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William Ernest Wilson photographs

William Ernest Wilson photographs

Descriptive Summary

Title: William Ernest Wilson photographs
Creator: Wilson, William E., -1905
Inclusive Dates: 1883-1893
Language(s): English
Extent: 1.4 Linear Feet (2 document boxes, 3 half boxes)
Collection Number: ms993
Repository: Hargrett Library

Collection Description

Historical Note

William E. Wilson (d. 1905) was a documentary photographer, who lived in Savannah, Georgia and Mobile, Alabama in the late 1800s and early 1900s.

Scope and Content

The collection consists of photographs taken by William E. Wilson mainly of coastal Georgia from 1883-1893. Includes glass plate negatives and contact prints. The photographs portray ex-slaves, cotton growing and wharves, prominent landmarks, scenes of social life including picnics and barbecues, and scenic views. The majority are of the Savannah, Georgia area.

Administrative Information

Conditions Governing Access

The original glass negatives are very fragile and restricted from public use. Please view the prints.

Preferred Citation

William Ernest Wilson photographs, ms993, Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.

Finding Aid Publication

Finding aid prepared on: 2010 March 2.

Related Materials and Subjects

Subject Terms

African Americans -- Georgia
Cotton trade -- Georgia.
Georgia -- Photographs.
Photographers -- Georgia.
Savannah (Ga.) -- Photographs.

