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African American Family Photo Album

Identifier: MS 00229

Scope and Contents

Photo album, circa 1940s-1950s, of an unidentified African-American family, most likely of Richmond, Virginia. Includes snapshots of different family members, photos of family members taken at schools (including Maggie L. Walker High School) and colleges (including Virginia Union University, with shots of the Bell Tower, Kingsley Hall, and Pickford Hall), at church (Moore Street Baptist Church) and at various holidays and other events. Several Richmond streets and landmarks are also featured in the photos, including the State Capitol Building, Executive Mansion, and Capitol Square, the Broad Street Station, the momuments of Matthew Fontaine Maury, Robert E. Lee, and J.E.B. Stuart on Monument Avenue, and the Maymont estate/park.


  • 1940-1950

Conditions Governing Access

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.

Conditions Governing Use

Before publishing quotations or excerpts from any materials, permission must be obtained from the Curator of Manuscripts and Rare Books, and the holder of the copyright, if not Swem Library.


1.25 Linear Feet



Custodial History

This collection was previously identified as Mss. Acc. 2010.097. The fragile nature of this item may limit handling.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Ebay purchase. Acquired 02/09/2010.

Guide to African American Family Photo Album
Karen King, SCRC Staff
March 2018
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Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Research Center Repository