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A Guide to the Elmer Harvey Bone Photographs

Finding aid prepared by Dept. Staff

University of Florida Smathers Libraries - Special and Area Studies Collections
March 2005


Descriptive Summary

Creator: Bone, Elmer Harvey, 1885-1976
Title: Elmer Harvey Bone Photographs
Dates: 1902-1965
Abstract: Prints and negatives of people, places and events in Wellsburg, West Virginia, central Florida, and the University of Florida.
Extent: 3.75 Linear feet. 9 boxes.
Identification: Ms Coll. 38
Language(s): English
Online Content Items from this collection have been digitized and are available online in the UF Digital Collections. For more information please see the note below.

Biographical/Historical Note

Elmer Harvey Bone was born in Martins Ferry, Ohio on January 15, 1885. When he was two years of age his family moved to Wellsburg, West Virginia. Mr. Bone was 16 years old when he was graduated from high school. He had acquired an early interest in photography and at 17 years of age had his own photography studio in a small building his father built for him. While in Wellsburg he also worked as a freelance photographer and submitted photos to both the Pittsburg and Cleveland newspapers.

Prior to 1925 Bone moved to Eustis, Florida, and then, in 1925, moved to Gainesville. There, he worked in the partnership of Van Sickel and Bone. Bone later opened his own studio. Bone was an active photographer for most of his long life. He "retired" when he was eighty-three years old but continued to photograph events in Gainesville such as the annual University of Florida Homecoming Parade. He died at age ninety on March 13, 1976.


Scope and Content

The E.H. Bone Collection is composed of black and white prints and negatives of various sizes. The negatives include glass plate negatives, and both cellulose nitrate and acetate negatives. The prints include contact as well as regular prints. Bone documented the University of Florida, the city of Gainesville, Alachua County, and surrounding areas in the many photographs he took. These photos include buildings, businesses, campus events, students, landscapes, and politicians including Spessard Holland and Fuller Warren. Some of the prints and many of the glass negatives are of subjects in or near Wellsburg, West Virginia. These include portraits, landscape views, people in landscape settings, businesses, and a flooded town.

Photographic prints are stored in Box 1-3. Glass negatives are stored in Box 4-6. Boxes 7-9 contain 8x10", 5x7" and 4x6" negatives, many of which have been reformatted. Other negatives are stored with the University Archives Photo Collection negatives.


Access or Use Restrictions

Access

The collection is open for research.


Related or Separated Material

Additional Bone photographs are located at the Matheson Museum, Gainesville, Florida.


Administrative Information

Alternative Format Available

Digital reproductions of photos are available online via the University of Florida Digital Collections (UFDC). Please read the Permissions for Use statement for information on copyright, fair use, and use of UFDC digital objects.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Elmer Harvey Bone Photographs, Special and Area Studies Collections, George A. Smathers Libraries, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida.


Contents List

Biographical Materials


Box
1 Biographical


Photographs - People


Box
1 Albert the Alligator - Early
1 Barber, Walter L. "Red" - Orange Grove String Band, WRUF
1 Barkley, Alben W. - Vice President, U.S. [Negative #9467-9471]
1 Holland, Spessard. [Negative #9472]
1 Kellam, Norris "Corky". [Negative #9473-9474]
1 Miller, J. Hillis. [Negative #9475-9476]
1 O'Connell, Stephen C. - Welcoming Fuller Warren to UF. [Negative #9477]
1 Perry, Carl "Tootie" - In Costume, Forest 105 Tall Cedars Fun-Day. [Negative #9478]
1 Tigert, John J. [Negative #9479-9481; Glass negative #5127]
1 Warren, Fuller - Speaking to Crowd of 3000 at UF. [Negative #9482-9486]


