African American photograph collection

Emory University

Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library

Atlanta, GA 30322

404-727-6887

marbl@emory.edu

Permanent link: http://pid.emory.edu/ark:/25593/8xwzp


Descriptive Summary

Title: African American photograph collection
Call Number:Manuscript Collection No. 958
Extent:3.5 linear ft. (7 boxes), 38 oversized papers (OP), 1 bound volume (BV), and 6 oversized bound volumes (OBV)
Abstract:Artificially created collection of photographs and photograph albums of African American individuals, including a number of portraits taken by Carl Van Vechten and African American photographers such as Addison Scurlock.
Language:Materials entirely in English.

Administrative Information

Restrictions on Access

Unrestricted access.

Terms Governing Use and Reproduction

All requests subject to limitations noted in departmental policies on reproduction.

Source

Collected from various sources, 2007.

Citation

[after identification of item(s)], African American photograph collection, Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library, Emory University.

Processing

Processed by Elizabeth Roke, March 23, 2006.


Collection Description

Scope and Content Note

The African American photograph collection is an artificially created collection acquired through a number of small accessions. The collection contains photographs and photograph albums of African American individuals from the 1880s to the 1960s, primarily in the South. Images depict entertainers, soldiers, domestic workers, families, children, graduation classes, college students, and congregational members. The collection includes a number of portraits taken by Carl Van Vechten and African American photographers such as Addison Scurlock. The collection also contains a photograph album compiled by a Morehouse College student.

Arrangement Note

Arranged by subject.



