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African American photograph album

 Collection — Box: 1
Call Number: RH PH 531


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.


  • Creation: [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)

Language of Materials


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.

Physical Location

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

Repository Details

Part of the University of Kansas. Kenneth Spencer Research Library Repository

1450 Poplar Lane
Lawrence KS 66045-7616 United States