The majority of this collection includes photographs of Africans, Afro-Caribbeans, and African Americans in the late 19th and early 20th century; however, including the outliers, it ranges from 1847 to around 1969. The collection also includes watercolors, engravings, trading cards, and other ephemeral items depicting people of African descent or places, people, or items relating to their history. The bulk of the collection is from the United States, while three items are from Africa and five from the Caribbean. The collection has been arranged into series by region and the items within each series have been arranged by date. Notable items in this diverse collection include a group photograph from the establishment of the National Association of Colored Women, a large number of promotional images from various entertainment agencies in New York and Chicago in the 1940’s, and an engraving of a prayer meeting in a contraband camp in 1862.