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Johns Hopkins University collection of Black Americana materials

 Collection
Identifier: MS-0844

Scope and Contents

The Johns Hopkins University collection of Black Americana materials spans from approximately 1870 to the 1950s. The collection consists of postcards, broadsides, and other printed ephemera that depict African American people in ways that are often racist and caricatured. The term "Black Americana" is used to describe such materials which are generally viewed and sold today as collectors' items. This collection aims not to promote or otherwise celebrate these materials, but to use them as teaching tools to critically examine the legacy of racism in the United States and the consequences of racist depictions both at the time the items were created and in their use today.

Dates

  • approximately 1870-1950s

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is housed off-site and requires 48-hours' notice for retrieval. Contact Special Collections for more information.

This collection is located at the George Peabody Library and may require scheduling a special appointment to access it. Contact Special Collections for more information.

Additional access notes are found in the appendix to the Best Practices.

Conditions Governing Use

Single copies may be made for research purposes. Researchers are responsible for determining any copyright questions. It is not necessary to seek our permission as the owner of the physical work to publish or otherwise use public domain materials that we have made available for use, unless Johns Hopkins University holds the copyright.

Biographical / Historical

This is an artificially assembled collection of materials purchased and selected by the curators of Special Collections. Please see the series descriptions for biographical or historical information regarding specific items.

Extent

1.25 Cubic Feet (1 flat box and 2 legal full-sized boxes)

Language of Materials

English

Abstract

The Johns Hopkins University collection of Black Americana materials spans from approximately 1870 to the 1950s. It is an artificially assembled collection of materials purchased and selected by the curators of Special Collections. The collection primarily consists of postcards, broadsides, and other printed ephemera that depict African American people in ways that are often racist and caricatured.

Custodial History

Some of the materials in this collection were originally a part of the Johns Hopkins University Black Americana collection, MS.0672.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The collection consists of purchases from various antiquarian dealers and booksellers. Please see individual series descriptions for more information.

Processing Information

This collection was processed in 2015 by Jordon Steele, with additional processing by Annie Tang and Bex Dansereau in 2017 and by Kristen Diehl in 2019.

Creator

Title
Guide to the Johns Hopkins University collection of Black Americana materials
Author
Jordon Steele, Annie Tang, Bex Dansereau, and Kristen Diehl
Date
2019 April
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Language of description note
English

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Repository

Contact:
The Sheridan Libraries
Special Collections
3400 N Charles St
Baltimore MD 21218 USA