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Robert C. May collection, 1900-1993, 1900

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1997ua001 Guide to the Robert C. May collection, 1900-1993Processed by Archives staff; rearranged by Matthew Jones from June-August 2007 under ; machine-readable finding aid created by Janice Childers Special Collections2005 Special Collections University Archives and Records Program University of Kentucky Margaret I. King Building Lexington, Kentucky 40506-0039 USA Phone: (859) 257-8611 Fax: (859) 257-6311 Email: sclref@lsv.uky.edu URL: http://www.uky.edu/Libraries/libpage.php?lweb_id=298&llib_id=13 University of Kentucky Libraries. All rights reserved. Machine-readable finding aid derived from ${DERIVED}. Date of source: Matthew Jones in August 2007 under the supervision of Deirdre A. Scaggs, University Archivist.Description is in English.Guide to the Robert C. May collection, 1900-1993 Contact Information Special Collections University Archives and Records Program University of Kentucky Margaret I. King Building Lexington, Kentucky 40506-0039 USA Phone: (859) 257-8611 Fax: (859) 257-6311 Email: sclref@lsv.uky.edu URL: http://www.uky.edu/Libraries/libpage.php?lweb_id=298&llib_id=13 Processed by: Archives staff and rearranged by Matthew Jones from June-August 2007 under the supervision of Deirdre A. Scaggs, University Archivist. Finding aid completed by: Matthew Jones in August 2007 under the supervision of Deirdre A. Scaggs, University Archivist. Encoded by: Janice Childers Copyright 2006 University of Kentucky. All rights reserved. Robert C. May collection, 1900-19931997ua001 May, Robert C. 10 cubic feet (61 boxes; 2 films)The materials are in English.The Robert C. May collection contains work prints, contact sheets, slides, works of various other artists, photographs and negatives of a wide variety of subjects. In addition, it also includes photo albums, films, correspondence, research, catalogs and clippings, mostly concerning Robert May's photographs, the University of Kentucky and the Lexington Camera Club.University of Kentucky Libraries, Special Collections Collection is open to researchers by appointment. The intellectual rights to the materials in this collection are held by the University of Kentucky Special Collections.1997ua001: [identification of item], Robert C. May collection, University of Kentucky Archives.Carpenter, Dennis. May, Robert C., 1935-1993. Meatyard, Melissa. Meatyard, Ralph Eugene, 1925-1972. Merton, Thomas, 1915-1968. University of Kentucky. International Business Machines A/S. Lexington (Ky.) Ireland China Agricultural Experiment Station -- Kentucky. Artists -- Kentucky -- Lexington. Manners and Customs -- Kentucky. Buildings -- Kentucky. Cemeteries -- Kentucky. Churches -- Kentucky. Photographers -- Kentucky. Photographs Robert C. May was born in Lexington, Kentucky. He attended and received his Bachelor of Arts degree in History from the University of Kentucky in 1956. May was a photographer for the University of Kentucky Agriculture Information Department from 1956-1967. After 20 years in various audio-visual, photographic, and publication management positions with IBM, he retired from the company in 1987. From1986, he was an adjunct faculty member of the University of Kentucky Art Department, teaching courses in photography and photographic history. May was also a member of the Lexington Camera Club from 1952-1972. His photographs have been extensively exhibited locally, regionally and nationally beginning around 1953. Important solo exhibitions of his work were held at Afterimage Gallery in Dallas and Focus Gallery in San Francisco during the 1970s. His work was included in the exhibition, "I shall save one land unvisited, 11 Southern Photographers," which traveled to more than a dozen major museums and galleries throughout the country from 1978-1981. Mr. May's photographs appear in numerous publications and exhibition catalogs. Most notably, his work was featured in the "Discoveries" chapter of the Time-Life series, Photography Year/1976 Edition. In 1989, his book on the history of the Lexington Camera Club, entitled: The Lexington Camera Club: 1936-1972, was published by the University of Kentucky Library Associates. Robert C. May died on March 9, 1993.The Robert C. May collection contains work prints, contact sheets, slides, works of various other artists, photographs and negatives of agriculture, miscellaneous negatives, family photographs, photographs of Ireland