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Scurlock Studio records

Repository: Smithsonian Institution. National Museum of American History. Archives Center

Collection Description (CRHP): There are many photographs of civil rights relate events in Washington, D.C., including the protest of People's Drug Store, the 1963 March on Washington, the 1968 riots, civil rights meetings, and portraits of many civil rights leaders.

Collection Description (Extant): The Scurlock photographic studio was a fixture in the Shaw area of Washington, D.C., from 1911 to 1994. Two generations of Scurlocks – Addison N. and his sons George H. and Robert S. – created an extraordinary documentary record of the African American community in the nation’s capital. This collection consists largely of photographic prints and negatives of studio portraits, weddings, graduations, community events, and business activities. The bulk of the photographs were created after 1930.

The Scurlock Studio Records occupy approximately 258 cubic feet and include an estimated 57,000 prints and 160,000-200,000 negatives. These materials are stored in the Museum and in an off-site location.

Access Copy Note: Digitized photographs are available at and at the collection URL.

Collection URL:

Date(s): 1904-1994

Digital Status: Partial

Existing IDs: AC NMAH 618

Extent: 258 cubic feet

Finding Aid URL:

Language: English

Rights (Extant): Fees for commercial use. Smithsonian Institution owns rights.


African American civil rights workers
Civil rights demonstrations--Washington (D.C.)
March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, Washington, D.C., 1963
Riots--Washington (D.C.)




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