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Arch Ellis, Photographer, Photography of 4-H Camps and Other Subjects

Collection Number: A&M 4162

Scope and Contents

Includes more than 300 negatives by Arch Ellis of Weston, West Virginia, mainly regarding 4-H Camps held at Jackson's Mill, created circa 1930-1955. Subjects include a Rural Electrification School (1941), home economics classes, feeder calf and beef shows and sales, demonstration of electrical appliances (1952), Jackson's Mill scenes, Rural Youth of USA (1951), boys and girls camp events, Farm Women's Bureau Exhibit (1938), Mine Safety Day, Meal Planning/School Lunch Exhibit, Europeans and games at Volunteers Leaders Conference (1953), West Virginia All Stars Conference (1953), Farm Women's Conference (1953), Harrison County 4-H'ers doing various activities (1953-1954), Larro Feed Exhibit/Dairy Show (1954) including the American Oil Company Exhibit, West Virginia Vocational Course for Girls, cave drawings, Girls State (1950 and 1956), frozen food demonstration, state style review, and similar activities. Box 1a contains glass plate negatives with original sleeves, boxes 1b-5 (sixe boxes) contain original safety negatives and prints , and box 6 contains original negative sleeves of the content in boxes 1b-5. Note that some of the original sleeves include identifying information. Digital scans are available for most of the images in the collection.


  • Creation: circa 1930s-1950s


Conditions Governing Access

No special access restriction applies.

Researchers may access digitized materials by visiting the link attached to each item or by requesting to view the materials in person by appointment or remotely by contacting the West Virginia & Regional History Center reference department at

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to publish or reproduce is required from the copyright holder. For more information, please see the Permissions and Copyright page on the West Virginia and Regional History Center website.


2.29 Linear Feet (2 ft. 3.5 in. (3 document cases, 2.5 in. each; 4 document cases, 5 in. each))



Physical Location

West Virginia and Regional History Center / West Virginia University / 1549 University Avenue / P.O. Box 6069 / Morgantown, WV 26506-6069 / Phone: 304-293-3536 / Fax: 304-293-3981 / URL:

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Transfer from WVU Libraries. West Virginia and Regional History Center, 2015 December 14

Processing Information

For most negatives in this collection, the creator of the images imposed identification numbers. These matched negatives because these numbers were written on the invidual sleeves/envelopes holding individual negatives. However, there are instances in which the connection between the identification number and the multiple negatives held within one original sleeve has been lost. There are also instances in which sleeves, holding a negative or multiple negatives (or prints), did not have identification numbers imposed by the image creator. To account for these, we have imposed our own identification numbers for some prints and negatives in A&M 4162. All WVRHC staff-imposed identification numbers in this A&M begin with the letter, 'Z' and have a three digit number. This continues sequentially through boxes 01b - 05. The first staff imposed identification number is Z100; and the last staff imposed identification number is Z160.

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Repository Details

Part of the West Virginia and Regional History Center Repository

1549 University Ave.
P.O. Box 6069
Morgantown WV 26506-6069 US