and plants, photographs of China, 1991 University of Kentucky Art Department Photography II portfolio, miscellaneous photographs, two family photograph albums, two films and printed materials which includes; the original receipt of the collection with list of contents, family history material, miscellaneous correspondence and newspaper clippings, Lexington Camera Club Exhibit correspondence, research materials for Camera Club Exhibit, manuscript of Camera Club speech by Robert May 1989, drafts and final booklet for Camera Club Exhibit, booklets with photographs by Robert May, photography catalogues (most featuring the work of Robert May), the 1953 Auratum - Henry Clay High School Yearbook, and the negatives used in final portfolio, 1991. This collection is arranged by subject in 11 series: I. Work Prints II. Contact Sheets III. Slides IV. Works of Various Artists V. Agricultural Materials VI. Unidentified Negatives VII. Family Photographs VIII. Travel Photographs IX. Printed Materials X. Miscellaneous Items XI. Films Sources Used The Lexington Herald-Leader, April 23, 1993. Container List Work Prints, 1950-1993The Work Prints series consists of 8" x 10" images of animals, buildings, barns, churches, interiors, trees/buildings, exteriors, cemeteries, miscellaneous, people, women, children, men, nature, fences roads, rocks, trees, superimposed trees, plants, water, winter, flowers as well as published images from the book The Robert C. May Photography Collection University of Kentucky Art Museum. The images in Series I are artistic work prints with the majority in black and white. Prints in Box 11 (848-850) and Box 15 (1197-1198) are in color. There are a total of 1,867 8" x 10" work prints that include five color work prints.11-10Animals111-13Untitled 1967, The Robert C. May Photograph Collection University of Kentucky Art Museum page 49114-48Animals249-120Buildings - Barns2121Untitled 1970, The Robert C. May Photography Collection University of Kentucky Art Museum page 702122-126Buildings - Barns 3127-145Buildings-Churches, Interiors, Tree/Building3146-147Untitled 1975, The Robert C. May Photography Collection University of Kentucky Art Museum page 873148-172Buildings-Churches, Interiors, Tree/Building3173Untitled 1968, The Robert C. May Photography Collection University of Kentucky Art Museum page 523174-181Buildings-Churches, Interiors, Tree/Building3182Untitled 1968, The Robert C. May Photography Collection University of Kentucky Art Museum page 593183-198Buildings-Churches, Interiors, Tree/Building4199-211Buildings - Exteriors 4212Untitled, ca. 1964, The Robert C. May Photography Collection University of Kentucky Art Museum page 434213-273Buildings - Exteriors4274-281Farm House, near Sadieville, Scott County, KY, 1973 The Robert C. May Photography Collection University of Kentucky Art Museum page 684282-305Buildings - Exteriors5306-314Cemeteries5315Untitled, ca. 1964, The Robert C. May Photography Collection University of Kentucky Art Museum page 865316-369Cemeteries6370-395Miscellaneous6396Untitled, ca. 1972, The Robert C. May Photography Collection University of Kentucky Art Museum page 646397-441Miscellaneous7442-517People-Women, Children7518Melissa Meatyard Dressed as Old Lady, 1969, The Robert C. May Photography Collection University of Kentucky Art Museum page 577519-524People-Women, Children8a525-549People - Men8a550Untitled 1973, The Robert C. May Photography Collection University of Kentucky Art Museum page 678a551-565People - Men8a566-569Ralph Eugene Meatyard, 1972, The Robert C. May Photography Collection University of Kentucky Art Museum page 668b570-644People - Men 9645-693People - Thomas Merton9694Bob May Photograph by Ralph Eugene Meatyard (American 1925-1972) The Robert C. May Photography Collection University of Kentucky Art Museum page 59695-696People - Thomas Merton10697-748Nature-Fences, Roads, Rocks10749Along Higbee Mill Road, Fayette County, KY 1974, The Robert C. May Photography Collection University of Kentucky Art Museum page 6910750-789Nature-Fences, Roads, Rocks11790-885Nature-Trees12886-917Nature-Trees12918-920Untitled, 1975, The Robert C. May Photography Collection University of Kentucky Art Museum page 8512921-983Nature-Trees13a984-1074Nature-Superimposed Trees13b1075-1100 Nature-Superimposed Trees141101-1122 Nature-Plants, "Swirl Forest"141123-1129Haystacks, Shakertown, Pleasant Hill, KY, 1974, The Robert C. May Photography Collection University of Kentucky Art Museum page 71141130-1145 Nature-Plants, "Swirl Forest"141146-1149 