[PW] photographs of black news-makers

Ellen Cousins ellen at smithie.com
Wed Aug 10 11:27:16 PDT 2016

Hello Donna,

This may be a good resource for you:

Black Press Research Collective


Ellen C. 

Ellen Cousins
Primos Research

> On Aug 10, 2016, at 10:24 AM, Donna Halper <dlh at donnahalper.com> wrote:
> This is purely for my own research, so, there's no hurry.  I am working on a conference paper and finding it very difficult to locate photographs of certain black news-makers from the 1920s-1930s. The news industry was segregated, sad to say, and black reporters generally worked for the black press; but many of those papers are now defunct, or under new ownership, and their photo files have either vanished or were never preserved. I can easily find the photos on microfilm, but they are usually of very poor quality and would not look good in a presentation.
> I especially need some photos that appeared in the Chicago Defender & Pittsburgh Courier in the mid-to-late 1930s, but neither newspaper has saved the originals; nor does the Library of Congress or the Chicago Public Library own copies-- I've checked (both online, and by calling their archivists). Any ideas about whether a repository for news photos from the black newspapers and magazines exists anywhere? Thanks for any suggestions.
> Donna L. Halper, PhD
> Associate Professor of Communication and Media Studies
> Lesley University, Cambridge MA
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