MISSOURI COLLECTION: Ilasco Collection – “Gypsy Family” (1900-1915)

  ILASCO, MO – Pictured here is a gypsy family who has parked its wagon and set up a tent near Ilasco, Mo. Gypsies had negative reputations and were seldom welcome in a community so this family probably moved on after a few days. As towns went, Ilasco was slightly more accommodating than nearby Hannibal. […]

“Thanksgiving Maskers” (ca.1910-1915)

Thanksgiving Maskers, Bain News Service, publisher. [between ca. 1910 and ca. 1915] Before there was Halloween children in the United States would go ”Thanksgiving Masking”. Children would dress up as hobos and poor folk and go door to door receiving apples or scrambling for pennies.

REVEREND ARTHUR COLLECTION: “Apache Women Sewing Society” (1916)

Photographer: Reverend James O. Arthur (James Osborne Arthur), Non-Indian, 1887-1971 Subject: Katherine Arthur (Katherine Rhoades/Katherine Magdeline Arthur/Katherine Gottberg), Non-Indian, 1883-1960 James Arthur, Jr. (James Osbourne Arthur, Jr./Jim Arthur), Non-Indian, 1915-2002 Donor: James A. Jacobs (Jamie Jacobs), Non-Indian Barbara J. Jacobs (Barbara Jane Arthur), Non-Indian Date Created: April 3, 1916 Catalog Number: N53228 Format: Nitrate negative […]

REVEREND ARTHUR COLLECTION: “Apache Men Running a 100 Yard Race” (1917)

Photographer: Reverend James O. Arthur (James Osborne Arthur), Non-Indian, 1887-1971 Donor: James A. Jacobs (Jamie Jacobs), Non-Indian Barbara J. Jacobs (Barbara Jane Arthur), Non-Indian Date Created: June 21, 1917 Catalog Number: N53318 Format: Nitrate negative Image Type: Negative Dimensions: 3.25 x 5.5 in. Collection History: Reverend James Osborne Arthur (1887-1971) and his wife Katherine Arthur […]

Children with African-American Nurses (1912)

Baker County, ca. 1912. James Drewry Durham (left) and Mattie Audrey Durham (right) shown with their African-American nurses. Held by Georgia Archives, 5800 Jonesboro Road, Morrow, GA 30260

ALABAMA COLLECTION: “Impoverished African American Children” (1915)

Five impoverished and disheveled-looking African American children sit on the ground near their home. Original caption reads: “These five little Negro children show the conditions under which most southern children are brought up. When asked what they were eating they replied ‘ground peas’ (peanuts). They are not near enough to a Negro school to have […]

ALABAMA COLLECTION: “Former Slave Sitting on Porch” (1915)

Original caption reads: “J.R. Dean, a southern Negro, who at the age of 22 was released from slavery, went into debt to the amount of over $400 to buy a 200 acre farm. He was a hard worker and made good and still owns the farm, as well as a house and lot in Ashville. […]

ALABAMA COLLECTION: “African Americans Engaged in Yard Work” (1915)

African American man and boy use “sedge brush” brooms to sweep a dirt yard as two women – possibly social workers or Agricultural Extension employees – look on. The brush broom, made by tying a bundle of brush together, was used in the south for rough sweeping around the yard. Seale, Alabama

ALABAMA COLLECTION: “African American Tenant Farmers at Barbecue” (1915)

African American tenant farmers assembled for a barbecue. The tenants worked for Louis Frank Sessions who appears in the front row, third from the left (wearing a light colored hat). To his right is Miss Helen Holden of Chicago. The barbecue followed a lecture by International Harvester’s Agricultural Extension Department. According to the original caption, […]