Photographs - City of Gainesville


Box
1 Alachua County Courthouse. [Negative #9487-9491]
4 Alachua County Fair (No prints; glass negative only). [Glass negative #5140, 5142]
1 Anniversary Celebrations, Centennial. [Negative #9492-9499]
1 Armistice Day November 11, 1934. [Negative #9500-9503]
1 Beauty Pageant. [Negative #9504-9508]
1 Bethel Gas Station
1 Boat Club, 1930
1 Boat Club at Newnan's Lake
1 Black Farmers. [Negative #9509-9510]
1 Braves Baseball. [Negative #9511]
1 Business Exteriors #1. [Negative #9512-9539; Glass negative #5139]
1 Business Exteriors #2
1 Business Interiors #1. [Negative #9540-9557]
1 Business Interiors #2
1 Cars. [Negative #9558]
1 Christmas Parade. [Negative #9559-9560]
1 Churches. [Negative #9561-9568; Glass negative #5138?]
1 Circus. [Negative #9569-9570]
1 Club New Yorker
1 Commercial Travelers Convention. [Negative #9571-9572]
1 Crane Hall Chapel. [Negative #9573-9574]
1 Dances. [Negative #9575-9576]
1 Downtown Scenes. [Negative #9577-9583]
1 Eastern Star Local. [Negative #9584-9585]
1 Elks Building. [Negative #9586]
1 Fish Fry 1953. [Negative #9587-9591]
1 Flower Show 1940. [Negative #9592-9593]
1 Future Farmers of America. [Negative #9594-9597]
1 Gainesville High School. [Negative #9598-9602]
1 Hotel Kelley (later Seagle Building)
1 Hotel Thomas (Dean Matherly, meetings, etc. [Negative #9603-9607]
1 Hotel White House. [Negative #9608]
1 Houses. [Negative #9609-9613; Glass negative #5138?]
1 Kirby Smith Elementary School
1 Lake Wauberg. [Negative #9614]
1 Lions Meeting
1 Military. [Negative #9615-9622]
1 Moose Minstrels
1 Municipal Building (No prints; negatives only). [Negative #9623-9629]
1 Odd Fellows Home, Christmas 1927. [Negative #9630]
1 Organizations and Associations. [Negative #9631]
1 Parades. [Negative #9632-9655]
1 Parties. [Negative #9656]
1 Pep Rally. [Negative #9657]
1 Phifer State Bank. [Negative #9658-9659]
1 Plane Crash. [Negative #9660]
1 Politicians' Campaigns and Other Political Ploys (Smathers, Cone, Caldwell, Shands, Wilkie). [Negative #9661-9675]
1 Post Office
1 R.E.A. Annual Meeting 1949. [Negative #9676-9685]
1 Scouts. [Negative #9686-9687]
1 Seagle Building Construction. [Negative #9688-9691]
1 Segregation (Office of W.C. Young, M.D.)
1 Shands Celery Field
1 Shriners. [Negative #9692-9695]
1 Sunland Training Center (originally Florida Farm Colony). [Negative #9696]
2 Tall Cedars Forest 105 Fun-Day, 1928. [Negative #9697]
2 Unidentified Houses, Buildings or Places. [Negative #9698-9699]
2 Unidentified People or Events #1. [Negative #9700-9745]
2 Unidentified People or Events #2. [Negative #9746-9751]
2 Unidentified People or Events #3
2 Veterans of Foreign Wars (VWF) - Veterans Administration (VA) Hospital Dedication (Smathers and Mathews). [Negative #9752-9757]
2 World War II "Eat Whole Grain Foods for Victory" Shredded Wheat Display with Child


