xt79w08w9t7m https://nyx.uky.edu/dips/xt79w08w9t7m/data/mets.xml https://nyx.uky.edu/dips/xt79w08w9t7m/data/1997ua001.xml May, Robert C. 19001993 10 cubic feet (61 boxes; 2 films)  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. collections  English University of Kentucky This digital resource may be freely searched and displayed.  Permission must be received for subsequent distribution in print or electronically.  Physical rights are retained by the owning repository.  Copyright is retained in accordance with U. S. copyright laws.  For information about permissions to reproduce or publish, contact the Special Collections Research Center. Robert C. May collection, 1900-1993 Robert C. May collection, 1900-1993 text Robert C. May collection, 1900-1993 1900 2006 true xt79w08w9t7m collection false 1997ua001   Guide to the Robert C. May collection,  1900-1993 Processed by Archives staff; rearranged by Matthew Jones from June-August 2007 under ; machine-readable finding aid created by Janice Childers   Special Collections 2005   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,  1900-1993 1997ua001   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,  1950-1993 The  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. 1 1-10 Animals 1 11-13 Untitled 1967, The Robert C. May Photograph Collection University of Kentucky Art Museum page 49 1 14-48 Animals 2 49-120 Buildings - Barns 2 121 Untitled 1970, The Robert C. May Photography Collection University of Kentucky Art Museum page 70 2 122-126 Buildings - Barns  3 127-145 Buildings-Churches, Interiors, Tree/Building 3 146-147 Untitled 1975, The Robert C. May Photography Collection University of Kentucky Art Museum page 87 3 148-172 Buildings-Churches, Interiors, Tree/Building 3 173 Untitled 1968, The Robert C. May Photography Collection University of Kentucky Art Museum page 52 3 174-181 Buildings-Churches, Interiors, Tree/Building 3 182 Untitled 1968, The Robert C. May Photography Collection University of Kentucky Art Museum page 59 3 183-198 Buildings-Churches, Interiors, Tree/Building 4 199-211 Buildings - Exteriors  4 212 Untitled, ca. 1964, The Robert C. May Photography Collection University of Kentucky Art Museum page 43 4 213-273 Buildings - Exteriors 4 274-281 Farm House, near Sadieville, Scott County, KY, 1973 The Robert C. May Photography Collection University of Kentucky Art Museum page 68 4 282-305 Buildings - Exteriors 5 306-314 Cemeteries 5 315 Untitled, ca. 1964, The Robert C. May Photography Collection University of Kentucky Art Museum page 86 5 316-369 Cemeteries 6 370-395 Miscellaneous 6 396 Untitled, ca. 1972, The Robert C. May Photography Collection University of Kentucky Art Museum page 64 6 397-441 Miscellaneous 7 442-517 People-Women, Children 7 518 Melissa Meatyard Dressed as Old Lady, 1969, The Robert C. May Photography Collection University of Kentucky Art Museum page 57 7 519-524 People-Women, Children 8a 525-549 People - Men 8a 550 Untitled 1973, The Robert C. May Photography Collection University of Kentucky Art Museum page 67 8a 551-565 People - Men 8a 566-569 Ralph Eugene Meatyard, 1972, The Robert C. May Photography Collection University of Kentucky Art Museum page 66 8b 570-644 People - Men  9 645-693 People - Thomas Merton 9 694 Bob May Photograph by Ralph Eugene Meatyard (American 1925-1972) The Robert C. May Photography Collection University of Kentucky Art Museum page 5 9 695-696 People - Thomas Merton 10 697-748 Nature-Fences, Roads, Rocks 10 749 Along Higbee Mill Road, Fayette County, KY 1974, The Robert C. May Photography Collection University of Kentucky Art Museum page 69 10 750-789 Nature-Fences, Roads, Rocks 11 790-885 Nature-Trees 12 886-917 Nature-Trees 12 918-920 Untitled, 1975, The Robert C. May Photography Collection University of Kentucky Art Museum page 85 12 921-983 Nature-Trees 13a 984-1074 Nature-Superimposed Trees 13b 1075-1100  Nature-Superimposed Trees 14 1101-1122  Nature-Plants, "Swirl Forest" 14 1123-1129 Haystacks, Shakertown, Pleasant Hill, KY, 1974, The Robert C. May Photography Collection University of Kentucky Art Museum page 71 14 1130-1145  Nature-Plants, "Swirl Forest" 14 1146-1149  Outside/Inside, 1970, The Robert C. May Photography Collection University of Kentucky Art Museum page 62 14 1150-1190 Nature-Plants, "Swirl Forest" 15 1191-1261  Water 15 1262 # 68 from Tree Series, 1975, The Robert C. May Photography Collection University