Oxford Orphan Asylum Residents in 1874


Residents (staff and students) of the Oxford Orphan Asylum in 1874 (its first full year of operation) by Rufus Morgan, portrait and stereograph photographer, 1846-1880, native of North Carolina

c. 1873-1874, our first year, is Courtesy of the North Carolina Collection Photographic Archives, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Stereographic images* from the Rufus  Morgan Collection, UNC-Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, North Carolina.  Mr. Morgan, a stereograph photographer, shot these very early images of the Asylum building and occupants in 1874, when the Oxford campus had only been functioning as an orphanage for about a year.

*Per Wikipedia, Stereographs consist of two nearly identical photographs or photomechanical prints, paired to produce the illusion of a single three-dimensional image, usually when viewed through a stereoscope. The Prints & Photographs Division’s holdings include images produced from the 1850s to the 1940s, with the bulk of the collection dating between 1870 and 1920. The online images feature cities and towns around the world, expeditions and expositions, industries, disasters, and portraits of Native Americans, presidents, and celebrities.