Container List

Identified photographs
Box Folder Content
1 3 17th Annual Baptist Ministers Conference, Morehouse College, Atlanta, Georgia, July 1951
OP6 46th Annual Missionary Baptist Convention, Kansas City, Kansas, October 5, 1937, in front of the First Baptist Church, Williams Studio photographers
1 1 Abernathy, Ralph D.
5 9 Adam, George Washington, Noble Studio, Lincoln, Nebraska, 1882
OP37 - African Methodist Episcopal Church financial board, 1947 [photographer: Scurlock]
5 39 Alexander, Raymond Pace with wife Sadie and their two children, inscribed to Honorable William H. Hastie and his wife, July 1938
4 8 Allison, Kenneth, various photographs as young boy, Detroit, Michigan, circa 1950
OP2 Almenella Beauty Institute graduation class, New York, July 1935
1 2 Angelic Gospel Singers
OP1 Apex School of Beauty Culture graduation class, Standard Photo Service, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1946
OP23 Atlanta University Men, Officer's Reserve Training Camp, Ft. Des Moines, Iowa, August 5, 1917, names inscribed
6 19 Austin, Junius C. (Reverend) and family, circa 1914-1917 [2 photos]
1 4 Baker, Oscar W., Bay City, Michigan
1 5 Bay State Singers
1 6 Bethel AME Senior Usher Board, New York, 1942
1 7 Blind Boys of Jackson Harmoneers
1 8 Blue Jay Singers, Birmingham, Alabama
1 9 Bradford Specials, Los Angeles, California
1 10 Braithwaite Business School graduating class, A. Hansen's Studio, New York, 1948
4 7 Brandon, J.H. and Alice, various photographs, Turner Studios, Florence, Alabama and Gebhardt & Co. Cottage Gallery, Memphis, Tennessee, 1880s-1890s
1 11 Brewster Center, Detroit, Michigan
1 12 Brown, James
1 13 Brown, Wini
1 14 Browne, Ella H., Louisville, Kentucky
1 15 Carroll, Rev. Richard and unidentified others next to a carriage, Columbia, South Carolina
1 16 Christian Light Quintet, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
1 17 Clark, John William, lynching, Cartersville, Georgia, October 1, 1930
5 43 The Compatibles, inscribed with names, Atlanta, Georgia, circa 1970s
3 19 Copeland, Martha, inscribed to Joe Davis, Vithana Photo Studio, New York City, New York
1 18 Crocker, William F. [AMEZ minister]
OP33 - Davis, Sammy, Jr., photographer Carl Van Vechten, circa 1950s
1 19 Davis Sisters, Gaston DeVigne photographer, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
4 5 DePriest, Oscar Stanton, R.D. Jones photographer, circa 1930
5 25 Diggs, Mrs. George W, Thomson Studio, Kansas City, Missouri
5 38 Dihigo, Martin, baseball player in uniform, 1939
1 20 Dixie Hummingbirds
6 16 Dover, Cedric, photographer Carl Van Vechten, 1948 (inscribed to Georgia Douglas Johnson)
2 24 Emory family, [circa 1940s]
1 21 Evangelist Gospel Singers, Birmingham, Alabama
6 20 Fort Pickett, Virginia, soldiers in formation and military band, circa 1942
1 22 "Future Citizens" in front of floating chapel, Paducah, Kentucky
1 23 "Future Citizens" in front of floating chapel, Paducah, Kentucky
1 24 Gaither, Gloria and Ruth Juanita Gaither graduations, Kelly's Studio, Atlanta, Georgia
OP26 Garvey, Marcus and Junius C. Austin
6 7 Golden Star Gospel Singers
5 36 Goshon, Colonel Ruth, Bogardus Studio, New York City, circus giant, signed
1 25 Gospel Messengers, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
3 12 Greater St. John Baptist Church Gosper Choir, Chicago, Illinois, Patton's Studio, 1956
7 1 Hardwick, Abbie Sue (Birmingham, Alabama), no date
1 26 Harmonizing Four
4 13 Harmony Singers, inscribed with names, H.E. Young photographer, April 8, 1922
6 8 Haywood, J. Harrison and unidentified female Haywood family member, Pickens County, South Carolina, circa 1910 [Haywood was Clerk of Abel Baptist Church in Clemson and a Trustee of the Seneca Institute. He was one of several black men who lynched a white man who had raped one of the group's daughters; all were pardoned by the Governor of South Carolina.]
1 27 Henderson, Lucius S. and children, Atlanta, Georgia
5 26 Hierommons, H, Omaha, Nebraska
