Southern Illinois University Carbondale Doc Horrell Photo Collection (Southern Illinois University Carbondale)
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Coal Mining in Southern Illinois

Special Collections Research Center (SCRC) in Morris Library holds the work of C. William "Doc" Horrell. Horrell operated a photographic studio in Anna, Illinois and was a key figure in the establishment of both Southern Illinois University Carbondale (SIUC) Photographic Services and the Department of Cinema and Photography. Horrell’s images of "the land between the rivers" helped strengthen and preserve the regional identity of Southern Illinois. As a freelance photographer, he recorded the life and work of coal miners and provided important documentation of the coal industry in Southern Illinois... [read more at http://mccoy.lib.siu.edu/~horrell/mining.html].

Doc Horrell Biography

Growing up in Anna, Illinois photography for C. William “Doc” Horrell started in 1936 when his mother gave him a $12 camera for his high school graduation. Because he thought having his film processed for him was far too expensive, Doc invested $3 in a basic film processing and printing kit and began to take photography seriously. His first dark room was his mother’s walk-in closet. A shelf became his sink and ...[read more at http://mccoy.lib.siu.edu/~horrell/horrell.html]