Photographs - University of Florida


Box
2 Agriculture. [Negative #9758-9759]
2 Alpha Gamma Rho. [Negative #9760-9763]
2 Band, 1931. [Negative #9764-9767]
2 Basketball. [Negative #9768]
2 Classes, Army Specialized Training - World War II. [Glass negative #5125]
2 Cows on Campus. [Negative #9769-9771]
2 Dedication of Building - Tigert Hall
2 Delta Sigma Phi. [Negative #9772]
2 Division of Military Science - Army Specialized Training Program Drill Formations (Negatives - Photo Lot #11). [Negative #9773-9774; Glass negative #5121-5122, 5124]
2 Dizzy Dean Day, 1936
2 Epsilon Pi Tau - Groundbreaking Ceremony. [Negative #9775-9779]
2 Florida Farmers Week. [Negative #9780-9805]
2 Football
2 Four-H (4-H)
2 Graduation and Commencement, 1930, 1935, 1937. [Negative #9806-9817]
2 Graduates - Walsh, Mrs. Ossie. [Negative #9905]
2 Home Demonstration, 1932 and undated. [Negative #9818-9823]
2 Homecoming, undated. [Negative #9824-9825]
2 Homecoming, undated
2 Homecoming, 1938 - House Decorations, Florist, etc. [Negative #9826]
2 Homecoming, 1947. [Negative #9827-9838]
2 Homecoming, 1949. [Negative #9839]
2 Homecoming, 1950
2 Homecoming, 1950 October 14. [Negative #9840]
2 Homecoming, 1954 - Parade. [Negative #9841-9870]
2 Homecoming, 1955
2 Homecoming, 1956 - Parade. [Negative #9871-9882]
2 Homecoming, 1957 - Parade (Queen Jana Vickers)
2 Homecoming, 1958 - Parade. [Negative #9883]
2 Homecoming, 1959 - Parade
2 Homecoming, 1960 - Parade
2 Homecoming, 1965 - Parade
2 Ichthyologists and Herpetologists Annual Meeting, 1941. [Negative #9884]
4 Kappa Alpha (No prints; glass negative only). [Glass negative #5119]
2 Pharmacy Graduates, 1936. [Negative #9885-9886]
2 Pi Kappa Alpha. [Glass negative #5126]
2 Pi Kappa Phi
2 Scabbard and Blade Initiation, 1928. [Negative #9887-9896]
2 Short Courses. [Negative #9897]
2 Sigma Alpha Epsilon. [Negative #9898]
2 Students - Coeds Leaving, 1954
2 Students - Group. [Glass negative #5119, 5128]
2 Students - Push Ball Contest, 1929. [Negative #9915-9916]


Photographs - University of Florida - Buildings and Places


Box
2 Alpha Gamma Rho House Decorated
2 Alpha Tau Omega House
2 Flavet Village
2 Flint Hall (Science Hall). [Negative #9899]
2 Floyd Hall. [Negative #9900-9902]
2 Fraternity Houses - Decorations. [Negative #9903-9904]
2 Johnson Hall. [Glass negative #5123]
2 Kappa Alpha House. [Negative #9906]
2 Kappa Sigma House. [Negative #9907-9908]
2 Library East (original Library, now Smathers Library). [Negative #9909]
2 Market. [Negative #9910-9911]
2 Peabody Hall. [Negative #9912-9913]
2 Phi Beta Delta. [Negative #9914]
2 P.K. Yonge Laboratory School (now Normal Hall)
2 Residence Halls. [Negative #9917]
2 Sigma Alpha Epsilon (Fraternity). [Negative #9918-9919]
2 Stadium (Florida Field). [Negative #9920]
3 Stadium (Florida Field) - American Legion Plaque Dedication, 1934. [Negative #9921-9922]
3 University Auditorium. [Negative #9923]
3 Weil Hall (Engineering and Industries Building). [Negative #9924-9926]
3 WRUF Station (includes "Chubby" Wise?). [Negative #9927-9930]


Photographs - Florida Places


Box
3 Alachua
3 Alachua Sink (Paynes Prairie). [Negative #9931-9932]
3 High Springs. [Negative #9933]
3 Keystone Heights (including baseball team). [Glass negative #5129-5135, 5137]
3 Paynes Prairie
3 Suwannee River. [Negative #9934-9936]
3 Other Florida - Home Demonstration Club. [Glass negative #5141]
3 Other Florida - Unidentified. [Glass negative #5136, 5144]