OP27 - Howard University, Alpha Phi Alpha, [1920s]
OP28 - Howard University Beautician's School, [1920s]
OP29 - Howard University baseball team, [1920s]
6 2 Howard University baseball player, [1920s]
OP30 - Howard University Class photograph, 1910
OP31 - Howard University Law School, 1912
6 3 Howard University student organizations, [1910s-1920s]
OP32 - Howard University student organizations, [1910s-1920s]
6 6 Jackson, Jesse, Democratic Convention, 1968
3 18 Johnson, Margaret, inscribed to Mr. Davis, Elcha Studio, New York City, New York
6 5 Jolining, Abraham, "Photograph of Young Boy," Augusta, Georgia, undated
2 25 King, Martin Luther, Jr. with Coretta Scott King, Ralph Abernathy and others at dinner hosted by Dr. Bell of Atlanta, Georgia
7 2 Latimer, Carrie, no date [see also: Lokey, Alice]
1 28 Latour, Nick and Jo Baker
3 6 Leonard, Rev. J.C., Oxford, Mississippi, January 15, 1908
1 29 Lil' Cumber Attractions, Los Angeles, California
7 3 Lokey, Alice, no date [see also: Latimer, Carrie]
5 40 Louis, Joe, Brown and Bigelow, 1935
2 27 Maddox, Mrs., Atlanta, Georgia
3 21 Marshall, Fredye, various
OP21 Marshall, Fredye, various
1 31 Martin, Roberta
OP38 - Masonic Temple members, Chillicothe Street, Portsmouth, Ohio, 1931
6 9 May, Brother Joe, gospel singer
3 22 McFay, Nathaniel "Monk," Nathaniel "Monk" McFay Band, Hawaii, February 1938
1 30 McGinnis, Charlie, in military uniform
2 26 McKay, Claude
OP36 - Meharry Medical, Dental, and Pharmaceutical Colleges (Nashville, Tennessee) class photographs, faculty and graduates, 1907
1 32 Melody Aries Singers, Kansas City, Missouri
3 7 Michaux, Elder
1 33 Mighty Gospel Firelarks
3 4 Nat Towles Orchestra, undated
1 34 National Association of Colored Women's Clubs 1962 convention dinner, Washington, DC, 1962
OP16 National Baptist Publishing Board [?], Lay Studio, Nashville, Tennessee
3 15 National Baptist Publishing Board [?]
OP17 National Christian Missionary Convention, First meeting, photograph taken on the grounds of the State Penitentiary at Nashville, Tennessee, George H. Anderson, photographer
OP8 National Dental Association, 42nd Annual Meeting, Chicago, Illinois, August 1-5, 1955
OP20 National Supreme Council Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite Masons and Auxiliaries, Annual Convention, Detroit, Michigan, banquet dinner, August 10-17, 1957, Spencer Photographers
2 28 Newnan, Georgia AME Church congregation, April 6, 1942
1 35 Oakland, California USO, Joseph Studios, Oakland, California
3 11 The Old Trinity C.M.E. Church, Milledgeville, Georgia
1 36 Palmer Brothers
OP22 Parker High School, Class of 1950, Birmingham, Alabama, Brown's Studio, May 1950
1 37 Parks, Gordon and Hilda Simms, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
1 38 Patterson, Esmond, Atlanta, Georgia
6 21 Pilgrim Baptist Church (Chicago, Illinois), no date [2 photos]
1 39 Pilgrim Travelers, Los Angeles, California
1 40 Pleasant Green Baptist Church congregation, July 25, 1915
1 41 Price, Leontyne
3 5 Pritchard, Will, Canton, Mississippi, undated
5 41 Purks, James interviewing Martin Luther King, Ralph Abernathy, and Fred L. Shuttlesworth at a Birmingham, Alabama rally, undated
OP7 "The Queens and their Attendants as they appeared in McDaniel's Coronation," undated
7 4 Rawls, Lou with unidentified man and woman (Jimmy Lou and Charles L.), no date [photo autographs by Rawls and Charles L.]
2 29 Reid, James H., National Alliance of Postal Employees, [circa 1960s]
OP3 Richmond High School basketball team Richmond, [?]
6 10 Rosa, Charley and Rebecca, three slave children from New Orleans [carte de visite], 1864
1 42 Sensational Gospel Kings, Coards Studio, Charleston, South Carolina
1 43 Sensational Nightingales
OP25 Simmons, Roscoe Conkling, various
5 45 Simon Sam, Tirésias Antoine Auguste, President of Haiti, circa 1900
1 44 Sister Jessie Mae Renfro, Houston, Texas
6 11 South Carolina Legislature, composite photograph of radical members [carte de visite], 1868
