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Houck Medford Photograph Collection

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Houck Medford is from Waynesville, N.C., and is a third-generation dentist, conservationist, and photographer. This collection contains prints of born-digital photographs that Medford took of farming scenes in North Carolina between 2017 and 2020; digital images are available online in Special Collections and Archives' Digital Collections.

Biographical and Historical Note

Houck Medford is from Waynesville, N.C., and is a third-generation dentist. He attended Wake Forest University (1972), received a doctorate of Dental Surgery from Emory University, and after a residency at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte, was the first faculty member of Wake Forest University Medical Center's Department of Dentistry. In 1997, Medford created the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation and left the organization in 2010 as CEO Emeritus and Founder. His photography mentor was famed North Carolina photographer Hugh Morton (1921–2006), a photographer and conservationist who owned and developed Grandfather Mountain; Morton was also the grandson of Hugh MacRae, a businessman and a member of the Secret 9 in Wilmington, N.C., who instigated an overthrow of the government there in 1898.

Collection Overview

This collection contains prints of born-digital photographs that Medford took of farming scenes in North Carolina between 2017 and 2020; digital images are available online in Special Collections and Archives' Digital Collections. Medford's statement about the images says, "Because of their value system, organic farmers work closer to the earth than traditional farmers. Organic farmers believe that they have a life-long responsibility to those that they produce food for. Their level of personal commitment is characterized by a ubiquitous grace, geniuses, and resilience. The farmers depicted are some of the best examples of this ideal."

Collection Inventory

  • Farming prints  (2017-2020) box 1 folder 1-3

Summary Information

Repository
Z. Smith Reynolds Library Special Collections and Archives
Title
Houck Medford Photograph Collection
ID
MS932
Date [inclusive]
2017-2020
Quantity
1 oversize box
Extent
0.5  Linear Feet

Administrative Information

Publication Information
Z. Smith Reynolds Library Special Collections and Archives, 2022
Access Restrictions
Collection is open for use. 
Copyright Notice
The nature of the WFU Z. Smith Reynolds Library Special Collections and Archives means that copyright or other information about restrictions may be difficult or even impossible to determine despite reasonable efforts. The Archives and Special Collections of ZSR Library claims only physical ownership of most materials. The materials from our collections are made available for use in research, teaching, and private study, pursuant to the U.S. Copyright Law. The user must assume full responsibility for any use of the materials, including but not limited to, infringement of copyright and publication rights of reproduced materials. Any materials used for academic research or otherwise should be fully credited with the source. 
Preferred Citation
Houck Medford Photograph Collection (MS932), Z. Smith Reynolds Library Special Collections and Archives, Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, NC, USA. 

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