McCauley digital collection launched

Edward McCauley photo of Paul "Hard Rock" Simpson, 1950

The NCC Photo Archives is very pleased to announce the availability of the Edward J. McCauley digital collection, consisting of photos McCauley, a photojournalist and life long resident of Burlington, N.C., took between 1952 and 1972 (mostly for the Burlington Daily Times-News). Most of the images in the digital collection depict political campaigns/elections and other events in and around Alamance County (note that this represents only a small percentage of the nearly 90,000 images found in the Edward J. McCauley Photographic Materials).

I’m sharing this news on A View to Hugh for two reasons. One, because McCauley and Morton were contemporaries (as discussed by my colleague Patrick in a previous post), and often took photos at/of the same events — thus, McCauley’s photos are bound to be of interest to our readers. The second reason is to show an example of the types of “products” we will be creating soon for the Hugh Morton collection (i.e., a finding aid and a searchable digital collection in CONTENTdm, the platform used by UNC Libraries for digital publishing).

Browse away, and enjoy!

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  1. This is great…I can only imagine what the Morton Collection will be like when launched.

    I just spent a few minutes looking through part of the McCauley Collection, but I quickly found 4 very interesting images.
    P082_1.1_50_0040 – P082_1.1_50_0043. show images from a Charlie Justice autograph party at J.C. Penny’s in Burlington on January 11, 1950. These pictures were taken just 2 days after Charlie did a similar event in Greensboro…an event that I attended as a 9-year-old.

    On January 9, 1950, one week after leading UNC in the 1950 Cotton Bowl in Dallas, and two days after leading the South team to victory in the first Senior Bowl, which was played in Jacksonville, FL, UNC’s great All America Charlie Justice came over to Greensboro’s Meyer’s Department Store to (in Charlie’s words) “sign a few autographs and help the store sell a few tee shirts.” The signing party was to begin at 2:30 in the afternoon. When Charlie arrived about 2:15, there was already a line. As he began to sign the shirts, the line grew longer and by 3:30 when the school kids got out of class, the line stretched out the door and onto the sidewalk. By 4:30, the sidewalk was filled and overflowed into the street. The crowd at 4:40 was estimated at more than 3000. It was at this point that the Greensboro Police Department had to be called in. I didn’t even get close to Charlie that day, but I did get a shirt which I still have. Finally, at 5:30 the store was cleared and the doors were locked. The headline in “The Greensboro Daily News” the next day read: “Choo Choo Mobbed By Adoring Fans.” There is a Hugh Morton photograph of the Greensboro signing party in the 1958 book “Choo Choo: The Charlie Justice Story,” by Bob Quincy and Julian Scheer. It’s on page 126.

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