[PW] photographs of black news-makers

Claire clairefromclare at gmail.com
Wed Aug 10 11:21:15 PDT 2016

James McGrath Morris recently published a biography of Ethel Payne, who
reported for the Defender, though after your time period.  *Eye on the
Struggle*.  There might be some leads in the bibliography, sources, and

On Wed, Aug 10, 2016 at 1:58 PM, Hunt, Kelley <Kelley.Hunt at countylibrary.org
> wrote:

> Sometimes you can find very good reproductions of photographs that were
> published with newspaper articles in the www.hathitrust.org archives-
> usually reprinted in magazines from the same era.
> Good luck on your search.
> Kelley
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> Subject: [PW] photographs of black news-makers
> 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
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