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African American Press Photographs

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: SPC-2021-018

Scope and Contents

The African American Press Photographs Collection (1944-1999; undated) contains two boxes of 237 black-and-white and 2 color photographs related to news stories that predominantly featured African Americans. A majority of the images measure 8 x 10" and have detailed news agency captions on the back. Some images also include the headlines or clippings that the photographs were used with. Included are images related to a wide variety of topics such as pop culture; local interest stories; African American life and education; religion; politics; celebrity news; awards; protests; and more. Images feature: local recreational centers; parades; concerts; elementary and high school students; classrooms; hospitals; churches and religious events; debutante balls; construction; pro drag racing; National Black Conference Reflection Day; supermarkets; restaurants; parks and playgrounds; vocational schools; building fires; and others. Also included are headshots and images of musicians; athletes; actors; comedians; and activists such as: Natalie Hinderas, Zaida Coles, Dexter Scott King, Patti LaBelle, Charlie Mitchell, Sam McCullum, Arthur Ashe, Willie Davis, Jimmy Walker, Lionel Hampton, Flip Wilson, Levar Burton, Carl Weathers, Ray Charles, and others. A majority of the images were taken in Florida for the Miami Herald, St. Petersburg Times, and a news outlet located in Broward County; as well as images taken in Colorado for the Denver Post; Massachusetts for the Boston Herald; Washington State for the Seattle Times; and images from Missouri, Minnesota, North Carolina, Georgia, and other cities in the United States. There are also a few images taken in Gabon, Ethopia, Ghana, Niger, Zimbabwe, and DR Congo; as well as one image taken in the Bahamas, and one image taken in Rome.


  • 1944-1999; undated
  • Majority of material found within circa 1970s-1990s

Conditions Governing Access

There are no access restrictions on this collection.

Conditions Governing Use

The Gerth Archives and Special Collections is not the copyright holder for these photographs. If a patron wishes to make copies of materials in this collection, it is the responsibility of the researcher to attempt to locate the holder of the copyright to obtain permission for publication. Full responsibility for legal questions relating to the use and publication of manuscripts rests with the researcher.


2 boxes (237 black-and-white photographs; 2 color photographs)

Language of Materials



Inventory of the African American Press Photographs Collection
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description

Repository Details

Part of the California State University Dominguez Hills, Gerth Archives and Special Collections Repository

University Library South -5039 (Fifth Floor)
1000 E. Victoria St.
Carson CA 90747