David Lewis Earnest Photograph and Slide Collections

 

 

         David Lewis Earnest, noted Athens educator and photographer, was born in Greenville, TN on November 25, 1862.  From 1897 until 1932 he was associated with the State Normal School in Athens, Georgia where he served in such capacities as instructor, acting president, dean, dormitory manager, and bookkeeper.  When the Normal School merged with the University of Georgia in 1932 he was made associate professor of education and continued in that capacity until his retirement in 1941.  After his retirement he continued his association with the University where he served as visual aids coordinator for the Demonstration School.  Besides being an avid photographer, he was also one of the first bicyclists in Athens.  Earnest died in Athens on January 4, 1956.


         These three collections include over 300 photographs and over 300 slides that Earnest took of mainly Athens and the surrounding area from the early 1900’s to the early 1950’s.  Included are images of Athens streets, buildings, and houses, as well as buildings on the University of Georgia and State Normal School campuses.  There are also photographs of African Americans, log houses, and other places in Georgia, including Martha Berry School (Rome), Tallulah Falls, Milledgeville, and the plantation at Smithonia (Oglethorpe County).  There are also a few photographs of areas in Tennessee, including Greenville, Lookout Mountain, and the Nolichucky River.


         These collections provide a good glimpse of Athens and environs during the first half of the 20th century.



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Index & Inventory to the David Lewis Earnest

Photograph & Slide Collections

Manuscript #'s

1377, 1590, & 1755

 

 

Ms 1377:  Digital File #'s E001 - E108 (photographs) ca. early 1900’s

 

Ms 1590:  Digital File #'s E109 - E299 (photographs) &  ES001 - ES331 (slides) ca. 1900 – 1950’s

 

Ms 1755:  Digital File #'s E300 - E322 (photographs) ca. early 1950’s

 

 

Photographs

 

Subject                                                                        Ms #               Digital File #

 

African American cabin................................................ 1590............... E129

African American church (Location unknown).............. 1590............... E126

African American family............................................... 1590............... E277, E278

African American group eating watermelons................. 1590............... E127

African American group fishing..................................... 1377............... E001

African American man & woman in front of

    log house................................................................. 1377............... E074

African American man in cow drawn cart..................... 1590............... E276

African American man (Pitt McWhorter) reading.......... 1377............... E002

African American man sitting on steps.......................... 1590............... E275

African American woman in field.................................. 1590............... E147

African American woman with basket.......................... 1377............... E005

African American women in front of log house.............. 1377............... E077

African American women working in barn yard............ 1590............... E148

Athens, GA (vic.). Allgood (John) Home. Fireplace...... 1590............... E263

Athens, GA.  Balloon ascension................................... 1590............... E110

Athens, GA.  Bobbin Mill............................................ 1590............... E189, E194

Athens, GA.  Bobbin Mill Creek.................................. 1377............... E007

Athens, GA.  Broad St................................................ 1377............... E008, E009

Athens, GA.  Bryant House......................................... 1755............... E300

Athens, GA.  Chickopee Building................................. 1590............... E141, E142

Athens, GA.  Chickopee Bldg. & covered bridge......... 1590............... E143

 

Subject                                                                        Ms #               Digital File #

 

Athens, GA.  Christmas scene (1st?).

    Weaver Bridges' Home............................................ 1590............... E288

Athens, GA.  City Hall and water tower....................... 1590............... E112A, E145

Athens, GA.  City Hall and water tower....................... 1377............... E010

Athens, GA.  Cobb Street scene.................................. 1755............... E301

Athens, GA.  Crawford (Anne) House......................... 1590............... E186

Athens, GA.  Crawford (Anne) House......................... 1755............... E302

Athens, GA.  Dearing Home........................................ 1590............... E284

Athens, GA.  Double Barreled Cannon........................ 1590............... E112B, E128, E297

Athens, GA.  Double Barreled Cannon........................ 1755............... E303

Athens, GA.  Earnest's (David Lewis) first house.......... 1755............... E304

Athens, GA.  Elliot House............................................ 1755............... E305

Athens, GA.  Emmanuel Episcopal Church................... 1755............... E306

Athens, GA.  Gerdine (John) House............................. 1755............... E307

