The Elmer W. Hunt photograph collection

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Hunt, Elmer W. The Elmer W. Hunt photograph collection. U of North Carolina at Pembroke Library, Pembroke, NC, 1953-1973. Key source


This impressive website will, when complete, categorize and describe over 53,000 negatives of photographs taken by Elmer W. Hunt, photographer for UNC-Pembroke from 1953-1973. All of the negatives have been digitized. Around one-third can currently be viewed online; others are still being processed for addition to the website.

From the site's homepage, users can use the Search blank to find photographs of a specific person, event, club, school, or church, anywhere within the collection. For example, searching for Julian Ransom finds photographs related to Strike at the Wind!, businessmen awards banquets, Pembroke Jaycees, a Miss Lumbee luncheon, and a Lumbee Homecoming parade. 

The Advanced Search form, on the "Browse the Collection" page, allows you to search within specific fields of the database and to add another search blank.

The CONTENTdm software allows users to add Tags and Comments to the database record for photographs. Users are encouraged to do so, because some of the photographs do not have full identification of the people and/or events shown.

For the collections that are available online (example: University of North Carolina at Pembroke), a separate search page allows users to search the photographs in that collection; browse by personal name, browse by subject, or browse by date.

The website provides a detailed inventory. Browsing this document will allow users to gain a thorough understanding of the collection and the website. Contained in the inventory are details on how the collection was transferred to UNC-Pembroke, how it was processed, the preferred format for citing images from the collection, a copyright notice, a statement on restrictions to use of the images, a Sensitive Materials Statement (conferring legal protection to UNC-Pembroke if sensitive or confidential materials regarding identifiable living individuals are used), a historical sketch of UNC-Pembroke and a biographical sketch on Hunt. 

Also included in the inventory are concise but detailed descriptions of each of the 10 Series in the collection. Each description notes whether the Series is currently available online, and each includes a link to the full inventory (a PDF document) of the items in the Series.

The website provides, at "Using the Collection," downloadable forms and documents explaining all aspects of use of the materials, including how to request reproductions and the fees involved.

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