Ewart Guinier photograph collection

Collection Data

The Ewart Guinier Photograph Collection mainly depicts aspects of his career as a labor leader, social activist and academic, from the late 1930s to the mid-1980s.The collection consists of individual and group portraits and candid shots of Guinier, personal friends, and colleagues; some views of labor and academic conferences, labor meetings and pickets, receptions, and social gatherings; and a small group of contact sheets. The collection lacks views of Guinier's early life, and his political, civic and academic activities during the 1950s to late 1960s. Views of his personal life and family are limited.The portraits series includes an early studio portrait of Guinier (ca. 1930s); a studio portrait of Guinier at the time he ran for Manhattan Borough President in New York City (1949); a series of studio and publicity portraits taken when he was chairman of Harvard University's Afro-American Studies Department (1969-1974); and a candid shot of Guinier, probably at home (1985). Also included is an individual and a group portrait of his daughter, Lani Guinier, with United States District Court judge Damon J. Keith, of Michigan's Eastern District, for whom she clerked, and an unidentified individual (ca. 1974).The labor activities series depicts Guinier's activities as an official of the United Public Workers (UPW) union including a view of him addressing an outdoor rally for higher wages by state workers at the New York State Office Building in Lower Manhattan, New York City (1947); views of Guinier and city workers at an unidentified rally (ca. 1940s); with a group of UPW delegates at a Congress of Industrial Organizations convention, probably in New York (1947); in views from a union organizers conference in Washington, D.C. (1947); with a group of African-American civic and community leaders meeting with Progressive Party presidential candidate Henry Wallace (1948); in group portraits at a meeting of the Emma Lazarus Division of the International Workers Order (1949); and marching with anti-Jim Crow picketers (n.d. and 1950).The Harvard activities series includes a group portrait of Guinier with others, including actor Ossie Davis and Newark, New Jersey, mayor Kenneth Gibson, at the Harvard Club reception, held in New York, for Guinier's appointment as Head of the Afro-American Studies Department (1969); views of Guinier in attendance at a Colloquium Series lecture, sponsored by the Afro-American Studies Department, featuring Professor Herbert Aptheker of the University of Massachusetts, Amherst (1972); Guinier greeting former Harvard President Nathan Pusey at Memorial Church (ca. 1972); group portraits of Guinier with others, including Dr. James Turner of Cornell University's Africana Studies and Research Center, attending the Rosslyn Conference for black studies scholars (1972); views of Guinier, including one with historian Lerone Bennett, at an annual meeting of the Association for the Study of Afro-American Life and History (ca. 1970s); a series of contact sheet images, depicting Guinier, faculty and staff of the Afro-American Studies Department, that accompanied the March 10, 1974 Boston Globe article "The Pit in Harvard Yard"; and views of Guinier attending some Harvard commencement exercises (n.d. and 1974).The miscellaneous series includes a candid portrait of Guinier and others, including New York State Governor Hugh Carey, at the One Hundred Black Men Affair (1975); a group portrait of Guinier and others at the 12th Annual Dinner for the Interracial Council for Business Opportunity, at the Americana Hotel, New York City (1975); and Guinier speaking to two unidentified individuals at a USA/USSR Friendship Society gathering in Moscow (1979). Among those depicted with Guinier at various gatherings are political activist C.L.R. James (1971), Professor Herbert Aptheker (1974), and United States Representative John Conyers of Michigan (1979). The series also includes portraits of Guinier's professional colleagues such as Harlem Affairs Committee Chairman Robert W. Justice (ca. 1950s); Captain Hugh Mulzac, whose 1951 campaign for Queens Borough President in New York City was organized by Guinier; former African National Congress President Stanlake Samkange and his wife, Professor Tommie Marie Samkange, who were lecturers in the Afro-American Studies Department (1971); and writers A.B. Spellman and Sterling Stuckey (ca. 1970s). Other images include studio portraits of Congressman Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. (n.d.) and educator/theater historian Helen Armstead-Johnson (ca. 1970s), and a group portrait of Dr. Betty Shabazz and her daughters (ca. 1970s).
