WILLIAM REAGH COLLECTION: “Le Sex Shoppe” (1977)

View of Le Sex Shoppe located at 5507 Hollywood Boulevard and Western Avenue. The storefront is completely covered with marquees and painted advertisements that read: “Books. Magazines. Film. Adult. General”; “Open 24 hrs. Books for all”; “Le Sex Shoppe”; “Adult marital aids. Novelties”; “Movie arcade .25 cents”, etc. Courtesy of the Los Angeles Public Library

PHILADELPHIA COLLECTION: “Byberry Hospital for Mental Diseases – Mental Patients”

The Philadelphia State Hospital at Byberry was a psychiatric hospital located in the Byberry neighborhood of Northeast Philadelphia in Pennsylvania. The institution began as a small work farm for the mentally ill. Soon, plans were made to turn the farm into a cottage plan asylum. Construction began on the institution in 1906. Shortly after that, […]

MISSOURI COLLECTION: "Bear Creek Baptism"

HANNIBAL, MO – A hole has been cut into the ice on Bear Creek in order to perform the baptism of an unidentified man. His family, friends, and fellow parishioners observe this solemn occasion. Just imagine how cold the water must have been.

DOROTHEA LANGE COLLECTION: “Japanese Internment Camps” (1942)

Hayward, Calif.–Two children of the Mochida family who, with their parents, are awaiting evacuation bus. The youngster on the right holds a sandwich given her by one of a group of women who were present from a local church. The family unit is kept intact during evacuation and at War Relocation Authority centers where evacuees […]

DOROTHEA LANGE COLLECTION: “Japanese Internment Camps” (1942)

Following evacuation orders, this store, at 13th and Franklin Streets, was closed. The owner, a University of California graduate of Japanese descent, placed the I AM AN AMERICAN sign on the store front on December 8, the day after Pearl Harbor. Evacuees of Japanese ancestry will be housed in War Relocation Authority centers for the […]

ALEXANDER ALLISON COLLECTION: "Lucie Fishing" (1899-1900)

Lucie Fishing, 1899-1900 Lucie Bartlett Allison (1887-1907) was Alexander Allison’s younger sister. She died before her twentieth birthday in Bay St. Louis, Mississippi (where this photograph was taken). The Allison family owned property in the town and spent a good bit of time there. Alex’s parents are both buried there. Photographer: Alexander Allison

LOUISIANA COLLECTION: “Mardi Gras” (1970)

A patriotic entry in one of the truck parades on Mardi Gras, February 10, 1970. Note the people standing on the canopy outside the now-demolished Woolworth’s store on Canal Street near Bourbon. Also note the Imperial Shoe store and Kreeger’s, both no longer in business, on the corners.

Lawrenceville Lynching (1911)

Lawrenceville, April 7, 1911. Lynching of Charlie Hale, a black man, on the courthouse square at the corner of Perry and Pike Streets. Note the sign hanging from his toes: “Please do not wake him.” At far left is Jack Mathis, and the boy is Herbert Strayhorn.

ALABAMA COLLECTION: “Tom’s Place” (1966)

Man and woman dancing at Tom’s Place in Montgomery, Alabama. Photographer: Jim Peppler File Name Q20569 Digital image order form: http://www.archives.alabama.gov/photo_order_form.pdf http://www.archives.alabama.gov

ALABAMA: "Jim Peppler Collection" (1965-68)

Young man leaning on a rail outside Booker T. Washington High School in Montgomery, Alabama, probably before a football game. Photographer: Jim Peppler File Name Q20569Digital image order form: http://www.archives.alabama.gov/photo_order_form.pdf http://www.archives.alabama.gov

ALABAMA: "Jim Peppler Collection" (1965-68)

Group of children standing around a washtub in the dirt yard in front of a house in Little Korea, a neighborhood in Birmingham, Alabama. This image was used in the photo spread that appeared on page 3 of The Southern Courier for June 11-12, 1966. Photographer: Jim Peppler File Name Q20569 Digital image order form: […]

ALABAMA: "Jim Peppler Collection" (1965-68)

Boy picking cotton in the field of Mrs. Minnie B. Guice near Mount Meigs in Montgomery County, Alabama. Photographer: Jim Peppler File Name Q18859Digital image order form: http://www.archives.alabama.gov/photo_order_form.pdf http://www.archives.alabama.gov

ALABAMA: “Tuskegee Civic Association” (1958)

The Tuskegee Civic Association (or TCA), a nonprofit organization, was founded on April 13, 1941 at a meeting held at Greenwood Missionary Baptist Church, Tuskegee Institute, Alabama. This photo was taken at the June 24, 1958 (at Butler Chapel AMEZ Church) meeting of the First Anniversary Celebration which occurred one year after”Tuskegee Boycott.”