Outside/Inside, 1970, The Robert C. May Photography Collection University of Kentucky Art Museum page 62141150-1190Nature-Plants, "Swirl Forest"151191-1261 Water151262# 68 from Tree Series, 1975, The Robert C. May Photography Collection University of Kentucky Art Museum page 79151263-1269Water161270-1358Winter181444-1472Animals, Buildings, Water, Winter181473# 68 from Tree Series, 1975, The Robert C. May Photography Collection University of Kentucky Art Museum page 79181474-1488Animals, Buildings, Water, Winter191489-1499 Miscellaneous191500-1502My Father, World War I, 1978 Robert C. May Photography Collection University of Kentucky Art Museum page 91191503-1540Miscellaneous20a1541-1613Miscellaneous20a1611-1612Midnight Moment, 1952 Robert C. May Photography Collection University of Kentucky Art Museum page 2720b1614-1671Miscellaneous20b1672-1673Untitled, 1983, The Robert C. May Photography Collection University of Kentucky Art Museum page 9420b1674-1678Miscellaneous21a1679-1735Nature-Flowers21b1736-1783Nature-Flowers21b1784Outside\Inside, 1970, The Robert C. May Photography Collection University of Kentucky Art Museum page 6221b1785-1787# 176 from Flower and Tree Series, 1977, The Robert C. May Photography Collection University of Kentucky Art Museum page 7721b1788-1789Nature-Flowers22a1790-1827Nature22b1828-1829Untitled, 1975, The Robert C. May Photography Collection University of Kentucky Art Museum page 8522b1830-1895Nature231896-1900People231901-1903"Untitled, 1988, The Robert C. May Photography Collection University of Kentucky Art Museum page 93"231904-1922People231923Untitled, 1968, The Robert C. May Photography Collection University of Kentucky Art Museum page 611924-1953PeopleContact SheetsThe Contact Sheets series include positive prints of negative strips. A contact sheet is created by placing negatives on photographic paper. They are then exposed and the print is processed allowing the photographer to view multiple images on a single piece of photographic paper. Most of the contact sheets are 8" x 10" in size and black and white. The images include sunflowers, trees, people, flowers, plants, vehicles, animals, buildings, roads, cemeteries, trains, cows, horses, fences, dolls, Robert C. May, Dennis "Bones" Carpenter, churches, children, dogs, and cats. There are a total of 84 contact sheets. 171359-1443Contact Sheets (84)Slides, 1950-1993The Slides series includes approximately 1,350 35mm color slides with content of Robert C. May, his family, vacations, Ralph Eugene Meatyard, the Lexington Camera Club, and medical slides. 24Family, Vacation, Medical, May (Approximately 150)25Family, Vacation, Medical, May (Approximately 150)26Family, Vacation (Approximately 150)27Family, Vacation, Medical, May (Approximately 150)28Family, Vacation, Medical, May (Approximately 150)29Family, Vacation, Medical, May (Approximately 150)30Family Photos, Meatyard (Approximately 150)31Camera Club, May (Approximately 150)32Family, Vacation, Medical, May (Approximately 150)Works of Various Artists, 1990-1991The Works of Various Artists series includes work possibly by Robert C. May and other artists including: Melissa Meatyard, Gerry Dartt, Mating, Cull, Marshall Smith, Walz, Pierson Studio, Cranston C. Ritchie, Mary T. Duffy, Hank Chapman, Culest Bynum, Joe Martin, Diane Blazy, Donna Ruskin, Bob Compton, Liz Osbourne, Jennifer Allen, Kristen Bernhard, Joseph David, Sarah Jones, Stephanie Lind, Virginia Martin, Jessica Samuel, John Scowby, Lara Shostle, Diana Stevie, Joel Wilhelmi. There are approximately 97 items including photographs, drawings, paintings, and sculpture. 331-16Works of Various Artists3317"Pasturage Carousel, 1990, The Robert C. May Photography Collection University of Kentucky Art Museum page 95"3318-40Works of Various Artists34108-154Works of Various Artists 441-12Photography Portfolio 1991 University of Kentucky Art Department Photography IIAgricultural Materials, 1956-1967The Agricultural Materials series consists of negatives that were originally in an envelope labeled University of Kentucky Department of Public Information Agricultural Experiment Station Lexington, Kentucky. This series contains mostly 6" x 6" black and white negatives, one color transparency, 35 mm black and white negatives, and contact sheets. Four 6" x 6" black and white negatives are identified as Johnson Grass Control Plots. Examples of content include unidentified people, crops and animals.341-27Agricultural3479-88AgriculturalUnidentified Negatives The Unidentified Negatives series contains twenty-one 4" x 5" black and white negatives, one 6" x 9" black and white negative, one 35mm color slide, and 102 6" x 6" black and white negatives. The negatives are of unidentified people and places. 