Harry Noland, Jr.

Courtesy of Western Regional Archives


Physical Sciences/ Math




1946 - 1948





Harry Noland was the one of three Noland brothers ‒ Harry, Kenneth and Neil ‒ to attend Black Mountain College. He was a student from 1946-1948, including the 1947 and 1948 summer sessions. His wife Christa was nurse and his daughter Ann was born at the college.

At the college Noland took a general curriculum with a focus on chemistry. Noland had served in the army during the war, and after he left Black Mountain he reenlisted and was stationed primarily in Germany.

After he retired from the military, he taught photography at the Hampton Institute in Virginia. In Asheville, after graduation from high school in 1935, Noland had taught himself photography, photographing summer camps in the Asheville area and working in Palm Beach winters.

Photographs by Noland made after Black Mountain are at the Asheville Art Museum and the Western Regional Archives, State Archives of North Carolina.


Wife: BMC staff, Christa Noland

Child: Ann Noland

Photograph of author


Mary Emma Harris

Mary Harris has long been regarded as one of the most prominent scholars on Black Mountain College. Her book, "The Arts at Black Mountain College" (1987), is one of the most influential publications on the history of BMC.

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