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Roland L. Freeman papers

Identifier: aarl096-020

Scope and Content Note

The collection contains: Two (2) Books; Three (3) Pamphlets, Three Flyers, Three Newspaper article clippings and Two Invitation cards.


  • 1989?-1996


Restrictions on Use

This collection is available for use only on the second floor (Archives Division) of the Auburn Avenue Research Library. There are no restrictions on research use of the collection, but permission must be obtained for reproductions of materials for which the Research Library does not hold copyright to researcher only for "Fair Use" as defined in the copyright 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.

Copyright Restrictions

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

Historical Sketch

Mr. Roland L. Freeman is a native of Baltimore, Maryland, and presently based in Washington DC as a freelance photographer. He is the president of The Group for Cultural Documentation, Inc. He has taught documentary photography at George Washington University, and was photographer-in-residence/research associate with. the Institute for the Arts and the Humanities at Howard University. Mr. Freeman has done assignment for the London Sunday Times (England), Newsweek, Forbes, Nation's Business, Inc., Human Behavior, Family Circle, Essence, Black Enterprise, American Visions The World and I, National Geographic, and many other publications. Mr. Freeman also served as a field research photographer in folklore for the Smithsonian Institute's Center for Folk life Programs and Cultural Studies. He received two Masters of Photography Visual Arts Fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts (1982and 1991), and was the only photographer to be awarded a Young Humanist fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities (1970). He also received, in 1994, the Living Legend Award for Distinguished Achievement in Photography from the National Black Arts Festival. Mr. Freeman as distinguished photographer has also published many books. His publications include: Something To Keep You Warm: The Roland Freeman Collection of Black American Quilts from the Mississippi Heartland (Mississippi Department of Archives and History, 1979, now out of print); Southern Roads/City Pavements: Photographs of Black Americans (International Center of Photography, New York, 1981), which was also a national and international touring exhibit; Stand By ME: African American Expressive Culture in Philadelphia (Smithsonian Institution's Office of Folk life Programs, 1989); The Arabbers of Baltimore (Tidewater Publishers, Centreville, Maryland, 1989); and Margaret Walker's 'For My People: A Tribute, Photographs by Roland L. Freeman (University Press of Mississippi, Jackson and London, 1992). He has also had major photo essays in the following books: The State of the Cities, A Report of the Commission on the Cities in the 70's, by Senator R. Harris and Mayor John V. Lindsay ( Praeger Publishers and National Urban Coalition, New York, 1972); Children Out of School, a Report by the Children's Defense Fund (Washington, DC., 1974); and, Neighborhoods: A Self-Help Sampler, (U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Washington, D.C., 1979). Mr. Freeman is also a collector of Black folk art. Finally, Mr. Roland L. Freeman has been involved in an on-going project using the camera as research tool in the study of Black culture throughout the African Diaspora. The project is called "While There Is Still Time," and seeks to research, document, interpret and exhibit some of' the last vestiges of traditional African-American folk life practices.


0.5 Linear feet




The collection contains: Two (2) Books; Three (3) Pamphlets, Three (3) Flyers, Three (3) Newspaper article clippings and Two (2) Invitation cards.


The Auburn Avenue Research Library, Archives Division received the Roland Freeman Papers as a gift from Mr. Roland Freeman on the 1st day of October, 1996.

Processing Information

Processed by Okezie E. Amalaha. Completed on 1996
Inventory of the Roland L. Freeman Papers aarl096-020 aarl096-020
Finding aid prepared by Finding aid prepared by Auburn Avenue Research Library on African American Culture and History
2004 September 15
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Repository Details

Part of the Auburn Avenue Research Library on African-American Culture and History Repository

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Atlanta GA 30303