of Kentucky Art Museum page 79 15 1263-1269 Water 16 1270-1358 Winter 18 1444-1472 Animals, Buildings, Water, Winter 18 1473 # 68 from Tree Series, 1975, The Robert C. May Photography Collection University of Kentucky Art Museum page 79 18 1474-1488 Animals, Buildings, Water, Winter 19 1489-1499  Miscellaneous 19 1500-1502 My Father, World War I, 1978 Robert C. May Photography Collection University of Kentucky Art Museum page 91 19 1503-1540 Miscellaneous 20a 1541-1613 Miscellaneous 20a 1611-1612 Midnight Moment, 1952 Robert C. May Photography Collection University of Kentucky Art Museum page 27 20b 1614-1671 Miscellaneous 20b 1672-1673 Untitled, 1983, The Robert C. May Photography Collection University of Kentucky Art Museum page 94 20b 1674-1678 Miscellaneous 21a 1679-1735 Nature-Flowers 21b 1736-1783 Nature-Flowers 21b 1784 Outside\Inside, 1970, The Robert C. May Photography Collection University of Kentucky Art Museum page 62 21b 1785-1787 # 176 from Flower and Tree Series, 1977, The Robert C. May Photography Collection University of Kentucky Art Museum page 77 21b 1788-1789 Nature-Flowers 22a 1790-1827 Nature 22b 1828-1829 Untitled, 1975, The Robert C. May Photography Collection University of Kentucky Art Museum page 85 22b 1830-1895 Nature 23 1896-1900 People 23 1901-1903 "Untitled, 1988, The Robert C. May Photography Collection University of Kentucky Art Museum page 93" 23 1904-1922 People 23 1923 Untitled, 1968, The Robert C. May Photography Collection University of Kentucky Art Museum page 61 1924-1953 People Contact Sheets The  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.  17 1359-1443 Contact Sheets (84) Slides,  1950-1993 The  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.  24 Family, Vacation, Medical, May (Approximately 150) 25 Family, Vacation, Medical, May (Approximately 150) 26 Family, Vacation (Approximately 150) 27 Family, Vacation, Medical, May (Approximately 150) 28 Family, Vacation, Medical, May (Approximately 150) 29 Family, Vacation, Medical, May (Approximately 150) 30 Family Photos, Meatyard (Approximately 150) 31 Camera Club, May (Approximately 150) 32 Family, Vacation, Medical, May (Approximately 150) Works of Various Artists,  1990-1991 The  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.  33 1-16 Works of Various Artists 33 17 "Pasturage Carousel, 1990, The Robert C. May Photography Collection University of  Kentucky Art Museum page 95" 33 18-40 Works of Various Artists 34 108-154 Works of Various Artists  44 1-12 Photography Portfolio 1991 University of Kentucky Art Department Photography II Agricultural Materials,  1956-1967 The  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. 34 1-27 Agricultural 34 79-88 Agricultural Unidentified 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  1-99 Unidentified Negatives 34b 100-153  Unidentified Negatives 34c 154 Unidentified Negatives 34d 155-181 Unidentified Negatives Family 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. 36a 1-415 1900-1960 36b 416-716  1900-1960 36c 717-773 1900-1960 37a 1-395 1940-1991 37b 396-455 1940-1991 41a  1-23 1900-1920 41b 24-47 1900-1920 41c 48-73 1900-1920 41d 74 1900-1920 42a  1-32 Family Photographs 42b 33-130 Family Photographs 42c 131-186  Family Photographs 43  1-62 Miscellaneous and Family Photographs 1900-1980 47  1-2 Family Photograph Albums Travel 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. 38 Ireland and Plants (Approximately 501) 39 China and Japan (Approximately 600) Printed Materials,  1950-1991 The  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. 35 1 Original Receipt of Collection With Lists of Contents 35 2 Family History Material 35 3 Miscellaneous Correspondence and Newspaper Clippings 35 4 Correspondence Lexington Camera Club 35 5 Research Materials for Camera Club Exhibit 35 6 Manuscript for Camera Club Speech by Bob May 1989 35 7 Drafts and Final Booklet for Camera Club Exhibit 40 1 Booklets with Photographs by Robert May 40 2 Photography Catalogues (most featuring the work of Robert May) 40 3 The 1953 Auratum, Henry Clay High School Yearbook, Robert May's Senior Year 40 4 Negatives used in Final Portfolio Miscellaneous Items,  1953-1993 The  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.  45 1-5 Oversize Miscellaneous Items 46 1-5 Miscellaneous Items Films The  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.  1 KET film on Ralph Eugene Meatyard 2 Unidentified