Reuben V. Burrell: 41 Years as Photographer at Hampton University (1990)


Reuben V. Burrell: 41 Years as Photographer at Hampton University is a 15–page catalogue that charts the growth and development of the Hampton Normal & Agricultural Institute (now Hampton University) through photographs by alumnus Reuben V. Burrell. Included in this catalogue are exceptional black & white photographs paired with insightful commentaries by Museum staff.

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Reuben V. Burrell has been associated with Hampton University for over fifty years. He has been an important presence on the campus and in the community for more than four decades. Arriving as a student in 1938, eleven years later, he assumed the position of campus photographer, a job which he has held continually since that time.

Burrell has been a mentor to students, and a valued friend to many in the Hampton Family. His photography results from his close affiliation with the school and the community. He has documented the growth and development of Hampton Institute of the African American community. However, Burrell is more than a photo journalist, he is a serious and accomplished artist, who through his beautifully composed and technically correct photographs has captured the life and spirit of Hampton.

The images in this exhibit were selected from the countless works created by Burrell during his lengthy career. The initial work was accomplished by Barbara Lamb who undertook this as a part of the work for her M.A. degree in Museum Studies. The exhibition was organized by Jeffrey Bruce, Curator of Exhibitions at the Hampton University Museum.

—Excerpt from “Foreword” by Jeanne Zeidler, Director, Hampton University Museum

Mrs. Barbara Lamb

Featured Essays & Contributors
“Foreword and Acknowledgements”, Jeanne Zeidler

“Reuben V. Burrell and Hampton: A Historical Review”, Barbara M. Lamb


“Checklist of the Exhibition”, Jeffrey Bruce

Bibliographic Details


Reuben V. Burrell: 41 Years as Photographer at Hampton University


The Hampton University Museum, Hampton, Virginia

Publication Date:               1990

Binding:                                 Pictorial Softcover

Book Condition:                 Good

Book Type:                           Exhibition Catalogue


This catalogue was made possible in part by the Metropolitan Life Foundation, who generously awarded support to the Hampton University Museum to establish an annual exhibition of works by Hampton artists.

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