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African, Afro-Caribbean, and African American Photographs and Ephemera Collection

Identifier: 11-MWalB02706
"The Zulu Prince and his aids at the Kraal"

Scope and Contents

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.


  • 1847-1969

Conditions Governing Access

Access to the collection is in accordance with the policies of the Robert D. Farber University Archives & Special Collections Department, Brandeis University. Please contact the department for more information.

Conditions Governing Use

Requests to reproduce or publish material from the collection should be directed to the Robert D. Farber University Archives & Special Collections Department, Brandeis University.


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This collection is arranged into three series based on where the images within were taken or created: Africa, the Caribbean, and the United States of America. Within the African and Caribbean series, the items are arranged in chronological order.  Within the American series, the items are separated into folders that each cover a certain period of time. For the most part the items in those folders are arranged chronologically.

Hallie Appel
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Repository Details

Part of the Brandeis University Repository

415 South St.
Waltham MA

About Us

The Robert D. Farber University Archives & Special Collections Department at Brandeis University consists of two collecting units, the University Archives and Special Collections. University Archives documents the history and development of Brandeis University and its faculty, staff, students, and alumni. Special Collections features a broad array of unique primary source materials across a wide range of disciplines that support research, teaching and learning at Brandeis. Learn more about our collections