Auburn Avenue Research Library for African American Culture and History prints collection
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Auburn Avenue Research Library for African American Culture and History prints collection

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Auburn Avenue Research Library
Title: Auburn Avenue Research Library for African American Culture and History prints collection
Dates: Bulk, 1850-1900
Dates: 1686-1988 1850-1900
Quantity: 9.0 linear ft.
Abstract:The collection contains both original prints and reproduced images including engravings, drawings, and a few photographic prints which appeared in magazines depicting African American experience during the Civil War and Reconstruction, as well as a series of engravings satirizing African Americans. Of special interest may be specific sets within the collection including the Jenner Moxon set, items published in Frank Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper, and items published in Harper's Weekly.
Identification: aarlprints

Scope and Content Note

The Prints Collection contains images which include engravings, drawings, and a few photographic prints which appeared in magazines. The collection contains both original prints and reprints. If an item is a reprint, this information is noted in the finding aid.

Some of the prints within the collection are part of a set or are grouped together because they appeared in the same publication. One major set is a series of nineteen engravings by Jennifer Moxon. These engravings, which are accompanied by anecdotes, satirize African-Americans. Another series consists of twelve prints, both original and reprint, from various issues Frank Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper (1857-1887). The collection also contains a series of prints, both original and reprint, from various issues of Harper's Weekly (1863-1895). Both sets of prints from these serial publications provide images of the African-American experience during the Civil War and Reconstruction. In addition to these three sets, the collection contains other smaller sets and various individual prints.

Index Terms

African American prints.
Engraving (printing process).
Reconstruction (U.S. history, 1865-1877)
Satire, American.
United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Prints collection. Archives Division, Auburn Avenue Research Library on African American Culture and History, Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System.


Restrictions of Access

There are no restrictions on the research use of this collection.

Restrictions on Use

Prior permission from the Research Library must be obtained in writing before any portion of this collection can be published or reproduced.

Container List



1 The Colored Band - Illustrations of Negro Life in Washington by Mrs. Rollinson Colburn, copyright 1887.
Mr. Ira Aldridge as Aaron (Titus Andronicus) from a Daguerreotype by Paine of Islington. John Tallis & Company, New York and Amsterdam
The War in North Carolina - A Deserted Plantation near Craven, N.C., [1862].
A Grouty Specimen - A woman in New Orleans (p. 191) and A Double Burden (p. 192) Harper's New Monthly Magazine, [c. 1886].
Union Station - Atlanta, Georgia by Horace Bradley
Africa Exploration: Three (3) copper plate engravings. Amsterdam, 1686.
African-American Cotton Farm. undesignated lithographer, ca. 1874-1880.
Courage; "Dying to Save the Queens Colours." An episode in the Battle of Insandlswhana, the death of Lieutenants Melville and Coghill 24th Regiment. British American Tobacco, Ltd. successor to Wm. Cameron & Bro., Petersburg, Va. Color lithograph
Satirical treatment of African-Americans. Jener Moxon, engraver.
Nineteen (19) engravings, each engraving is accompanied by text/anecdote.


