Skip to main content

Claude C. Matlack collection

 Unprocessed Material
Identifier: 1982_001-PA

Content Description

Photographs of the Oneida Baptist Institute, 1904-1916 and its surrounding area. Approximately 300 negatives, 3 1/2 x 5 inches and 500 gelatin silver prints, various sizes relating to the Oneida Baptist Institute, 1904-1916. All photographs by Claude C. Matlack. Claude C. Matlack's father served on the board of the Oneida Baptist Institute in Oneida, Kentucky, one of a number of mountain settlement schools in Kentucky. His photographs document the school, its students and teachers, and the people, homes and life of the surrounding communities. Also included are photographs of Louisville scenes and of the family's electric lighting business. The Oneida Institute and Claude C. Matlack's photographs were featured in Sam Thomas' book Dawn Comes to the Mountains (1981). In 1982, the Matlack/Oneida Baptist Institute Collection of photographs were loaned to Berea College so that they could be included in a microfilm set of the settlement. The Claude C. Matlack Collection, accession number 1982_001 in the Photographic Archives, University of Louisville (Louisville, Kentucky, 40292), includes 232 negatives and 672 original prints with 668 distinct images in the physical collection. About two-thirds of both items and images are associated with Oneida and Clay County. This digital collection contains scans of 44 negatives and 617 original prints. Every image in the physical collection is presented at least once in the digital collection in either print or negative format depending on which was judged to be in better condition. Because two images are combined in a diptych and three others form a panoramic triptych, the digital collection has 661 items.

Acquisition Type


Language of Description


Script of Description


Restrictions Apply



  • 1904-1916



800 photographs (7 boxes)