34a 1-99Unidentified Negatives34b100-153 Unidentified Negatives34c154Unidentified Negatives34d155-181Unidentified NegativesFamily Photographs, 1900-1991 The Family Photographs series contains images of the family of Robert C. May from 1900-1991. The majority of the family photographs are casual snapshots but it does include one daguerreotype of Will McCormick (as identified by a post-it note that was on the wrapping). The identified locations include the states of Kentucky and Florida. Many of the images have writing on the back that is difficult to read. The identified photographs include: Bobbie Carl South Limestone; Carl, Robert Earl May Nine Months Old; E.B. May; Granny, Mother, Aunt Stella, Uncle Johnny, Willie, Aunt Fannie, and Deborah taken at Granny Gaines home in Alton, Kentucky; Owen May, John Francis Cannon; Charity, a pet lamb, and a Collie; Deborah Leach; Cecil "1910"; Uncle Omer 1947; Mother on South Lime 1949; Deborah December 2, 1951; Aunt Stella in Florida; (Boo) now Buddy October 1951; Mother Deborah; Mother and Byron Wilson August 1948; Billy and his five Grandmothers October 1, 1949; Deborah Leach baby picture; Easter Mother and me Georgetown, Kentucky; Mother Cumberland Trail 1937; Deborah; Bess and Deborah; Aunt Fannie Leach; Gaines Home in Fayette County Betty Gaines, Billy, Mary Louise, born in this home; Granny Gaines, Aunt Stella, Uncle Johnny, Uncle Willie, Aunt Fannie, Mother and Deborah; Bill Leach; Bobby Jones 2nd Class Scout Troop 1953; In my living room on Mothers Day 1972 Pattie and Luther; 1977 Bill and Martha May; Mrs. Flowers Home Christmas Me, Serving Punch; Deborah Group of Friends at Mrs. Flowers; 1967 Florida Princess Martha; Me Florida Princess Martha; 1967 Florida St. Petersburg Princess Martha; Taken at School October 1971 Betty Gaines; Deborah Leach 18 years old.36a1-4151900-196036b416-716 1900-196036c717-7731900-196037a1-3951940-199137b396-4551940-199141a 1-231900-192041b24-471900-192041c48-731900-192041d741900-192042a 1-32Family Photographs42b33-130Family Photographs42c131-186 Family Photographs43 1-62Miscellaneous and Family Photographs 1900-198047 1-2Family Photograph AlbumsTravel Photographs, 1991-1992 The Travel Photographs series consist of color photographs and negatives taken during May's travel to Ireland, Japan, and China. The photographs of Ireland are in color and include 53 Polaroid's. The photographs of China and Japan include 20 drug store processed envelopes of color photographs.38Ireland and Plants (Approximately 501)39China and Japan (Approximately 600)Printed Materials, 1950-1991The Printed Materials series dates from 1950-1991 and include: the original receipt of collection with lists of contents, family history material, miscellaneous correspondence and newspaper clippings, correspondence of the Lexington Camera Club, research materials for the Camera Club Exhibit, manuscript for Camera Club Exhibit, booklets with photographs by Robert May, photography catalogues featuring the work of Robert May, the 1953 Auratum Henry Clay High School Yearbook, and negatives used in final portfolio.351Original Receipt of Collection With Lists of Contents352Family History Material353Miscellaneous Correspondence and Newspaper Clippings354Correspondence Lexington Camera Club355Research Materials for Camera Club Exhibit356Manuscript for Camera Club Speech by Bob May 1989357Drafts and Final Booklet for Camera Club Exhibit401Booklets with Photographs by Robert May402Photography Catalogues (most featuring the work of Robert May)403The 1953 Auratum, Henry Clay High School Yearbook, Robert May's Senior Year404Negatives used in Final PortfolioMiscellaneous Items, 1953-1993The Miscellaneous Items date from 1953-1993 and include one photograph of Robert C. May, Robert May's Henry Clay High School Diploma, one painting, one print, one drawing, one metal sculpture and four photographs. 451-5Oversize Miscellaneous Items461-5Miscellaneous ItemsFilmsThe Films series contains two 16mm films. Film 1 was produced by Kentucky Educational Television and is labeled "Ralph Eugene Meatyard." Film two is unidentified but contains several color films spliced together and appears to be casual scenes and exteriors of buildings. 1KET film on Ralph Eugene Meatyard2UnidentifiedRobert C. May collection, 1900-1993