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African American Studies: Graphic Arts

Graphic Arts - finding aids

The Graphic Arts Collection includes artists' and private press books, as well as materials for the study of paper and papermaking, printing, calligraphy, printmaking, fine binding, typography, and book design. Of special interest are the Sinclair Hamilton Collection of American Illustrated Books; 18th- and 19th-century British artists and illustrators (particularly George and Robert Cruikshank, Thomas Rowlandson, and William Hogarth), and the Charles Rahn Fry Pochoir Collection.

The collection includes more than 22,000 examples of fine letterpress printing, bookbinding, papermaking, modern calligraphy, and artists' books, as well as reference works on the history of the book and printing. Among the primary source materials are over 20,000 drawings, prints, paintings, and photographs related to the history of book illustration, vintage printing presses and type, approximately 350 blocks and plates for printmaking, and 100 linear feet of printed ephemera such as bookplates, trade cards, and postcards. 

Source: http://www.princeton.edu/rbsc/department/graphicarts/


 Ulli Steltzer Photographs of African Americans 

Contains black-and-white photographs of African Americans in rural and urban areas. The photographs appear to be mid-20th century, and are mounted on board. Proper titles for the photographs were not available; the titles below are descriptive. 

Location: Graphic Arts 

Call number: GC 116


 Vechten, Carl Van, 1880-1964 

Bill Robinson, April 18, 1941, photograph. 

GC 123 Carl Van Vechten Photographs Collection 

Location: C-floor vault, GC 123 

Record no. 4543


Vechten, Carl Van, 1880-1964 

Bricktop: Paris, June 22, 1934, photograph. 

GC 123 Carl Van Vechten Photographs Collection 

Location: C-floor vault, GC 123 

Record no. 4466


 Vechten, Carl Van, 1880-1964 

Cab Calloway, Jan. 12, 1933 

GC 123 Carl Van Vechten Photographs Collection 

Location: C-flor vault, GC 123 

Record no. 4439


 Vechten, Carl Van, 1880-1964 

Earle Jones in Langston Hughes's play, Don't you want to be free? 

GC 123 Carl Van Vechten Photographs Collection 

Location: C-floor vault, GC 123 

Record no. 4454


 Vechten, Carl Van, 1880-1964 

Ethel Waters in Manbals Daughter, Feb. 19, 1939, photograph. 

GC 123 Carl Van Vechten Photographs Collection 

Location: C-floor vault, GC 123 

Record no. 4478


 Vechten, Carl Van, 1880-1964 

Katherine Durham, May 10, 1940, photograph. 

GC 123 Carl Van Vechten Photographs Collection 

Location: C-floor vault, GC 123 

Record no. 4533


 Vechten, Carl Van, 1880-1964 

Langston Hughes photograph.

Sylvia Beach Collection 

Location: RBSC, Sylvia Beach Collection, Box 278 

Notes: Dedication, verso: 'To Sylvia Beach Sincerely Langston Hughes Paris, July 37.'

Physical description: Good condition. Soiled and turning brittle. Filed with enlarged copy print. Signed with blind stamp: 'Photograph by Carl Van Vechten.' 

Record no. 7072


Vechten, Carl Van, 1880-1964 

Marian Anderson, Ave Maria, July 17, 1947, photograph. 

GC 123 Carl Van Vechten Photographs Collection 

Location: C-floor vault, GC 123 

Record no. 4436


 Vechten, Carl Van, 1880-1964 

Pearl Bailey: St. Louis Woman, July 5, 1946 

GC 123 Carl Van Vechten Photographs Collection 

Location: C-floor vault, GC 123 

Record no. 4438


 Vechten, Carl Van, 1880-1964 

Richard Wright, photograph.

Sylvia Beach Collection 

Location: RBSC, Sylvia Beach Collection, Box 278 

Record no. 7071


 For assistance, please contact the Department of Rare Books and Special Collections, Graphic Arts Collection

Julie Mellby, Graphic Arts Librarian

EM: jmellby@princeton.edu

Tel: 609-258-3197

Librarian for History and African American Studies