Collection Number: P0094

Collection Title: William Starr Myers Images, circa 1840s-1915

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Size 60 items 1.5 linear feet
Abstract The collection of white University of North Carolina Alum, William Starr Myers (1877-1956), consists primarily of images depicting William Starr Myers and his family, including portraits and outdoor group scenes. Also included is an ambrotype portrait of an enslaved Black man identified as "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, (modern) copy negatives, and photographic 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.
Curatorial Unit University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Library. North Carolina Collection Photographic Archives.
Language English
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Restrictions to Access
No restrictions. Open for research.
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No usage restrictions.
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 a Black 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.

Descriptions in quotation marks were transcribed from original captions or notes found with materials.

Image Box 1

Image Folder PF-P0094/1-8

PF-P0094/1

PF-P0094/2

PF-P0094/3

PF-P0094/4

PF-P0094/5

PF-P0094/6

PF-P0094/7

PF-P0094/8

William Starr Myers (portraits), circa 1881-1915 #P0094, Series: "William Starr Myers Images, circa 1840s-1915." Imagebox 1, Imagefolder PF-P0094/1-8

Black-and-White Photographic Prints, Black-and-White Photographic Negatives

12 images

Image Box 1

Image Folder PF-P0094/9-24

PF-P0094/9

PF-P0094/10

PF-P0094/11

PF-P0094/12

PF-P0094/13

PF-P0094/14

PF-P0094/15

PF-P0094/16

PF-P0094/17

PF-P0094/18

PF-P0094/19

PF-P0094/20

PF-P0094/21

PF-P0094/22

PF-P0094/23

PF-P0094/24

William Starr Myers with groups with , circa 1887-1906 #P0094, Series: "William Starr Myers Images, circa 1840s-1915." Imagebox 1, Imagefolder PF-P0094/9-24

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.

Image Box 1

Image Folder PF-P0094/32

Myers and Starr families: Tintype photograph album, circa 1890s #P0094, Series: "William Starr Myers Images, circa 1840s-1915." Imagebox 1, Imagefolder PF-P0094/32

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."

Image Box 2

Image Folder PF-P0094/33

William Starr Myers, circa 1887 #P0094, Series: "William Starr Myers Images, circa 1840s-1915." Imagebox 2, Imagefolder PF-P0094/33

1 tintype

Housed in original paper sleeve; 1/4 plate.

Image Box 2

Image Folder PF-P0094/34

Myers and Starr Families: "Uncle Jed (or Jerry) and Elizabeth Morford," circa 1852-1880 #P0094, Series: "William Starr Myers Images, circa 1840s-1915." Imagebox 2, Imagefolder PF-P0094/34

1 encased ambrotype and 1 copy negative

Note found with materials indicates the Black man depicted in the image was enslaved at one point in his life. It read "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).

Image Box 2

Image Folder PF-P0094/35

Myers and Starr Families: "John Norris Myers," circa 1851 #P0094, Series: "William Starr Myers Images, circa 1840s-1915." Imagebox 2, Imagefolder PF-P0094/35

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.

Image Box 1

Image Folder PF-P0094/25-28

PF-P0094/25

PF-P0094/26

PF-P0094/27

PF-P0094/28

Myers and Starr Families: John Norris Myers, circa 1860-1891 #P0094, Series: "William Starr Myers Images, circa 1840s-1915." Imagebox 1, Imagefolder PF-P0094/25-28

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.

Image Box 2

Image Folder PF-P0094/36

Myers and Starr Families: Katherine Myers, circa 1840s-1860 #P0094, Series: "William Starr Myers Images, circa 1840s-1915." Imagebox 2, Imagefolder PF-P0094/36

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.

Image Box 2

Image Folder PF-P0094/37

Myers and Starr Families: Mary Rooker Norris, circa 1840s-1860 #P0094, Series: "William Starr Myers Images, circa 1840s-1915." Imagebox 2, Imagefolder PF-P0094/37

1 encased daguerreotype

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

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

Image Box 2

Image Folder PF-P0094/38

Myers and Starr Families: Abram Osborn, circa 1856-1900 #P0094, Series: "William Starr Myers Images, circa 1840s-1915." Imagebox 2, Imagefolder PF-P0094/38

1 encased tintype

"Father of Mary Osborn Morford"

Encased; 1/4 plate.

