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Grant to Fund Essays about Hugh Morton Photographs

Michael Jordan during UNC-University of Virginia game, early 1980s.

Michael Jordan during UNC-University of Virginia game, early 1980s. Photo by Hugh Morton. North Carolina Collection.

The North Carolina Humanities Council has awarded the UNC Library $5,400 for the project “Worth 1,000 Words: Essays on the Photographs of Hugh Morton.”

The grant will fund 13 essays that will provide insight into Morton’s work. The Library will post approximately one essay every two weeks on the blog A View to Hugh beginning in late January.

Morton, who died in 2006, was best known to many in North Carolina as the owner of Grandfather Mountain, now a state park in Linville.  He also was an avid photographer with interests in conservation, sports, politics and tourism. He attended UNC from 1939 to 1942, then enlisted in the armed forces.

In 2007, Morton’s widow, Julia T. Morton, gave approximately 500,000 of Morton’s photographs,  negatives and transparencies, plus 60,000 linear feet of motion picture film to the North Carolina Collection in UNC’s Wilson Special Collections Library.

The grant from the humanities council, a statewide nonprofit and affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, will enable the Library to commission original essays by scholars, researchers  and journalists. Topics will include:

On a rocky outcrop, prob. taken from Grandfather Mountain, ca. 1950.

On a rocky outcrop, probably taken from Grandfather Mountain, ca. 1950. Photo by Hugh Morton. North Carolina Collection.

  • The Blue Ridge Parkway, by Anne Mitchell Whisnant, author of Super-Scenic Motorway: A Blue Ridge Parkway History (UNC Press, 2006);
  • UNC basketball and football, by Art Chansky, sports writer and associate general manager of Tar Heel Sports Properties; and
  • North Carolina political history, by Rob Christensen, political reporter for the News & Observer of Raleigh and author of The Paradox of Tar Heel Politics (UNC Press, 2008).

Read the complete list of authors and essays on A View to Hugh, the blog for the Hugh Morton Collection.

For additional information about the project, contact Hugh Morton Collection Archivist Elizabeth Hull, eahull@email.unc.edu, (919) 962-7992.

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