David Lewis Earnest photograph collection

David Lewis Earnest photograph collection

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Hargrett Manuscripts
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.
Coll. Number: ms1377

Biographical/Historical Note

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.

Index Terms

African Americans--Photographs.
Andrew Johnson National Historic Site (Greeneville, Tenn.)--Photographs.
Architecture, Domestic--Photographs.
Athens (Ga.)--Photographs.
Berry Schools. -- Photographs
Berry, Martha, 1866-1942 -- Photographs
Earnest, David Lewis, d. 1956 -- Photographs
Edwards, Austin
Log cabins--Photographs.
Lookout Mountain (Tenn.)--Photographs.
Michael, Moina Belle, 1869-1944
Milledgeville (Ga.)--Photographs.
Negatives (photographic)
Nolichucky River (N.C. and Tenn.)--Photographs.
Pound, Jere M., (Jere Madison), 1864-1935
Rutherford, Mildred Lewis, 1852-1928 -- Photographs
Shaking Rock Park (Ga.)--Photographs.
University of Georgia. -- Faculty

General Notes

Related collections held by the Lamar Dodd School of Art.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

David Lewis Earnest photograph collection. MS 1377. Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.

Related Material

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.

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing



11African-American group fishing
2African-American man (Pitt McWhorter) reading
3African-American man (Pitt McWhorter) reading
4African-American man (Pitt McWhorter) reading
5African-American woman with basket
6African-American woman with basket
213African-American man & woman in front of log house
14African-American man & woman in front of log house
15African-American man & woman in front of log house
16African-American woman in front of log house

Athens, Georgia

17Athens, Bobbin Mill Creek
8Athens, Broad Street
9Athens, Broad Street
10Athens, City Hall & Water Tower
11Athens, Herrington house & Double Barreled cannon
12Athens, Long (Crawford) house, Chase Street
13Athens, Michael Brothers house
14Athens, Mill on Oconee river
15Athens, Mill on Oconee river
16Athens, Seaboard Railroad Trestle
17Athens, Seaboard RR Trestle
18Athens, Seaboard RR Trestle & covered bridge
19Athens, Seaboard RR Trestle & covered bridge
20Athens, Seaboard RR Trestle & covered bridge
21Athens, Taylor-Grady house
22Athens, Vincent house

Martha Berry School

123Martha Berry
24Martha Berry School, Rome, Ga.
25Martha Berry School, Rome, Ga.
26Martha Berry School, Rome, Ga.
27Martha Berry School, Rome, Ga.
28Martha Berry School, Rome, Ga.
29Martha Berry School, Rome, Ga.
30Martha Berry School, Rome, Ga.
31Martha Berry School, Rome, Ga.
32Martha Berry School, Rome, Ga.

"Clay Eaters"

135"Clay Eaters," Milledgeville, Ga.
36"Clay Eaters," Milledgeville, Ga.
37"Clay Eaters," & David Earnest
38"Clay Eaters," & David Earnest
39"Clay Eaters," & David Earnest
40"Clay Eaters," & David Earnest
41"Clay Eaters," & David Earnest

Rural Photography

142Coosa River (?), Ga.
43Coosa River (?), Ga.
28Peachtrees, Cornelia, Ga., fertilizer tests
29Peachtrees, Cornelia, Ga., fertilizer tests
30River, unidentified
31River, unidentified
33Tallulah Falls, Ga., River and gorge scenes
34Tallulah Falls, Ga., River and gorge scenes
35Tallulah Falls, Ga., River and gorge scenes
36Tallulah Falls, Ga., Oceana Falls (?)
37Tallulah Falls, Ga., Tempesta Falls
38Tobacco Field
39Toccoa Falls, Ga.
40Toccoa Falls, Ga.
41Toccoa Falls, Ga.
42Toccoa Falls, Ga.
43Toccoa Falls, Ga.
44Toccoa Falls, Ga.
45Toccoa Falls, Ga.
46Toccoa Falls, Ga.

Earnest and friends

145Earnest on bicycle
46Earnest on bicycle
47Earnest with bicycle
48Earnest with "Clay Eater"
49Earnest with group (front row, left)
50Earnest with group (top row, left)
51Earnest with State Normal School group (third from left)
52Edwards (Dr.), Austin & Pound (Dr. Jere)
60Group of men fishing (Smith, White, Leathers, Downs, Roberts)
61Group, unidentified
232Rutherford, Mildred, in antebellum dress
19Man (portrait), unidentified
20Michael (Moina) holding Moina Michael doll


153Georgia, University. Lumpkin (Wilson) house
54Georgia, University. Stadium, including Memorial Hall
55Georgia, University. Senior parade
56Georgia, University, students working in apple orchard
57Georgia, University, students working in apple orchard


158Greeneville, Tenn. Johnson's (Andrew) house & tailor shop
59Greeneville, Tenn. Johnson's (Andrew) tailor shop
218Lookout Mountain, Tennessee, Earnest (Vivian) on rock
21Nolichucky river, Tenn.
22Nolichucky river, Tenn.
23Nolichucky river, Tenn.
24Nolichucky river, Tenn.
25Nolichucky river, Tenn.
26Nolichucky river, Tenn.

Unidentified Buildings

133Building (unidentified)
34Building (unidentified)
21House, unidentified
2House, unidentified
3House, unidentified
4House, unidentified
5House, unidentified
6House, unidentified
7House, unidentified
8Lexington, Ga (?), Shaking Rock (?)
9Log house
10Log house
11Log house
12Log house
17Log house, family in front
47Town, unidentified
49Correspondence - copies
50genealogy, marriage license
51Newspaper articles
52Newspaper articles - copies
53Photographs - David Earnest, unidentified homes
54Birthday celebration notebook, 1948