MC 00004 Guide to the Robert N. Elliott Photographs, 1965-1985 and undated (Bulk, 1970-1979)

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[Album 1]
This series contains about 30 photographic prints of Raleigh, North Carolina, taken circa 1981 to 1982 and undated. The series features downtown buildings and the historic Mordecai Square. There are also photographs of the Joel Lane house and the Tucker Carriage house.
[Album 1]
This series contains six photographic prints of the North Carolina State University campus, Raleigh, North Carolina. The photographs are undated. The series features buildings such as the Food Science building and a parking deck.
[Album 1]
This series contains about 20 photographic prints of rural Wake County, North Carolina, taken in 1968 and undated. The series features rural buildings and landscapes such as Robinson's Mill and the Wake County Bog.
[Album 2-3]
This series contains about 90 photographic prints of rural buildings and landscapes of Watauga County, North Carolina. The photographs are dated circa 1965 to 1985. The series features buildings in such areas as Blowing Rock, the Cascades, Blue Ridge Parkway, the Moses Cone Estate, Pisgah National Forest, Grandfather Mountain, and Broughton Park. There is signficant overlap between this and Series 12.
[Album 3]
This series contains three photographic prints of the Episcopal Church and cemetery in Hillsborough, North Carolina. The photographs are dated 1970 and undated.
[Album 3-4]
This series contains about 30 photographic prints predominately of South Carolina cemeteries. The photographs are dated circa 1974 to 1980. The series features the following areas of South Carolina: Greenwood County, Aiken County, McCormick County, Rock Hill, Camden, and Cedar Springs.
[Album 4]
This series contains five photographic prints of buildings in Old Salem, North Carolina. The photographs are undated.
[Album 4]
This series contains ten photographic prints of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill State campus. The photographs are dated 1975. The series features buildings on campus and the Old Well.
[Album 4-5]
This series contains about 60 photographic prints of winter landscapes Raleigh, North Carolina, taken circa 1972 to 1982 and undated. The series features ice and snow in the woods of Raleigh and Boone, North Carolina.
[Album 5]
This series contains twelve photographic prints of various landscapes and structures, dated 1980 to 1981 and undated. The photographs depict barns, water, buildings, trees, and churches in the following locations: Edenton, North Carolina; the Roanoke River in Halifax, North Carolina; Jamestown, Virginia; Williamsburg, Virginia; Jordan Lake; Savannah, Georgia; Broad Creek in Carteret County, North Carolina; and Bath, North Carolina. There is significant overlap between this and Series 11 and 12.
[Album 6-8]
This series contains about 110 photographic prints of waterscapes. These photographs were taken circa 1969 to 1976 and feature the beaches, buildings, boats, and swamps in the following locations: Jockey Ridge; Wilmington, North Carolina; Nags Head; Bodie Island; Hunting Beach, South Carolina; Carteret County, North Carolina; Atlantic Beach; Topsail Island; Morehead City; Fort Macon State Park; Buxton Woods, Masonboro Inlet; Manteo, North Carolina; Wrightsville Beach; Kitty Hawk; Beaufort, South Carolina; Newbern, North Carolina; Long Beach; and the Wright Memorial. Bodies of water featured include Lake Mattamuskeet, James River, Broad Creek, Lake Waccamaw, and Camp Fear Swamp.
[Album 8-10]
This series contains about 130 photographic prints of trees. These photographs were taken circa 1960 to 1981 and feature the trees and cemeteries of the following locations in North Carolina: Raleigh, Chapel Hill, Blowing Rock, Watauga County, Manteo, Boone, Blue Ridge Parkway, Pisgah Montain, and Hillsoborough. The photographs also feature trees in Peaks of Otter, Virginia; Yorktown, Virginia, and Aiken County, South Carolina. There is some overlap among this and Series 4, 10, and 13.
[Album 10-13]
This series contains about 160 photographic prints of plants and flowers. These photographs were taken circa 1969 to 1981 and feature close-up views of plants, flowers, trees, mushrooms, and tomatoes in Raleigh, North Carolina, and Cape Fear, among other unidentified places. Most of the photographs were taken outdoors, but there are a few indoor shots. There is some overlap between this and Series 12.


Elliott, Robert N., 1915-2003


4.5 Linear feet 13 albums


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Acquisition Information

Transferred from UA 023, Univerisity Archives Photograph Collection, North Carolina State University.


Processed by Carolyn Chesarino, 2010 August; Finding aid created by Carolyn Chesarino, 2010 August

Scope and Content Note

This collection contains photographs taken by Dr. Robert N. Elliott, Jr. A professional photographer by training, Dr. Elliott took the majority of these photographs during his tenure as a history professor at North Carolina State University. The photographs span from 1965 through 1985 and the bulk of the photographs were taken in the 1970s. The photographs are primarily outdoor shots in North Carolina, but images from Virginia, Georgia, and South Carolina are included. Some themes of the photographic collection include the historic sections of Raleigh and Old Salem, North Carolina; South Carolina cemeteries; beaches and waterscapes; rural landscapes; outdoor winter landscapes; North Carolina State University and University of North Carolina campuses; plants and flowers; and trees.

There is significant overlap amongst some of the series, particularly Series 4, 10, and 11. There is some repetition of images. All of the images are black and white photographic prints. Some of the prints are 3" x 5" but the majority are 8" x 10".

Biographical Note

Dr. Robert Neal Elliott, Jr., was born in Charlotte, North Carolina, in 1915. He was trained as a professional photographer by M. F. Dunbar. During World War II, he utilized his photography skills as a camera operator for the United States Army Air Force’s First Motion Picture Division, based in Hollywood, California. After the war, Elliott earned a bachelor’s degree from Appalachian State University and a doctorate degree from the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, where he specialized in North Carolina history. He taught at Gardner-Webb University in Boiling Springs, North Carolina, from 1953 to 1956, then at North Carolina State University from 1956 until his retirement in 1981. He is the author of The Raleigh Register, 1799-1863. He maintained an active interest in photography throughout his life and on at least one occasion exhibited his photographs at North Carolina State University. Elliott died in 2003.

Access to Collection

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Access to Collection

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Preferred Citation

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