Photographs

Our significant photographic holdings represent 19th to 21st century formats and range from Civil War era portraits to streetscapes of Greensboro. Although collections focus on Greensboro and Guilford County, other areas are also represented.

Looking north on S. Elm St., January 10, 1958
Carol W. Martin/Greensboro History Museum Collection

We have four major studio collections, described below, as well as dispersed groupings for individual photographers. Additionally, many of the Manuscript Collections also include photographs.

Art Shop, Greensboro, N.C. (Charles A. and Anne McKaughan Farrell, 1920s-1940s. Includes buildings, street scenes, people. Selected photographs have been digitized and are available online through Textiles, Teachers, and Troops: Art Shop Collection)

Flynt Studios, Greensboro, N.C. (Henry A. Flynt, 1950s-1970. Includes buildings, street scenes, portraits.)

Manning Studio, Greensboro, N.C. (John F. & Paul Manning, 1930s-1950s. Includes only portrait work, primarily for Greensboro and Guilford County, but also other N.C. towns.)

Martin’s Studio, Greensboro, N.C. (Carol W. Martin & Malcolm A. Miller, 1930s-1990s. Includes buildings, street scenes, businesses, people, schools, entertainment, primarily for Greensboro and Guilford County, but also other N.C. towns. Two books have been published of Martin’s and the studio’s images, both by former Archivist J. Stephen Catlett: Martin’s & Miller’s Greensboro (Arcadia, 1999); Dateline Greensboro, The Piedmont & Beyond (Arcadia, 2002). They are available for sale in the Museum Shop and at local and regional bookstores. Selected photographs have been digitized and are available online through Textiles, Teachers, and Troops: Martin’s Studio Collection.)