2 National Hospital Edifice, proposed Lodge for Colored Insane. Lith. of P. S. Daniel and Co., Philadelphia, Oct. 1, 1854.
Overcoming a Base-Ball Difficulty. Judge. Lithograph, copyright 1897
The Chicken Spoiled Discipline. Judge. Lithograph, copyright 1897.
" There'll Be a Hot Time in de Old Town To-Night." Judge, Sept. 4, 1897.
Lithograph; subject - Ohio politics.
Products by Dr. Carver. Psycho Beautigram Etching. Reg. U.S. Patent Office, 1952.
Dr. George Washington Carver, Famous Scientist. Psycho Beautigram Etching. Reg. U.S. Patent Office, c. 1946.
Jack Johnson Champion of the World. Engraving/Half tone, c. 1909.
The Rev. Josiah Henson ("Uncle Tom"). The Illustrated London News, p. 261, March 17, 1877.
The Late War in Africa. Sick and Wounded Prisoners Returning Down Country. London : 1881. The Illustrated London News, p. 636-637, June 25, 1881 (40 x 55 cm. engraving)
Shows an oxcart ambulance carrying British wounded.
" Concerning the Cameroons Campaign." The Illustrated London News, (p. 76), Jan. 15, 1916
"Mimi" and "Tou-Tou": A Thames -To-Tanganyika Romance. The Illustrated London News, (pp. 643-644), May 20, 1916.
Negro Camp-Meeting in Duchess County, New York. Drawn specially for Once a Week by M. Colin. Once a Week Magazine, vol. XI no. 21 . Reprint, Sept. 2, 1893.
Terrible Tragedy at Louisville, KY., Scene at the Execution, and Portraits of The Victims. Frank Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper, (p. 25), June 13, 1857.
Stampede Among the Negroes in Virginia - Their Arrival at Fortress Monroe. From sketches by our special artist in Fortress Monroe. Frank Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper, pp. 56-57, June 8, 1861.
Our Cotton Campaign in South Carolina - Gathering, Packing and Shipping the cotton crops of the sea islands, Port Royal, by the Federal Army under General Sherman. From sketches by our own special artist accompanying the expedition. Frank Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper, Reprint, Feb. 15, 1862.
Scenes in Louisiana - Pickets of the First Louisiana "Native Guard" Guarding New Orleans. Frank Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper, (pp. 369-370), Mar. 7, 1862.
The War in South Carolina. Sketches by W.T. Crane. Frank Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper, Vol. 14 No. 248 (pp. 145-146), June 7, 1862.
Plantation Police, or House Guard, examining passes on the road leading to the, levee of the Mississippi River. From a sketch by F. B. Schell. Frank Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper, Reprint, July 11, 1863.
Presentation of Color to the 20th Colored Infantry, Col. Bartram, At the Union League Club House, N.Y., March 5. Frank Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper, p. 4, March 26, 1864.
The War on the Mississippi - Negro Recruits Taking the Cars for Murfreesboro. From a sketch by C. E. Hillem. Frank Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper, (pp. 109-110), May 7, 1864.
American Industries-Silk Culture in Alabama-An Enterprise founded and carried on by colored people at Huntsville. From Sketches by A. Berghaus. Frank Leslie's illustrated Newspaper, (p. 408), Aug. 17, 1878.
Educational Progress in Virginia-Schools for Colored Children in Richmond. Frank Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper, (pp. 353-354), July 21, 1883.
George L. Ruffin, the First Colored Judge in Massachusetts. Frank Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper, (p. 237), Dec. 1, 1883.
Virginia - the Recent Political Campaign-General Fitzhugh Lee, The Democratic Candidate for Governor and his Escort, Entering Petersburg, Oct. 24th. Frank Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper, (pp. 183-186), Nov. 7, 1885.
Sambo's Testimonial. Specially drawn by H. S. Mark, R. A. for the properties of Pear Soap. Advertisement. Frank Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper, (p. 256), Dec. 05, 1885.
A Flying Trip to the New South, No. 2-Picturesque Bits of Lite and Character. From sketches by Joseph Becker. Frank Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper, (p. 181), Nov. 05, 1887.
The Negro in the War.-Various employments of colored men in the Federal Army. Frank Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper, Reprint, no date.
Contrabands coming into the Federal camp in Virginia. From a sketch by Edwin Forbes Frank Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper. Reprint, no date.
Turkana Chief Wearing the Hair of his Ancestors. Unknown publication, c. 1920.
" Ohio's White and Colored Troops Returning Home." Mid-Week Pictorial, Apr. 19, 1919.
" Structures Rich in Historic Associations", c. 1920.
A house which once was the temporary home of over two dozen slaves.
Frederick Douglas (Engraving (mounted as part of collage))
Frederick Douglas. Washington, D.C. - The New Administration-Colored Citizens Paying their Respects to Marshal Frederick Douglas, in his office at the City Hall (Colored engraving (mounted as part of collage))
Running the Gauntlet: Special Course for Colored Cadets at West Point. color, Puck, Vol. 7 No. 163, Apr. 21, 1880.
The Pullman Porters "Kick". Color, Puck, Vol 50 No. 1279, (1901)
The Statue of "The Freed Slave" in Memorial Hall. Historical Register of the Centennial Exposition
New York City. - Colored Regugees From Arkansas Awaiting Transportation to Liberia at the Mount Olivet Baptist Chapel, 4/24/1880.
The Black Swan - Miss Elizabeth T. Greenfield. Illustrated News, April 2, 1853.
Namibia in the 1869s as seen and painted by Thomas Baines, 1988. (10 colour prints)
All prints have been made from original paintings by Thomas Baines (1820s-1875), executed during his travels in Central Namibia during 1861 and 1863/64. Reprint by National Archives of Namibia, Department of National Education.
Death of Washington, Dec. 14 A.D. 1799. N. Currier, printmaker


