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Steve Perille photographs

Identifier: MS0435

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of the professional and personal photographic work of Steve Perille, a photojournalist who worked for the Bloomington Herald-Times, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, and the Charlotte Observer. A noted photographic essayist, the collection includes prints and negatives of his features, news, pictorial, portraits, and sports photography.


  • Creation: 1968 - 1997
  • Creation: 1970 - 1985


Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

The Steve Perille photographs are the physical property of J. Murrey Atkins Library Special Collections. Some material may be copyrighted or restricted. It is the patron's obligation to determine and satisfy copyright or other case restrictions when publishing or otherwise distributing materials found in the collections.

Biographical / Historical

Steve Perille is a prolific photographer and an award-winning photojournalist. While working for The Charlotte Observer, he was the 1975 Southern Photographer of the Year, but his images are more about the social landscape than hard news.

Perille, a native of Wisconsin, was introduced to photography as a young boy by his uncle, Jim Mescal, who was a photographer for The Chicago Sun-Times. He attended the Milwaukee Institute of Technology and worked as a staff photographer at the Bloomington Herald-Times and the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, before joining the Charlotte Observer as a staff photographer in 1972. Perille left the Observer to pursue other interests in 1983, but still lives in the Charlotte area.


40 Linear Feet

Language of Materials



Black and white photographs (many with negatives) taken by photographic essayist, Steve Perille.


The collection is arranged into the following four series: Photographic Prints (1969-1997), Negatives (1970-1992), Slides (1970-1974) and Non-Photo Material.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The collection was received from Steve Perille in 2011.

Separated Materials

Steve Perille: Unfiltered RARE TR140.P45 A34 2010

Bound catalog from a 2010/2011 exhibit at Middleton McMillan Gallery, Charlotte, N.C. It was part of The Light Factory's "In Our Own Backyard" series, curated by Byron Baldwin.

Processing Information

Original processing by Robert McInnes, 2011; intellectual arrangement and additional processing by Stacy Rue, 2014; and rehousing by Brittany Strong, 2015.

Steve Perille photographs
Finding aid written by Robert McInnes, 2011; Stacy Rue, 2015.
March 2011; April 2015
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Repository Details

Part of the Manuscript Collections, J. Murrey Atkins Library Special Collections and University Archives, UNC Charlotte Repository

Atkins Library, UNC Charlotte
9201 University City Blvd
Charlotte NC 28223 United States

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