Slides: Additional Historic Images of African Americans and Communities, circa 1864-1997, bulk 1880-1970

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377 items (373 slides, 4 negatives)
Scope and content:

These images in the form of color film slides derive from historical photographs and documents donated by institutions or BTV staff and affiliates, rather than by interviewees. The images consist mostly of single photographs of African American men, women, and chilren and associated settings, but other images also include reproductions from albums, scrapbooks, and paper memorabilia. The items were imaged with film cameras and turned into slides by the Behind the Veil staff. Many of the items were donated by Behind the Veil staff of African American heritage who wished to contribute images from their own family histories to the BTV project. The Birmingham Public Library Archives and the Tuskegee Archives donated one set each. Other slide donors are listed only as a first or last name with no other information available. Mixed in with the historic images are some images taken at interview locations in the 1990s, chiefly of older people or cemeteries and gravesites. One large group of 138 slides assembled by BTV staff is of unknown origin and was originally titled "Miscellaneous"; content for these images dates from about 1864 to the 1990s. The earliest date derives from an image that appears to be several Civil War era African American soldiers posing for a portrait. Historical images on slides reproduced from items donated by BTV project interviewees are located in the Interviews series.


Folders are arranged in alphabetical order by the name of the donating institution or individual.

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373 slides; 4 negatives
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Hundreds of additional historical images of African Americans and related materials, reproduced from items donated for imaging by interviewees or their families, are found listed with their associated donor in the Interviews Series in this collection guide.


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Access note. Collection contains fragile materials such as film negatives that may require extra assistance from staff. Contact Research Services for access.

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