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Collection Number: P0098

Collection Title: Louanne Watley Photographic Collection and Related Materials, circa 1980-1990s

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Size 32 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 3000 items)
Abstract Louanne Watley is a photographer and poet based in Chapel Hill, N.C. Her work has appeared in Carolina Quarterly, Calyx, and North Carolina Literary Review. This collection consists largely of photographic images taken between the late 1980s and the late 1990s. Images include both black-and-white and color photographic prints, black-and-white 35mm roll film and 120 roll film, and 35mm color roll film and slides. Included in this collection are images from Watley's "Evelyn" series, along with other various subjects, largely taken in North Carolina and elsewhere in the southeastern United States. Also included in this collection are artist books created by Watley, along with commercial publications, advertisements, and articles relating to her work.
Creator Watley, Louanne
Language English
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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 Louanne Watley Collection and Related Materials #P0098, North Carolina Collection Photographic Archives, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Donated in 2011 by Louanne Watley of Chapel Hill, N.C.
Sensitive Materials Statement
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Louanne Watley grew up in Kentucky and earned her undergraduate and graduate degrees from Duke University in Durham, N.C. Her work has appeared in Carolina Quarterly, Calyx, and North Carolina Literary Review. Her studio and home are in Chapel Hill, N.C.

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This collection consists largely of photographic images taken by Louanne Watley, chiefly between the late 1980s and the late 1990s. Images include both black-and-white and color photographic prints, black-and-white 35mm roll film and 120 roll film, and 35mm color roll film and slides. Included in the collection are images from Watley's "Evelyn" series, images of the Helping Hands Mission Band in Durham, N.C., and images of Kentucky women artists, along with other miscellaneous subjects, largely taken in North Carolina and other states in the southeastern United States. The images in the "Evelyn" series were used by author Kathryn Stripling Byer as inspiration for her 2002 collection of poems Catching Light, a fictional memoir of "Evelyn," a former artist's model who is growing old. Byer attended an exhibit including some of these images at City Lights Bookstore in Sylva, N.C., and said, "I can get a voice for this woman." Also included in the collection are artist books created by Watley, along with commercial publications, advertisements, and articles relating to her work.

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Contents list

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Arrangement: Contents are listed by box in the order received by the repository.

Titles in quotation marks are original and have been transcribed from the artist's materials.

Box 1

"Evelyn" exhibit, circa 1990s #P0098, Series: "Louanne Watley Photographic Collection and Related Materials, circa 1980-1990s ." Box 1

19 images

Black-and-White Photographic Prints

Contains 18 mounted 11"x17" prints, along with one smaller unmounted print in an envelope. Images are from the "Evelyn" exhibit.

Box 2

"Evelyn" exhibit, circa 1990s #P0098, Series: "Louanne Watley Photographic Collection and Related Materials, circa 1980-1990s ." Box 2

19 images

Black-and-White Photographic Prints

Contains 11"x 17" mounted prints from the "Evelyn" exhibit.

Box 3

"Evelyn" series: 11" x 14" photographs, circa 1990s #P0098, Series: "Louanne Watley Photographic Collection and Related Materials, circa 1980-1990s ." Box 3

16 images

Includes 15 black-and-white photographic prints, along with 1 color photographic print in an envelope.

Box 4

"Evelyn" series: 8" x 10" photographs, circa 1990s #P0098, Series: "Louanne Watley Photographic Collection and Related Materials, circa 1980-1990s ." Box 4

53 images

Black-and-White Photographic Prints

Some curling from storage.

Box 5

"Evelyn" series: 5" x 7" work prints, circa 1990s #P0098, Series: "Louanne Watley Photographic Collection and Related Materials, circa 1980-1990s ." Box 5

Approximately 400 images

Black-and-White Photographic Prints

Box 6

"Evelyn" series: 5" x 7" and 4" x 5" work prints, circa 1990s #P0098, Series: "Louanne Watley Photographic Collection and Related Materials, circa 1980-1990s ." Box 6

Approximately 60 images

Black-and-White Photographic Prints

Box 7

Artist's book, Eve, circa 1990s #P0098, Series: "Louanne Watley Photographic Collection and Related Materials, circa 1980-1990s ." Box 7

1 item

Box 7

"Evelyn" series color negatives and transparencies, circa 1990s #P0098, Series: "Louanne Watley Photographic Collection and Related Materials, circa 1980-1990s ." Box 7

Approximately 350 images

Includes four folders of images separated by format:

  • 35mm copy slides of "Evelyn" exhibition prints
  • Color 35mm transparencies
  • Color 35mm and 120 roll film

Box 8

"Evelyn" series publications and photographic postcard, circa 1990s #P0098, Series: "Louanne Watley Photographic Collection and Related Materials, circa 1980-1990s ." Box 8

25 items

Includes 11 books and four folders:

  • Alice Sebril postcard for the "Evelyn" exhibition
  • Advertising and pamphlets
  • Newspaper article
  • Black-and-white 120 roll film: "Betty probably--trying to use my Holga which was failing"

Box 9

Mixed formats, circa 1990s #P0098, Series: "Louanne Watley Photographic Collection and Related Materials, circa 1980-1990s ." Box 9

Approximately 275 images

Contains both black-and-white prints and black-and-white 35mm and 120 roll film. Subjects include Kentucky women, locations on the road to Danville, Ky. and Paint Lick, Ky., a writers conference, and other miscellaneous subjects.