3 A Slave-Pen at New Orleans - Before the Auction. A Sketch of the Past and Secesh Women Leaving Washington for Richmondsketched by Mr. Jasper Green. Harper's Weekly, (p. 61), Jan. 24, 1863. (Hand-colored)
A Negro Regiment in Action. Harper's Weekly, Reprint, March 14, 1863.
Emancipated Slaves, white and colored. - The children are from the schools established in New Orleans, by order of Major-General Banes. Harper's Weekly, Reprint, Jan. 30, 1864.
Negroes Escaping out of Slavery. Sketched by A.R. Waud. Harper's Weekly, Reprint, May 7, 1864.
Celebration of the Abolition of Slavery in the District of Columbia by the Colored People in Washington, April 19, 1866. Sketched, by F. Dielman and A Political Discussion. Harper's Weekly, Reprint, May 12, 1866.
Cotton Team in North Carolina. Drawn by Edwin Forbes. Harper's Weekly, Reprint, May 12, 1866.
Southern Rights; Reconstruction by Thomas Nast. Harper's Weekly, (pp. 551-554), Sept. 1, 1866.
" Zion School for colored children, Charleston, South Carolina." From a sketch by A.R. Waud. Harper's Weekly, Reprint, Dec. 15, 1866.
Rice Culture on the Ogechee, near Savannah, Georgia. Sketched by A.R. Waud. Harper's Weekly, Reprint, Jan. 5, 1867.
Southern Justice (multiple engravings) by Thomas Nast. Harper's Weekly, (pp. 183-186), Mar. 23, 1867.
Colored Scholars learning their lessons on the Street and Colored Scholars on their way to school; and St. Philip's Church, Richmond, Virginia - School for colored children. Harper's Weekly, vol. XI no. 543, Reprint, May 25, 1867.
" The First Vote." Drawn by A.R. Waud. Harper's Weekly, vol. XI no. 568, Reprint, Nov. 16, 1867.
" Would You Marry Your Daughter to a Nigger?" Harper's Weekly, (pp. 443-444), July 11, 1868.
" This is a White Man's Government" Harper's Weekly, (pp. 567-568), Sept. 5, 1868.
Patience on a Monument. Harpers' Weekly, (p. 648), Oct. 10, 1868.
A Remarkable Event in the history of the National Congress - The Hon. John Willis Meard, colored representative from Louisiana, receiving congratulations of his friends on the floor of the House. Harper's Weekly, Reprint, Dec. 7, 1868.
Hon. John W. Menard, Colored Congressman from Louisiana. Harpers' Weekly, (p. 53), Jan. 23, 1869.
Flower-sellers in the market at Washington, D.C. Drawn by A.L. Jackson; and First Municipal Election in Richmond since the end of the war - Registration of Colored Voters. Drawn by W. L. Shepherd. Harper's Weekly, Reprint, June 4, 1870.
President Grant and Why They Don't Like Him. Harpers' Weekly, (p. 873), Sept. 16, 1871.
Octavius V. Catto. Harpers' Weekly, (p. 1005), Oct. 28, 1871.
Market Scenes in Richmond, Virginia. [drawn by W. L. Sheppard] Harpers' Weekly, (p. 1173), Dec. 16, 1871.
