Digital collection at 3,000+ items!


We’ve been particularly active over the past few weeks adding images to the Hugh Morton Digital Collection, which now contains more than 3,000 items. The influx is due to the fact that 1) our new digitization assistant Sam Leonard has really hit the ground running, and 2) we’ve started scanning 35mm slides in earnest. (Slides go a bit faster due to automated scanning and because we’re often able to cut-and-paste a lot of the descriptive information).

Many of the most recent additions, including the beautifully-composed image above, have been from Morton’s nature photography. (Speaking of which, processing on Series 3, Nature & Scenic, is now finished — so be on the lookout for a major addition to the Morton finding aid in the near future). We’re adding new items every day, but as of this moment the digital collection can be browsed by 419 different names, 253 different locations, and (whoa!) 951 different subjects.

Just wanted to remind you of this remarkably varied and ever-growing resource, and to encourage you, as always, to give us your feedback on the images and on the work we’re doing.

7 thoughts on “Digital collection at 3,000+ items!

  1. It seems like every time I post something on the blog about the digital collection, we start having technical issues with our digital library software! Sorry. We know about the intermittent problems (with searching and browsing returning 0 results) and are working to resolve them.

  2. The picture (surely it is infared ) was taken on Grandfather Mountain Lake. The figures are Julia Morton, standing, Jim Morton in thge canoe, and Hugh Morton, Jr. Judy was better than the rest of us at avoiding being pressed into service as a model.

  3. Congratulations Elizabeth and Sam for 3,000+ reasons for making V2H and the Morton Collection informative and fun.

  4. Back in the days when daily newspapers rarely printed full color photographs, Daddy would use infrared film to create the illusion of fall color in a black-and-white photograph.

    The infrared film filters the wavelength of the light captured by the film and makes the green leaves appear as if their pigments have faded — turning summer into fall through the use of “trick photography.”

    Then Daddy would mail those “fall” photographs to the newspapers in mid to late September to get people thinking about visiting the mountains for the fall color. It was a great marketing strategy thought up by someone who understood the properties of his medium.

  5. I as so glad that I found this site…the photographs are stunning.

    I have been searching for a photograph of the large white “Hollywood” type letters on Howard’s Knob saying “You’ll Be Glad You Did”
    and wondering if you might know of one.

    (late 50’s and early 60’s…not sure when the letters came down)

    Thanks for sharing these wonderful pictures.

  6. Typo…of course meant to say “I AM so glad”

    Also…very excited to see the Tweetsie Sleeping Giant …those were such fun times!

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