Presentation on theme: "Resources in African American History at the Tennessee State Library & Archives."— Presentation transcript:
Resources in African American History at the Tennessee State Library & Archives
Fisk University, 1868
From the Merl Eppse Papers The Fisk Jubilee Singers helped make the nation aware of African American achievement.
The 15th Amendment generated many political cartoons.
Images from TSLA Photo Database
This Carte de Visite shows a child with her slave nurse.
Jack Knox Cartoons
TSLA also has important photos and documents from the Civil Rights era. Images from TSLA Photo Database
Nat Turners Rebellion as portrayed in newspapers of the time
Wessyngton Plantation, Robertson County
TeVA: The Tennessee Virtual Archive (TeVA) contains a wealth of historic images from the treasures in our collection. It is accessible from our main web page.
The Harry Mustard Collection pictures Rutherford County in the mid-1920s.
The Mustard Collection focuses on health issues, as in this photo of children receiving vaccinations
and this delightful photo of a child visiting a health clinic.
Mustards images brought changes in Tennessee health standards.
Other relevant TeVA images may be found in Early 20 th Century Schoolhouses
The Rosenwald schools, a vital part of early black education in Tennessee, were funded by a private foundation, as well as by contributions from private donors and some state funds. Bells School, Crockett County
Other TN Rosenwald schools Crockett County Gibson County Lauderdale County White County
Many other TSLA collections contain remarkable photographs. Photo of Brushy Mountain Prison from Samuel Robert Simpson Papers
Sketches and drawings can provide important information about life in earlier times. Here are some details from a Harpers article about the prison experience.
Prisons housed both male and female inmates.
This drawing foreshadows the Brushy Mountain Prison photograph seen earlier in the presentation.
Our Cartes de Visite collection is full of treasures like this lovely portrait.
Our online Exhibits area showcases the stories of the 14 African American legislators who served in the Tennessee General Assembly during the 19 th century.
Early Tennessee legislators:
The Education Outreach area of the TSLA website features Teaching American History, a set of digitized primary sources (with interpretive text) linked to the 10 eras of history designated by the State Department of Education.
Tennessee Supreme Court, 1894
One of the most interesting photo collections at TSLA can be found in the Merl Eppse Papers, featuring images of cultural, educational, and recreational life in Tennessee. One of the most interesting photo collections at TSLA can be found in the Merl Eppse Papers, featuring images of cultural, educational, and recreational life in Tennessee.
Businesses of the 1940s and 1950s
A Pearl High School basketball team
Business class at Tennessee A&I
Young stenographers (undated photo)
The Tennessee A&I History Study Club traveled to the Chicago Worlds Fair in 1933
The Eppse collection also includes photos of several famous African Americans, including Hattie McDaniel, Louis Armstrong, and Jackie Robinson.
TSLA holdings include a number of drawings and political cartoons, 1866 Memphis riots
Fire in Freedmens Schoolhouse, Memphis, 1866
This Harpers Weekly cartoon shows Hiram Revels, the first black Senator, elected to Jefferson Daviss former seat.
From Harpers Magazine, May 5, 1866: Colored Orphan Asylum, Memphis. TSLA Photo Database
The Earl S. Miers River Photographs are part of the rich TeVA Collection.
This is a favorite from the Miers Collection.
The Fisk University scrapbook of W.H. Fort Jr. contains many historically valuable images. These photos show Langston Hughes on campus and a Nashville flood in 1926.
Our photographic database, accessible from the TSLA home page, contains a wide variety of historic images.
Images from TSLA Photo Database Mary Church Terrell ( ) Ray Perkins Calvert photo, 1899 Sumner County, 1950
from Photo Database
Pikeville School for Colored Boys, 1930s
Did you know that Tennessee did not ratify the 15 th Amendment until 1997?
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