Collection Data

The Sports collection depicts some aspects of African-American participation in sporting events and athletic competition, mainly from the 1940s to the mid-1980s. The collection consists of individual and group portraits and candid shots of professional, amateur and youth group athletes, mostly male, as well as some coaches, owners and sports fans; views and candid shots of sporting events and competitions, classes and athletic training sessions, award ceremonies and charity events; and some publicity shots. The sports most heavily depicted in the collection are baseball, basketball, boxing, football and track and field. The collection is limited in depicting sports figures and events from the nineteenth century to the 1930s, and from the 1990s to the present.
Dates / Origin
Date Created: 1920 - 2000 (Approximate)
Library locations
Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Photographs and Prints Division
Shelf locator: Sc Photo Sports
Content: Collection includes work by James C. Campbell, International News Photo, Cecil Layne, Mallory Photo, Chuck Moore, Carl Nesfield and Wide World Photos, among others.
Content: Individuals depicted include some members of collegiate and professional baseball teams, including the Negro League baseball teams; some professional, collegiate and youth league basketball players; some professional and amateur boxers; some professional and collegiate football players; professional golfers; and some amateur and Olympic track stars, among others. Also depicted are some U.S. Army athletes from World War II competing in various sports. Images of nineteenth and early twentieth century pioneering athletic figures in such fields as boxing and horse jockeys are limited. Also included is a group portrait of the Hilldale baseball club, representing the Eastern Colored League in the first Negro World Series (1924); some views of the New York Renaissance basketball team (ca. mid to late 1930s); Olympic runners John Carlos and Tommie Smith giving the Black Power salute at the 1968 Olympics in Mexico City; and a group portrait of the Women's National Basketball League's 1999 Eastern Division champions, the New York Liberty. Images of well-known athletes may also be found in other parts of the collection, including the Portrait Collection; other images of the New York Renaissance basketball team may be found in the Morgan & Marvin Smith Photograph Collection.
Physical Description
Extent: 1176 items (8 boxes, 1.8 lin. ft.) 423 photographic prints : silver gelatin, b ; 21 x 26 cm. and smaller. 537 photographic prints : silver gelatin, b ; 26 x 21 cm. and smaller. 102 photographic prints : silver gelatin, b ; 19 x 13 cm. and smaller. 78 photographic prints : silver gelatin, b ; 13 x 19 cm. and smaller. 5 photographic prints : silver gelatin, b ; 33 x 23 cm. and smaller. 6 photographic prints : silver gelatin, b ; 28 x 36 cm. and smaller. 6 photographic prints : col. ; 28 x 36 cm. and smaller. 8 photographic prints : col. ; 36 x 28 cm. and smaller. 3 photomechanical prints : halftone, b ; 21 x 26 cm. and smaller. 5 photomechanical prints : halftone, b ; 28 x 22 cm. and smaller. 3 photographic postcards : silver gelatin, b ; 9 x 14 cm.
Type of Resource
Still image
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b15262613
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 846ba530-c6bf-012f-203e-3c075448cc4b
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