General Bragg House, 1906 Springhill Ave, Mobile AL. Photographer: Frances Benjamin Johnston, Image: 1939 Image and original data from Library of Congress, Carnegie Survey of the Architecture of the South Collection

ARTstor Digital Library has collaborated with the Library of Congress to share 6,884 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 taken by Frances Benjamin Johnston (1864-1952), one of the first American women to become a prominent photographer. Between 1933 and 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.

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