[PW] photographs of black news-makers

Pat Welch patw at microverb.com
Wed Aug 10 15:19:41 PDT 2016

At the moment there is an original press photo available on eBay at


"1936 Chicago Defender Reporters With Kansas Governor Alfred Landon Press

Reporters are interviewing Landon in the Defender offices.

Maybe just the one photo. I didn't look around.

There is some suggestion, in the item description, of a large archive.


> 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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