Box 10

Negatives in binders, circa 1980s-1990s #P0098, Series: "Louanne Watley Photographic Collection and Related Materials, circa 1980-1990s ." Box 10

Approximately 4000 images

7 binders, each with a mix of both black-and-white and color 120 and 35mm roll film, along with one large envelope titled "West Virginia negatives." Each binder has a brief, handwritten note on the cover, and there are several contact sheets found throughout the box.

Binders include:

  • "Kentucky and my cousin's daughter's wedding in Johnson City, Tenn."
  • "Kentucky Women"
  • "Amish Family, Youngsville, N.C., 1998"
  • Photojournalism assignments from classes at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, N.C., along with self-assignments
  • "Carl P. Burnette, Route 4, Pittsboro, N.C., 28 April 1990"
  • "Raleigh sandwich shop and Wilmington, N.C., shops, Spring 1990"
  • "Guilford County, N.C."

Box 11

Negatives in binders, circa 1980s-1990s #P0098, Series: "Louanne Watley Photographic Collection and Related Materials, circa 1980-1990s ." Box 11

Approximately 2750 images

5 binders containing a range of formats, including color 35mm slides, black-and-white 35mm roll film, and black-and-white 120 roll film.

Binders include:

  • "Helping Hands Mission (Durham, N.C.) board, 1991"
  • Homeless in Raleigh, N.C., Fall 1990
  • Emerson series
  • Bish Scrap Metal (Siler City, N.C.), Fall 1989
  • Evelyn series

Box 12

"Emerson" series, circa 1990s #P0098, Series: "Louanne Watley Photographic Collection and Related Materials, circa 1980-1990s ." Box 12

Includes black-and-white photographic prints; Polaroid images; the book Shades of the Prison-House; a postcard for the exhibit "The Boy" at Duke Institute of the Arts, in Durham, N.C.; and a folder with magazines, articles, and advertising relating to the "Emerson" series.

Box 13

"Evelyn" series transparencies: Betty, circa 1990s #P0098, Series: "Louanne Watley Photographic Collection and Related Materials, circa 1980-1990s ." Box 13

Approximately 50 images

Includes 17 color transparencies individual sleeves, along with approximately 30 transparencies in black paper enclosures.

Box 14

"Guilford County, N.C.", circa 1980-1990s #P0098, Series: "Louanne Watley Photographic Collection and Related Materials, circa 1980-1990s ." Box 14

Approximately 175 images

Includes approximately 150 black-and-white work prints, along with an envelope of approximately 25 color and black-and-white photographic prints.

Box 15

Raleigh, N.C., and Durham, N.C., circa 1980-1990s #P0098, Series: "Louanne Watley Photographic Collection and Related Materials, circa 1980-1990s ." Box 15

Approximately 125 images

Black-and-White Photographic Prints

3 envelopes of black-and-white photographic prints, which include:

  • Helping Hands Mission Band (Durham, N.C.)
  • "Sandwich shop on Wilmington Street, Raleigh, N.C."
  • Raleigh and Durham, N.C. images

Box 16

"Kentucky places", circa 1980-1990s #P0098, Series: "Louanne Watley Photographic Collection and Related Materials, circa 1980-1990s ." Box 16

Approximately 275 images

11 envelopes of black-and-white and color photographic prints, including:

  • "My cousin Jimmy Donovan at neighbor's house"
  • Northwest North Carolina, southwest Virginia, and Kentucky
  • "Pictures while driving to Kentucky: various backroads"
  • "My mother: her home in Danville, Ky."
  • "Hindman, Ky.: James Still's house at a writers conference"
  • "Writers workshop in Kentucky"
  • "Monterey, Ky."
  • "At a Kentucky Derby Party outside Frankfort, Ky."
  • "Lexington, Ky."
  • "In and around Danville, Ky."
  • "Auction in Perryville, Ky."

Box 17

Miscellaneous subjects, circa 1980-1990s #P0098, Series: "Louanne Watley Photographic Collection and Related Materials, circa 1980-1990s ." Box 17

Miscellaneous subjects, including a number of images of Kentucky locations. This box contains both black-and-white and color photographic prints, along with color 35mm roll film.

