One of seven storage trays from The Prichard Collecton The Prichard Collection website is the digital home for the photographic work of the late Rev. Robert Harrison Prichard (1910-2005), and his wife, the late Betty Jane (Curry) Prichard (1909-2008). In addition to being an amateur photographer, Bob was also a minister of the gospel, an accountant and an educator. Jane, also a long time school teacher, assisted him in ministry with her music, ladies auxiliary and by teaching Sunday School. Together, their lives touched and blessed many people during their long years rooted in the small mountain town of Delbarton, West Virginia.

The photographic record they created spans approximately three decades, from about 1947 through the late 1970's. The collection is made up of 2,993 35mm slide transparencies that are in rich, beautiful color. The majority of the photos were taken in Mingo and Logan Counties in West Virginia. There are also many photos from other places they lived for shorter periods and from captivating locations they visited throughout their travels; and 46 of the images are commercial tourism slides from various locations. The Prichards purchased these slides with their own money to use in their classes, as they did other eduactional materials, to enhance the studies of their students.

Captured in time, the daily lives of people from the Appalachian Mountains of that era now make up subject matter which includes family, friends, students, co-workers and acquaintances. These personal moments include weddings, funerals, baptisms, church services, picnics, field trips, school playgrounds, and many other events of life.

This online gallery is the result of a lifetime of photographs taken by Bob and Jane and one can only wonder if they fully realized the historical significance of the enormous legacy they created. It is truly a photographic account preserving the life and times of the Appalachian people. Endless thanks go to Bob and Jane for taking and preserving these magnificent photographs. This website and its images are lovingly dedicated in their honor and to their memory; and it has been a labor of love. We look forward to seeing them again.

Technical Information – Photography Equipment & Film

Since The Prichard Collection went live, a few people have asked about the camera and film used by Bob Prichard, to take these photographs. I can't recall the camera brand but the one he used in my lifetime was very similar to the one in the header image at the top of the page.

The film he used was predominantly Kodak, though I don't know the technical details such as the film speed and type. He also used other brands, such as Ansco, but prefered Kodak.

Technical Information – Computer Equipment

This section is for those interested in computer and web technology. The equipment and software listed below was used for scanning the images, and for the creation of The Prichard Collection website.

  • Machine: Homebuilt Intel PC Platform with the following hardware
  • PC Case: ULtra® X-Blaster Black ATX Mid-tower
  • Power Supply: Ultra® X-Pro 750w ATX, Dual Fans, SATA-Ready, SLI-Ready
  • Processor: Intel® Core2 Quad Q6600 @ 2.4GHz
  • Motherboard: Intel® D975XBX2KR Desktop Board
  • RAM: 4GB Corsair® PC6400 DDR2 800MHz Dual Channel
  • Video Card: NVIDIA GeForce 8600 GT / 512MB DDR2 / SLI-Ready / PCI Express
  • Displays: Dual ViewSonic® VX1940w 19" Widescreen LCD
  • Hard Drives: Dual Seagate Baracudda 320GB SATA-300
  • Operating System: Microsoft® Windows® XP Pro
  • Scanner: Canon® CanoScan 8800F USB flatbed scanner
  • Photo Editing Software: Adobe® Photoshop® CS3
  • Watermarking Software: picture-shark
  • Web pages hand coded in: HTML, CSS and PHP using NotePad++®
  • Photo Gallery Script: Coppermine® Photo Gallery
  • FTP Software: Core FTP LE®