Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Photographs and Prints Division

The Photographs and Prints Division contains both documentary and fine art photographs, which document the history and culture of people of African descent worldwide as well as the work of photographers of African descent. The collection of over 300,000 images ranges from mid-eighteenth century graphics to contemporary documentary and art photography; all of the major photographic processes are represented.

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Ira Aldridge

Ira Aldridge

Three African American bodybuilders

Three African American bodybuilders

Stormé DeLarverié (center), surrounded by three female impersonators at Roberts Show Club, Chicago, Illinois

Stormé DeLarverié (center), surrounded by three female impersonators at Roberts Show Club, Chicago, Illinois

Rev. Shelton Hale Bishop meeting with staff of the Lafargue Clinic, in Harlem

Rev. Shelton Hale Bishop meeting with staff of the Lafargue Clinic, in Harlem

Display case at Harlem Art Center

Display case at Harlem Art Center

Portrait of author, film director and producer Oscar Micheaux

Portrait of author, film director and producer Oscar Micheaux

Photomontage of interracial marriage ceremony with Gordon Anderson serving as photographer and best man

Photomontage of interracial marriage ceremony with Gordon Anderson serving as photographer and best man

Candid view of actress Dorothy Dandridge with two unidentified women

Candid view of actress Dorothy Dandridge with two unidentified women

View of beauty contestants at the Pacific Beach Club beauty contest, near Huntington Beach, California

View of beauty contestants at the Pacific Beach Club beauty contest, near Huntington Beach, California

View of spectators at the Pacific Beach Club beauty contest, near Huntington Beach, California

View of spectators at the Pacific Beach Club beauty contest, near Huntington Beach, California

The Belafontes become citizens: Harry Belafonte is a witness for his parents' naturalization

The Belafontes become citizens: Harry Belafonte is a witness for his parents' naturalization

Portrait of Dolores Maria (Lola) Schomburg Diaz and her husband

Portrait of Dolores Maria (Lola) Schomburg Diaz and her husband

Black woman holding sleeping White baby on her lap

Black woman holding sleeping White baby on her lap

Portrait of two men seated, holding hands, wearing large bow ties, gilded with nautical symbols

Portrait of two men seated, holding hands, wearing large bow ties, gilded with nautical symbols

Portrait of African American woman in plaid dress with lace collar

Portrait of African American woman in plaid dress with lace collar

View of apartment at 400 Convent Ave. in Hamilton Heights, New York City

View of apartment at 400 Convent Ave. in Hamilton Heights, New York City

Reverend John H. Johnson (left) and New York Police Department Captain Arthur Hill attending an unidentified police gathering

Reverend John H. Johnson (left) and New York Police Department Captain Arthur Hill attending an unidentified police gathering

Reverend John H. Johnson (center) meeting with two officers of the New York Police Department outside of St. Martin's Episcopal Church in Harlem, New York

Reverend John H. Johnson (center) meeting with two officers of the New York Police Department outside of St. Martin's Episcopal Church in Harlem, New York

Sara Lachatanere

Sara Lachatanere

Group of men, women and children gathered on stoop, East Harlem, New York City

Group of men, women and children gathered on stoop, East Harlem, New York City

Rural Puerto Rican family of six, 1950s

Rural Puerto Rican family of six, 1950s

Eastside - Group of men and youths gathered around an accident victim; one young man appears to be arguing with the others, East Harlem, New York City

Eastside - Group of men and youths gathered around an accident victim; one young man appears to be arguing with the others, East Harlem, New York City

Park Avenue - Young girl selling clothes on the street, East Harlem, New York City

Park Avenue - Young girl selling clothes on the street, East Harlem, New York City

105th Street - Two boys playing with roller skates, each wearing a single roller skate on their right foot, East Harlem, New York City

105th Street - Two boys playing with roller skates, each wearing a single roller skate on their right foot, East Harlem, New York City

Group of children, mostly boys, gathered under sprinkler, in East Harlem, New York City

Group of children, mostly boys, gathered under sprinkler, in East Harlem, New York City

Collections in the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Photographs and Prints Division

