[This blog post was written by Kim Andersen, Audio Visual Materials Archivist in the Special Collections Section of the State Archives of North Carolina.]
The Charles A. Farrell Collection, PhC.9, is one of the most outstanding and well-loved photograph collections in the State Archives of North Carolina. As of today the entire collection of well over 3000 images is online via the State Archives Flickr site!
Photograph taken near Duck, NC, Dare County, no date; estimated 1935-1940. Call number: PhC_9_2_85_37a. From the Charles A. Farrell Photo Collection, PhC.9, State Archives of North Carolina.
The bulk of the photographs in the collection were taken by Charles A. Farrell between 1925 and 1940 in association with his work as a commercial photographer in Greensboro where he owned and operated the Art Shop for many years. Farrell also took a significant number of photographs of coastal North Carolina in the late 1930s. A brilliant and prolific photographer, Farrell photographed a variety of diverse subjects including traditional coastal life in Onslow County prior to the construction of Camp Lejeune, the Cherokee Indian Fair in the mountains of North Carolina, and aviation including pictures of Charles Lindbergh in Greensboro. The collection also contains older family photos and images captured by Farrell’s wife, Anne Farrell, a gifted photographer in her own right, during her travels in the state. Now all these photographs are available to the world via the Web. Please enjoy and let us know if you have any questions or comments.
For more information on Farrell, the photographs here in the State Archives, and related collections at UNC-Chapel Hill, please contact Kim Andersen, AV Materials Archivist (919/807-7311, firstname.lastname@example.org), and see the following:
Finding Aid to the Charles A. Farrell Collection, PhC.9, State Archives of NC — http://ead.archives.ncdcr.gov/phc_9_farrell_charles_a.xml
April 1941 – Manns Harbor in Dare County, boats on the Cashie River. Call number: PhC9_4_149_8. Photo by Anne Farrell. From the Charles A. Farrell Photo Collection, PhC.9, State Archives of North Carolina.