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African Americans

Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
Scope Note: Here are entered works on citizens of the United States of black African descent. Works on blacks who temporarily reside in the United States, such as aliens, students from abroad, etc., are entered under Blacks--United States. Works on blacks outside the United States are entered under Blacks--[place].

Found in 6 Collections and/or Records:

Alvin Ailey photograph by Carl Van Vechten

 Collection — Folder 1
Identifier: C0485

Black and white gelatin silver photographic print portrait of the dancer Alvin Ailey by Carl Van Vechten, dated March 22, 1955.

Dates: March 22, 1955

Beardwood and Whipple family travel photograph albums

Identifier: C0329

Content warning: Racist language.

Seven photograph albums created by Olive Whipple Peabody Beardwood and her mother, Grace M. Whipple from 1929 - 1931, documenting their travels with family across the Eastern, Southeastern, and Southern United States, as well as Europe. The majority of the albums seems to have been compiled by Olive for herself and her mother, with one album likely compiled by Grace. There is one outlier album from the 1890s.

Dates: circa 1890s - 1931; Majority of material found in 1929 - 1931

"Discrimination in Administration of Military Justice" report for the Commanding General, 199th Infantry Brigade

Identifier: C0384

Content Warning: Contains racist language.

A nine-page report, or "Fact Sheet," for the commanding General of the 199th Infantry Brigade, deployed during the Vietnam War. The sheet provides statistics and information regarding racial bias against Black soldiers in military judicial action within the Brigade between April - September 1968.

Dates: October 15, 1968

Mildred Davenport dance ephemera collection

 Collection — Box 1
Identifier: C0189

Content warning: outdated racial language to describe African Americans. Three programs and one pamphlet documenting the dance career of African American dancer Mildred Davenport, 1936 - 1940.

Dates: 1936 - 1940

Paul Robeson sound recording collection

 Collection — Box 1
Identifier: C0097

This collection contains reel-to-reel tapes, as well as duplicates of these reels on cassette and CD of Paul Robeson's 1955 concert performance at Swarthmore, and his 1955 speech, "America to Me, Waterboy."

Dates: 1955

Porgy and Bess poster collection

Identifier: C0145

Content warning: Racist imagery. This collection contains posters promoting the American National Theatre and Academy (ANTA)-sponsored production of the Gershwin opera "Porgy and Bess" as it toured various countries - mostly European - during the mid-1950s. It also contains poster mock-ups and artwork related to the production.

Dates: 1952 - 1956