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
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.
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
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.
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.