Athens, GA.  Grady (Henry) Birthplace........................ 1590............... E220

Athens, GA.  Harden (Mary) Home............................. 1590............... E119

Athens, GA.  Herrington House &

    Double Barreled Canon........................................... 1377............... E011

Athens, GA.  Houses.  Unidentified.............................. 1755............... E314 - E322

Athens, GA.?  Ivy Building?......................................... 1755............... E308

Athens, GA.  Jackson (Evie) Home.  Living room......... 1590............... E125, E262

Athens, GA.  Knox Institute......................................... 1590............... E109

Athens, GA.  Long (Crawford) House.  Chase St......... 1377............... E012

Athens, GA.  Lumpkin (Joseph Henry) House.............. 1590............... E257

Athens, GA.  Methodist (1st) Church........................... 1755............... E309

Athens, GA.  Michael Brothers House......................... 1377............... E013

Athens, GA.  Mill on Oconee River.............................. 1377............... E014, E015

Athens, GA.  Mill on Oconee River.............................. 1590............... E115

Athens, GA.  Oconee River (East Athens).................... 1590............... E133, E138

Athens, GA.  Oconee River.

    (Showing covered bridge)........................................ 1590............... E134, E188

Athens, GA.  Orr House.............................................. 1755............... E310

Athens, GA.  Patterson House..................................... 1755............... E311

Athens, GA.?  Puyear's Mill......................................... 1590............... E111, E113, E114

Athens, GA.  Rhodes Home (Dougherty St.)................ 1590............... E135

Athens, GA.  Seaboard Railroad Trestle...................... 1377............... E016, E017

Athens, GA.  Seaboard Railroad Trestle...................... 1590............... E136, E270

Athens, GA.  Seaboard Railroad Trestle &

    covered bridge........................................................ 1377............... E018, E019, E020

Athens, GA.  Seaboard Railroad Trestle &

    covered bridge........................................................ 1590............... E137, E144, E271

 

Subject                                                                        Ms #               Digital File #

 

Athens, GA.  Taylor-Grady House............................... 1377............... E021

Athens, GA.  Taylor-Grady House............................... 1590............... E259 - E261

Athens, GA.  Tree That Owns Itself............................. 1590............... E185

Athens, GA.  Vincent House........................................ 1377............... E022

Athens, GA.  Water tower by City Hall........................ 1377............... E010

Athens, GA.  Water tower by City Hall........................ 1590............... E112, E145

Athens, GA.  Woodlawn............................................. 1755............... E312, E313

Athens, GA.  Woofter Home....................................... 1590............... E286, E287

Barn and large tree (Unknown location)....................... 1590............... E264

Berry, Martha.............................................................. 1377............... E023

Berry School.  Rome, GA............................................ SEE:  Martha Berry School

Boy sitting by spring..................................................... 1590............... E218

Buildings.  Unidentified................................................. 1377............... E033, E034

Buildings.  Unidentified................................................. 1590............... E161, E184, E285

Churches  Unidentified................................................. 1590............... E173, E174, E203

"Clay Eaters."  Milledgeville, GA.................................. 1377............... E035E041

Coosa River (?), GA................................................... 1377............... E042, E043

Cows.......................................................................... 1590............... E176, E182

Creek with fence and houses in background................. 1590............... E200

Cypresses................................................................... 1377............... E044

Deloach, ?................................................................... 1590............... E283

Earnest, David Lewis. On bicycle................................. 1377............... E045, E046

Earnest, David Lewis.  Portrait..................................... 1590............... E296

Earnest, David Lewis.  With bicycle............................. 1377............... E047

Earnest, David Lewis.  With "Clay Eater"..................... 1377............... E037, E048

Earnest, David Lewis.  With "Clay Eater"..................... 1590............... E298

Earnest, David Lewis.  With group (front row, left)....... 1377............... E049

Earnest, David Lewis.  With group (top row, left)......... 1377............... E050

Earnest, David Lewis. 

