Guide to the Paul Weston Photographs and Negatives, circa 1950-1970

Summary Information

Title: Paul Weston Photographs and Negatives, circa 1950-1970
Collection: AC.876
Extent: 27.5 linear feet (41 manuscript boxes, 9 large shoeboxes, 4 small shoeboxes, 1 short manuscript box)
Abstract:

Paul Weston and his wife, Ruby Cox Weston, were photographers who ran studios in Boone, Todd, and West Jefferson, North Carolina. This collection primarily contains negatives of studio portraits taken of individuals in Watauga and Ashe Counties.

Creator: Weston, Paul

Biographical/Historical Note

Paul Weston (October 24, 1899-July 7, 1962) was a professional photographer who operated a studio in Boone, North Carolina with his wife, Ruby Cox Weston. His studio, Boone Photo Shop (and later Paul Weston Photography Studio), was located on Appalachian Street. The business, which was renamed The Paul Weston Studios, expanded to include three studios located in Boone, Todd, and West Jefferson, North Carolina. The studios were known as "the biggest little studios in the South." Ruby Cox Weston (November 10, 1913-April 27, 2000) was also a photographer and continued to run the business after Weston's death in 1962.

Scope and Contents

This collection consists primarily of negatives of studio portraits taken by the Westons at their studios located in Boone, Todd, and West Jefferson, North Carolina. Some of the portraits appear to have been taken for the Appalachian State Unversity yearbook or for graduation. There is one box of non-studio portraits that includes images of football players, buildings and landscapes, events, and organizations. One folder includes correspondence and invoices. Names associated with the negatives are customer names of the individuals who ordered the photographs, not necessarily the names of the individuals pictured in the photographs.

Several photos and negatives were damaged with age and water beyond saving so were destroyed.

Arrangement

The collection was originally arranged by customer last name with each order placed in a separate envelope. This original order has been maintained to the extent possible with the negatives and photographs removed to archival enclosures and sorted by size. The note cards with customer information are arranged alphabetically and located at the end of the collection.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for use in the Dougherty Reading Room. An appointment for research is recommended. The Dougherty Reading Room is located on the 4th floor of Belk Library in Special Collections.

Acquisitions Information

Provenance of this collection is unknown. It was not accessioned.

Processing Information

Processed by student assistants Keegan January, Claire Stamper, Virginia Johnson, and Taylor McCroskey rehoused and organized the collection. Finding aid written by Cyndi Harbeson, 2014.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], AC.876: Paul Weston Photographs and Negatives, W.L. Eury Appalachian Collection, Appalachian State University, Boone, North Carolina, USA.

Container List

Negatives, Ab-Ay, undated 

1

Negatives, Bad-Bea, undated 

2

Negatives, Bec-Brax, undated 

3

Negatives, Bre-Bry, undated 

4

Negatives, Buc-Carl, undated 

5

Negatives, Carn-Clawson N, undated 

6

Negatives, Clawson P-Con, undated 

7

Negatives, Cook A.-Coz, undated 

8

Negatives, Cra-Day, undated 

9

Negatives, Dea-Edmisten, undated 

10

Negatives, Edmister-Fi, undated 

11

Negatives, Fl-Gla, undated 

12

Negatives, Gle-Greene H., undated 

13

Negatives, Greene J.-Gw, undated 

14

Negatives, Haa-Harmon J., undated 

15

Negatives, Harmon K.-Hem, undated 

16

Negatives, Hen-Hodges S., undated 

17

Negatives, Hodges W.-Hoy, undated 

18

Negatives, Hub-Johnson J., undated 

19

Negatives, Johnson K.-Keller, undated 

20

Negatives, Kelley-Lay, undated 

21

Negatives, Lea-Ly, undated 

22

Negatives, Mab-McC, undated 

23

Negatives, McD-Mil, undated 

24

Negatives, Miller A.-Mills, undated 

25

Negatives, Min-My, undated 

26

Negatives, Na-Ox, undated 

27

Negatives, Pac-Porter D., undated 

28

Negatives, Porter P.-Raym, undated 

29

Negatives, Rea-Rominger B., undated 

30

Negatives, Rominger D.-Sherrill, undated 

31

Negatives, Shrew-Smy, undated 

32

Negatives, Sn-Stew, undated 

33

Negatives, Sti-Teaster D., undated 

34

Negatives, Teaster E-Tripp, undated 

35

Negatives, Triv-Wall, undated 

36

Negatives, Wal-Way, undated 

37

Negatives, Wean-Wilm, undated 

38

Negatives, Wilson A.-Wit, undated 

39

Negatives, Woe-Z, undated 

40

Negatives and papers, 1961-1968, undated 

41

Single Negatives, A-Br, undated 

42

Single Negatives, Bu-C, undated 

43

Single Negatives, D-Greene, undated 

44

Single Negatives, Greenhaw-H, undated 

45

Single Negatives, I-McI, undated 

46

Single Negatives, McK-Pf, undated 

47

Single Negatives, Ph-Sl, undated 

48

Single Negatives, Sm-V, undated 

49

Single Negatives, W-Z, undated 

50

Single Negatives, unidentified, undated 

51

Card Index of Business, A-Ell, undated 

52

Card Index of Business, F-Loc, undated 

53

Card Index of Business, M-R, undated 

54

Card Index of Business, S-Z, undated 

55