Image Box 2

Image Folder PF-P0094/39

Myers and Starr Families: Ann C. Starr, circa 1852-1880 #P0094, Series: "William Starr Myers Images, circa 1840s-1915." Imagebox 2, Imagefolder PF-P0094/39

1 encased ambrotype

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

Encased; 1/4 plate.

Image Box 2

Image Folder PF-P0094/40

Myers and Starr Families: Wesley Starr, circa 1859 #P0094, Series: "William Starr Myers Images, circa 1840s-1915." Imagebox 2, Imagefolder PF-P0094/40

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.

Image Box 2

Image Folder PF-P0094/41

Myers and Starr Families: William M. Starr, circa 1840s-1860 #P0094, Series: "William Starr Myers Images, circa 1840s-1915." Imagebox 2, Imagefolder PF-P0094/41

1 encased daguerreotype

Encased; 1/4 plate.

Image Box 1

Image Folder PF-P0094/29-31

PF-P0094/29

PF-P0094/30

PF-P0094/31

Myers and Starr Families: Starr and Myers families group portrait, circa 1890-1899 #P0094, Series: "William Starr Myers Images, circa 1840s-1915." Imagebox 1, Imagefolder PF-P0094/29-31

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.

Image Box 2

Image Folder PF-P0094/42

Unidentified white man, circa 1840s-1860 #P0094, Series: "William Starr Myers Images, circa 1840s-1915." Imagebox 2, Imagefolder PF-P0094/42

1 encased daguerreotype

Encased; 1/6 plate.

Image Box 2

Image Folder PF-P0094/43

Unidentified white man and woman, circa 1840s-1860 #P0094, Series: "William Starr Myers Images, circa 1840s-1915." Imagebox 2, Imagefolder PF-P0094/43

1 encased daguerreotype

Encased; 1/6 plate.

Image Box 2

Image Folder PF-P0094/44

Unidentified white man and woman, circa 1840s-1860 #P0094, Series: "William Starr Myers Images, circa 1840s-1915." Imagebox 2, Imagefolder PF-P0094/44

1 encased daguerreotype

Encased; 1/6 plate.

Image Box 2

Image Folder PF-P0094/45

Unidentified white man, circa 1840s-1860 #P0094, Series: "William Starr Myers Images, circa 1840s-1915." Imagebox 2, Imagefolder PF-P0094/45

1 encased ambrotype

Encased; 1/6 plate.

Image Box 2

Image Folder PF-P0094/46

Unidentified white woman, circa 1840s-1860 #P0094, Series: "William Starr Myers Images, circa 1840s-1915." Imagebox 2, Imagefolder PF-P0094/46

1 encased ambrotype

Encased; 1/6 plate.

Image Box 2

Image Folder PF-P0094/47

Unidentified white woman and two white girls, circa 1840s-1860 #P0094, Series: "William Starr Myers Images, circa 1840s-1915." Imagebox 2, Imagefolder PF-P0094/47

1 encased ambrotype

Encased; 1/6 plate.

Image Box 2

Image Folder PF-P0094/48

Unidentified white man, circa 1840s-1860 #P0094, Series: "William Starr Myers Images, circa 1840s-1915." Imagebox 2, Imagefolder PF-P0094/48

1 encased tintype

Encased; 1/6 plate.

Notes indicate is member of "Barr family."

Image Box 2

Image Folder PF-P0094/49

Unidentified woman, circa 1840s-1860 #P0094, Series: "William Starr Myers Images, circa 1840s-1915." Imagebox 2, Imagefolder PF-P0094/49

1 encased tintype

Encased; 1/6 plate.

Image Box 2

Image Folder PF-P0094/50

Unidentified white woman and two white boys, circa 1840s-1860 #P0094, Series: "William Starr Myers Images, circa 1840s-1915." Imagebox 2, Imagefolder PF-P0094/50

1 encased tintype

Encased; 1/4 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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