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Virgil R. Deane Collection, 1944-1970, bulk (bulk 1945-1965)

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Location of this collection:
1 UNF Drive
Jacksonville, FL 32224, USA
904-507-4122
Restrictions:
The collection is open for research. For information relating to Mr. Deane and to make an appointment to view the collection, contact 904-620-1533 or e-mail lib-special@unf.edu
Preferred citation:
Virgil R. Deane Collection, Thomas G. Carpenter Library, University of North Florida, Jacksonville, Florida.

Collection description

Summary

Abstract:
The collection consists of 213 photographs and other miscellaneous materials, including Deane's photo order book for January 1945. The photographs are primarily 8x10 black and white prints, featuring daylight scenes. With only a few exceptions, the photographs are undated, with the earliest known photograph in the collection being 1944. Empirical evidence dates the majority of the collection as mid-twentieth century, ca. 1945-1965.
Extent:
4.70 Linear Feet
Language:
English
Preferred citation:
Virgil R. Deane Collection, Thomas G. Carpenter Library, University of North Florida, Jacksonville, Florida.

Access and Use

Conditions Governing Access:

The collection is open for research. For information relating to Mr. Deane and to make an appointment to view the collection, contact 904-620-1533 or e-mail lib-special@unf.edu

Background

Scope and Content:

The collection consists of 213 photographs and other miscellaneous materials, including Deane's photo order book for January 1945. The photographs are primarily 8x10 black and white prints, featuring daylight scenes. With only a few exceptions, the photographs are undated, with the earliest known photograph in the collection being 1944. Empirical evidence dates the majority of the collection as mid-twentieth century, ca. 1945-1965. The Jacksonville Beaches area is the prime setting for most of the photographs. Scenes and events depicted range from Beach parades, extensive Boardwalk activities (ferris wheel, carousel, bingo, arcade games, etc.), interior and exterior views of the Ponte Vedra Inn, African-American school children and group dinner events, and several unique 1950s road scenes. Major subject categories with their corresponding number of photographs include: Personal and group photographs - 37 Beaches - 48 Boats and the Intracoastal Waterway - 11 Hospitals - 1 Hotels, motels and apartments - 10 Jacksonville Beach (Fla.)--Boardwalk - 38 Ponte Vedra Inn (Ponte Vedra, Fla.) - 23 Restaurants and bars - 10 Retail and business establishments - 14 Roads and streets - 3 Schools - 18

Biographical / Historical:

Professional photographer, instructor. Virgil R. Deane was born in Mount Airy, North Carolina, in 1915. He opened his photography studio in Jacksonville Beach, Florida, in 1943. Major photographic assignments included a long tenure, 1947 - 1965, as staff photographer for Fletcher High School in Jacksonville Beach, and extensive work for national advertising agencies. His business clients included Winn-Dixie, General Electric, Life / Fortune / Time and other journals, United Press, Florida Times-Union / Jacksonville Journal, and Ponte Vedra Inn. Deane was also a photography instructor at Florida Community College. He maintained his studio unitil 1989, and died in Jacksonville Beach in November 1999.

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Acquisition information:

The collection was a gift of Valarie Lockwood in 2001

The materials were acquired by UNF Library Special Collections and University Archives on 00/00/2001.

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