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing

William E. Wilson Photographic Archive-Coastal Georgia, 1883-1893
11William E. Wilson. Sitting on powder keg and lighting fuse
11William E. Wilson
12Mrs. William E. Wilson (Ellen)
13Mr. and Mrs. William E. Wilson
14Savannah, Georgia. Naval stores
15Bethesda. View of grounds
16Greenwich Park
17Unidentified location. Road with fences and trees
17Room showing flag draped on wall & picture of ships
17Unidentified location showing tree next to small body of water
17Unidentified stream
17Group of men on a sailboat
17Savannah, Georgia (?). Unidentified construction site
17Unidentified location showing trees covered in Spanish moss
17Unidentified location showing trees covered in Spanish moss
18St. Simon's Island. Wesley Church
19St. Simon's Island. Wesley Oak
110Unidentified man (H.M.B.). Carte-de-visite
111Unidentified man (H.M.B.). Carte-de-visite
112Unidentified man standing next to machinery
113Unidentified group of 6 men on porch
114Unidentified group fishing
115Unidentified group standing on road and in front of palm trees (some holding fish)
116Depthford. View of grounds
117Rice in shuck
118Tybee Island. Sand dunes
119Ogeechee River area? Railway and palm trees
120Unidentified grounds showing trees and cactus plants
121Depthford. View of grounds
122Bethesda (?). Whitfield Tree
123Darien, Georgia. Coast
124African-Americans picking beans
125Making syrup
126African-American mosaic
127Savannah, Georgia. Bonaventure
128Savannah, Georgia. Bonaventure
131Thunderbolt Road
134Savannah, Georgia. Bonaventure
135Savannah, Georgia. South Broad St. East from Bull St.
136Savannah, Georgia. City Park entrance
137Savannah, Georgia. City Park
138Savannah, Georgia. City Park
139Savannah, Georgia. Confederate Monument
140Savannah, Georgia. Olmsteads Bank
141Savannah, Georgia. Sherman's Headquarters
142William E. Wilson ("Wilson the Photographer")
143William E. Wilson photographing group in woods
144Unidentified group of 7 women
145Picnic in Savannah
147African-Americans stacking rice
148African-American hauling rice
149Rice field
150African-American standing by whiskey still
151Martello Tower
152Fort Jackson-Savannah River
153Tybee Island. Hotel Tybee
154Saltzburger House
155Wreck of the "Adonis"
156Fort Jackson. Savannah River
157Thunderbolt. Afro-American College
159St. Catherine's Island. Slave Quarters
160African-Americans gathering wood
161St. Catherine's Island. Slave Quarters
162African-American Minister and wife. St. Catherine's Island
163African-American Sunday School group
164African-Americans at wharf
165Depthford. Slave Quarters
166St. Catherine's Island. African-Americans in front of slave quarters
167Liberty County, Georgia. African-American school group
168Liberty County, Georgia. African-American school group
169African-Americans with ox cart
170African-American group of three children
171African-American group in front of wooden house
172Cotton bales being weighed
173African-Americans hauling cotton from the field
174Savannah, Georgia. Cotton bales on wharf
175George Ringwood School House
176Savannah, Georgia. Cotton bales on wharf
177"Cracker" cart
21Cotton in bloom
22Savannah, Georgia. Naval stores at wharf
23Savannah, Georgia. Naval stores being loaded on ship
24African-Americans on ox cart surrounded by other people
25Elderly African-American man on ox cart
26African-American man and three children
27Elderly African-American couple sitting in front of shack (Dadagota and wife)
28African-American boy sitting on bench ("Gatekeeper"-Bonaventure)
29Group of 3 African-American children eating watermelons
210African-American woman standing in road and smoking a pipe
211African-Americans working at sawmill
212Group of 6 African-American boys with calf
213Large group working in front of turpentine still
214African-Americans picking cotton
215African-Americans picking cotton
216African-American woman with basket of cotton on head
217Grinding cane
218Making syrup
219Group of 4 African-Americans in front of shack
220African-American mosaic
221African-American group at Tusculum
222African-American group with ox cart
223Group on mule cart
224Elderly African-American man standing with walking stick
225Elderly African-American man sitting with walking stick
226African-American man and 2 children standing in yard
227African-American child with water-melon
230Hermitage. Slave Hospital
231Hermitage. Portico
232Ebenezer, Savannah River. Revolutionary fort (?) built by Saltzburgers
233Savannah, Georgia. Botts Residence. Bull St.
234Savannah, Georgia. Bird's eye view
235Savannah, Georgia. Chippewa Square
236Savannah, Georgia. Baptist Church and Hardee Mansion
237Savannah, Georgia. Christ Church
238Savannah, Georgia. Synagogue
239Savannah, Georgia. Nathaniel Green Monument
240Savannah, Georgia. Telfair Art Academy
241Savannah, Georgia. Telfair Hospital
242Savannah, Georgia. Telfair Hospital
243Savannah, Georgia. Wilde Residence. Bull and Garden Streets
244Savannah, Georgia. Water tower and African Church
245Savannah, Georgia. Masonic Temple
246Savannah, Georgia. Savannah Bank and Trust Company
247Savannah, Georgia. Merchants Bank
248Savannah, Georgia. National Bank
249Savannah, Georgia. C.R.R. Bank and Custom House
250Savannah, Georgia. City Exchange
251Savannah, Georgia. U.S. Bank Building
252Savannah, Georgia. Owens Mansion
253Savannah, Georgia. Theater
254Savannah, Georgia. Sherman's Headquarters
255Savannah, Georgia. DeSoto Hotel
256Savannah, Georgia. Independent Presbyterian Church
257Savannah, Georgia. Unidentified location ("Grieg, Jones, and Wood")
258Savannah, Georgia. Barr--(?) St.
259Savannah, Georgia. Old Fort
260Savannah, Georgia. Habersham Residence. Portico
261Savannah, Georgia. Chatham County Courthouse
262Savannah, Georgia. River front view showing ships
263Savannah, Georgia. City Park. Fountain
264Savannah, Georgia. Loading cotton onto ships
265Savannah, Georgia. Pulaski House
266Savannah, Georgia. Whittier Mansion
267Savannah, Georgia. Old Masonic Temple. President & Whittier Streets
268Savannah, Georgia. Savannah Board of Trade Building
269Savannah, Georgia. Telfair Square
270Savannah, Georgia. Wilson's Photograph Gallery
271Wilson, William E. With camera
272Savannah, Georgia. Photograph Garden
273Savannah, Georgia. Wilson's Photograph Gallery
273Savannah, Georgia. Wilson's Photograph Gallery
274Saltzburger House
275Savannah, Georgia (?). Unidentified building
276Savannah, Georgia. Hibernian Society at Jasper Monument
277Old Midway
278Outing on Steamboat "Sylvan Glen"
279Savannah, Georgia. St. John's Cathedral