Guinier, Ewart (Associated name)
Archer, Alexander (Photographer)
Campbell, James C (Photographer)
Frye, George (Photographer)
Grant, James (Photographer)
Kriegsmann, James J (Photographer)
Lazarus, Julius, 1918-2008 (Photographer)
Puhn, Al (Photographer)
Ridge, Mary B (Photographer)
Ross, Randy (Photographer)
Weiner, Arthur (Photographer)
Capitol and Glogau (Washington, D.C.) (Photographer)
Drucker-Hilbert Co. (Chicago, Ill.) (Associated name)
Globe Press Photo Service (New York, N.Y.) (Associated name)
Harvard University. News Office (Associated name)
Nate Fine Photo (Washington, D.C.) (Associated name)
Paul Koby Photographers (Cambridge, Mass.) (Associated name)
Press Association (Associated name)
Vahi-Burke Studio (Chicago, Ill.) (Associated name)
Warner Bros (Associated name)
Dates / Origin
Date Created: 1938 - 1985 (Questionable)
Library locations
Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Photographs and Prints Division
Shelf locator: Sc Photo Ewart Guinier Collection
Guinier, Ewart
Guinier, Lani
Aptheker, Herbert, 1915-2003
Jr, Bennett, Lerone, 1928-
Carey, Hugh L
Jr, Conyers, John, 1929-
Davis, Ossie
Gibson, Kenneth A
James, C. L. R.(Cyril Lionel Robert), 1901-1989
Johnson, Helen A
Justice, Robert W
Keith, Damon J
Mulzac, Hugh, 1886-1971
Jr, Powell, Adam Clayton, 1908-1972
Pusey, Nathan Marsh, 1907-
Samkange, Stanlake John Thompson, 1922-
Samkange, Tommie Marie
Shabazz, Betty
Spellman, A. B., 1935-
Stuckey, Sterling
Turner, James, 1940-
Wallace, Henry A.(Henry Agard), 1888-1965
Harvard University., Afro-American Studies Department
Harvard University -- Faculty
United Public Workers of America
United Public Workers of America. New York District
African American teachers
African American college administrators
African American labor leaders
African American civil rights workers
Labor movement -- United States
Labor unions -- United States -- 1940-1959
African American authors
Meetings -- 1940-1979
receptions -- 1970-1979
Rites & ceremonies -- 1970-1979
Content: Some photographs have either photographer's, photography studio's or press agency's handstamp on verso; some photographs have photographer's address label on verso. Some images have either handwritten or typewritten captions on verso; some items have printed press captions or resumés attached to verso. Two photographs bear inscriptions; some images have cropping and/or retouching marks; several images are duplicates.
Content: Collection contains work by Mary B. Ridge, Capitol and Glogau, Julius Lazarus, and James C. Campbell, among others.
Biographical/historical: Ewart Guinier, labor leader, social activist, and educator, was born in Panama, to Jamaican parents, in 1910. After migrating to Boston in 1925, and moving to New York in the 1930s, Guinier emerged as a labor and social activist when he helped to organize efforts to improve conditions for blacks working in New York City's civil service system. He later became the International Secretary of the United Public Workers of America in 1948; ran as the American Labor Party candidate for Manhattan Borough President in 1949; was co-founder of the National Negro Labor Council in the 1950s; and worked with the National Urban League, the Harlem Affairs Committee and the Jamaica Coordinating Council during the 1950s and 1960s. He served as the first chairman of the Afro-American Studies Department at Harvard University from 1969 to 1976, and remained on faculty until his retirement in 1980. Guinier, who is also the father of attorney/educator Lani Guinier, died in 1990.
Physical Description
Extent: 327 items (.3 lin. ft., 1 box)
Extent: 45 photographic prints :silver gelatin, b&w ;26 x 21 cm. and smaller.
Extent: 67 photographic prints :silver gelatin, b&w ;21 x 26 cm. and smaller.
Extent: 163 photographic prints :silver gelatin, b&w ;19 x 13 cm. and smaller.
Extent: 26 photographic prints :col. ;21 x 26 cm. and smaller.
Extent: 7 contact sheets :silver gelatin, b&w ;26 x 21 cm. and smaller.
Extent: 1 photomechanical print :halftone, b&w ;21 x 26 cm.
Extent: 3 negatives :b&w ;7 x 7 cm. and smaller.
Collection consists of four series: I. Portraits, 1930s-1985; II. Labor activities, 1940s-1950; III. Harvard activities, 1969-1976; IV. Miscellaneous, 1950s-1979.
Type of Resource
Still image
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b15417991
Barcode: 33433077459935
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 36c94420-df71-0135-b0f6-4d6943cd6ff3
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