Wilhelmina Adams photograph collection

Collection Data

Adams, Wilhelmina F. (Wilhelmina Ferris) (d. 1987) (Compiler)
Dates / Origin
Date Created: 1900 - 1987
Library locations
Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Photographs and Prints Division
Shelf locator: Sc Photo Wilhelmina Adams Collection
Content: Collection contains photographic work by James C. Campbell,James Gilbert, A. Hansen Studio, Austin Hansen, Authur Manning, Morgan & Marvin Smith, and Lorenzo Tucker.
Content: Some photographs have descriptive information on the verso.
Content: The Wilhelmina Adams Photograph Collection documents her personal life, pofessional career, and civic activities. Personal photographs include portraits and snapshots of family and friends, and a number of portraits autographed to Wilhelmina from well known entertainers. The Collection also contains pages of a personal photograph album. Many of the album pictures are autographed to Mabel Ridley. Pictures document Wilhelmina and Mabel Ridley with friends in Atlantic City, Oak Bluffs (Martha'sVineyard), and West Palm Beach (Florida), in the 1920s. Several pictures include Adam Clayton Powell Jr. with friends and family at his summer home in Oak Bluffs. Personal photographs also include a number of portraits inscribed to Mabel Ridley from known entertainers.
Content: The three ring binder (Box 2), assembled by the Schomburg Center staff, includes pages from a personal photograph album, autographed photographs from entertainers, and photographs inscribed to Mabel Ridley Beavers. The photograph album pages may have originally belonged to Mabel Ridley.
Content: Title devised by cataloger.
Content: Wilhelmina Adams was known for her fund raising talent, dedication to the Harlem Community, commitment to the advancement and education of African Americans, and her numerous civic activities. She was active in numerous organizations and served as president of the National Council of Negro Business and Professional Women's Clubs (New York Club), the Aeolian Ladies Charity, and the Utopian Neighborhood Club. As a Democratic Co-Leader of the 14th Assembly District Adams was the first Black womenappointed as a delegate to the National Democratic Convention, in Chicago (1944). Adams was a patron of the performing arts and pursued careers as a fashion designer,interior decorator, and florist.
Content: Wilhelmina Ferris Adams was born in Florida around the turn of the century (ca. 1900) and moved to New York City when she was three months old. She was educated in the Public School system and attended Hunter College.
Physical Description
Extent: 124 items (2.0 lin. ft., 2 boxes) 95 photographic prints : silver gelatin, b ; 21 x 26 cm. and smaller. 20 photographic prints : col. ; 8 x 13 cm. and smaller. 4 photographic prints : b and col. ; 35 x 28 cm. 4 photographic prints : albumen ; 8 x 10 cm. and smaller. 1 negative : b ; 8 x 13 cm.
Type of Resource
Still image
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b11808651
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): cf969260-c608-012f-dd5a-58d385a7bc34
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