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Elizabeth C. Clark paper on William E. Wilson

Elizabeth C. Clark paper on William E. Wilson

Descriptive Summary

Title: Elizabeth C. Clark paper on William E. Wilson
Creator: Clark, Elizabeth C.
Inclusive Dates: 1993
Language(s): English
Extent: 1 folder(s)
Collection Number: ms2859
Repository: Hargrett Library

Collection Description

Historical Note

William E. Wilson came to Charleston, South Carolina from London, England in 1855 as a child. He began to study photography in New York. William moved to Georgia with his wife, an Englishwoman named Ellen Alice Brill. He and his family lived in Savannah where he worked as a master photographer and moved to Mobile in 1894. Here he compiled an impressive history of the city. Wilson's work is described as "documentary photography." This phrase was coined in the 1930s to describe work of the Farm Security Administration. Wilson was ahead of his time, portraying everyday people, places, and events with clear, direct simplicity that touches the heart and elicits a sense of familiarity with the subject. Mobile : photographs from the William E. Wilson collection / Marilyn Culpepper, 2001. p. 7

Scope and Content

This collection contains a class paper by Elizabeth C. Clark on the photographer William E. Wilson, who worked in the Savannah area in the late 1800s.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Elizabeth C. Clark paper on William E. Wilson, ms2859, Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.

Related Materials and Subjects

Subject Terms

Photographers -- Alabama -- Mobile.
Photographers -- Georgia.
Term papers.
Wilson, William E., -1905

Related Collections in this Repository

Related collections held by the Historic Mobile Preservation Society: William E. Wilson Photography Collection.

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