Box 18

Kentucky Women Artists series, circa 1990s #P0098, Series: "Louanne Watley Photographic Collection and Related Materials, circa 1980-1990s ." Box 18

31 items

Black-and-White Photographic Prints

Box also includes a copy of the 1996 North Carolina Literary Review.

Box 19

Helping Hands Mission Band (Durham, N.C.), 1991 #P0098, Series: "Louanne Watley Photographic Collection and Related Materials, circa 1980-1990s ." Box 19

6 items

Includes Helping Hands Mission Band artist's book, along with 5 color photographic prints.

Box 20

Homeless in Raleigh, N.C., 1990 #P0098, Series: "Louanne Watley Photographic Collection and Related Materials, circa 1980-1990s ." Box 20

Approximately 215 images

Black-and-White Photographic Prints

Box 21

Kentucky Women Artists series, circa 1990s #P0098, Series: "Louanne Watley Photographic Collection and Related Materials, circa 1980-1990s ." Box 21

1 item

Contains the book 12 Women/12 Lines.

Box 22

Photojournalism assignments, circa 1980-1990s #P0098, Series: "Louanne Watley Photographic Collection and Related Materials, circa 1980-1990s ." Box 22

Black-and-White Photographic Prints

Box 23

Alice William, circa 1990s #P0098, Series: "Louanne Watley Photographic Collection and Related Materials, circa 1980-1990s ." Box 23

Approximately 425 images

Includes approximately 20 black-and-white prints for exhibition, along with approximately 100 smaller black-and-white work prints and a binder with black-and-white 35mm roll film.

Oversize Box 1

Oversize prints from "The Boy" series, circa 1990s #P0098, Series: "Louanne Watley Photographic Collection and Related Materials, circa 1980-1990s ." 1

18 images

Black-and-White Photographic Prints

Prints are mounted for exhibition.

Flat File Drawer 1

Oversize prints and artwork, circa 1990s #P0098, Series: "Louanne Watley Photographic Collection and Related Materials, circa 1980-1990s ." 1

10 images

Includes black-and-white photographic prints, along with oversize monotypes, and photographic etchings. Also includes an artist's book related to the "Evelyn" series.

Flat File Drawer 2

Oversize prints, circa 1980-1990s #P0098, Series: "Louanne Watley Photographic Collection and Related Materials, circa 1980-1990s ." 2

Approximately 140 images

Black-and-white photographic prints, with some associated black-and-white 120 roll film in folders:

  • "Kentucky"
  • Miscellaneous subjects, including the Helping Hands Mission Band (Durham, N.C.) and Duke University (Durham, N.C.) Provost Peter Lange
  • "Wilmington Street in Raleigh, N.C.; Downtown Durham, N.C.; and the Station in Carrboro, N.C."
  • "Carl Burnette, Spring 1990"

Flat File Drawer 3

Oversize prints, circa 1980-1990s #P0098, Series: "Louanne Watley Photographic Collection and Related Materials, circa 1980-1990s ." 3

Approximately 140 images

Black-and-white photographic prints, with some associated black-and-white 120 roll film and 35mm roll film, in folders:

  • Bish Scrap Metal (Siler City, N.C.), Bynum store, and UNC-Chapel Hill spots (N.C.).
  • "Thelma and Harry Dean, Micaville, N.C."
  • "Guilford County, N.C."
  • "Homeless in Raleigh, N.C. (2 folders)"

Flat File Drawer 4

Miscellaneous prints, film, and artist's books, circa 1980-1990s #P0098, Series: "Louanne Watley Photographic Collection and Related Materials, circa 1980-1990s ." 4

Approximately 2600 images

14 envelopes containing artist's books created by Watley, printed invitations to shows featuring Watley's work, color and black-and-white photographic prints, black-and-white 35mm roll film, 120 roll film, and sheet film, along with color 35mm film.

The envelopes are titled as follows:

  • Artist's book: Ollie Goldson
  • Artist's book: Mother Takes Our Picture
  • Artist's book: An Old Dog Learning
  • Artist's book: Five Poems
  • Invitations to shows featuring Watley's work
  • Peter and Sarah Lange
  • "UNC-Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, N.C. campus images for photojournalism assignments, 1989"
  • "Treyburn, off of Roxboro Road in Durham, N.C."
  • "Maine Photographic Workshop, August 1990"
  • "Lassiter 40th Wedding Anniversary, Edenton, N.C."
  • Kathryn Stripling Byer (Author of Catching Light (2002))
  • Wholistic Health Center, Carrboro, N.C.
  • David Kiel and John Eckblad: Book cover photographs
  • "Wine tasting at St. John's Museum"

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Processing Information

Processed by: Anne Harding, February 2015

Encoded by: Anne Harding, March-April 2015

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