Earl Palmer photographic collection, 1950s-1960s.
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Earl Palmer (1905-96) was an award-winning photographer whose photographs appeared in many national magazines, including Life, National Geographic, and the Saturday Evening Post. His work has also appeared in many books, including several by Jesse Stuart, and has been exhibited in galleries and museums across the nation. Palmer took photographs documenting Appalachia over a period of fifty years. His subjects include coal mining, farming, logging, moonshining, classes, artisans at work, and othe...
Although the sources of photographs are not always indicated, the bulk was apparently generated in the Berea College Publicity Department and the College News Bureau. In addition, portions of the photographs were donated by individuals, most of whom have some connection with the College. Chief among these is Roy N. Walters who was dean of the Berea College Foundation School from 1943 to 1968. Walters established the College Publicity Department in 1933 and was an unofficial campus photographer t...