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African American Photographs and Photography

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Born in Slavery: Slave Narratives from the Federal Writers’ Project, 1936-1938
Contains more than 2,300 first-person accounts of slavery and 500 black-and-white photographs of former slaves from the American Memory Collection at the Library of Congress.
Gordon Parks: Photographs from the FSA and OWI
From the American Memory Project at the Library of Congress, this page provides a biography of Gordon Parks and has photographs from his work with the Farm Security Administration in the 1940s.
Images of African Americans in the Nineteenth Century
Complements the papers of the Schomburg collections. Provides a fascinating visual mosaic of black history and culture in the 1800s. Text offers important context to the images.
Jackson Davis Collection of African American Educational Photographs
Images of African Americans in rural schools and colleges. An important resource that can be searched by keyword or place.
Photographs Assembled for the 1900 Paris Exposition
More then 360 photographs from the Library of Congress that were presented by W.E.B. Du Bois at the 1900 Paris Exposition. Images may be searched by keyword, subject, title, and creator.

Books

Black in America

Black in America 
   
Reed, Eli

A photojournalist's view of contemporary African Americans.
Call Number: TR820.R37 1997 q
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Hidden Witness

Hidden Witness  : African-American Images from the Dawn of Photography to the Civil War
   
Wilson, Jackie Napolean

A slim volume of extraordinary daguerreotypes.
Call Number: TR680 .W55 1999
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Picturing Us

Picturing Us  : African American Identity in Photography
   
Willis, Deborah, ed.

Thought-provoking essays explore how images of African Americans are perceived - and how they should be interpreted in American visual culture.
Call Number: TR680 .P53 1994
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Special Moments in African-American History, 1955-1996

Special Moments in African-American History, 1955-1996  : The Photographs of Moneta Sleet, Jr
   
Sleet, Moneta

A photographic record of the life and times of Moneta Sleet, Jr., a staff photographer for the Johnson Publishing Company, from 1955 until his death. Includes many of the twentieth century's most historic moments.
Call Number: E185.615 S5735 1998 q
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The Black Female Body

The Black Female Body  : A Photographic History
   
Willis, Deborah and Carla Williams

Pulls together early images from out-of-print art books and social-scientific investigations as well as late twentieth century photographs and museum pieces.
Call Number: TR674.W55 2002 q
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Viewfinders

Viewfinders  : Black Women Photographers
   
Moutoussamy-Ashe, Jeanne

A record of black women who ventured into photography; compiled by a photographer.
Call Number: TR139.M63 1986 q
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Without Sanctuary

Without Sanctuary  : Lynching Photography in America
   
Allen, James

Shocking photographs and postcards of lynching victims; some text, but the pictures more than tell the story.
Call Number: HV6457.W58 2000 q
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Databases

African-American History and Culture
This electronic encyclopedia includes thousand of entries covering the entire breadth of African-American history - from African beginnings through the slave trade and the Civil Rights Movement to the present. Entries are organized into five sections: Biographies, Encyclopedia, Historical Documents, Gallery and Maps and Charts. Each entry is cross-referenced through hyperlinks and searchable by topic, by historical era, and by keyword.

maintained by the staff of the African American Department, State Library Resource Center, Enoch Pratt Free Library

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