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Collection Number: P0097

Collection Title: Earl N. Mitchell Photographs and Related Materials, 1967-1986

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Size 6.2 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 6,000 items)
Abstract Earl Nelson Mitchell (1926-2011) was a professor of physics at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill from the early 1960s until his retirement in 1991. He is author of the photographic textbook, Photographic Science (1984), and co-taught with Ross Scroggs the course, Physics 45: Photography. He and his wife Marlys founded Mitchell Winery located outside of Chapel Hill, N.C., in 1971 and were instrumental in the founding of the North Carolina Winegrowers Association. This collection consists of black-and-white and color 35mm slides taken by Mitchell between 1967 and 1986. Photographs were taken in a number of different locations, mainly in North Carolina, and depict people, events, landscapes, nature scenes, and buildings; many of the images in his writings and instruction of scientific photography. Many of the images were taken on the campus of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Also included are images taken by Mitchell as he traveled to different locations across the United States and around the world. Numerous images of Mitchell's family-owned vineyard (Mitchell Vineyard) and other vineyards he traveled to in the United States, France, and Italy are included in the collection. The collection also includes Mitchell's photographic logs created by Mitchell, that extensively detail the location and specifications of almost 6000 images he took from 1967 to 1985.
Creator Mitchell, Earl N. (Earl Nelson), 1926-2011.
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 authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.
Preferred Citation
[Identification of item], in the Earl N. Mitchell Photographs and Related Materials #P0097, North Carolina Collection Photographic Archives, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Donated in 2012 by Catherine P. Voorhees of Durham, N.C.
Sensitive Materials Statement
Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations, the North Carolina Public Records Act (N.C.G.S. § 132 1 et seq.), and Article 7 of the North Carolina State Personnel Act (Privacy of State Employee Personnel Records, N.C.G.S. § 126-22 et seq.). Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g., a cause of action under common law for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual's private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill assumes no responsibility.
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Earl N. Mitchell (1926-2011) was born in Centerville, Iowa on 30 August 1926. He received a B.A. and a M.S. in physics from the University of Iowa and a Ph.D. in physics from the University of Minnesota. He was a professor of physics at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill from the early 1960s until his retirement in 1991. He is author of the photographic textbook, Photographic Science (1984), and co-taught with Ross Scroggs the course, Physics 45: Photography. He and his wife Marlys founded Mitchell Winery located outside of Chapel Hill, N.C. in 1971, and were instrumental in the founding of the North Carolina Winegrowers Association in 1993.

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This collection consists of black-and-white and color 35mm slides taken by Mitchell between 1967 and 1986. Photographs were taken in a number of different locations, mainly in North Carolina, and depict people, events, landscapes, nature scenes, and buildings; many of the images in his writings and instruction of scientific photography. Many of the images were taken on the campus of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Also included are images taken by Mitchell as he traveled to different locations across the United States and around the world. Numerous images of Mitchell's family-owned vineyard (Mitchell Vineyard) and other vineyards he traveled to in the United States, France, and Italy are included in the collection. The collection also includes Mitchell's photographic logs created by Mitchell, that extensively detail the location and specifications of almost 6000 images he took from 1967 to 1985.

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Contents list

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6000 images.

Photographic logs extensively detail the location and specifications of the nearly 6000 images Mitchell took from 1967 to 1985.

Information in photograph logs include:

  • Roll number/frame number (film)
  • Film type
  • Lens
  • F-stop
  • Speed
  • Distance
  • Filter
  • Date
  • Hour
  • Location
  • Light description (environmental)
  • Subject of image
  • Slide number (slide)
  • Keep (yes or no)

Box 1

Folder P0097/0001

Earl N. Mitchell photograph log 1, April 1967 - December 1968 #P0097, Series: "1. Earl N. Mitchell Photographic Logs, 1967-1986." Box 1, Folder P0097/0001

Describes slide trays 1-5.

Box 1

Folder P0097/0002

Earl N. Mitchell photograph log 2, December 1968 - December 1970 #P0097, Series: "1. Earl N. Mitchell Photographic Logs, 1967-1986." Box 1, Folder P0097/0002

Describes slide trays 5-9.

