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John A. Pritchett Photographic Collection

Identifier: UA 5174

Scope and Contents

The John A. Pritchett Photographic Collection consists of negatives taken between 1952 and 1960 by Appalachian State University's photographer, John A. Pritchett, Jr. Most of the negatives appeared in the school yearbook. They include images of students, buildings, sports, and some faculty. There are also a number of images of students and activities at Appalachian High School, which was in what is now Chapel Wilson Hall. Some of the photos are undated, only a few are unidentifiable.


  • 1952-1960
  • Majority of material found within 1954 - 1958



The materials are in English.

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for use the Dougherty Reading Room without restrictions. An appointment research is recommended.

Biographical Note

John A. Pritchett, Jr. (1925- ), was born in Nashville, Tennessee to John A. and Ethel Griffith Pritchett.

During World War II, Pritchett served as a war department photographer. He attended East Tennessee State University, where he met and married Agnes Robinette. The couple had three children. He later transferred to George Peabody College for Teachers in Nashville, where he received an A. B. in English and Social Studies. In 1946, he earned an A. B. in music and social studies and in 1947 he completed an M. A. in sociology and school administration.

Pritchett began his career at Appalachian in 1955, where he organized and developed the department of audio-visual education. He spent 37 years at ASU as a professor and director of audio-visual eduction before retiring. In 1991 Pritchett was made Professor Emeritus of Curriculum and Instruction.


3.5 Linear Feet (7 boxes)


John A. Pritchett Jr. came to ASU in 1955. as the audio-visual director. He retired after 37 years of service and in 1991 he was made Professor Emeritus of Curriculum and Instruction. The John A. Pritchett Photograph Collection contains negatives taken between 1952-1960. Subjects include sports, dances, ASTC campus and students, student activities, and faculty. The photographer is unknown.


This collection is arranged first chronologically, then alphabetically.

Acquisition Information

Donated by Alfred Pritchett.

Processing Information

Processed by Kelly R. Grimm, August 2011.
UA.5174: John A. Pritchett Photographic Collection, 1952-1960
Kelly Grimm
August 2011
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Repository Details

Part of the Appalachian State University Special Collections Repository

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