Register of the Bayard Wootten Photographs
MS 103

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Summary Information

University of Tennessee at Chattanooga Special Collections
Wootten, Bayard Morgan, 1875-1959
Bayard Wootten Photographs
MS 103
circa 1941, n.d.
2.0 Linear feet 1 box
Collection contains two photographs.

Preferred Citation note

Bayard Wootten Photographs, MS 103, Special Collections, Lupton Library, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.

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Biographical/Historical note

Bayard Wootten (Mary Bayard Morgan Wootten) (1875-1959) was one of the South's most prominent early female photographers. She attended the North Carolina State Normal and Industrial School where she initially pursed painting but later switched to photography in 1904. She was a follower of pictorialism, which emphasized artistic content instead of technical quality. She began receiving recognition for her photography in 1928 when she moved to Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Some of Wootten's most famous photographs were of Southern blacks and Appalachia in the early 20th century. She eventually settled into commercial photography, and is known as the first female member of the North Carolina National Guard and the first female aerial photographer. She retired in 1954.

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Scope and Contents note

The Bayard Wootten Photographs collection contains two photographs related to her. The first one is generally referred to as "Horse Traders," which features three weary Appalachian men staring to their right. The second photograph is untitled and features Bayard Wootten herself eating breakfast with three acquaintances. It is unkown whether Wootten took the second photograph or not.

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Arrangement note

Series 1: Photographs

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

University of Tennessee at Chattanooga Special Collections July 12, 2011

615 McCallie Avenue
Chattanooga, TN, 37403

Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research. Patrons must read and sign the "Rules for Use" form available in the Special Collections. Please contact the Special Collections of Lupton Library to use this collection.

Publication Rights

The copyright interests in the Bayard Wootten Photographs have not been transferred to the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. For further information, see the section on copyright and publishing on the web site for the Special Collections, under "Policies".


No documentation of provenance exists for this collection.

Processing Information note

Collection arranged and described by Paul Wilson.

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Controlled Access Headings


  • Appalachian Region
  • Photography--United States.
  • Women photographers.

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Collection Inventory

Series 1: Photographs 


Horse Traders circa 1941   9.6 x 13.6 inches


Photograph of "Mrs. Dargan and Bayard Wootten having breakfast with the Walls" n.d.   10.7 x 13.6 inches


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