What I Know About Horace Greely. Harpers' Weekly, Supplement (pp. 49-52), Jan. 20, 1872.
Fruit Carriers Going to Jerusalem. Harpers' Weekly, (p. 188), Mar. 9, 1872.
Mine Oyster - Dredging boats in the Chesapeake. Harper's Weekly, Supplement . Reprint, Mar. 16, 1872.
A "Liberal" Surrender?"Any Thing to Beat Grant." Harpers' Weekly, (p. 364), May 11, 1872.
Negro Life in the South. Drawn by W. L. Sheppard. Harpers' Weekly, (p. 388, text p. 391), May 18, 1872.
The White Sepulchre, covering the Monument of Infamy with His White Hat and Coat [Ku Klux Klan and Tammany Ring] Harper's Weekly, (pp. 691-692), Sept. 7, 1872.
Played Out. Harpers' Weekly, (p. 468), June 15, 1872.
Colored Rule in a Reconstructed (?) State. Harper's Weekly, (cover page-230), Mar. 14, 1874. (Hand-colored)
Jacob Wainwright and the Body of Dr. Livington -- [From a photograph taken at Aden]. Harper's Weekly, (p. 413, text pp. 412-414), May 16, 1874.
" Of Course He Wants to Vote the Democratic Ticket!" Harper's Weekly (pp 847-848), Oct. 21, 1876.
Decorative Art has at Last reached Blackville - "Dat small Japan jug cum from, de ruins of Pompy." Drawn by Sol Eytinge. Harper's Weekly, 1878. (Hand-colored)
" The West Point Outrage - The Court of Inquiry in Session". Harper's Weekly, (pp. 285-286), May 1, 1880 (Hand-colored)
Frederick Douglas. Harper's Weekly, vol. XXVII no. 1405, Reprint, Nov. 24, 1883.
" Their Pride". From the painting by Thomas Hovenden. Harper's Weekly, Reprint, Dec. 8, 1888.
" The President in Atlanta" (Illustration of President Grover Cleveland in the Negro Building of the Atlanta Exposition). Harper's Weekly, (p. 1038), Nov. 2, 1895.
Scenes on the "Midway" - Cotton States and International Exposition, Atlanta, Georgia. drawn by W. A. Rogers. Harper's Weekly, (pp. 1109-1110), [1895].
" The Pastor's Visit". From the painting by Richard N. Brooke, in the Corcoran Gallery, Washington, D.C. Harper's Weekly, vol. XXVI no. 1347, Reprint, no date.
" Duel Between Colored Men Near Savannah, Georgia." Harper's Weekly, June 27, 1868.
" The Ute War - The Colored Troops Fighting Their Way Into the Beleaguered camp." drawn by C.S. Reinhart. Harper's Weekly, No. 1, 1879.
The First Reading of the Emancipation Proclamation Before the Cabinet, from the original picture painted at the White House in 1864. Engraved by A. H. Ritchie
The Fort Pillow Massacre. April 12, 1864, Union: (Maj. Booth, Com) Colored T.262 (Maj. Bradford) W.T. 276 & CIV., 350 K°, 60 W° & 164 Mis. Conf: (Gen. Forrest) 20 K° & 60 W°. Copyrighted 1892 by Kurz & Allison - 76 & 78 Wabash Ave., Chicago
Battle of Bunker Hill June 17th, 1775. Kurz & Allison Art Publishers, Chicago