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Collection Number: P0094

Collection Title: William Starr Myers Images, 1839-1915

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Size 48 items 4 linear feet
Abstract William Starr Myers was born on 17 June 1877 in Baltimore, Md. In 1890, the Myers family moved to Asheville, N.C. William Starr Myers received his A.B. degree from the University of North Carolina in 1897 and his Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins University in 1900. At the University of North Carolina, Myers was active in several organizations and wrote the words for "Hail to the Brightest Star," which evolved into the University of North Carolina alma mater, "Hark the Sound." Myers was assistant professor and preceptor at Princeton University, 1906-1918, then a professor at Princeton from 1918 until his death in 1956. The images in this collection consist primarily of William Starr Myers and his family, including portraits and outdoor group scenes. Also included is an ambrotype portrait of an African-American man identified as "Uncle Jed (or Jerry)? last slave of the Morford family" holding a young white girl identified as Elizabeth Morford. The collection consists of daguerreotypes, ambrotypes, tintypes, and prints. Some copy prints and negatives were made of images that were discarded. The majority of the daguerreotypes, ambrotypes, and tintypes are encased, and the majority of the prints are on print cards.
Creator Myers, William Starr, 1877-1956.
Language English
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Restrictions to Access
No restrictions. Open for research.
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Copyright Notice
Copyright is retained by the North Carolina Collection, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Library.
Preferred Citation
[Identification of item], in the William Starr Myers Images #P0094, North Carolina Collection Photographic Archives, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Received to the Southern Historical Collection from Mrs. Margaret Myers McLean, daughter of William Starr Myers, in 1988. Transferred to the North Carolina Collection Photographic Archives in June 1988.
Sensitive Materials Statement
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William Starr Myers, son of J. Norris Myers and Laura Virginia Starr Myers, was born on 17 June 1877 in Baltimore, Md. In 1890, the Myers family moved to Asheville, N.C., where J. Norris Myers operated a shoe store. William Starr Myers received his A.B. degree from the University of North Carolina in 1897 and his Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins University in 1900. At the University of North Carolina, Myers was a member of Beta Theta Pi and Phi Beta Kappa. He was editor of the university yearbook, the Hellenian, and of the newspaper, the Tar Heel. He also wrote the words for Hail to the Brightest Star, sung to the tune of an old college song, called Amici and performed for the first time by the University Glee Club in 1897. This song evolved into the University of North Carolina alma mater, Hark the Sound. Myers was a master at the Gilman School for Boys in Baltimore, Md., 1900-1906, and then was assistant professor and preceptor at Princeton University, 1906-1918. He was a professor at Princeton from 1918 until his death in 1956. William Starr Myers married Margaret Barr on 8 June 1910.

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The images in this collection consist primarily of William Starr Myers and his family. Images of William Starr Myers include portraits as a child and as an adult, images of large and small groups including a large party outdoors, and portraits of William Starr Myers as a student with classmates. Images of extended family members include John Norris Myers, Laura Virginia Starr Myers, and Mary Rooker Norris, among others. Also included is an ambrotype portrait of an African-American man identified as "Uncle Jed (or Jerry)? last slave of the Morford family" holding a young white girl identified as Elizabeth Morford. The collection consists of daguerreotypes, ambrotypes, tintypes, and photographic prints. The majority of the daguerreotypes, ambrotypes, and tintypes are encased, and the majority of the prints are on print cards.

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Contents list

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items.

Arrangement: subject, then earliest to latest.

Some images include additional information written on the verso side.

Special Format Box 01

Special Format Image P0094/0001

William Starr Myers (portrait), circa 1887 #P0094, Series: "William Starr Myers Images, circa 1881-1915." Sfbox 01, Sfimage P0094/0001

1 tintype

Housed in original paper sleeve; 1/4 plate.

Print Box 01

Folder P0094/0002

William Starr Myers portraits, circa 1881-1915 #P0094, Series: "William Starr Myers Images, circa 1881-1915." Printbox 01, Folder P0094/0002

12 images

Print Box 01

Folder P0094/0003

Groups with William Starr Myers, circa 1887-1906 #P0094, Series: "William Starr Myers Images, circa 1881-1915." Printbox 01, Folder P0094/0003

17 images

Images include portraits of William Starr Myers as a child standing with other children, as a student with classmates, outdoors with a large group of people, and seated with small groups.

Print Box 01

Folder P0094/0004

Myers and Starr Families: Tintype photograph album, circa 1890s #P0094, Series: "William Starr Myers Images, circa 1881-1915." Printbox 01, Folder P0094/0004

17 images

Images include portraits of William Starr Myers and other family members. Inside front cover has note that reads "Thomas M. Myers from Mamma."

Special Format Box 01

Special Format Image P0094/0005

Myers and Starr Families: "Uncle Jed"(?) and Elizabeth Morford (portrait), circa 1852-1880 #P0094, Series: "William Starr Myers Images, circa 1881-1915." Sfbox 01, Sfimage P0094/0005

1 encased ambrotype and 1 copy negative

"Uncle Jed (or Jerry)? last slave of the Morford family holding Elizabeth Morford daughter of Jarrell and Catherine (Crawford). New Jersey."

Encased; 1/4 plate. Image also has copy negative (30894).

Special Format Box 01

Special Format Image P0094/0006

Myers and Starr Families: John Norris Myers (portrait), circa 1851 #P0094, Series: "William Starr Myers Images, circa 1881-1915." Sfbox 01, Sfimage P0094/0006

1 encased daguerreotype

"Born Nov. 17th, 1842. Aged at this picture 9 years. Taken in N.Y. at Crystal palace (?) 1851. Died July 27, 1929."

Encased; 1/6 plate.