OBV4 - Stengstacke, John Abbott, scrapbook, circa 1961-1966
OBV5 - Stengstacke, John Abbott, scrapbook, circa 1972-1977
OBV6 - Stengstacke, John Abbott, scrapbook, circa 1976-1984
1 45 Spirit of Memphis Quartet
2 30 St. Martin Human Relations Council, Atlanta, Georgia, 1965
1 46 St. Paul AME Church, Tampa, Florida
1 47 Smith, Harrison Eugene of the Echoes of Zion Sings, Atlanta, Georgia
1 48 Smith, William J., Detroit, Michigan, August 23, 1899
1 49 Stewart, Warden Jim with 4 African American prisoners working as cooks, Fulton County "Bellwood" prison camp, Georgia
3 20 Top Hatters, circa 1940s
OP4 Townsend, Arthur Melvin and others
6 4 Turner, Lorenzo Dow (photographer: Arthur P. Bedou)
1 50 Tuskegee Institute homecoming king and queen, Tuskegee, Alabama
6 22 Tynes, Morris (Reverend) and family (Chicago, Illinois), no date [photographer: Bozeman's Ideal Photo Service]
3 14 U.S. Cruiser New York, Shepherd Photo Co., St. Paul, Minnesota [photograph affixed to button]
5 47 Vaughn, Betty
1 51 Ward, Clara
1 52 White, Mr. and Mrs. C.J., with Mr. and Mrs. W.L. Washington
5 37 White, Reverend Sampson
1 53 Witherspoon, John
1 54 Wolfe, Elliott, Scurlock photography, Washington, DC
1 55 Yarborough, Evalen in military uniform James N. Byrd photographer
7 5 Young, Joe E., 1920 [photo postcard addressed to Pauline Hardwick]
Unidentified
Photographers
3 10 Adams, Alexander L., photographer, Atlanta, Georgia, unidentified woman
1 56 Auditorium Studio, Atlanta, Georgia Baseball players
6 23 Ball, James Presley, portrait of an unidentified woman [carte-de-visite]
2 31 Ball and Thomas, Cincinnati, Ohio, portrait of an unidentified man
4 6 Barney, photographer, portrait of unidentified man
1 57 Baumann photographers, Macon, Georgia portrait of an unidentified woman
5 34 Bell Studio, Madison, Nebraska, portrait of an unidentified man
5 33 Brockway Studio, Lincoln, Nebraska, portrait of an unidentified baby
1 58 Bundy Studio, Richmond, Indiana, portrait of an unidentified man
OP19 The Camera and Card Shop, Detroit, Michigan, group of men and women, circa 1940s
1 59 Corday Studios, Columbus, Georgia, portrait of an unidentified boy
5 32 Cottrell Studio, Russellville, Kentucky, portrait of an unidentified woman
5 30 Dawson Studio, Little Rock, Arkansas, portrait of an unidentified baby
5 31 Dawson Studio, Little Rock, Arkansas, portrait of an unidentified woman
5 28 Doane Studio, Carrollton, Missouri, portrait of an unidentified woman
5 29 Doane Studio, Carrollton, Missouri, portrait of an unidentified girl
OP35 - Douglas Specialties Company, Chicago, Illinois, photographs of drawings of Crispus Attucks and Phyllis Wheatley produced for The Crisis as part of a series of famous African Americans, 1915
5 27 Eason Studio, Chadron, Nebraska, portrait of an unidentified man
5 1 E.E. Henry, photographer, Leavenworth, Kansas, portrait of unidentified baby
4 15 Emory Studio, Omaha, Nebraska, portrait of an unidentified man holding a hat and cane
3 16 Forster, Henry, photographer, Detroit, Michigan, portrait of an unidentified family
OP15 Fowler, Lewis C., photographer, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, portrait of unidentified man
4 2 Frank Brown's Photos, photographer, group of women in formal dress, 1950s
OP18 F. Williams, photographer, Detroit, Michigan, group of women, circa 1950s
4 4 F. Williams, photographer, Detroit, Michigan, group of women, circa 1950s
4 16 Fyock Studio, Omaha and South Omaha, Nebraska, portrait of an unidentified woman
4 17 Gamer Studio, Omaha, Nebraska, portrait of an unidentified woman
4 18 Gamer Studio, Omaha, Nebraska, portrait of an unidentified man
4 19 Grabill Portrait & View Co., Deadwood, South Dakota, portrait of an unidentified woman
4 20 Grand Central Gallery, Omaha, Nebraska, unidentified family
5 11 G.W. McDonald Studio, Denver, Colorado, portrait of an unidentified man with cigar and cane
5 12 G.W. McDonald Studio, Denver, Colorado, portrait of an unidentified woman
