Gordon H. Schenck, Jr. Photographs circa 1960-circa 2000

Creator
Schenck, Gordon H., 1927-2009
Size
49.79 linear feet (101 card boxes, 54 archival boxes, and 40 flat boxes.)
Location

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Call number
MC 00404

The Gordon H. Schenck, Jr. Photographs, circa 1960 - circa 2000, document the career of Gordon Schenck, a professional architectural photographer. This collection is arranged in four series: Negatives and transparencies, Prints, Slides, and Publications and Client Information. The collection consists primarily of Schenck’s photographs, including negatives and prints of various sizes, slides, and transparencies. Also included in the collection are magazines, catalogs, and clippings containing examples of Schenck’s work and his client file notes. Schenck’s subjects include residences, schools, malls, banks, historic structures, university campuses, churches, business campuses, and civic centers. Geographically, the photographs were taken across the Southern United States, with a particular focus on North and South Carolina, specifically the Charlotte-metro area.

Gordon H. Schenck, Jr. (1927-2009) was born in Greensboro, North Carolina. He earned a degree in engineering from North Carolina State University. After college, he worked as a Southern Railway engineer for thirteen years. In 1963, Schenck began his eponymous photography company. He worked for many mid-century architects in North Carolina, photographing both model projects and completed structures. Schenck also worked for companies, including Belk and Southern Bell, and did some commercial work, photographing both models and posed products. Schenck’s work appeared in magazines such as Progressive Architecture, Better Homes and Gardens, and Southern Living. His photographs of historic buildings are also included in the Historic American Building Survey. In 1984, Schenck earned a degree in Photographic Craftsmanship from the Professional Photographers of America. He was a member of the American Society of Media Photographers and the American Photographic Artists. His work was the subject of a traveling retrospective exhibit, “By Assignment and By the Way: Gordon Schenck Photographs Architecture, 1963-2008.” Schenck died in January 2009.

Biographical/historical note

Gordon H. Schenck, Jr. (1927-2009) was born in Greensboro, North Carolina. He earned a degree in engineering from North Carolina State University. After college, he worked as a Southern Railway engineer for thirteen years. In September 1959, Schenck married his wife, Rebecca, who would become his professional partner. They settled in Charlotte, North Carolina, where, in 1967, they built a home designed by the modernist architect William Crutcher Ross.

In 1963, Schenck began his eponymous photography company. He worked for many mid-century architects in North Carolina, photographing both model projects and completed structures. Schenck photographed the exteriors and interiors of schools, museums, hotels, industrial centers, hospitals, shopping centers, and residences, among other projects. Schenck also worked for a number of companies; for example, he photographed nearly every Belk Department Store and Southern Bell Telephone and Telegraph Company building. In addition, Schenck did some commercial work, photographing both models and posed products. Schenck’s work appeared in magazines such as Progressive Architecture, Better Homes and Gardens, and Southern Living. His photographs of historic buildings are also included in the Historic American Building Survey.

In 1984, Schenck earned a degree in Photographic Craftsmanship from the Professional Photographers America. He also taught summer classes for the organization’s Chicago-based school. Schenck was a member of the American Society of Media Photographers and the American Photographic Artists. A traveling retrospective exhibit, “By Assignment and By the Way: Gordon Schenck Photographs Architecture, 1963-2008,” highlighted his life's work. Schenck died in January 2009, after a short battle with cancer.

Scope/content

The Gordon H. Schenck, Jr. Photographs, circa 1960-circa 2000, document the career of Gordon Schenck, a professional architectural photographer. This collection is arranged in four series: Negatives and Transparencies, Prints, Slides, and Publications and Client Information. The collection consists primarily of Schenck’s photographs, including negatives and prints of various sizes, slides, and transparencies. magazines, catalogs, and clippings containing examples of Schenck’s work and his client file notes. Schenck’s subject matters include residences, schools, malls, banks, historic structures, university campuses, churches, business campuses, and civic centers. Geographically, the photographs were taken across the Southern United States, with a particular focus on North and South Carolina, specifically the Charlotte-metro area. Schenck assigned categories to some of the images in this collection, e.g. Office Buildings, Houses - Apartments, Hospitals, and Stores and Shopping Centers. These categories are listed with some of the project titles.

Physical description

102 card boxes, 54 archival boxes, and 40 flat boxes.

Arrangement

The records of the Gordon H. Schenck, Jr. Photographs are arranged in four series:

  • 1. Negatives and transparencies
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  • 2. Prints
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  • 3. Slides
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  • 4. Publications and Client Information

Use of these materials

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Gordon H. Schenck, Jr. Photographs, MC 00404, Special Collections Research Center, North Carolina State University Libraries, Raleigh, NC

Source of acquisition

Deposited by Rebecca Schenck. Accession 2011.0055.

Processing information

Processed by Amanda Allen, Matisha Wiggs, and Liz Bell; Finding aid written by Amanda Allen, Matisha Wiggs, and Liz Bell

Sponsor

This collection was processed with support from the Council on Library and Information Resources Cataloging Hidden Special Collections and Archives program.