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Madam C.J. Walker collection

Madam C.J. Walker collection [graphic].
Walker, C. J., Madam, 1867-1919.

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  • 25 items (.3 cu. ft., 1 box); 27 x 21 cm. and smaller.
  • 9 photographic prints : silver gelatin, b&w, one hand-col. ;
  • 11 photographic prints : silver gelatin, b&w ;
  • 3 photographic postcards : silver gelatin, b&w ;
  • 1 photomechanical print : halftone, col. ;
  • 1 photomechanical print : halftone, b&w ;
  • Portrait photographs – 1900-1959.
  • Group portraits – 1900-1959.
  • Snapshots – 1920-1949.
  • Gelatin silver prints – 1900-1959.
  • Halftone photomechanical prints.
  • Inscriptions.
  • Title devised by cataloger.
  • Some photographs have photographer's or photography studio's handstamp on verso; some items have photographer's blind stamp on recto; one item bears photographer's signature on recto of matte.
  • Most photographs have handwritten notations on either verso or recto; both photomechanicals bear printed captions on recto; two items have cropping marks; some items are inscribed on recto; one photograph is mounted with newspaper clippings on verso of mount.
  • Collection contains work by Fugua, Wide World Photos, M. Smith and Hicks' Photo Studio, Miami, Florida.
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  • Some items are restricted; permission of photographer or copyright holder is required for duplication.
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Sc Photo Madam C.J. Walker Collection
Walker, C. J., Madam, 1867-1919.
Madam C.J. Walker collection [graphic].
The Madam C.J. Walker Photograph Collection depicts some aspects of the personal and professional lives of persons affiliated with the Walker family, from the 1900s to the 1950s. The collection consists of individual and group portraits of some of Walker's family, friends and associates; and views of her estate, Villa Lewaro, at Irvington-on-Hudson, New York. The majority of images seem to have been taken after Walker's death in 1919; Walker appears in only one image, behind the wheel of her car, with her niece and two of her workers (ca. 1915).
The collection includes a wedding portrait of Mae Walker, the adopted daughter of A'Lelia Walker Robinson and granddaughter to Madam C.J. Walker (1923); a group portrait of the bridal party of Mae Walker, consisting of the matron of honor, bridesmaids and flower girls (1923); a studio portrait and a snapshot of Mrs. Sarah Everett, who was charge of housekeeping at Villa Lewaro (n.d.); a group portrait of Sara Price Patton, Walker's social secretary, with a group onboard a boat during an annual New York State Legislative outing and inspection of the Port Authority (n.d.); exterior views of Villa Lewaro (ca. 1920s); a view of anti-segregationist judge J. Waties Waring and his wife outside their Charleston, South Carolina home a few months before it was shot at (1950); a view of a party given by Miami philanthropist Kelsey Pharr for his son, Kelsey, formerly a member of the Delta Rhythm Boys, at an unidentified club (n.d.); and portraits of Atlanta doctor and drug store company president W.H. Harris, Kelsey Pharr, Sr., and educator Arenia C. Mallory.
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Some items are restricted; permission of photographer or copyright holder is required for duplication.
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Fugua. Photographer
M. Smith (New York, N.Y.)
Wide World Photos.
Hicks' Photo Studio (Miami, Fla.)
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Sc Photo Madam C.J. Walker Collection
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