5 13 G.W. McDonald Studio, Denver, Colorado, portrait of an unidentified woman
4 21 Hayden Studio, Lincoln, Nebraska, portrait of two unidentified women
1 60 H. DeLaigle, Savannah, Georgia, portrait of an unidentified woman
2 1 Herman photographers, Savannah, Georgia, portrait of an unidentified woman
5 2 Hughes & Sandberg, Omaha, Nebraska, portrait of an unidentified woman
2 2 Jensen Brothers photo studios, Chicago, Illinois, portrait of two men
5 3 Johnson Studio, Salt Lake City, Utah, portrait of an unidentified baby
2 3 Johnston's Studio, Savannah, Georgia, portrait of an unidentified woman
6 17 J.P. Ball and Son, Helena, Montana, portrait of Peter Maughm, June 17, 1888
2 32 J.P. Ball and Son, Helena, Montana, portrait of unidentified man
5 4 Kauffman's Studio, Louisiana, Missouri, portrait of an unidentified woman
5 5 Kelley & Co. Studio, Lincoln, Nebraska, portrait of an unidentified man
2 4 Kelly Studio, Atlanta, Georgia, portrait of an unidentified woman
6 12 Kenby Photo Studio, Brooklyn, New York, wedding portrait of an unidentified couple
5 6 Kennedy Studio, York, Nebraska, portrait of an unidentified woman
6 13 "Klondyke, a Negro traveling photographer," portrait of two unidentified men in suits, 1915
4 1 Langford P. James, Fine Photography, two photographs or women groups
5 23 L.E. Scruby Studio, Mazeppa, Minnesota, portrait of an unidentified woman
5 8 Loryea Studios, Spokane, Washington, portrait of an unidentified woman
3 17 Mahon and Taylor, Nashville, Tennessee, unidentified couple
5 14 McInturff Studio, Hutchinson, Kansas, portrait of an unidentified woman
4 3 McNutt Photos, Detroit, Michigan, group of women
5 15 Mitchell Studio, Oskaloosa, Iowa, portrait of an unidentified toddler
2 5 Moore, C. Hennette, New Orleans, Louisiana, "Old Mammy," seated woman smoking a pipe
2 6 Neighbors Bros., Louisville, Kentucky, portrait of unidentified woman
5 10 Noble Studio, Lincoln, Nebraska, portrait of an unidentified man
5 17 Oberholtzer Studio, Paola, Kansas, portrait of an unidentified woman
4 14 Obermüller & Kern, New York City, portrait of "freak show" circus performer
2 7 Paramount Studios, Atlanta, Georgia, portrait of an unidentified woman
5 19 Pickerill Studio, Little Rock, Arkansas, portrait of an unidentified man
2 33 Polk's Studio, Tuskegee Institute, Alabama, portrait of an unidentified man in a military uniform
2 34 Poole Studio, Atlanta, Georgia, portrait of an unidentified woman
5 7 R. Kennett Studio, successor to Lickman & Co., Denver, Colorado, portrait of an unidentified woman
5 20 Rayburn & Kertson, Little Rock, Arkansas, portrait of an unidentified man
2 8 Reeves Studio, Atlanta, Georgia, Bible study group
OP34 - Reinhard, Independence, Kansas, group of unidentified men, mostly in uniform
5 21 Ross Studio, Springfield, Illinois, portrait of an unidentified woman
5 22 Sanders Studio, Little Rock, Arkansas, portrait of an unidentified woman
2 35 Sepia Arts, Atlanta, Georgia, portrait of an unidentified couple
2 9 Success Portrait Company, Chattanooga, Tennessee, portrait of a couple
2 36 T.E. Askew, Atlanta, Georgia, portrait of an unidentified man, 1912
2 10 "This Is the Army," cast members, Carl Van Vechten
5 24 Thomason Studio, Louisiana, Missouri, portrait of an unidentified woman
2 37 Weems Photo Studio, Jacksonville, Florida, portrait of an unidentified man
5 18 W.H. Parsel Studio, Little Rock, Arkansas, portrait of an unidentified woman
4 9 Wilde, J.W.F., Congress and Whitaker Streets, Savannah, Georgia, hand-tinted daguerreotype of fire-fighter, circa 1850
3 23 Williams, Verne O., photographer, Kansas City, Missouri, 1916, portrait of unidentified man
3 1 Woodall, Macon Georgia, portrait of an unidentified child
5 16 W.J. Moose's Art Car, North Carolina, portrait of an unidentified man
5 35 Wyman & Co. Studio, Boston, Massachusetts, portrait of an unidentified Civil War veteran in Grand Army of the Republic uniform
3 24 Young Studios, St. Louis, Missouri, unidentified man at piano and woman at microphone
