|Grant to fund essays on Morton photographs|
|Monday, January 04, 2010|
The North Carolina Humanities Council has awarded the library of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill $5,400 for the project “Worth 1,000 Words: Essays on the Photographs of Hugh Morton.”
The grant will fund 13 essays that will provide insight into Morton’s work. The library will post about one essay every two weeks on the blog “A View to Hugh” (http://www.lib.unc.edu/blogs/morton/) beginning in late January.
Morton, who died in 2006, was best known to many in North Carolina as the owner of Grandfather Mountain, now a state park in Linville. He also was an avid photographer with interests in conservation, sports, politics and tourism. He attended UNC from 1939 to 1942, then enlisted in the armed forces.
In 2007, Morton’s widow, Julia T. Morton, gave the UNC Library’s photographic archives approximately 500,000 of Morton’s photographs, negatives and transparencies, plus 60,000 linear feet of motion picture film.
The grant from the humanities council, a statewide nonprofit and affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, will enable the archives to commission original essays by scholars, researchers and journalists. Topics will include: