New Online: Library Company of Philadelphia Digitizes Collection of African Americana Graphics
Through the generous support of a grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Education under the Library Services and Technology Act, more than 900 prints, photographs, and pieces of ephemera documenting the early African American experience have been digitized and added to the Library Company’s digital collections catalog ImPAC.
The collection—enthusiastically hailed in a review on philly.com—will also be available through the Access Pennsylvania Digital Repository, a collection of digitized documents and photographs from libraries across the state.
A collection of national importance, the graphics depict African American life, community, work, art, and political and social activism from the early American period to the early 20th century. Views of prominent Philadelphia African American churches like Mother Bethel, political cartoons addressing the effects of slavery on the young nation, and commemorative prints recognizing early civil rights victories following the Civil War are just a few of the visual materials reproduced and documented.
See Also: Library’s collection opens a historical window to African-American life (via Philly.com; June 24, 2014)
See Also: Library Company of Philadelphia Website ||| Digital Collections Database ||| OPAC
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