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Photographs of prominent African Americans

Call Number: JWJ MSS 76
Scope and Contents
Miscellaneous groups of photographs drawn from various collections in the James Weldon Johnson Collection. The collection includes images of prominent African American writers, cultural leaders, and entertainers, as well as photographs by important African American photographers. The collection forms a visual record of artists, writers, actors, musicians, and politicians active in the United States from the 1920s through the 1960s.
Conditions Governing Access
The materials are open for research.
Conditions Governing Use
Photographs of Prominent African Amercians is the physical property of the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University. Literary rights, including copyright, belong to the authors or their legal heirs and assigns. For further information, consult the appropriate curator.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Acquired from various sources beginning in 1941. Sources include Carl Van Vechten, Grace Nail Johnson, and Langston Hughes.
Organized into five series: I. Photographs of Blacks Collected Chiefly by James Weldon Johnson and Carl Van Vechten, 1893-1954. II. Photographs of Blacks, 1875-1978. III. Photographs of Blacks by Important Photographers, circa 1920-1950. IV. Photographs of Blacks in Art, 1941-1976. V. Kamoinge Workshop Portfolio No. 1, circa 1963.
7.55 Linear Feet (30 boxes)
Related Names
James Weldon Johnson Memorial Collection of Negro Arts and Letters (Yale University)
Hughes, Langston, 1902-1967
Johnson, Grace Nail, 1885-1976
Johnson, James Weldon, 1871-1938
Van Vechten, Carl, 1880-1964
Language of Materials