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Ernest G. Welch photographs collection

 Collection
Identifier: V2010-03

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Ernest G. Welch photographs collection consists of photographic prints, slides, snapshots, negatives, personal correspondence, a World War II-era scrapbook, mementos, videotapes, and notebooks. The bulk of the collection consists of photographs in a variety of formats, both artistic and snapshots, taken in such places as Hong Kong, Japan, Thailand, and all over Europe. The collection also includes books on the technical aspects of photography and class materials created by Welch during his graduate work at Georgia State University.

Many smaller boxes of Welch photographic prints or negatives have been housed together in cartons.

117 of Welch's photographs and sketches have been digitized. Consult Georgia State University Library Digital Collections for access.

Dates

  • 1901-2012

Creator

Restrictions on Access

Unrestricted access. All requests subject to limitations noted in departmental policies on reproduction.

Terms Governing Use and Reproduction

To quote in print, or otherwise reproduce in whole or in part in any publication, including on the Worldwide Web, any material from this collection, the researcher must obtain permission from (1) the owner of the physical property and (2) the holder of the copyright. Persons wishing to quote from this collection should consult the reference archivist to determine copyright holders for information in this collection. Reproduction of any item must contain the complete citation to the original.

Biography of Ernest G. Welch

A longtime resident of Atlanta, Ernest Gaines Welch (1906-2009) earned a business degree from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 1928. He went on to serve in counterintelligence during World War II and landed in Normandy at Omaha Beach 10 days after the invasion. He was stationed in France, Belgium, Luxembourg and Germany, where he took photographs of the war effort.

Welch’s deep interest in photography eventually took him across the globe, from capturing images of wildlife in Africa to studying under the renowned photographer Ansel Adams. Welch’s specialty was platinum palladium prints, a process used by such photographers as Irving Penn, Paul Strand, Alfred Stieglitz and Edward Weston.

After a decades-long career as a manager for Sonoco Products Company, Ernest Welch formalized his study of photography by enrolling in Georgia State’s art school in his late 80s; he earned a bachelor of fine arts in photography from the university in 1999. During fall semester 2002, Welch enrolled in introductory painting and drawing classes in order to continuously improve his photography skills. He continued his self-education when he took up digital photography at 102 years of age. Welch became a generous benefactor to the GSU art school, and it was named in honor of his generosity and passion in 2003.

Extent

62.9 Linear Feet (in 47 boxes)

Language of Materials

English

Abstract

Longtime Atlanta resident and philanthropist Ernest Welch was also an avid amateur photographer who travelled the world. Having served as an intelligence officer during World War II and after retiring from Sonoco Products, went back to school at Georgia State University to study photography. The Ernest G. Welch collection consists of photographic prints, slides, snapshots, negatives, personal correspondence and a scrapbook, mementos, videotapes, and notebooks.

Acquisition Information

Transferred from the Ernest G. Welch School of Art and Design in several installments (the School retained Mr. Welch's photographic equipment); deed of gift signed August 2011. On May 6, 2013, the Welch School delivered a DVD-R labelled "Ernest Welch last photos" (image files that were still in one of the digital cameras they received).

Digitization Note

The World War II-era scrapbook and 117 of Welch's photographs and sketches have been digitized and are available online at Georgia State University Library Digital Collections.

Processing Information

Processed by Aaron Brown, 2012. Inventoried by Minh Ngyuen, 2016. Rehoused by Tierra Thomas, 2017.
Title
Ernest G. Welch:
Subtitle
A Guide to His Photograph Collection at Georgia State University Library
Status
Completed
Author
Aaron Brown
Date
Spring 2017
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin

Revision Statements

  • Spring 2017: Electronic finding aid created by Hal Hansen.

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Repository

Contact:
100 Decatur St., S.E.
Atlanta, Georgia 30303
404-413-2880
404-413-2881 (Fax)