E. G. Barnhill papers

By Laura Capell, Yvette Yurubi, and Vanessa Tercero

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Collection Overview

Title: E. G. Barnhill papers

ID: ASM0293

Creator: Barnhill, Esmond Grenard (1894-1987)

Extent: 4.0 Boxes

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The E. G. Barnhill Collection contains negatives of Florida homes and birds, as well as glass plate negatives of Florida scenes. The collection also contains hand-colored postcards by Barnhill depicting Florida scenes (ca. 1910s-1930s), early Florida ephemera,  several biographical pages and scrapbooks put together by Barnhill with many resourceful historical clippings from the early half of the 20th century on pirates, Native Americans, archaeological exploits, early technology, and treasure hunting.

Biographical Note

Esmond Grenard Barnhill was a photographer active during the early 1900s. Born March 4, 1894 in Saludi, North Carolina, he became interested in photography at an early age and established his own business in St. Petersburg at age 19. Barnhill specialized in publishing postcards, greeting cards and pictorial photography from 1914 to 1932. Many of these were designed by using "goldtoning," a method of dyeing photos using uranium dyes. Barnhill passed away in 1987. Barnhill was particularly famous for his hand-colored photographs and paintings that depict the old Florida landscape.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions: This collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions: E. G. Barnhill Papers Finding Aid © 2009 University of Miami. All rights reserved. Requests to reproduce or publish materials from this collection should be directed to asc.library@miami.edu.

Acquisition Method: Scrapbooks were generously donated by Lester Scott, 2017.

Preferred Citation: E. G. Barnhill Papers, Special Collections, University of Miami Libraries, Coral Gables, Florida

Processing Information: Nitrate negatives deaccessioned, June 2009. Collection processed by Laura Capell, February 2011. Original finding aid by Rudo Kemper, 2009.

Finding Aid Revision History: Beatrice Skokan, 2009. Yvette Yurubi, 2017.


Box and Folder Listing


Box 1Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Biographical InformationAdd to your cart.
Folder 2: Birds and Fruit (negatives)Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Buildings and Homes (negatives)Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Florida Scenes (glass plate negatives)Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Postcards - Florida ScenesAdd to your cart.
Folder 6: Postcards - Florida ScenesAdd to your cart.
Folder 7: Postcards - Florida ScenesAdd to your cart.
Folder 8: Postcards - Florida ScenesAdd to your cart.
Folder 9: Newsclippings and Periodicals, 1850-1958Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Postcards, Map, Ephemera, n.d.Add to your cart.
Box 2: ScrapbooksAdd to your cart.
Two scrapbooks featuring several article clippings and collected ephemera from various Florida locations. Materials span from 1880s to the 1970s on various topics, such as Native Americans, treasure hunting, pirates, archaeology, dinosaurs, local Florida sites, and technology.
Box 3: ScrapbooksAdd to your cart.
Two scrapbooks from roughly the 1910s to the 1950s with various research topics captured through clippings, correspondence, and ephemera. Topics include trade, Native Americans, Florida history, business, archaeology, hidden treasures, and pirates.
Box 4Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Correspondence, 1922-1950Add to your cart.
Folder 2: The Graphic: An Illustrated Newspaper, 1878Add to your cart.
Loose pages from The Graphic: An Illustrated Newspaper.
Folder 3: Newspaper Clippings and Artwork, 1827-1923Add to your cart.
Various news articles, sketches, and ephemera collected on the topic of Native Americans.
Item 4: ScrapbookAdd to your cart.
Scrapbook of research files from E. G. Barnhill, featuring articles from roughly the 1940s to the 1970s. Topics include Native Americans, Florida, exploration, treasure hunting, pirates, history, and archaeology.