Box 1

Folder P0097/0003

Earl N. Mitchell photograph log 3, December 1970 - September 1977 #P0097, Series: "1. Earl N. Mitchell Photographic Logs, 1967-1986." Box 1, Folder P0097/0003

Describes slide trays 9-13.

Box 1

Folder P0097/0004

Earl N. Mitchell photograph log 4, October 1977 - January 1982 #P0097, Series: "1. Earl N. Mitchell Photographic Logs, 1967-1986." Box 1, Folder P0097/0004

Describes slide trays 13-18.

Box 1

Folder P0097/0005

Earl N. Mitchell photograph log 5, February 1982 - December 1985 #P0097, Series: "1. Earl N. Mitchell Photographic Logs, 1967-1986." Box 1, Folder P0097/0005

Describes slide trays 18-19.

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6000 images.

Images are described in detail in Earl N. Mitchell photograph logs (series 1).

Box 2

Slide P0097/0006

Earl N. Mitchell slide tray 1, April - June 1967 #P0097, Series: "2. Earl N. Mitchell Slide Trays, 1967-1986." Box 2, Slide P0097/0006

35mm Black-and-White and Color Slides

Slides described in Mitchell photograph log 1 (P0097/0001).

Box 2

Slide P0097/0007

Earl N. Mitchell slide tray 2, July - October 1967 #P0097, Series: "2. Earl N. Mitchell Slide Trays, 1967-1986." Box 2, Slide P0097/0007

35mm Black-and-White and Color Slides

Slides described in Mitchell photograph log 1 (P0097/0001).

Box 2

Slide P0097/0008

Earl N. Mitchell slide tray 3, December 1967 - May 1968 #P0097, Series: "2. Earl N. Mitchell Slide Trays, 1967-1986." Box 2, Slide P0097/0008

35mm Black-and-White and Color Slides

Slides described in Mitchell photograph log 1 (P0097/0001).

Box 2

Slide P0097/0009

Earl N. Mitchell slide tray 4, May - August 1968 #P0097, Series: "2. Earl N. Mitchell Slide Trays, 1967-1986." Box 2, Slide P0097/0009

35mm Black-and-White and Color Slides

Slides described in Mitchell photograph log 1 (P0097/0001).

Box 2

Slide P0097/0010

Earl N. Mitchell slide tray 5, September 1968 - May 1969 #P0097, Series: "2. Earl N. Mitchell Slide Trays, 1967-1986." Box 2, Slide P0097/0010

35mm Black-and-White and Color Slides

Slides described in Mitchell photograph log 1 (P0097/0001).

Box 3

Slide P0097/0011

Earl N. Mitchell slide tray 6, June - October 1969 #P0097, Series: "2. Earl N. Mitchell Slide Trays, 1967-1986." Box 3, Slide P0097/0011

35mm Black-and-White and Color Slides

Slides described in Mitchell photograph log 2 (P0097/0002).

Box 3

Slide P0097/0012

Earl N. Mitchell slide tray 7, October 1969 - June 1970 #P0097, Series: "2. Earl N. Mitchell Slide Trays, 1967-1986." Box 3, Slide P0097/0012

35mm Black-and-White and Color Slides

Slides described in Mitchell photograph log 2 (P0097/0002).

Box 3

Slide P0097/0013

Earl N. Mitchell slide tray 8, June - September 1970 #P0097, Series: "2. Earl N. Mitchell Slide Trays, 1967-1986." Box 3, Slide P0097/0013

35mm Black-and-White and Color Slides

Slides described in Mitchell photograph log 2 (P0097/0002).

Box 3

Slide P0097/0014

Earl N. Mitchell slide tray 9, September 1970 - August 1971 #P0097, Series: "2. Earl N. Mitchell Slide Trays, 1967-1986." Box 3, Slide P0097/0014

35mm Black-and-White and Color Slides

Slides described in Mitchell photograph log 2 (P0097/0002).

