|Creator:||Earnest, David Lewis, d. 1956|
|Title:||David Lewis Earnest photograph collection|
|Dates:||circa 1900 to 1950|
|Quantity:||0.8 Linear feet (2 document boxes)|
|Abstract:||The collection consists of views of the area recorded by Dr. Earnest in pictures. Many of these are from Athens, Georgia, where Earnest resided and worked for several decades, from 1900 to 1950 approximately. Others are from the surrounding region in northeast Georgia. Both whites and African-Americans are pictured, as well as numerous buildings, both well-known and unknown. He seems to have admired Tennessee, Tallulah Falls, and Toccoa Falls, and took a significant number of photographs of the three.|
David Lewis Earnest was born in November 1862. He received a teaching certificcate at Peabody Normal College in Nashville in 1885. He first taught at Warren College in 1885-1886 and was the president there during part of 1886. He was the superintendent of Hernado High School in Mississippi from 1886 to 1888, then taught at the State Normal School from 1888 to 1891. From 1891 to 1893, he was the principal of the high school in Athens, Georgia, and, from 1893 to 1897, he was a science instructor at the Georgia Normal and Industrial College in Milledgeville. Earnest then headed the science department at the State Normal School in Athens. He served a variety of positions at this school for the next several decades. When the State Normal school merged with the University of Georgia in 1932, Earnest was promoted to associate professor of education. He retired in 1941 but continued working as a professor emeritus and visual-aids coordinator at the Demonstration School until 1950.
Earnest was one of the first bicycle riders in Athens. It was one of his chief recreations. He helped organized the Athens Bicycle Club during the 1930s. He was one of the few who practiced photography as a hobby in the early 1900s. He had a darkroom at the State Normal School as well as one at home. Dr. Earnest's pictures are located in the University of Georgia Libraries Special Collections, the Photography Archives of the Art Department, and in private hands. Dr. Earnest delighted in his hobby and often gave copies to those he photographed.
Earnest married twice, once in 1897, and from that marriage came a daughter, Susie Carter. His wife died in 1900, and he remarried in 1903 to Anna Vivian. They had two children, Martha Jane and David Lewis. Earnest himself died in January 1956 at the age of 93. He was buried in Oconee Hill Cemetery.
The collection is organized by the subject of the photographs: Athens, Ga. - Bobbin Mill Creek ; Athens, Ga. - Broad Street (2 views) ; Athens, Ga. - City Hall ; Athens, Ga. - University. Sanford Stadium ; Athens, Ga. - Judge Herringon's House (2 copies) ; Athens, Ga. - University Senior Parade ; Athens, Ga. - Long, Crawford House, Chase Street ; Athens, Ga. - Lumpkin, Wilson House ; Athens, Ga. - Oconee River and Mill (2 views) ; Athens, Ga. - Seaboard Trestle (5 views) ; Athens, Ga. - Taylor-Grady House ; Berry, Martha ; Berry Schools (9 views) ; Blacks (9 views) ; Buildings, Unidentified (2) ; Clayeaters, Milledgeville Area (8 views) ; Coosa River (2) ; Earnest, David Lewis and others (7 views) ; Edwards, Austin and Pound, Dr. Jere ; Greenville, Tenn. - Andrew Johnson House and Tailor Shop (2) ; Houses, unidentified (9 views) ; Interior views ; Log houses (6) ; Michael, Moina ; People (3 views) ; Plants (3 views) ; Shaking Rock ; Rutherford, Mildred Lewis ; Scenes, unidentified (17 views) ; Tennessee - Nolichucky River (6 views) ; Tennessee - Lookout Mountain ; Glass negatives: Peach, Apple, Apples.
The collection is arranged by record type.
Related collections held by the Lamar Dodd School of Art.
David Lewis Earnest photograph collection. MS 1377. Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.
Related materials are available in the following collections of this repository: David Lewis Earnest photographic collection addendum, MS 1590, and Earnest, David Lewis photographs, MS 1755.