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Selected Photographic Prints

Call Number: JWJ MSS 1050, Series IV

Scope and Contents

Photographic prints of African Americans as well as events and sites related to them that were selected by Van Vechten and Donald Gallup, the curator of the Yale Collection of American Literature, to form part of the James Weldon Johnson Memorial Collection of African American Arts and Letters. Additional prints that were not initially selected for the collection were stored by the library as duplicates; many of those prints are in fact not duplicates, but variants. The Unselected prints are described in a subsequent subseries.


  • 1932–1964


Language of Materials

From the Collection:

Chiefly in English.

Physical Description

12.51 linear feet

Conditions Governing Access

From the Collection:

This collection is open for research.

Box 50 is for research use only, and may not be duplicated.

Boxes 80-81: Restricted fragile material. For further information consult the appropriate curator.


Organized under three headings for Photographic Prints, Oversize Photographic Prints, and Oversize Mounted Photographic Prints.

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Access Information

The Beinecke Library is open to all Yale University students and faculty, and visiting researchers whose work requires use of its special collections. You will need to bring appropriate photo ID the first time you register. Beinecke is a non-circulating, closed stack library. Paging is done by library staff during business hours. You can request collection material online at least two business days in advance of your visit, using the request links in Archives at Yale. For more information, please see Planning Your Research Visit and consult the Reading Room Policies prior to visiting the library.