Collection  |  Photo, Print, Drawing Visual materials from the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People records (Library of Congress) Visual materials from the NAACP records / National Association for the Advancement of Colored People collection / NAACP collection

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Title
Visual materials from the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People records (Library of Congress)
Other Title
Visual materials from the NAACP records
National Association for the Advancement of Colored People collection
NAACP collection
Summary
Primarily images of national and local NAACP administrative staff and programs. Almost half of the collection consists of portraits of NAACP headquarter staff, state and national conference delegates, branch officers, and members, as well as entertainers, sports figures, government officials, and other professionals. Other photographs document the Association's long-term efforts to promote civil rights legislation through litigation, public protest, and sustained monitoring and reporting of lynchings and other injustices against African Americans. Many photographs cover national and regional conference activities, fundraising and membership campaigns, and marches. In addition, the NAACP's efforts to integrate the Armed Forces are shown, particularly during World War II. Of special note are snapshots taken by NAACP staff.
Contributor Names
National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, donor
National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, collector
Created / Published
ca. 1838-1969, bulk 1944-1955.
Subject Headings
-  National Association for the Advancement of Colored People--1830-1970
-  African Americans--1830-1970
-  African Americans--Civil rights--1830-1970
-  Civil rights leaders--1900-1970
Format Headings
Cartoons (Commentary)--1900-1970.
Drawings--1900-1970.
Engravings--1830-1970.
Gelatin silver prints--1900-1970.
Group portraits--1900-1970.
Illustrations--1900-1970.
Lithographs--1830-1970.
Panoramic photographs--1900-1970.
Photomechanical prints--1900-1970.
Portrait photographs--1900-1970.
Portraits--1900-1970.
Printing plates--1900-1970.
Snapshots--1900-1970.
Genre
Portraits--1900-1970
Gelatin silver prints--1900-1970
Snapshots--1900-1970
Group portraits--1900-1970
Portrait photographs--1900-1970
Cartoons (Commentary)--1900-1970
Drawings--1900-1970
Illustrations--1900-1970
Lithographs--1830-1970
Panoramic photographs--1900-1970
Photomechanical prints--1900-1970
Printing plates--1900-1970
Engravings--1830-1970
Notes
-  Arrangement: Organized into nine categories: People and Groups, Administrative Programs, General Programs and Related Subjects, International Events and Views, Military Services, Miscellaneous, Exhibit Materials, Drawings and Prints, and Supplementary Archives; Arrangement: Categories are further subdivided into 49 LOTs.
-  Finding aid available online at http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/eadpnp.pp996001
-  Finding aid (unpublished): available in the Prints and Photographs Reading Room and on microfilm.
-  Images available on microfilm (including finding aid); Library of Congress Photoduplication Service.
-  In 1909 the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (originally known as the National Negro Committee) began to work toward the elimination of racial and social injustices against African Americans. Images in the collection reflect the civil rights campaigns and administrative activities of the Association. Many of the photographs are from wire services and independent commercial photographers. Some photos appear to have been taken by Association staff members, in particular, Roy Wilkins, Charles Houston, and possibly others, while investigating civil rights injustices. Numerous photos bear stamps and other editorial markings, indicating they were acquired and used primarily for publication in the NAACP's official magazine (the "Crisis") and in its newsletter (the "Bulletin").
-  African American photographers are well represented in the work of professionals such as Ed Bagwell, Cecil Layne, Morgan & Marvin Smith, James Van Der Zee, and the Scurlock Studio. Finding aid includes index to all photographers.
-  African American artists are represented in the works of Richmond Barthé, William Chase, Elton Fax, Laurence Foy, Hubert Harper, Louise Jefferson, Cornelius Johnson, and Garrett Whyte, among others.
-  Associated textual materials memos describing how photos came to the organization, hand- and typewritten captions, notes, press releases, programs, and accompanying envelopes with annotations are filed with corresponding photographs and photomechanical prints to provide contextual information for the images. Miscellaneous supplementary and duplicate textual materials are housed in P&P's Supplementary Archives and are filed under collection name and LOT number.
-  The collection also includes special formats: 12 color transparencies, 11 16mm color film transparencies, 1 35mm slide, 55 b&w negatives, 22 panoramic photographs, 14 cartoons, 2 illustrations, 2 engravings, and 3 hinged wooden panels as well as paper printing plates, engraving plates, and printing blocks.
-  Catalog records for each LOT are available in the Library's automated catalog. Prominent subjects and people depicted, as well as prominent photographers associated with each LOT, are indexed and searchable in the Library's automated catalog.
-  Special Collections in the Library of Congress / compiled by Annette Melville. Washington, D.C. : Library of Congress, 1980, no.168
-  Transferred in various accessions from National Association for the Advancement of Colored People Records; LC Manuscript Division; 1968-1993.
Medium
4,596 items (photographic prints, photomechanical prints, lithographs, engravings, and drawings) : most b&w, a few color ; various sizes, most 8 x 10 in. or smaller, some as large as 76 x 61 cm.
Call Number/Physical Location
Guide Record [P&P]
Source Collection
National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. National Association for the Advancement of Colored People records
Repository
Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/pp.print
Digital Id
ppmsca 38429 //hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/ppmsca.38429
Library of Congress Control Number
95514327
Rights Advisory
Publication of some images may be restricted. For information see "National Association ... (NAACP) Records" (http://lcweb.loc.gov/rr/print/res/086_naa.html)
Language
English
Online Format
image
Description
Primarily images of national and local NAACP administrative staff and programs. Almost half of the collection consists of portraits of NAACP headquarter staff, state and national conference delegates, branch officers, and members, as well as entertainers, sports figures, government officials, and other professionals. Other photographs document the Association's long-term efforts to promote civil rights legislation through litigation, public protest, and sustained monitoring and reporting of lynchings and other injustices against African Americans. Many photographs cover national and regional conference activities, fundraising and membership campaigns, and marches. In addition, the NAACP's efforts to integrate the Armed Forces are shown, particularly during World War II. Of special note are snapshots taken by NAACP staff.
LCCN Permalink
https://lccn.loc.gov/95514327
Additional Metadata Formats
MARCXML Record
MODS Record
Dublin Core Record

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Chicago citation style:

National Association For The Advancement Of Colored People, Donor, and Collector National Association For The Advancement Of Colored People. Visual materials from the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People records Library of Congress. , ca. 1838. to 1969, Bulk 1944 to 1955. Photograph. https://www.loc.gov/item/95514327/.

APA citation style:

National Association For The Advancement Of Colored People, D. & National Association For The Advancement Of Colored People, C. (ca. 1838) Visual materials from the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People records Library of Congress. , ca. 1838. to 1969, Bulk 1944 to 1955. [Photograph] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/95514327/.

MLA citation style:

National Association For The Advancement Of Colored People, Donor, and Collector National Association For The Advancement Of Colored People. Visual materials from the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People records Library of Congress. to 1969, Bulk 1944 to 1955. Photograph. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <www.loc.gov/item/95514327/>.