Paul J. Smith Photograph Albums, AV.5335


Paul J. Smith Photograph Albums, AV.5335


The photographs in this collection, taken by photographer Paul J. Smith, depict the Outer Banks as seen from the sky sometime in the 1970s. The photographs depict the coastline, including the Beach Road and Bypass, from Southern Shores to South Nags Head.

Descriptive Summary

Paul J. Smith Photograph Albums
Call Number
Smith, Paul J.
ca. 1970s
0.400 cubic feet
Outer Banks History Center

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Access Restrictions

Available for research.

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Copyright is retained by the authors of these materials, or their descendants, as stipulated by the United States copyright law (Title 17 US Code). Individual researchers are responsible for using these materials in conformance with copyright law as well as any donor restrictions accompanying these materials.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], AV.5335, Paul J. Smith Photograph Albums, Outer Banks History Center, Manteo, NC, U.S.A.

Collection Overview

This collection consists of two albums containing 8x10" color aerial photographs of the Outer Banks of North Carolina taken sometime in the 1970s. These images, taken by photographer Paul J. Smith, were captured from an airplane as it flew the length of N.C. Highway 12 (commonly known as the Beach Road) from Southern Shores to South Nags Head. The images depict homes and businesses along the Beach Road and Bypass, in most cases including the area to the west of the bypass abutting the Roanoke Sound.

Arrangement Note

The photographs in these albums are arranged geographically from north to south, based on the areas they depict.


Paul J. Smith is a photographer from Ocean City, Maryland. As of 2021, he still operates a photography studio there. The images in this collection were taken during a visit to the Outer Banks in the 1970s.

Contents of the Collection

Album 1: Southern Shores to Kill Devil Hills, 1970s
Box 1
Album 2: Kill Devil Hills to South Nags Head, 1970s
Box 1

Subject Headings

  • Aerial photographs--North Carolina--Outer Banks
  • North Carolina Highway 12 (N.C.)
  • Outer Banks (N.C.)--History--20th century
  • Acquisitions Information

    Donated by Tom White, April 2018.

    Processing Information

    Processed by Samantha Crisp, September 2021.