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Major Holdings

  • Unidentified Photographer, I Sell the Shadow to Support the Substance—Sojourner Truth, 1864
  • Attributed to Frances Benjamin Johnston, [Calhoun School album], ca. 1902
  • Unidentified Photographer, [Nora Douglas Holt], ca. 1930
  • Unidentified Photographer, [11th Patriarchie Regiment Band, GUOOF], ca. 1900

Cowin Collection of African American History


This important collection of about 1,600 photographs, in a variety of vernacular formats from tintypes to photographic albums, comprises a comprehensive view of everyday African American life from 1860 to 1930.