Public Information: Promotion & Photographs, 1971-1998

RECORD GROUP: Other County Records
RECORD SERIES #: 5100
SERIES: Public Information & Tourism: Promotion & Photographs
DATES: 1971-1998
VOLUME: 11 cubic feet

History

Approximately 225 different 5×7 inch black-and-white photographic prints 1970-1976, with separate captions were transferred to the Archives in July 1996 by Paul DeNucci, County Photographer, shortly before his retirement.  Mr. DeNucci worked in the department of Promotion/Tourism, but when the photographs were taken, the office was called Promotion and Public Information.  (It has also been called Public Relations, as well as Public Information and Tourism).  Virtually all of the photographs predate Mr. DeNucci’s hiring date (about 1973) and none are credited to him.  A large quantity of negatives and prints by DeNucci are also held by the Archives.

Paul DeNucci was born in 1925 and was educated in private schools and Monmouth College (now Monmouth University).  He began photography at the age of eight, using a camera, provided by a neighbor who worked for a news service, equipped with glass plates and flash powder.  In 1934, he photographed the SS Morro Castle on the beach in Asbury Park after it burned.  During World War II, DeNucci served in the Navy as a photographer and member of an underwater demolition team.  Before joining Monmouth County, he was chief photographer for the Long Branch Record.  DeNucci died on June 26, 2011.

A minority of the prints are credited to George J. Evans, Sr., an independent photographer in Freehold, and a very few to Dorn’s of Red Bank.  Photographs by Evans and Dorn’s are in excellent condition.  However, most of the prints by DeNucci were processed using a ‘stabilization’ processor; consequently, these prints have become unevenly discolored in various brown tones.  Stained prints have been reprocessed by the archives staff to prevent further deterioration.

In 1999, the Department transferred 10 cubic feet of negatives, slides, and prints, and made an additional small transfer in 2000.  These materials have not been completely organized or indexed.  Included are approximately 3,000 negatives, 3,200 slides, and more than 1,000 prints.

1 George J. Evans, Sr. (1906-1979) operated a studio from 1944 until his death. George J.

Scope and Content

The photographs were all made for publicity purposes and, with a few exceptions, are accompanied by a caption sheet with a minimally descriptive ‘catchy’ title (e.g. “Happy Day” or “Their Fair Lady”) and a paragraph of explanation that identifies the individuals depicted.  Copies of these captions were taped to the envelopes that were used to store the photographs. The Archives photocopied the captions onto Permalife bond paper and discarded the envelopes. The photographs were placed individually in polyester sleeves, arranged chronologically, and grouped in folders by month.

Many of the photographs document an honor given to an individual, such as a promotion, appointment, retirement, or long service recognition. There are also a number of photographs of judges and other court personnel taking oaths of office.  Group photographs usually include at least one member of the Board of Freeholders, especially Joseph C. Irwin (Freeholder Director) or Axel B. Carlsen, Jr.  Since most of the photographs have two or more identified individuals, at least 500 different people (making allowance for duplication) are depicted in the series.

Events include many different county government-related matters such as new highway construction; library and health (including drug abuse) programs; training for employees, firefighters, students, or county jail inmates; visiting dignitaries (including Governor William T. Cahill); special events in parks, such as art exhibits, picnics for senior citizens, and concerts; 4-H Club activities; and more.  Several photographs relate to recognition of the Bicentennial of the United States and do not duplicate those in the Bicentennial Collection.

Use

The photographs are available for use without restriction.  Several computer-based indexes are available to facilitate access.  All of the data in the database is printed in a listing arranged chronologically.  Included are the date, title, and brief summary of the event, names and titles of individuals, subjects, photographer, and notes.  Separate cross-indexes are available by the first four names and three subjects.  The database can be searched for special needs of researchers.  A separate collection of DeNucci’s negatives are indexed in a PastPerfect database, a report from which is available online with thumbnail images at the end of the DeNucci collection guide.

Other Resources

Other photographs released by the department concerning the Bicentennial are available in the Paul DeNucci Negative Collection.  Data for these photographs have been entered into the database discussed above, with a note concerning file location, and are included in the indexes.  See also the finding aid for that series.

PROMOTION/TOURISM PHOTOGRAPHS

(1996 Transfer)
1 Box
1970-1976

Folder
Date
 

1-10 (30 print)[1]

 

1970, Feb. – Aug., Oct. – Dec.

 

11-21 (121 prints)

 

1971, Jan. – Dec.

 

22 – 33 (69 prints)

 

1972, Jan. – Dec.

 

34 (3 prints)

 

1973

 

35 (1 print)

 

1976


[1]Counts do not include a few variants and duplicates.