HISTORY: This collection was purchased by the Mercantile Library in 2001.

SCOPE: This collection is comprised of images pertaining to the social and political lives of African Americans. The collection is divided into four series: Political, Lifestyle, Advertising and Entertainment. The majority of the images are of 19th century origin and were published in major magazines at the time, such as Harpers Illustrated, Puck and Ladies Home Journal. Major artists include Nast and Sheppard.

HOLDINGS: 1 box .5 linear feet.

ACCESS: Some of the material in Special Collection M-244 may be photocopied, digitally scanned or photographed, subject to condition.

Copies of the finding aid are available for download

M-244 African American Images Collection (.rtf)

M-244 African American Images Collection (.pdf)

A digital copy of this collection is available in Adobe .pdf format.

M-244 African American Images Collection