Print Box 01

Folder P0094/0007

Myers and Starr Families: John Norris Myers, circa 1860-1891 #P0094, Series: "William Starr Myers Images, circa 1881-1915." Printbox 01, Folder P0094/0007

4 images

Three portraits of John Norris Myers and one image of group including John Norris Myers. Some additional information on back of print cards.

Special Format Box 01

Special Format Image P0094/0008

Myers and Starr Families: Katherine Myers (portrait), circa 1839-1860 #P0094, Series: "William Starr Myers Images, circa 1881-1915." Sfbox 01, Sfimage P0094/0008

1 encased daguerreotype

"Katharine Myers is the sister of Rev. Thomas Myers (1813-1894). They were the children of John Myers and Charlotte (Miller) Myers"

Encased; 1/4 plate.

Special Format Box 01

Special Format Image P0094/0009

Myers and Starr Families: Mary Rooker Norris (portrait), circa 1839-1860 #P0094, Series: "William Starr Myers Images, circa 1881-1915." Sfbox 01, Sfimage P0094/0009

1 encased daguerreotype

"b. 1785 - d. 1868, grandmother of J. Norris Myers, Jr."

Encased; 1/9 plate. Image is deteriorated and difficult to see.

Special Format Box 01

Special Format Image P0094/0010

Myers and Starr Families: Abram Osborn (portrait), circa 1856-1900 #P0094, Series: "William Starr Myers Images, circa 1881-1915." Sfbox 01, Sfimage P0094/0010

1 encased tintype

"Father of Mary Osborn Marford"

Encased; 1/4 plate.

Special Format Box 01

Special Format Image P0094/0012

Myers and Starr Families: Ann C. Starr (portrait), circa 1852-1880 #P0094, Series: "William Starr Myers Images, circa 1881-1915." Sfbox 01, Sfimage P0094/0012

1 encased ambrotype

"Ann Catherine Starr, 1840-1898. 'Aunt Kate'"

Encased; 1/4 plate.

Special Format Box 01

Special Format Image P0094/0013

Myers and Starr Families: Wesley Starr (portrait), circa 1859 #P0094, Series: "William Starr Myers Images, circa 1881-1915." Sfbox 01, Sfimage P0094/0013

1 encased ambrotype

"Mr. Wesley Starr (Oct. 3, 1789 - May 9, 1866) of Baltimore, MD, a cousin of my grandfather, Oliver Starr of Deerfield(?). Taken about 1859 at Cambridge, Mass." [inscriber unknown]

Encased; 1/2 plate.

Special Format Box 01

Special Format Image P0094/0014

Myers and Starr Families: William M. Starr (portrait), circa 1839-1860 #P0094, Series: "William Starr Myers Images, circa 1881-1915." Sfbox 01, Sfimage P0094/0014

1 encased daguerreotype

Encased; 1/4 plate.

Print Box 01

Folder P0094/0015

Myers and Starr Families: Starr and Myers families group portrait, circa 1890-1899 #P0094, Series: "William Starr Myers Images, circa 1881-1915." Printbox 01, Folder P0094/0015

1 print, 2 copy prints, 2 copy sheet film negatives, and 2 interpositives

Includes Laura Virginia Starr Myers and a group image including Kate Starr, "Grandma Starr," and Norris and Tom Myers. Some images include additional information written on the verso side.

Special Format Box 01

Special Format Image P0094/0016

Unidentified man (portrait), circa 1839-1860 #P0094, Series: "William Starr Myers Images, circa 1881-1915." Sfbox 01, Sfimage P0094/0016

1 encased daguerreotype

Encased; 1/6 plate.

Special Format Box 01

Special Format Image P0094/0017

Unidentified man and woman (portrait), circa 1839-1860 #P0094, Series: "William Starr Myers Images, circa 1881-1915." Sfbox 01, Sfimage P0094/0017

1 encased daguerreotype

Encased; 1/6 plate.

Special Format Box 01

Special Format Image P0094/0018

Unidentified man and woman (portrait), circa 1839-1860 #P0094, Series: "William Starr Myers Images, circa 1881-1915." Sfbox 01, Sfimage P0094/0018

1 encased daguerreotype

Encased; 1/6 plate.

Special Format Box 01

Special Format Image P0094/0019

Unidentified man (portrait), circa 1839-1860 #P0094, Series: "William Starr Myers Images, circa 1881-1915." Sfbox 01, Sfimage P0094/0019

1 encased ambrotype

Encased; 1/6 plate.

Special Format Box 01

Special Format Image P0094/0020

Unidentified woman (portrait), circa 1839-1860 #P0094, Series: "William Starr Myers Images, circa 1881-1915." Sfbox 01, Sfimage P0094/0020

1 encased ambrotype

Encased; 1/6 plate.

Special Format Box 01

Special Format Image P0094/0021

Unidentified woman and two young girls (portrait), circa 1839-1860 #P0094, Series: "William Starr Myers Images, circa 1881-1915." Sfbox 01, Sfimage P0094/0021

1 encased ambrotype

Encased; 1/6 plate.

Special Format Box 01

Special Format Image P0094/0022

Unidentified Barr family member (portrait), circa 1839-1860 #P0094, Series: "William Starr Myers Images, circa 1881-1915." Sfbox 01, Sfimage P0094/0022

1 encased tintype

Encased; 1/6 plate.

Special Format Box 01

Special Format Image P0094/0023

Unidentified woman (portrait), circa 1839-1860 #P0094, Series: "William Starr Myers Images, circa 1881-1915." Sfbox 01, Sfimage P0094/0023

1 encased tintype

Encased; 1/6 plate.

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Processing Information

Processed by: North Carolina Collection and Tracy M. Jackson, February 2011

Encoded by: Tracy M. Jackson and Patrick Cullom, November 2014

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