    With State Normal School group? (3rd from left)..... 1377............... E051

Edwards (Dr.), Austin & Pound (Dr.), Jere.................. 1377............... E052

Farm scene (East Tennessee?)..................................... 1590............... E272

Fence with bench and trees.......................................... 1590............... E179

Footbridge over stream running into river...................... 1590............... E214

Georgia.  Univ.  Arch................................................... 1590............... E255, E256

Georgia.  Univ.  Baldwin Hall....................................... 1590............... E234 - E243

Georgia.  Univ.  Commerce-Journalism Building........... 1590............... E254

Georgia.  Univ.  Conner Hall........................................ 1590............... E140, E232

Georgia.  Univ.  Hirsch Hall......................................... 1590............... E247

Georgia.  Univ.  Lumpkin (Wilson) House.................... 1377............... E053

Georgia.  Univ.  Lumpkin (Wilson) House.................... 1590............... E233

Georgia.  Univ.  Memorial Hall..................................... 1590............... E244 - E246

 

Subject                                                                        Ms #               Digital File #

 

Georgia.  Univ.  Peabody Hall...................................... 1590............... E248 - E253

Georgia.  Univ.  President's Home................................ 1590............... E258

Georgia.  Univ.  Sanford Stadium

    (incl. Memorial Hall)................................................ 1377............... E054

Georgia.  Univ.  Senior Parade..................................... 1377............... E055

Georgia.  Univ. 

    Students working in apple orchard........................... 1377............... E056, E057

Goss, Isham H.?.......................................................... 1590............... E207

Greenville, TN. 

    Johnson’s (Andrew) House and Tailor Shop............ 1377............... E058

Greenville, TN.

    Johnson’s (Andrew) Tailor Shop.............................. 1377............... E509

Greenville, TN. 

    Johnson's (Andrew) Tailor Shop.............................. 1590............... E130, E131

Group.  Unidentified.................................................... 1377............... E061

Group of boys mainly in uniform and a man.................. 1590............... E199

Group of men fishing

    (Vernon Smith, Jodie Whire, Milton Leathers,

      Austin Downs, & Jack Roberts)............................. 1377............... E060

Group of people standing in street................................ 1590............... E212

Group of women (5).................................................... 1590............... E202

Group on steps (D.L. Earnest in straw hat sitting)......... 1590............... E210

Group on steps (Two men and a woman)..................... 1590............... E159

Group on steps (Two women and a girl)....................... 1590............... E197

House showing 2 men, a woman and buggy.................. 1590............... E215

Houses.  Unidentified................................................... 1377............... E062 - E068

Houses.  Unidentified................................................... 1590............... E169, E178, E221

Houses.  Unidentified................................................... 1590............... E290

Interior scene showing man, woman, and boy............... 1590............... E211

Ladies Garden Club Book........................................... 1590............... E299A - E299N

Lexington, GA.?  Shaking Rock?................................. 1377............... E069

Log House. 

    African American man & woman in front.................. 1377............... E074 - E076

Log house.

    African American women in front............................. 1377............... E077

Log House.  Family in doorway................................... 1590............... E279

Log House.  Family in front.......................................... 1377............... E078

Log House.  Under construction.

    Man sitting in doorway............................................. 1590............... E280

Log houses.................................................................. 1377............... E070 - E073

 

Subject                                                                        Ms #               Digital File #

 

Lookout Mountain, TN.

    Earnest (Vivian) sitting on rock................................. 1377............... E079

Lookout Mountain, TN.  Inclined railway..................... 1590............... E167, E168

Man (Portrait).  Unidentified........................................ 1377............... E080

Man (Portrait).  Unidentified........................................ 1590............... E165

Man fishing.  Oconee River.......................................... 1590............... E274

Man fishing from boat in river....................................... 1590............... E192

Man wearing hat and overalls.  Unidentified.................. 1590............... E291

Martha Berry School.  Rome, GA................................ 1377............... E024E032

Martha Berry School.  Rome, GA................................ 1590............... E132

Michael (Moina) Doll................................................... 1590............... E116, E117

Michael, Moina.  Holding Moina Michael Doll.............. 1377............... E081

Michael, Moina.  Holding Moina Michael Doll.............. 1590............... E118

Mill and waterwheel..................................................... 1590............... E201

Mill dams.................................................................... 1590............... E193, E195, E205

Mill dams.................................................................... 1590............... E217

Milledgeville, GA.

