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African American Cabinet Cards

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: MS 00066

Scope and Contents

53 cabinet cards depicting African Americans from the 1880s-1890s. Photography studios' information is printed on the cards, but personal information concerning those photographed is not included.

One cabinet card was taken by a C. E. Cheyne photography in Hampton, Virginia. The back of the cabinet card reads Carrie E. Stules, January 14, 1896.

Three cabinet cards are of the medicine show duo "Pete and Lize," photographed by E. R. Rose, Oswego, Kansas. Geo Hamtpon performed as Pete, and Eddie B. Love, a female impersonator, performed as Lize. The duo toured throughout Kansas in 1890s.

There is also a cabinet card to Booker T. Washington taken by Russell and Sons, Windsor, England, reprinted by P .S. Rogers, New York, New York.

Other photography studios in the collection include:

Bewsaw's, Bellefontaine, Ohio

Edward's, Pittsburg, Pennsylvania

M. Goulart, New Bedford

Fowler and Pruden, Eclipse Studio, Jamestown, New York

Russell, Baltimore, Maryland

Heyn, Omaha, Nebraska

E. W. Fortune, Los Angeles, California

W. A. Biddle, Richwood, Ohio

C. Jessen and Company, Providence, Rhode Island

Weyrich's Studio, Hillsboro, Ohio

C. M. Huddleston, New Castle, Indiana

J. H. Danner, St. Paul, Minnesota

A. H. Fell, Fort Ann, New York

C. P. Hormig, Frankfort, Indiana

D. L. Cook, Fort Scott, Kansas

C. H. Webster, South Haven, Michigan

C. M. Bowman and Company, Omaha, Nebraska

Goerge F. Riel, Chicago, Illinois

Mulligan Brothers, Columbus, Ohio

M. Oteship, Newark, New Jersey

W. T. Caldwell, Alliance, Nebraska

The J.A. Pfeifer Company, Columbus, Ohio

Johnson S. Souder, Selma, Alabama

Hunt, Mayfieldm Kentucky

Lawrence Mettner, Kansas

Dillon, Cincinnati, Ohio

M. Koogle and J. H. King, Bellefontaine, Ohio

McLeod, Atchison, Kansas

Levi Gold, Cincinnati, Ohio

Jackson, Waco, Texas

J. R. Pearson, Pittsburg, Pennsylvania

Crocker, Corning, New York

Sullivan, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

J.J. Millikin, Bellefontaine, Ohio


  • Creation: circa 1880s-1890s

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Collection is open to all researchers. Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations, such as the Virginia Public Records Act (Code of Virginia. § 42.1-76-91); and the Virginia Freedom of Information Act (Code of Virginia § 2.2-3705.5). Confidential material may include, but is not limited to, educational, medical, and personnel records. If sensitive material is found in this collection, please contact a staff member immediately. The disclosure of personally identifiable information pertaining to a living individual may have legal consequences for which the College of William and Mary assumes no responsibility.

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Guide to the African American Cabinet Cards
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The collection description/finding aid is written in English

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Research Center Repository