James B. Mast, Jr., Collection

Title

James B. Mast, Jr., Collection

Description

This large collection consists of numerous photographs and correspondence related to the extended Mast family of Watauga County, North Carolina.

Series 1 consists of several hundred photos depicting various members of the Mast family and related families. Many of the images are studio portraiture, while others are snapshots taken at various locations throughout the world. Because of the complexity of this series and various issues related to the condition of the images, they will be added in stages to the Digital Watauga Project website.

Series 2 consists of 72 documents that include letters, poems, and hymns. The letters are mostly between Thomas Sims Mast and his parents, Newton Lafayette Mast and Addie Horton Mast. These letters detail Thomas' time at Camp Crane and his eventual death from the Spanish Influenza during World War I. There are also some love letters between between Newton and Addie prior to their marriage.

Series 3 consists of 19 documents that mostly appear to be government correspondence. The letters seem to be between Veterans' Administration and Addie Horton Mast regarding Thomas Sims Mast's death.

Series 4 consists of 135 negatives largely serving as portraiture of various members of the same unidentified family in various settings, including travel destinations such as Beech Mountain Ski Resort, Stone Mountain (GA), unidentified beaches, Goldrush Junction (now Dollywood), and other sites.

Series 5 consists of 36 documents and images that include postcards, birth announcements, and Addie Horton Mast's journals. This series also includes the obituaries for Thomas Sims Mast, Lucille A. Mast, and Mamie Lee Mast.

Series 6 consists of six maps. Most of the maps appear to be for planning purposes and indicate the state of various roads. The majority of the area covered is specific to Watauga County, however maps of Avery and Anson Counties are also included in the series.

Series 7 is a small photo album scrapbook. Its 74 pages are all black and white images of the Mast Family and friends. Some images appear to be Thomas Sims Mast before he passed during World War I. No overview scans were made when there was only one item on the page. Due to the orientation some images were scanned and then rotated, which may impact the resolution.

A detailed finding aid will be forthcoming when the collection is completed.

Contributor

James B. Mast, Jr.

Rights

James B. Mast, Jr., of Clemmons, NC, has generously agreed to share these images with Digital Watauga through a digital use rights deed of gift. Any reprinting, redistribution, or other use of these images outside of Digital Watauga requires written permission from James B. Mast, Jr. Contact Digital Watauga for additional details.

Collection Items

Myrtie Herring Mast In the Mountains
This item is a black and white photograph of Myrtie Herring Mast. She is wearing a dress and hat and standing under a tree. There is a hillside and fence just behind her. She is also wearing gloves. The image has no caption and is found on the right…

Group Portrait on Boulders
This item is a black and white photograph of a group of people on large boulders. Some of the group is standing, others are sitting, and one woman is off to the side by herself. There is a young boy at the front of the group. This item has no caption…

Overview Scan of Page 69 in James Mast Scrapbook
This item is an overview scan of page 69 in the James Mast scrapbook. It features two images with captions.

Group Portrait in the Grass
This item is a black and white photograph of a group of people sitting in the grass. It appears that James Brady Mast is the man in the front row center, holding a young child. There is no caption and the image is found on the bottom of page 68 in…

Multigenerational Portrait on a Hill
This item is a black and white photograph of what appears to be several generations of a family. They are posing on a hillside. Several women are wearing fur-trimmed coats. One young child is sitting between the women in chairs in the front row.…

Overview Scan of Page 68 in James Mast Scrapbook
This item is an overview scan of page 68 in the James Mast scrapbook. It features two images with captions.

Myrtie Herring Mast Curtseying
This item is a black and white photograph of Myrtie Herring Mast appearing to curtsey. She is wearing the long hoop skirt dress seen in item 257 of this series. There is no caption and the image is found on the right on page 67 in the James Mast…

Myrtie Herring Mast in Hoop Skirt
This item is a black and white photograph of Myrtie Herring Mast wearing a long hoop skirt dress. There is a long building behind her. There is no caption and the image is found on the left on page 67 in the James Mast scrapbook.

Overview Scan of Page 67 in James Mast Scrapbook
This item is an overview scan of page 67 in the James Mast scrapbook. It features two images with captions.

Young Boy and Dogs
This item is a black and white photograph of a young boy with two dogs, one of which is a small puppy. The image has a patterned frame. The boy is kneeling outside of a sided building. There is no caption and the image is found on the right on page…
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