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General Photograph Collection

Identifier: aarl-89-12

Scope and Contents

The General Photographs Collection consists of images of African American life from the 1880s to the 1980s. Many of these photographs are portraits taken in various studios on the East Coast of the United States, other are snapshots of family life, school, church and the many social organizations of the African American community.

Some photographs in this collection showcase the neighborhoods and businesses that existed in the early to mid 20th century. Majority of the photos are from locations in and around Atlanta, but a number of images were taken outside of the state of Georgia.


  • Majority of material found within 1900 - 1979

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is available for use in the Archives Division of the Auburn Avenue Research Library. There are no restrictions on research use of the collection, but permission must be obtained for reproduction of materials for which the Research Library does not hold copyright to research only for "Fair Use" as defined in the copright law (Title 17, United States Code). Also permission must be obtained to publish reproductions from materials for which the Research Library does hold copyright for one time use only.


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