    Street scenes showing "Clay Eaters"......................... 1377............... E036, E037, E040, E041

Nolichucky River, TN.................................................. 1377............... E082 - E087

Nolichucky River, TN.................................................. 1590............... E122, E206, E269

Palm trees and palmettos............................................. 1590............... E183

Peach tree................................................................... 1377............... E088

Peach trees.  Cornelia, GA.  Fertilizer tests................... 1377............... E089, E090

Pound (Dr.), Jere and Edwards (Dr.), Austin................ 1377............... E052

Rivers.  Unidentified..................................................... 1377............... E091, E092

Rivers.  Unidentified..................................................... 1590............... E190, E216, E293

Road (Unidentified) with overhanging trees................... 1590............... E162

Rutherford, Mildred.

    Wearing ante-bellum dress....................................... 1377............... E093

School group (One of D.L. Earnest's institutions).......... 1590............... E187

School group.  Unidentified.......................................... 1590............... E186

Sisters of Bethany........................................................ 1590............... E198

Smithonia, GA.  Barbeque........................................... 1590............... E166

Smithonia, GA.?  Buildings with fence and trees............ 1590............... E170

Smithonia, GA?  Cattle and people.............................. 1590............... E181

Smithonia, GA.  Commissary and another building........ 1590............... E171, E172

Smithonia, GA.  Harvesting.......................................... 1590............... E146

Smithonia, GA.  Railroad and buildings......................... 1590............... E213

Smithonia, GA.?  Railroad with stacks of crossties........ 1590............... E180

Spinning wheel............................................................. 1590............... E289

Springhouse (Showing 2 men)...................................... 1590............... E209

 

Subject                                                                        Ms #               Digital File #

 

Springhouse (Showing 2 men and a dog)...................... 1590............... E208

State Normal School.  Bradwell Hall............................ 1590............... E226

State Normal School.  Gilmer Hall............................... 1590............... E223, E224, E228

State Normal School.

    Graduate from Summer School with Mr. Pittard....... 1590............... E281

State Normal School.

    Graduate from Summer School w/D.L. Earnest........ 1590............... E282

State Normal School.

    Group (D.L. Earnest on 1st row, 8th from left)......... 1590............... E222

State Normal School.

    Group of faculty & students..................................... 1590............... E164

State Normal School.  House....................................... 1590............... E231

State Normal School.  "Kissing Rocks."....................... 1590............... E230

State Normal School.  Pound Auditorium..................... 1590............... E229

State Normal School.  President's Cottage................... 1590............... E225

State Normal School.  Winnie Davis Hall..................... 1590............... E227

Still (Whiskey) on wagon with 4 revenue agents............ 1590............... E196

Statham, GA.  Statham High School. Group. 1906....... 1590............... E175

Tallulah Falls, GA.  Bridal Veil Falls............................. 1590............... E121

Tallulah Falls, GA  Hawthorne's Pool

    & Tempesta Falls.................................................... 1590............... E153, E154

Tallulah Falls, GA.  Horseshoe Bend (aerial view)........ 1590............... E151

Tallulah Falls, GA.  Hurricane Falls.............................. 1590............... E120, E157

Tallulah Falls, GA.  Hurricane Falls?............................. 1590............... E124

Tallulah Falls, GA.  Ladore Falls.................................. 1590............... E158

Tallulah Falls, GA.  Ladore Falls?

    & Tempesta Falls.................................................... 1590............... E123

Tallulah Falls, GA.  Oceana Falls?................................ 1377............... E097

Tallulah Falls, GA.  Oceana Falls................................. 1590............... E149

Tallulah Falls, GA.  Rapids........................................... 1590............... E150

Tallulah Falls, GA.  Rapids where dam is now.............. 1590............... E155

Tallulah Falls, GA.  River and gorge scenes.................. 1590............... E094 - E096, E156

Tallulah Falls, GA.  Riverbed after dam was built.......... 1590............... E152

Tallulah Falls, GA.  Tempesta Falls.............................. 1377............... E098

Tobacco field.............................................................. 1377............... E099

Toccoa Falls, GA........................................................ 1377............... E100 - E107

Toccoa Falls, GA........................................................ 1590............... E139, E265 - E268

Town.  Unidentified..................................................... 1377............... E108

