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The Americas (Central America, South America, and Caribbean), 2006-2020; 2006-ongoing

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Series comprises 99 traditional darkroom black-and-white photographs, 127 digital image files, and one digital video (2 mins., 18 secs.) documenting life and culture, and landscapes in the Caribbean, Central America, and South America, with a focus on Bolivia.

Digital image files are associated with the Bolivia series, and include TIFs, PSDs, and a PDF contact sheet.

The photographic prints are arranged in series chiefly by country and then by travel dates; they measure approximately 16x20 inches. Areas represented are Patagonia and Argentina; the Bahamas; the Altiplano region of Bolivia; Foz do Iguaçu and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; El Salvador; Guatemala; Martissant, Cité Soleil, and Port-au-Prince, Haiti; Nicaragua; Ciudad del Este, Paraguay; and Cusco, Peru.

Images show people working and farming, cooking, minding children, socializing, parading, traveling, going to market, resting, and playing games. Several portraits feature people in traditional dress.

The largest groups of images are from Bolivia, El Salvador, and Haiti. The Haiti photographs, taken when Barth returned following the 2010 earthquake, include scenes of destroyed buildings, street life, and people among the rubble in the epicenter zone, at Martissant, and in the capital, Port-au-Prince.

The digital video (2 mins., 18 secs.) chiefly shows landscapes in Nicaragua and Honduras, most shot from a moving vehicle, border crossings, and possibly other South American locations.

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Savannah Health Department materials, 1887-1938

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This series includes project files, reports, statistics, and publications related to Bassett's work as a bacteriologist, physician, and health officer for Savannah and its surrounding county, Chatham County. Some of the initiatives represented are vaccination; clean water; milk safety and inspections; infant/child health; prenatal healthcare; maternal healthcare; and Bassett's role in training for medical students, nurses, and midwives. This series also includes a selection of Bassett's reports on mortality and disease for the city of Savannah, divided by race.

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Original photographs, circa 1912-1934 .25 Linear Feet — 1 box — 118 prints

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Series consists of one box of 118 original photographic prints, many of them photographic poscards with the rest mounted on cardstock. Most have been are stamped or have been otherwise identified as produced by Michael Francis Blake's photography studio in Charleston, South Carolina. Dates are approximate unless marked on the photograph. In some cases, the studio address reveals the time period. All measurements are in inches.

Copy prints are available in box 2 and are the preferred format for access to avoid overuse of the originals.

Additionally, the original prints have been digitized and are available on the Duke Libraries Digital Collections website.

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Studio photograph, standing female adult holding a basket of flowers, identified as Francis Smalls, circa 1918-1922 3.5 x 5.5. Writing on photograph: "Frances Smalls / my niece Frances / Georgetown S.C."

Box 1, Print MFB006
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Studio photograph, seated male adult, identified as Jesse E. Beard, a pastor of Morris Brown AME Church and vice president of the People's Federal Bank in Charleston, S.C., circa 1910s 3.5 x 5.5. Embossed with Blake's studio address.

Box 1, Print MFB011
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Studio photograph, seated elderly male adult, identified as James W. White, circa 1918-1922 3.5 x 5.5. Stamped with Blake's studio address: "M. Blake Night and Day Photographer 384 W. Sumter Street, Charleston, S.C."

Box 1, Print MFB018
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Studio photograph, male adult, identified as E. H. Coit, circa 1912 3.5 x 5.5. This man appears in several other portraits. E.H. Coit is listed as a "mulatto preacher" born about 1860 in the 1910 Federal census. He may have been about 50 in this photograph.

Box 1, Print MFB021
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Studio photograph, seated male adult and a standing female adult with her arm around his shoulders, "Bennie and wife," circa 1926-1934 3.5 x 5.5. Writing on photograph: "Bennie and wife." Embossed with Blake's studio address at 384 W. Sumter Street.

Box 1, Print MFB023
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Studio photograph, standing female adult wearing a hat and a coat, identified as D. F. Murray, circa 1918-1922 3.5 x 5.5. Writing on photograph: "D.F. Murray, Sumter St., Columbia SC." Stamped with Blake's studio address: "M. Blake Night and Day Photographer, 384 W. Sumter Street, Charleston, S.C." Negative on file.

Box 1, Print MFB026
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Snapshot, female adult standing and holding an infant at street address 384, identified possibly as Mrs. Blake, undated 2.5 x 4.5. The location's address number, 384, visible on a brick wall to the left of the subject, is the same as Blake's studio address. A lower portion of the border is missing.

Box 1, Print MFB028
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Studio photograph, seated female adult, identified as Helen Ford, circa 1918-1922 3.5 x 5.5. Writing on photograph: "Mrs. Helen Ford." Stamped with Blake's studio address: "M. Blake Night and Day Photographer 384 W. Sumter Street, Charleston, S.C."

Box 1, Print MFB034
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Studio photograph, female child and standing female adult with her arm around the shoulders of an older seated female adult, unidentified, circa 1926-1934 3.5 x 5.5. Embossed with Blake's studio address at 384 W. Sumter Street.

Box 1, Print MFB038
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