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Stereograph collection
848 items
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Print Collection
473 items
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Portrait collection
401 items
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Federal Theatre Project - Theater Stills Collection
260 items
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Farm Security Administration Collection
221 items
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Military
158 items
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Helen Armstead-Johnson photograph collection
128 items
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Street Scenes
106 items
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Cartes-de-visite collection
91 items
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Education
84 items
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Art and Artists
81 items
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Austin Hansen collection
78 items
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Occupations
65 items
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Miscellaneous nineteenth century collections
64 items
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Views of British Guiana; album
63 items
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Slavery
61 items
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Melville J. and Frances S. Herskovits photograph collection
57 items
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Views of Jamaica
51 items
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Vues D'Afrique
39 items
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Jesse Alexander photograph collection
39 items
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Cabinet card collection
38 items
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Lincoln School for Nurses photograph collection
37 items
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Regina Andrews photograph collection
37 items
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Gordon Parks portfolio
32 items
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National Youth Administration collection
28 items
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Arthur Alfonso Schomburg collection [graphic]
28 items
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Organizations
26 items
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Port-au-Prince, Haiti, November 1987
25 items
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Album de Martinique
24 items
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Ellabelle Davis photograph collection
23 items
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Howard Orphanage and Industrial School photograph collection
21 items
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Demonstrations
21 items
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Wesley Williams photograph collection
21 items
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Harry A. Williamson Photograph Collection
20 items
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Dance
18 items
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Schuyler Family photograph collection
18 items
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Nightclubs and theaters
18 items
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Claudia Jones Memorial photograph collection
15 items
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Kurt Fisher Haitian History collection
14 items
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Sports
12 items
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Businesses
12 items
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Club Cubano Inter-Americano photograph collection
12 items
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Augusta Savage photograph collection
12 items
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New York Jazz Museum Photograph Collection
11 items
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Civil Rights Congress photograph collection
11 items
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George L. Brashear scrapbook
11 items
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William N. and Isabele T. Spiller photograph collection
11 items
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Asadata Dafora photograph collection
10 items
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Robert Clifton Weaver photograph collection
10 items
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Gordon Anderson collection
9 items
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Photographs of New York City and Puerto Rico
9 items
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Joe Nash black dance photograph collection
9 items
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International Labor Defense photograph collection
9 items
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Gwendolyn Bennett photograph collection
9 items
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Postcard collection
9 items
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A. P. Bedou portfolio
9 items
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Housing
8 items
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Segregation and integration
8 items
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American Negro Theatre Alumni photograph collection
8 items
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Ada "Bricktop" Smith photograph collection
7 items
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Kenneth W. Porter photograph collection
7 items
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Meta Warrick Fuller photograph collection
7 items
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Vulcan Society photograph collection
7 items
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Voyage pittoresque dans le Brésil
6 items
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William Stanley Braithwaite photograph collection
6 items
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Brazil, 1860-1900
6 items
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Magazines and Newspapers
6 items
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Lawrence Brown photograph collection
6 items
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William "Pop" Gates photograph collection
6 items
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National Negro Congress photograph collection
6 items
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Libraries
6 items
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Entertainers
5 items
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Ceremonies and celebrations
5 items
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Beauty culture
5 items
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Bonnie Clark collection
5 items
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George W. Westerman photograph collection
5 items
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Harper's weekly
5 items
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Manhattanville: an architectural retrospect
5 items
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William Pickens photograph collection
5 items
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Nanette Bearden photograph collection
5 items
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Migration
4 items
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Schomburg Center photograph collection
4 items
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Lawrence D. Reddick photograph collection
4 items
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Colonial Dance Orchestra portrait collection
4 items
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Dean Dixon photograph collection
4 items
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Moorish Science Temple of America photograph collection
4 items
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Architecture
4 items
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The Homesteader Motion Picture Stills Collection
3 items
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The Wages of Sin Motion Picture Stills Collection
3 items
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Léon-Gontran Damas photograph collection
3 items
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James Van Der Zee portfolio
3 items
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Katherine Handy Lewis photograph collection
3 items
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Hilda Simms photograph collection.
3 items
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Jamaica, 1880-1900
3 items
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Frank R. Crosswaith photograph collection
3 items