Tree with house in background..................................... 1590............... E163

Valley view (Unidentified location)............................... 1590............... E204

Washington, D.C.  Capitol Building.............................. 1590............... E177

Washington, D.C.  The White House........................... 1590............... E160

Waterfalls and pools.................................................... 1590............... E219, E292

Woman (Unidentified) reading...................................... 1590............... E295

Woods........................................................................ 1590............... E191

 

 

 

Slides - Ms 1590 (Digital File #'s ES001 - ES331)

 

Subject                                                                        Ms #               Digital File #

 

Athens, GA.  Baptist Church (1st)........................................................ ES023 - ES025

Athens, GA.  Barrow House................................................................ ES102 - ES105

Athens, GA.  Bryan (W.T.) Home (Zeta Tau Alpha Sorority)............... ES230

Athens, GA.  Brumby Home................................................................ ES244

Athens, GA.  Catholic Church.............................................................. ES029

Athens, GA.  Chamber of Commerce.................................................. ES203

Athens, GA.  Chi Phi House................................................................ ES115

Athens, GA.  City Hall......................................................................... ES204 - ES206

Athens, GA.  Clarke County Court House........................................... ES197 - ES199

Athens, GA.  Cloverhurst ?.................................................................. ES268 - ES270

Athens, GA.  Cobb (Howell) House.................................................... ES007 - ES018

Athens, GA.  Cobb (Howell) House (2nd)........................................... ES258

Athens, GA.  Cobb (T.R.R.) House..................................................... ES083 - ES087

Athens, GA.  Cobb St. House (479 Cobb St.)..................................... ES213 - ES218

Athens, GA.  Cobb St. House next to Earnest House........................... ES194

Athens, GA.  Cobb St.?  House next to Earnest House?....................... ES325

Athens, GA.  Crawford (Annie) House................................................ ES088 - ES091

Athens, GA.  Dawson (J.L.) Co........................................................... ES207

Athens, GA.  Dearing House................................................................ ES110, ES111

Athens, GA.  Dearing House?.............................................................. ES331

Athens, GA.  Dearing (William) House................................................. ES257

Athens, GA.  Dure-Rowland House..................................................... ES272

Athens, GA.  Easley House.................................................................. ES322

Athens, GA.  Earnest (D.L.) Home (Cobb St.)..................................... ES117

Athens, GA.  Earnest (D.L.) Home?  (Cobb St.?)................................ ES327

Athens, GA.  Emmanuel Episcopal Church........................................... ES031, ES032

Athens, GA.  Erwin-Morton-Downes House........................................ ES092 - ES097

Athens, GA.  Fire Hall No. 1............................................................... ES209

Athens, GA.  Fraternity house (designed by Neal Reade)..................... ES222

Athens, GA.  Georgia Power Co. (Old bldg)........................................ ES200, ES201

Athens, GA.  Hardeman Service Station............................................... ES237

Athens, GA.  Hardin (Mary) House..................................................... ES106 - ES109

Athens, GA.  Harrington (S.M.) House................................................ ES223 - ES226

Athens, GA.  Harris (Young) House..................................................... ES265

 

Subject                                                                        Ms #               Digital File #

 

Athens, GA.  Hill (Benjamin) House (UGA President's House)............. ES047 - ES061

Athens, GA.  Hodgson Fertilizer Plant.................................................. ES211, ES212

Athens, GA.  Holman Hotel................................................................. ES208

Athens, GA.  Houses.  Unidentified...................................................... ES273 - ES321

Athens, GA.  Jester (Carlton) House.................................................... ES195, ES234ES235

Athens, GA.  Jones-Long House.......................................................... ES267

Athens, GA.  Lucy Cobb Institute........................................................ ES034

Athens, GA.  Lucy Cobb Institute and Seney-Stovall Chapel................ ES035

Athens, GA.  Lumpkin House.............................................................. ES245 - ES255

Athens, GA.  Lumpkin (E.K.) House................................................... ES266

Athens, GA.  Lumpkin House (Education Bldg. of

     Young Harris Methodist Church).................................................... ES229

Athens, GA.  Lyndon House................................................................ ES116

Athens, GA.  McGregor Building......................................................... ES210

