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W.E.B. Du Bois Papers

Series 17. Photographs, 1864-1963

4.5 boxes (1.87 linear feet)

MS 312


W.E.B. Du Bois as a child, 1872

W.E.B. Du Bois as a child, 1872

First are several hundred photographs that Du Bois solicited for publication in The Crisis: photographs of Black children, Black recipients of college degrees and honors, and Blacks in important positions. This series of photographs published in The Crisis is Du Bois' contribution to, and probably the initiation of, the marshaling of evidence that "Black is beautiful." Almost all of the photographs are identified on the backs and in the Selective Item List in the finding aid. The second group is just under two hundred Du Bois family and personal photographs, including one album arranged in roughly chronological order. Some of the most-photographed trips and other events in Du Bois' life have been arranged, together with photographs on other specific topics, among the approximately three hundred photographs in the third group, "Theme" photographs.

The photographs are arranged in three groups: Crisis photos, personal and family photos and theme photos.