This series includes a number of images of Sea Island Gullah community scenes and people, photographed by Mason Crum in about 1935-1936, as well as a few photographs of charcoal portraits done in the Sea Islands by Winold Reiss of St. Helen. These images include 61 10" x 13" black and white prints mounted on 15" x 20" boards and individually numbered; many of these are labeled and signed by Mason Crum. Also included in this group are 48 3" x 4" glass lantern slides, very few of which overlap with the mounted prints, as well as several prints. These images depict landscapes, portraits, buildings and activities in the Gullah communities on the islands of Edisto and St. Helena's.
Personal photographs include a number of images of Mason Crum's family, including his ancestors, parents, sister, wife, children, as well as a former slave, Charles Baxter, and Mason Crum's childhood nurse, Julia Edwards. There are a large number of images of Lake Junaluska, including lake scenery, the Lake Junaluska Boys' Camp, groups of people, and houses, as well as surrounding areas in the Appalachian region of North Carolina. Also included are images of Mason Crum's classes at Duke and other schools; images from the "Doorways of Duke" article; images related to Washington Duke and the Duke family in Durham for "The Life and Times of Washington Duke"; clippings, an illustration, and a cover of World Outlook featuring Mason Crum and family; a number of other images identified and unidentified.
Most of the images are photographic prints, mounted and unmounted. Also included are glass lantern slides, 35mm color slides, safety film negatives, and nitrate negatives. Nitrate negatives are closed to research.