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Collection Number: 70116

Collection Title: Burk Uzzle Photograph Collection, 1960s-2010s

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Size 40 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 100,000 items)
Abstract Contains a portion of the photographic archive of white photojournalist Burk Uzzle. Contents include, but not limited to: Uzzle's Life magazine work from 1962 to 1968; Dunn, N.C., in 1962, concentrating on his father, who was the city manager; Uzzle’s hitchhike trip across America in 1964; the period immediately after Martin Luther King's death in 1968, including King's funeral; refugee camps in Thailand and Cambodia, 1979 and 1980; the Woodstock music festival; Liverpool; Haiti; Bike Week in Daytona Beach, Fla., during the 1980s; Appalachia and the South, beginning in 2006 and including the African American community in Eastern United States in 2010s; and Civil War reenactments. Additional materials are held at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C.
Creator Uzzle, Burk
Curatorial Unit University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Library. North Carolina Collection Photographic Archives.
Language English
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Restrictions to Access
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Copyright Notice
Copyright is retained by the University Libraries, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Preferred Citation
[Identification of item], in the Burk Uzzle Photograph Collection #70116, North Carolina Collection Photographic Archives, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Received from the Kohler Foundation, Inc., in December 2021 (Acc. 20211207.6).
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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North Carolina native Burk Uzzle (b. 1938) is a white photojournalist and professional photographer. His career began in North Carolina, then expanded nationally and internationally. He was the youngest photographer hired by Life magazine. He was a member of the photography agency Magnum Photos from 1967 to 1983, and served as its president in 1979 and 1980. Late in his career he returned to North Carolina and continued his work as a photographer, both in his studio in Wilson, N.C., and on road trips. Uzzle has photographed subject matter relevant to North Carolina and the South, including Black residents living near his studio.

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Contains a portion of the photographic archive of photojouranlist Burk Uzzle. Contents include, but not limited to: Uzzle's Life magazine work from 1962 to 1968; Dunn, N.C., in 1962, concentrating on his father, who was the city manager; Uzzle’s hitchhike trip across America in 1964; the period immediately after Martin Luther King's death in 1968, including King's funeral; refugee camps in Thailand and Cambodia, 1979 and 1980; the Woodstock music festival; Liverpool; Haiti; Bike Week in Daytona Beach, Fla., during the 1980s; Appalachia and the South, beginning in 2006 and including the African American community in Eastern United States in 2010s; and Civil War reenactments. Additional materials are held at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C.

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Processing Information

This summary description was created in May 2022 to provide information about materials in Wilson Special Collections Library.

Encoded by: Dawne Howard Lucas, May 2022

Since August 2017, we have added ethnic and racial identities for individuals and families represented in collections. To determine identity, we rely on self-identification; other information supplied to the repository by collection creators or sources; public records, press accounts, and secondary sources; and contextual information in the collection materials. Omissions of ethnic and racial identities in finding aids created or updated after August 2017 are an indication of insufficient information to make an educated guess or an individual's preference for identity information to be excluded from description. When we have misidentified, please let us know at wilsonlibrary@unc.edu.

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