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NAACP Detroit Branch Photographs

Identifier: UAV000244

Scope and Content

The NAACP Detroit Branch Photographs document the activities of the organization and its members throughout the mid-century. Topics include the annual Fight for Freedom Fund Dinner; the Awards Night Program; membership drives; committee activities; demonstrations against school segregation and housing discrimination, as well as special events and meetings. Also included are biographical files of members and affiliates of the Detroit Branch. Of interest, the photos chronicle the longstanding support of NAACP Detroit by entertainers, politicians, labor leaders, and activists, such as Sammy Davis, Jr. Dick Gregory, Nat King Cole, Jackie Robinson, George Romney, Walter Reuther, and Coleman Young. The collection consists primarily of photo prints taken by professional photographers at events and includes the work of the luminaries of Detroit’s Black commercial photography scene, including as Sonny Edwards and J. Edward Bailey III.


  • 1939-1985


Language of Materials

Material entirely in English.


Collection is open for research.


Refer to the Walter P. Reuther Library Rules for Use of Archival Materials.


[History note: Mandatory for Levels 1 and 2; abstract is sufficient for Level 3.]


4.5 l.f. Linear Feet (8 MB, 2 OS flat files) : b&w photo prints, 2 panoramic photo prints


LEVEL 1****************************************** Arranged in [##] series – Series 1 (Box [#]), Series 2 (Box [##-##]) and Series 3 (Box [##-##]). Folders are arranged [alphabetically, chronologically, in original order, etc.].

[Additional arrangement description, if needed].

LEVEL 2****************************************** The collection is arranged into [#] series.

Folders in each series are simply listed by their location within each box. They are not arranged, so any given subject may be dispersed throughout several boxes within each series.

Series 1: [Title, YYYY-YYYY (Box #-#)] Series 2: [Title, YYYY-YYYY (Box #-#)] Series 3: [Title, YYYY-YYYY (Box #-#)] Series [#]: [Title, YYYY-YYYY (Box #-#)]

LEVEL 3****************************************** Folders are listed by their location within each box. They are not necessarily arranged, so any given subject may be dispersed throughout the entire collection.

Related Materials

NAACP Detroit Branch Records, Damon J. Keith Records

Processing History

Processed and finding aid written by Elizabeth Clemens on April 30, 2021.
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Repository Details

Part of the Walter P. Reuther Library Repository

5401 Cass Avenue
Detroit MI 48202 USA