159
My other sister drying hair and knitting, Danville, VA, 1962
Box 2
Image RL.11522-P-0160
Kevin, Nelson County, VA, 1962
Box 2
Image RL.11522-P-0161
A. J. Blankenship, Danville, VA, 1962
Box 2
Image RL.11522-P-0162
Marilyn, Danville, VA, 1962
Box 2
Image RL.11522-P-0163
Mother and Glenn, Danville, VA, 1973
Box 2
Image RL.11522-P-0164
Jeff, Danville, VA, 1976
Box 2
Image RL.11522-P-0165
Father and brother, Danville, VA, 1976
Box 2
Image RL.11522-P-0166

2. Images: The Beginning and the End, 1963-1972

15 pages, 1 volume

This spiral-bound handmade photobook, assembled by Scarboro in 1972, was prepared in a limited edition of seven, of which this is number six. It is centered around eleven 5x7 inch black-and-white gelatin silver photographs, dry-mounted back to back, taken in 1963 and developed in 1965 from original negatives. Titles were devised by the photographer in 2017. The images were taken in Virginia and North Carolina cities and towns and are a mix of streetscapes, still lifes, and portraits.

The cover features a unique pen-and-ink drawing by the artist, followed by an introductory page with a handwritten image index of titles, places, and dates. Included in this series is a photograph of the group of seven unique photobooks, including the one in this collection.

Photograph of a group of seven handmade photobooks, after 1972

Caption by library staff. The books were completed in 1972; the exact date of the photograph is unknown.

Box 3
Image RL.11522-P-0167
Images: the beginning and the end; a handmade book of photographs, 1963-1972

The eleven photographs featured were taken by Scarboro in 1963 and developed in 1965. The book was assembled in 1972. Titles devised by photographer in 2017. A few of the photographs are not in the main prints series.

Box 3
Volume RL.11522-P-0168
 

Historical Note

Glenn Scarboro was born in January 1945 in Danville, Virginia, several months before the end of World War II. He learned to make photographs at age seventeen when a family friend who was a photographer for the local weekly newspaper asked him to cover an assignment for him.

Continuing his photography as he pursued a career in social work, Scarboro was particularly influenced by Emmet Gowin at the Fine Art Department at Richmond Professional Institute (now Virginia Commonwealth University), and by the work in Family of Man, edited by Edward Steichen, and The Decisive Moment by Henri Cartier-Bresson.

The Danville Museum of Fine Arts and History (DMFAH) has twice featured Scarboro's work in solo exhibitions: "The Views of Silent Space" in 2001, and in 2010, an exhibition titled "One Boy's Story: 35mm Street Photography and Other Ephemeral Moments." This work was later expanded to a collection of 166 photographs made from 1962 to 1976 and is the foundation of Scarboro's gift to the Archive of Documentary Arts at Duke University.


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Provenance

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

Processing Information

Processed by Yuqiao Cao and Paula Jeannet Mangiafico, November 2017.

Accession(s) described in this finding aid: 2017-0159.

Other Notes

The photographs were printed using an Epson Sure Color P800 printer with Epson Ultrachrome Ink on Epson Exhibition Fiber Base Paper from scanned 35mm and 6x6 negatives.