African American photograph album
This collection consists of photographic prints and tintypes of African Americans, taken in eastern Kansas in the latter half of the 19th century. The posed and informal portraits had been compiled into an album that has been disbound due to severe deterioration. Images include individuals and groups of babies, children, and adults; most of the photographs were taken in studios and are posed in exterior or interior settings.
- [between 1880-1900]
Conditions Governing Access
No access restrictions.
Conditions Governing Use
Spencer Library staff may determine use restrictions dependent on the physical condition of manuscript materials.
.5 Linear Feet (1 document case)
Scope and Contents
Few or no photographs or tintypes in the collection appear to be identified, but the photographs all appear to have been taken in eastern Kansas. Photographers listed on some of the portraits include E. W. Grigs (located in Topeka), Ballergen (located on Commerical Street in Atchison), Baldwin Oldfields, George Downing (in Topeka), Steinhoffin (in Topeka), A. [T.] Martin (in Topeka), F. F. Mettner (in Lawrence), and Finley. While most of the photographs are posed formal portraits taken in studios, there are at least two tintypes that appear to have been taken of a family in front of their clapboard home. One tintype displays a man in what appears to be Civil War uniform.
The album covers have been retained with the portraits and are at the back of the box.
RH PH 531
- Guide to the African American Photograph Album Collection
- African American photograph album
- Finding aid compiled by mwh. Finding aid encoded by mwh.
- Description rules
- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
- Language of description
- Finding aid written in English.
- Finding aid permalink
- Preferred citation
African American photograph album, RH PH 531, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas