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African American Studies: Graphic Arts

Primary and selected secondary sources for research in African American Studies at Princeton University.

African American Portraits, 1860s-1880s

Princeton University Library’s Graphic Arts Collection recently acquired a collection of African American Portraits, 1860s-1880s.   These early photographs of men, women, and children were developed using the tintype process patented in the United States by Hamilton Smith in 1856.  Nearly all the names of the sitters are unknown with the exception of one portrait of “African–American child, Sally Rice.”  Names of photographers are unknown. 

 

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-floor 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 contact the Department of Rare Books and Special Collections, Graphic Arts Collection

Julie Mellby, Graphic Arts Librarian

jmellby@princeton.edu

609-258-3197