This collection of photographs of African Americans in the San Francisco Bay Area consists almost entirely of press photographs
collected by James Abajian. Many of the photographs have captions provided by the press photographer or news agency. The great
majority are by San Francisco Chronicle photographers, and may have been copied from the Chronicle archive, or be duplicates
acquired by Abajian. Only a few prints have Chronicle markings on the backs. Photographers include Peter Breinig, Greg Peterson,
Joe Rosenthal, Bill Young, Bob Hirschfield, David Randolph, Jerry Telfer, Art Frisch, Ken McLaughlin, and a few others. For
a breakdown of subjects, see the series descriptions.
James de Tar Abajian (1914-1986), bibliographer and historian of African American history, was the chief librarian of the
California Historical Society from 1949-1968. He was also director of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Special Collection at San
Francisco Public Library from 1969-1971. Abajian's writings include The Black Presence in San Francisco
(1974), Blacks and Their Contributions to the American West; A Bibliography and Union List of Holdings through 1970
(1974) and Blacks in Selected Newspapers, Censuses and other Sources: An Index to Names and Subjects
(1977). Abajian presented much of his significant documentary material on African Americans in California and the West, collected
throughout his career, to The Bancroft Library in the 1980s. This material includes books, printed ephemera, manuscripts,
sheet music, periodicals and photographs. His personal papers were donated to the library after his death in 1986.
and 140 digital objects
: gelatin silver prints
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