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Martha A. Strawn Collection

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Strawn (Martha A.) Collection

Inventory of the Martha A. Strawn collection

Summary Information

J. Murrey Atkins Library Special Collections, UNC Charlotte
Strawn, Martha
Martha A. Strawn collection
Date [bulk]
Bulk, 2000-2002
Date [inclusive]
3.0 Linear feet
Mixed materials [Box]
The collection contains photographs and written reports that resulted from course assignments in the UNC Charlotte Art Department between 1981 and 2002.

Preferred Citation note

Martha A. Strawn collection. J. Murrey Atkins Library Special Collections, University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

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Biographical/Historical note

Martha A. Strawn was born in Washington, DC in 1945 and grew up in Lake Wales, Florida. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Art from the Florida State University, and later earned an MFA from Ohio University. She also attended the Brooks Institute of Photography and the Florida State Graduate School of Asian Art History in Japan. Her career has concentrated on the use of photography to document the human landscape. In 1973 she co-founded a non-profit arts organization that later became known as The Light Factory. She also was a co-founder of the Center for American Places, a non-profit organization whose mission is to “enhance the public's understanding of, appreciation for, and affection for the places of America—whether urban, suburban, rural, or wild.” Among her other accomplishments is an exhibit entitled “Threshold: Mazes, Mysticism and Female Principle in India.” This was a work eleven years in the making, which documented Indian women who made diagrams of thresholds. The exhibit earned Strawn a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts in 1980, as well as a Fulbright Fellowship in 1984. From 1971, she was a professor of art at the University of North Carolina Charlotte, where she taught a course entitled “The Photograph as a Document.” She retired in December of 2006 and returned to Florida.

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Scope and Contents note

This collection contains photographs along with expository essays for an art class entitled “The Photograph as a Document” taught by Martha A. Strawn at the University of North Carolina Charlotte from around 1980 to 2002. The collection contains art work exclusively from Strawn’s students.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

J. Murrey Atkins Library Special Collections, UNC Charlotte 2007

9201 University City Blvd.
Charlotte, NC, 28223

Conditions Governing Access note

Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use note

Some material may be copyrighted or restricted. It is the patron's obligation to determine and satisfy copyright or other case restrictions when publishing or otherwise distributing materials found in the collections.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Acquired from Martha A. Strawn, in 2007.

Processing Information note

Processed by Robert A. McInnes.

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Related Materials

Related Archival Materials note

Leary Love family collection (Mss 339) ; Dirk C. Allman collection (Mss 163)

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Dept. of Art.

Geographic Name(s)

  • Charlotte (N.C.)--20th century
  • Charlotte (N.C.)--Photographs
  • Charlotte (N.C.)--Pictorial works
  • Charlotte (N.C.)--Social life and customs

Personal Name(s)

  • Strawn, Martha

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Collection Inventory

Box Folder

“The Art of Tattooing and Piercing” by Joy Martin and Lyndsey Gantert

1 1

“The Carolina Theatre” By Joya I. Sain and William K. Taylor

1 2

“Charlotte’s Soul” By Beth Gilstrap

1 3

“Emergency Veterinary” * By Ed Cottingham, Kristen Smith, Marty Shipton, Ed Matthews, and Nicco Reinbold.

1 4

“40 Hands & 2 Paws” By Adam Whitlow

1 5

“Gibson’s Food Store” * By David Ramsey, Robert Huffman, Mike Harrison, and Pamela Taylor

1 6

“Independence Building”*

1 7

“Sexes in the City” By Katie Poag, Erin Brawley, and Megan Withers

1 8

“Small Town, BIG History” By Lanna N. Tyson

1 9

“Tattoos…Windows through the Skin”

1 10

“Tossing Seeds” By Jared Nottingham, Kyle Steichen and Kristen Miller

1 11

“What do These People Have in Common?” By Devlin M. McNeil

1 12

“Yard Sales” * By Cheryl Little, Tina Revels, Andrew Lustig, Robert Dermer, James Marks, Greg Mulkey, and Grace Puckett

1 13
Oversize Folder

Jack Barnes’s photographs

Box 1 1

“Emergency Veterinary”

Box 1 2

“Gibson’s Food Store”

Box 1 3

“Herlocker’s Since 1960”

Box 2 1

“The Independence Building”

Box 2 2

“Yard Sales”

Box 2 1