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Sonny Rollins photograph collection
3 items
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Panoramic views collection
3 items
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James Weldon Johnson photograph collection
3 items
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A. Philip Randolph Institute collection
3 items
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American Negro Theatre photograph collection
3 items
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Mabel Mercer photograph collection
3 items
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Glenn Carrington photograph collection
3 items
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Josephine Baker scrapbooks
3 items
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Lynching
3 items
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Schomburg Daguerreotype collection
3 items
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Children
3 items
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Cabin in the Sky Motion Picture Stills Collection
2 items
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Hallelujah Motion Picture Stills Collection
2 items
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Imitation of Life Motion Picture Stills Collection
2 items
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The Jackie Robinson Story Motion Picture Stills Collection
2 items
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Lafargue Clinic photograph collection
2 items
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Inventors and inventions
2 items
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Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters photograph collection
2 items
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Ewart Guinier photograph collection
2 items
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Stormé DeLarverié photograph collection
2 items
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Cartoons and stereotypes
2 items
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Morgan and Marvin Smith Collection
2 items
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Wilcox Collection - Tuskegee Institute
2 items
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Leigh Whipper photograph collection
2 items
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Musicians
2 items
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Negro Actors Guild of America photograph collection
2 items
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Edna Thomas collection
2 items
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Frederick O'Neal photograph collection
2 items
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Albert Victor Johnson collection
2 items
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Canada Lee photograph collection
2 items
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Radio
2 items
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Nat King Cole photograph collection.
2 items
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Richard Saunders portfolio
2 items
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John Henrik Clarke photograph collection
2 items
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Ralph J. Bunche photograph collection
2 items
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Reconstruction collection
2 items
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Peter Williams Portrait Collection
2 items
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Negro Labor Committee photograph collection
2 items
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Government
1 item
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The dandy slave
1 item
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Jogar Capoëra, ou danse de la guerre
1 item
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Harlem Scrapbook (Franklin F. Hopper Scrapbook)
1 item
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Parades
1 item
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Edward Schwartz Portfolio
1 item
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Elease Perkins collection
1 item
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Hiram Revels photograph collection
1 item
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Eusebia Cosme photograph collection
1 item
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Toussaint L'Ouverture portrait collection
1 item
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Madam C.J. Walker collection
1 item
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P. Jay Sidney collection
1 item
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Anna Lucasta Theater Stills Collection
1 item
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Anita Bush Stock Company.
1 item
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Big Fella Motion Picture Stills Collection
1 item
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Broadsides, posters and playbills
1 item
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Shivery family photograph collection
1 item
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Goin' a Buffalo Theater Stills Collection
1 item
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Health and medical care
1 item
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Gunsaulus Mystery Motion Picture Stills Collection
1 item
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Inge Hardison portfolio
1 item
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Harlem Theater Stills Collection
1 item
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Joseph Beam photograph collection
1 item
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Lorraine Hansberry Photograph Collection
1 item
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Caribbean area - Trinidad
1 item
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Jones-Sadler Family photograph collection
1 item
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Murder in Harlem Motion Picture Stills Collection
1 item
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Stevedore theater stills collection
1 item
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Julian Mayfield photograph collection
1 item
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Sanders of the River Motion Picture Stills Collection
1 item
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Shuffle along theater stills collection
1 item
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Lester A. Walton photograph collection
1 item
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Swing Motion Picture Stills Collection
1 item
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The Birth of a Nation Motion Picture Stills Collection
1 item
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Guichard Parris photograph collection
1 item
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The Notorious Elinor Lee Motion Picture Stills Collection
1 item
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Underworld Motion Picture Stills Collection
1 item
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Within Our Gates Motion Picture Stills Collection
1 item
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John Brown portrait Collection
1 item
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Middleton A. "Spike" Harris photograph collection
1 item
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Columbia 1880-1900
1 item
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Muriel Petioni photograph collection
1 item
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A Negro holiday in Havana
1 item
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Conrad-Tubman photograph collection
1 item
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Williams & Walker musical comedies (oversize)
1 item
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Ku Klux Klan
1 item
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The Zulu and the zayda theater stills collection
1 item
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Leigh Rollin Whipper photograph collection
1 item
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A cudgelling match between English & French Negroes in the island of Dominica
1 item
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Baptism in community of Gullah descendants in North Carolina
1 item
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William H. Butler photograph collection
1 item
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Morgan and Marvin Smith Collection (Additions)
1 item
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Scurlock Studio portfolio
1 item
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Vocalists and vocal groups
1 item
