[PW] photographs of black news-makers

Donna Halper dlh at donnahalper.com
Wed Aug 10 10:24:12 PDT 2016

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 

Donna L. Halper, PhD
Associate Professor of Communication and Media Studies
Lesley University, Cambridge MA

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