ARTstor and the Library of Congress will collaborate to distribute images from the Carnegie Survey of the Architecture of the South collection, a systematic record of early buildings and gardens in the American South.

These documentary photographs were executed by Frances Benjamin Johnston (1864-1952), one of the first American women to become a prominent photographer. Between 1933-1940, with a grant from the Carnegie Corporation, Johnston photographed buildings and gardens throughout nine Southern states, mainly in Maryland, Virginia, the Carolinas, Georgia, Alabama, and Louisiana, and to a lesser extent in Florida and Mississippi. The Carnegie Survey was an attempt to document the rapidly disappearing antebellum architecture of the American South. In addition to photographing great mansions, Johnston was one of the first photographers to record the vernacular architecture of the region. Johnston’s work also captured interiors, furnishings, and architectural details, as well as neglected and endangered buildings.

Through a partnership with ARTstor, the Library of Congress will be digitizing the Carnegie Survey negatives for eventual distribution through the Digital Library. While a previously published microfiche, Carnegie Survey of the Architecture of the South, 1927-1943 (Alexandria, VA: Chadwyck-Healey, 1985), reproduced Johnston’s photographs, these digital images will make the Carnegie Survey images more broadly available for scholarship and teaching.

For more detailed information about this collection visit Carnegie Survey of the South (Library of Congress) page.