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Rare Images Shed Light on a Century of African-American Life
by Hilarie M. Sheets
The New York Times and Cornell University Translate This Article
9 February 2017
On 9 February 2017 The New York Times and Cornell University reported:
Cornell University Library has just made its Loewentheil Collection of African-American Photographs - 645 rare images dating from the 1860s through the 1960s that show a slice of American life not widely visible or preserved - available online. Donated to the university by Stephan and Beth Loewentheil in 2012, the collection includes famous faces, like the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Muhammad Ali, but mostly historical images of African-Americans going about their daily business or commemorating occasions like graduations and weddings.
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Cornell University reported that the photographs include tintypes of freed slaves and personal family photo albums . . . . They encompass daguerreotypes, ambrotypes, carte-de-visite photographs, albumen prints, Polaroids and more. Such photographs, particularly from the early days of photography, are extremely rare. The pictures reveal volumes about black life and struggles, and stand to impact the fields of African-American studies, American history, art history and the history of photography, among other disciplines.
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