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Collection Number: P0099

Collection Title: Doris Ulmann Photographs, circa 1920-1930s

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Abstract Doris Ulmann (1882-1934) was a "pictorialist" photographer based in New York City, N.Y., renowned for her portraits of both prominent figures in New York City and of people from the rural South. Ulmann attended the teacher training program at Felix Adler's Ethical Culture School, and enrolled in psychology, law, and photography classes at Columbia University, all located in New York, N.Y. She graduated from the Clarence H. White School of Photography in New York City, N.Y. After established herself as a portrait photographer in New York City, she increasingly turned her attention to photographing rural southerners and members of Appalachian mountain communities, to whom she referred affectionately as her "mountaineers." In 1929, Ulmann began her collaboration with Pulitzer-Prize winning novelist Julia Peterkin on the widely-acclaimed Roll, Jordan, Roll, a book documenting African American folk culture in South Carolina's Gullah coastal region. Ulmann continued photographing rural communities until her death in 1934. This collection contains five black-and-white photographic prints reflecting Ulmann's interest in Appalachian communities, including a photograph of a spring house in Peachtree, N.C., and two portraits of residents of South Turkey Creek, N.C.. Also included are two images taken at the John C. Campbell Folk School in Brasstown, N.C., which acted as Ulmann's headquarters during her work taking illustrative photographs for Allen Eaton's Handicrafts of the Southern Highlands, which was published after Ulmann's death in 1937.
Creator Ulmann, Doris, 1882-1934
Language English
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Preferred Citation
[Identification of item], in the Doris Ulmann Photographs #P0099, North Carolina Collection Photographic Archives, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Acquired by the North Carolina Collection in January 2005 (Acc. 31211-31214)
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Doris Ulmann (1882-1934) was a "pictorialist" photographer based in New York City, N.Y., renowned for her portraits of both prominent figures in New York City and of people from the rural South. Ulmann attended the teacher training program at Felix Adler's Ethical Culture School, and enrolled in psychology, law, and photography classes at Columbia University prior to graduating from the Clarence H. White School of Photography all located in New York, N.Y. In 1914, Ulmann married physician and amateur "pictorialist" photographer Dr. Charles C. Jaeger; they were divorced in the early 1920s. Having established herself as a portrait photographer in New York City, she increasingly turned her attention to photographing rural southerners and members of Appalachian mountain communities, to whom she referred affectionately as her "mountaineers." In 1929, Ulmann began her collaboration with Pulitzer-Prize winning novelist Julia Peterkin on the widely-acclaimed Roll, Jordan, Roll, a book documenting African American folk culture in South Carolina's Gullah coastal region. Ulmann continued photographing rural communities until her death in 1934.

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This collection contains five black-and-white photographic prints reflecting Ulmann's interest in Appalachian communities, including a photograph of a spring house in Peachtree, N.C., and two portraits of residents of South Turkey Creek, N.C.. Also included are two images taken at the John C. Campbell Folk School in Brasstown, N.C., which acted as Ulmann's headquarters during her work taking illustrative photographs for Allen Eaton's Handicrafts of the Southern Highlands, which was published after Ulmann's death in 1937.

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Contents list

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Arrangement: Original order.

Titles in quotation marks are original and were transcribed from versos of photographs.

Black and White Photographic Print P0099/0001

"Old Spring House, Peachtree, N.C.," circa 1920-1930s #P0099, Series: "Doris Ulmann Photographs, circa 1920-1930s." P0099/0001

1 image

Mounted Black-and-White Photographic Print

Platinum print; In addition to title, verso reads: "6399"

Black and White Photographic Print P0099/0002

"James M. Hipps Sr., South Turkey Creek, N.C.," circa 1920-1930s #P0099, Series: "Doris Ulmann Photographs, circa 1920-1930s." P0099/0002

1 image

Mounted Black-and-White Photographic Print

Platinum print; In addition to title, verso reads: "29, 133"

Black and White Photographic Print P0099/0003

"Mrs. Ada Hipps, Turkey, N.C.," circa 1920-1930s #P0099, Series: "Doris Ulmann Photographs, circa 1920-1930s." P0099/0003

1 image

Mounted Black-and-White Photographic Print

Platinum print; In addition to title, verso reads: "30, 129"

Black and White Photographic Print P0099/0004

"Marguerite Butler Bidstrup, Brasstown, N.C.," circa 1932-1934 #P0099, Series: "Doris Ulmann Photographs, circa 1920-1930s." P0099/0004

1 image

Mounted Black-and-White Photographic Print

Bidstrup was a co-founder of the John C. Campbell Folk School in Brasstown, N.C.

Platinum print; verso reads "X 5-6;" Signed print

Black and White Photographic Print P0099/0005

Folk dancing, circa 1933-1934 #P0099, Series: "Doris Ulmann Photographs, circa 1920-1930s." P0099/0005

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Black-and-White Photographic Print

Image of George Bidstrup, instructor of dance at the John C. Campbell Folk School, practicing folk dance with students.

Silver print; Verso reads: "Doris Ulmann, 100 Park Avenue, N.Y. City"

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Processing Information

Processed by: Anne Harding, March 2015

Encoded by: Anne Harding, March 2015

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