Places
2 11 Albany, Georgia family with African American domestics, Albany, Georgia
2 12 Atlanta, Georgia family
2 13 Savannah, Georgia resident
2 14 Fort Robinson, Nebraska, African American entertainer with two soldiers at a USO performance, 1958
OP5 Tuskegee, Alabama, Tuskegee Institute building construction
2 15 Du River, Liberia, Africa snapshots, 1929
2 16 [Unidentified city], Unidentified wedding party, Bethel AME church
5 46 Haiti, circa 1900 [albumen photographs, including images of people and places]
6 14 Columbus, Georgia, unidentified fraternal organization, no date
People
3 13 Child, holding a book [tintype]
2 17 Children, unidentified portraits
OP9 - Children, two boys, unidentified portrait [curved glass frame]
2 18 Children, unidentified snapshots
2 19 Entertainers and musicians, unidentified
6 18 Family snapshots, unknown, New Jersey, no date
3 8 Groups
4 11 Man, unidentified portrait, daguerreotype, circa 1845
4 10 Man in fire fighter's uniform, ambrotype, circa 1860
6 15 Man in military uniform, flanked by two Caucasian women, ambrotype, circa 1860s
OP10 Man in military uniform, unidentified portrait [1 of 2] [curved glass frame]
OP11 Man in military uniform, unidentified portrait [2 of 2] [curved glass frame]
OP24 Man in military parade uniform, holding a rifle
2 20 Men, unidentified portraits
3 2 Men in military uniforms, unidentified portraits
OP12 - Woman, unidentified portrait [1of 3] [curved glass frame]
OP13 - Woman, unidentified portrait [2 of 3] [curved glass frame]
OP14 - Woman, unidentified portrait [2 of 3] [curved glass frame]
2 21 Women, unidentified portraits
2 22 Women, unidentified snapshots
2 23 Unidentified snapshots
Photograph Albums
3 3 Brown, Walter, album from Anthony's Restaurant, Atlanta, Georgia, [circa 1940s] [1 of 2]
3 4 Brown, Walter, album from Anthony's Restaurant, Atlanta, Georgia, [circa 1940s] [2 of 2]
4 12 Burns, Reginald, album with family and Virginia State College, 1934-1935
6 1 Coleman, Harry D., World War II photographs from induction in Indian Town Gap, Pennsylvania to active duty in New Caledonia, Cebu Province in the Philippine Islands and Yokohama, Japan, December 1942-January 1946
OBV1 Morehouse College, [circa 1957]
3 9 Smith, Mamie, and her performing group, photograph album, undated [MISSING 12/2013]
OBV3 Talcott, C.G. (Mrs.), 1908. Photos are of a car trip from Palm Beach, Florida to her home in Silver Creek, New York. The album depicts many scenes of African American life in the south at the turn of the century, including adults and children at work and at play. Images from Palm Beach, Florida include: young black caddies on a golf course; a laundress and her family; African American children playing in a chicken coop; African American women playing baseball; and an African American delivery man. Also included are photos taken in an area of Palm Beach called "The Styx," property owned by James Munyon and rented to African Americans. The album also contains photos of Munyon. Images of St. Augstine, Florida include: a photograph of the slave market. Photographs of Camden, South Carolina include: an African American delivery man, and African American children on a cotton plantation. There are additional photos of African American children at an unidentified location, as well as early car racing on a Florida beach.
5 42 World War II, unidentified military unit, 1940s
OBV2 Unidentified upper class family, western New York, [1920s]
BV1 Unidentified woman with family and friends, circa 1940s. The photos document a variety of settings, including a park, zoo, beach, sporting events, the New York World's Fair and the training camp of Joe Louis. Several photographs of Louis are also present. Laid into the album are a resolution memorializing the death of L.L. Hamilton, and two drafts of a letter from a husband to his wife in which he requests a divorce.
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