Athens, GA.  Methodist Church (1st)................................................... ES030, ES202

Athens, GA.  Michael Brothers House................................................. ES112, ES228

Athens, GA.  Milledge Ave.  House next to Jones-Long House............ ES271

Athens, GA.  Milledge Circle house..................................................... E220 - E221

Athens, GA.  Morris (Sylvanus) House................................................ ES263, ES264

Athens, GA.  Morton Ave.?  House..................................................... ES323, ES324

Athens, GA.  Presbyterian Church (1st)............................................... ES019 - ES022

Athens, GA.  St. Mary's Church.......................................................... ES033

Athens, GA.  St. Mary’s Hospital (Old bldg.)....................................... ES238

Athens, GA.  Sell Home...................................................................... ES231 - ES233

Athens, GA.  Seney-Stovall Chapel..................................................... ES036 - ES039

Athens, GA.  Seney-Stovall Chapel?.................................................... ES330

Athens, GA.  Sledge-Cobb-King House.............................................. ES098 - ES101

Athens, GA.  Stanton (Lucy) House..................................................... ES260 - ES262

Athens, GA.  Summerlin House............................................................ ES113, ES114

Athens, GA.  Taylor (Fanny Long) House............................................ ES040 - ES046

Athens, GA.  Taylor-Grady House....................................................... ES062 - ES082, ES256

Athens, GA.  Waroonga (W.L Moss Home)........................................ ES001 - ES006

Athens, GA.  Water tower next to City Hall......................................... ES204

Athens, GA.  Young Harris Methodist Church...................................... ES026 - ES028

Athens, GA.  Zeta Tau Alpha Sorority House....................................... ES230

Covered bridge (Athens, GA.?)........................................................... ES236

Georgia.  University.  Ag. Extension Building........................................ ES160 - ES162

Georgia.  University.  Arch................................................................... ES167, ES168

Georgia.  University.  Baldwin Hall....................................................... ES132 - ES134

Georgia.  University.  Chapel............................................................... ES144 - ES148

Georgia.  University.  Commerce-Journalism Building........................... ES127 - ES130

Georgia.  University.  Conner Hall........................................................ ES135 - ES139

 

Subject                                                                        Ms #               Digital File #

 

Georgia.  University.  Coordinate College.  Store................................. ES240, ES329

Georgia.  University.  Fine Arts Building............................................... ES131

Georgia.  University.  Founders Memorial Garden................................ ES163

Georgia.  University.  Hirsch Hall.  School of Law................................ ES126

Georgia.  University.  Lumpkin House.................................................. ES149 - ES154

Georgia.  University.  Lustrat House..................................................... ES143

Georgia.  University.  New College...................................................... ES166

Georgia.  University.  Old College........................................................ ES165

Georgia.  University.  Park Hall............................................................ ES155

Georgia.  University.  Peabody Hall...................................................... ES118 - ES125

Georgia.  University.  Phi Kappa Hall................................................... ES142

Georgia.  University.  President's House (Hill House)............................ ES047 - ES061

Georgia.  University.  Rusk Center....................................................... ES156 - ES159

Georgia.  University. 

    State College of Agriculture.  Entrance............................................. ES164

Georgia.  University. 

    State College of Agriculture.  Women's Building............................... ES140, ES141

Group.  Children.................................................................................. ES241, ES242

Group.  Young adults........................................................................... ES243

Iris...................................................................................................... ES227

Pool and waterfall scene...................................................................... ES239

State Normal School.  Auditorium........................................................ ES177 - ES179

State Normal School.  Carnegie Library............................................... ES259

State Normal School.  Dining Hall........................................................ ES183

State Normal School?  Elder (Laura) Cottage?..................................... ES328

State Normal School.  Gilmer Hall....................................................... ES169 - ES176 & ES219

State Normal School.  Miller Building................................................... ES191

State Normal School.  Muscogee Practice School................................ ES192, ES193

State Normal School.  Pound Auditorium............................................. ES184 - ES187 & ES196

State Normal School?  Smith Hall?...................................................... ES326

State Normal School.  Smith Building................................................... ES190

State Normal School.  Winnie Davis Hall............................................. ES180 - ES182ES188, ES189