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I'm so glad I stumbled across this site! Your commentary on the life and times of s Washington D. I love seeing the photos of these beautiful, prominent, affluent African Americans. Hearing about your process for organizing and preserving these photos and negatives was fun, too. Many thanks for sharing this adventure of yours! This Blog brings Archivists, Museum Specialists, and Librarians around the Smithsonian to write about their new collections, current works in progress or whatever catches their eye.
It is our goal to bring our readers collection highlights, unveil hidden collections as they become online, and relate to current events with historical artifacts, art work and research materials from the past. We encourage conversation, questions, and comments. Smithsonian Collections Blog Highlighting the hidden treasures from over 2 million collections. These records consist of photographic negatives and prints, and business records. The Scurlock Studio was a family-run photographic business founded by Addison Scurlock. His sons George and Robert continued the business after his death in until it closed in During the past six weeks, three of my fellow interns and I have worked on this vast and wonderful collection.
We have specifically handled the numerous black-and-white and color negatives, which we rehouse in acid-free paper enclosures for long-term preservation. We then enter each client name, job and box into an Excel spreheet, which I personally enjoy doing.
The first negatives I rehoused were black-and-white negatives dating from the s and s. I ha ve developed an admiration for the different hair and fashion styles of the era. An i ndividual looking at the negative could get a clear idea of the time period by observing styles of clothing and hair.
The same thought extends to the color negatives I have handled. These negatives start around , and at this point we are rehousing negatives from the s. Again, I enjoy looking at the clothes people wore during these decades. I was especially amused by the of clients who showed off their Afro hairstyles and colorful business suits and dresses.
Two other places we saw were the Howard Theater and Howard University, which also provide a good representation of the African American history embedded in the community. Over the weeks of handling the collection, I can conclude that the Scurlock Studio Records reflects on the. The affluence is shown. Posted by David Haberstich at PM. Share on Tumblr. Labels: African American , Photographs , Preservation. Newer Post Older Post Home. Subscribe to: Post Comments Atom. Subscribe To Posts Atom.
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