Box 3

Slide P0097/0015

Earl N. Mitchell slide tray 10, August 1971 - October 1972 #P0097, Series: "2. Earl N. Mitchell Slide Trays, 1967-1986." Box 3, Slide P0097/0015

35mm Black-and-White and Color Slides

Slides described in Mitchell photograph log 3 (P0097/0003).

Box 4

Slide P0097/0016

Earl N. Mitchell slide tray 11, October 1972 - January 1975 #P0097, Series: "2. Earl N. Mitchell Slide Trays, 1967-1986." Box 4, Slide P0097/0016

35mm Black-and-White and Color Slides

Slides described in Mitchell photograph log 3 (P0097/0003).

Box 4

Slide P0097/0017

Earl N. Mitchell slide tray 12, June 1975 - June 1977 #P0097, Series: "2. Earl N. Mitchell Slide Trays, 1967-1986." Box 4, Slide P0097/0017

35mm Black-and-White and Color Slides

Slides described in Mitchell photograph log 3 (P0097/0003).

Box 4

Slide P0097/0018

Earl N. Mitchell slide tray 13, June 1977 - March 1978 #P0097, Series: "2. Earl N. Mitchell Slide Trays, 1967-1986." Box 4, Slide P0097/0018

35mm Black-and-White and Color Slides

Slides described in Mitchell photograph log 3 (P0097/0003).

Box 4

Slide P0097/0019

Earl N. Mitchell slide tray 14, March 1978 - May 1978 #P0097, Series: "2. Earl N. Mitchell Slide Trays, 1967-1986." Box 4, Slide P0097/0019

35mm Black-and-White and Color Slides

Slides described in Mitchell photograph log 4 (P0097/0004).

Box 4

Slide P0097/0020

Earl N. Mitchell slide tray 15, July 1978 - July 1979 #P0097, Series: "2. Earl N. Mitchell Slide Trays, 1967-1986." Box 4, Slide P0097/0020

35mm Black-and-White and Color Slides

Slides described in Mitchell photograph log 4 (P0097/0004).

Box 5

Slide P0097/0021

Earl N. Mitchell slide tray 16, July 1979 - June 1980 #P0097, Series: "2. Earl N. Mitchell Slide Trays, 1967-1986." Box 5, Slide P0097/0021

35mm Black-and-White and Color Slides

Slides described in Mitchell photograph log 4 (P0097/0004).

Box 5

Slide P0097/0022

Earl N. Mitchell slide tray 17, June 1980 - April 1981 #P0097, Series: "2. Earl N. Mitchell Slide Trays, 1967-1986." Box 5, Slide P0097/0022

35mm Black-and-White and Color Slides

Slides described in Mitchell photograph log 4 (P0097/0004).

Box 5

Slide P0097/0023

Earl N. Mitchell slide tray 18, June 1981 - July 1983 #P0097, Series: "2. Earl N. Mitchell Slide Trays, 1967-1986." Box 5, Slide P0097/0023

35mm Black-and-White and Color Slides

Slides described in Mitchell photograph log 4 (P0097/0004).

Box 5

Slide P0097/0024

Earl N. Mitchell slide tray 19, July 1983 - January 1986 #P0097, Series: "2. Earl N. Mitchell Slide Trays, 1967-1986." Box 5, Slide P0097/0024

35mm Black-and-White and Color Slides

Slides described in Mitchell photograph log 5 (P0097/0005).

Box 5

Slide P0097/0025

Earl N. Mitchell slide tray 1 (discards), circa 1967 - 1968 #P0097, Series: "2. Earl N. Mitchell Slide Trays, 1967-1986." Box 5, Slide P0097/0025

35mm Black-and-White and Color Slides

Slides appear to be discards from tray 1 (P0097/0006).

Box 5

Slide P0097/0026

Earl N. Mitchell slides: Miscellaneous, circa 1967 - 1970 #P0097, Series: "2. Earl N. Mitchell Slide Trays, 1967-1986." Box 5, Slide P0097/0026

35mm Black-and-White and Color Slides

Slides appear to be from different periods 1960s-1980s and are not associated with a tray.

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Processing Information

Processed by: Patrick Cullom, March 2015

Encoded by: Patrick Cullom, March 2015

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