Photographs - Wellsburg, West Virginia


Box
3 Baseball Teams. [Glass negative #5214]
3 Basketball Teams. [Glass negative #5215-5218]
3 Business Exteriors. [Glass negative #5237-5239]
3 Business Interiors. [Glass negative #5241]
3 Churches. [Glass negative #5240, 5246-5247]
3 Flood. [Glass negative #5200-5204]
3 Graveyard. [Glass negative #5206]
3 Group Portraits. [Glass negative #5219-5232, 5252]
3 Group Portraits Outside Churches
3 Houses. [Glass negative #5242-5245, 5249-5250]
3 Oglebay Hall of Agriculture. [Glass negative #5248]
3 Overview
3 Parades. [Glass negative #5207-5210]
3 Portraits. [Glass negative #5145-5199, 5211, 5321]
3 Portraits with Wicker Chair
3 Portraits (Basketball, other)
3 Portraits (wicker chair, women, children)
3 Street Scene. [Glass negative #5212-5213]
3 Tabernacle. [Glass negative #5251]
3 Train Wreck. [Glass negative #5205]
6 Unidentified Places (No prints; glass negative only). [Glass negative #5236]


Photographs - Negatives

Glass negatives are stored in Box 4-6. Boxes 7-9 contain 8x10", 5x7" and 4x6" negatives, many of which have been reformatted. Other negatives are stored with the University Archives Photo Collection negatives.


Box
4 Glass Negatives #5119-5167
5 Glass Negatives #5168-5211
6 Glass Negatives #5212-5231
7 Safety Negatives - Interiors of super market, Nash car dealership
7 Safety Negatives - Business interiors, portraits, three men in robes, officer, outdoor scenes, etc.
7 Safety Negatives - Gainesville downtown, Club New Yorker, John J. Tigert, groups, Lovett's, army truck
7 Safety Negatives - Lovett's store, football scenes, house
7 Safety Negatives - Shriners' Parade, Shriners posed
7 Safety Negatives - Business interior - grocery store, business exterior, groups, cars by a house
7 Safety Negatives - P.K. Yonge play, parade, three people and a truck, house, woman by gate to house
7 Safety Negatives - Parade, business exteriors, car crash, lake, Gainesville City Hall with long line of people
7 Safety Negatives - Donkey basketball game, car with sign (Moose Building Fund), couple dancing, interior of Moose meeting place
7 Safety Negatives - Atlantic Coastline wreck
7 Safety Negatives - Christmas Parade, Antioch Baptist Church, two children, house, lake
7 Safety Negatives - Mrs. Olgivie's home (interior Christmas 1949), Jimmy Adkins pointer (dog), Hitler's armoured car, B and P Women's Party at lake (June 1949)
7 Safety Negatives - Business interior, parade, misc.
7 Safety Negatives - Lovett's (1950)
7 Safety Negatives - Primrose Grill, parade, downtown scenes, Mac's Drive In
7 Safety Negatives - R.E.A. Meeting in Keystone Heights (Clay Electric Cooperative)
7 Safety Negatives - Moose Minstrels
7 Safety Negatives - Car dealer, football game, street dance
7 Safety Negatives - Chevrolet dealer grand opening
7 Safety Negatives - Claude Pepper barbecue (4/12/1950), George Smathers headquarters (9/9/1951)
7 Safety Negatives - R.E.A. meeting in High Springs
8 Negatives that have been reformatted
9 Negatives (8x10) that have been reformatted


Selected Subjects and Access Terms

Alachua County (Fla.) -- Photographs.
Gainesville (Fla.) -- Photographs.
Holland, Spessard L. (Spessard Lindsey), 1892-1971.
Political campaigns -- Florida -- Photographs.
University of Florida -- Photographs.
Warren, Fuller, 1905-1973.
Wellsburg (W. Va.) -- Photographs.



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