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Alberta Hunter photograph collection
1 item
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Four Saints in Three Acts Theater Stills Collection
1 item
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Assotto Saint photograph collection
1 item
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Black residents near the Capitol in Washington
1 item
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Sheet Music Collection
1 item
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Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater photograph collection
1 item
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Booker T. Washington, Principal of Normal and Industrial Institute, Tuskegee, Ala.
1 item
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Africa
1 item
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Wilhelmina Adams photograph collection
1 item
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Church buildings
1 item
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Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee collection.
1 item
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Place Du Geffrard, Port-au-Prince
1 item
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A Raisin in the sun theater stills collection
1 item
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Africa 1870-1899
1 item
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Maurice Hunter scrapbooks
1 item
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Kenneth Porter Photograph Collection.
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Unemployment
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Bert Andrews collection
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Other Countries photograph collection
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The Malcolm X collection: photographs
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Wadleigh High School collection, 1938-2007, (bulk 1960's-l 999)
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A Piece of the Action Motion Picture Stills Collection
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Ceremonies and celebrations
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Photographs by Ali Salimah
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W.E.B. DuBois portrait collection
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"Selma Last Year" Collection
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Child riding on man's shoulders with flag at African-American Day Parade, N.Y.
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Preston Wilcox photograph collection
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Chuck Stewart Portfolio
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Institute of the Black World Photograph Collection
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Althea Gibson collection
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Robert L. Haggins portfolio
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Black Panther Party
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Southern Africa: the imprisoned society: exhibition of photographs.
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Urban Arts Corps photograph collection
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Lobby Card Collection.
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Richard Avedon Collection: SNCC contact sheets
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Coreen Simpson photographs.
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Robert Sengstacke Portfolio
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Costa Sakellariou Photograph Collection
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Robert Van Lierop photograph collection
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Robin W. Winks blacks in Canada photograph collection
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Larry Neal photograph collection
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St. Clair Drake photograph collection
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Black Emergency Cultural Coalition photograph collection
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Bob Fletcher collection
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Malcolm X praying at home, East Elmhurst, Queens, New York
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Claudine Motion Picture Stills Collection
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Marion and Clarissa Cumbo photograph collection.
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Mary Ellen (" Mammy ") Pleasant at 87 years of age
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Patrick Kelly photograph collection
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Dawoud Bey: Birmingham portfolio: four girls and two boys
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Dechoukaj Exhibition Collection
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Migration
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Cuba 1860-1900
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The Black experience in America portfolio
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The Blacks Theater Stills Collection
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Berenice Abbott portfolio collection
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A pro-slavery crusade; the agitation to reopen the African slave trade
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John Vachon portfolio
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The Inter-state Tattler photograph collection
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The River Niger Theater Stills Collection
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Black Religion Project photograph collection
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The Vamp theater stills collection
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Exceptional Black scientists photograph collection
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Fashion
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John Storm Roberts collection
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Frederick Wilkerson photograph collection
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Fredi Washington photograph collection
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Laurance Henry portfolio
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Kamoinge Workshop portfolio
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Klytus Smith collection
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African presidents]
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Lavinia Williams photograph collection
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Althea Gibson collection.
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Tony Gleaton Portfolio
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Jewel Plummer Cobb photograph collection
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Joel E. and Amy E. Spingarn photograph collection
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Phelps-Stokes Fund photograph collection.
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Uptown Saturday Night Motion Picture Stills Collection
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Photographs by Ernest C. Withers
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Religion
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Chester Higgins Jr. portfolio.
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Bertrand Miles portfolio.
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Club Cubano Inter-Americano photograph collection
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C.L. Baley collection
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Crime and criminals
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Black Emergency Cultural Coalition photograph collection
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Malcolm X Motion Picture Stills Collection
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James Latimer Allen portfolio
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Frantz Michaud portfolio
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Black New Yorkers Project, 1999
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Jimbé Carroll photographs.
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John W. Cooper photograph collection.
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Kwame Brathwaite photographs.
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Burroughs Lamar photography.
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Josephine Baker scrapbooks.
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CIBA-GEIGY Corporation exceptional black scientists photograph collection.