African American Photo Collection, 1850-2000

This record collection in Ancestry Library Edition (Ancestry LE) contains public domain photos and prints relating to African American persons and culture (19th and early 20th century). These images are part of the collections of the U.S. National Archives and the Library of Congress.

All images contain some descriptive data. This data may include:

    Title of image or photograph
    Collection name
    Notes and descriptions

Individuals depicted in photos are generally NOT named, so browsing will likely be a necessity for many users of this record collection.

Note: This record collection contains words and images that some people may find offensive or inflammatory. They are included here because believes these primary source documents have significant genealogical and historical value, even though they reflect the attitudes and perspectives of the eras when they were created.

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