African American
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The West

Part of the American Memory Collection at the Library of Congress is the South Texas Border Photographs, The Robert Runyon Collection This is a collection of over 8,000 items, is a unique visual resource documenting the Lower Rio Grande Valley during the early 1900s. Thee are not many African Americans in the collection but the few images there are beautiful. All images in this collection may be used for educational and scholarly purposes, but they do ask that a credit line be included with each image used. Excellent download quality.

Denver Public Library This collection contains some 100,000 images of Colorado and the American West and includes some excellent photographs of African Americans in the West. This is a larger collection of images than the Denver Public Library’s American Memory Collection. The Denver Public Library does not seem to use the Fair Use rule. It also asks that images not be downloaded from the site. Images must be purchased through the Photo Sales Department.

Humanities Interactive This is a wonderful site from the Texas Council for the Humanities. It has a variety of excellent exhibitions including "Africa in the Americas" (under "The New World" collection heading.) The site’s permissions page is empty. Excellent download quality.

Los Angeles Public Library Digital Images is an excellent collection for images of African Americans in Los Angeles. However, it allows downloads for personal use only . Database photos are copyrighted and "may not be used in any manner without the written permission of the Los Angeles Public Library." They do charge for "educational presentations." Excellent download quality.

Online Archive of California (OAC)-Image Search The OAC contains collections from a number of California institutions including UCLA, the San Diego Historical Society and the Bancroft Library at the University of California, Berkeley. The site also states that it allows a "broad spectrum of users: students, teachers, and researchers of all levels." Excellent download quality.

The Texas/Dallas History & Archives Division Historic Photo Collection is not easy to serach if you want to go beyond the gallery views, but once you have the system down, it's worth it. The archives contains approximately 1,500,000 photographs and negatives of Dallas and Texas events. Around 6,000 have been scanned so far. The African American presence is quite good, particularly the Marion Butts Photograph Collection.The photographs all have the Dallas Public Library stamp across the center, so the images are meant solely for research purposes.

Through Our Parents' Eyes: History & Culture of Southern Arizona is a small site about the variety of people who settled in Southern Arizona. The African American section doesn't have many photographs and the download quality is not very good, but they are well identified and interesting.

University of Washington Digital Collections This site features photographs and documents from a number of institutionsin the Pacific Northwest. While there are not an enormous number of images of African Americans in the collections, there are quite a few. Fair use for personal study or research and for classroom teaching. For any other use, researchers must contact the repository that owns the image to obtain reproductions and to request permission to use the images. Each collection has specific copyright restrictions and usage rules. Excellent download quality.

University of Southern California (USC) Digital Archive This archive has a number of collections online including over 300 images from the Charlotta Bass/California Eagle Photograph Collection. Excellent download quality. No information on use.

According to its founders, "This website is dedicated to all those who stood at the forefront, breaking through the barriers of injustice and  inequality, creating opportunities where none previously existed, and dedicating their lives to making Riverside, California a better place to live." It's beautiful site, with great stories and articles. The eight-minute slide show of photographs takes a while to download, but it wonderful to watch.




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