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African Americans in the San Francisco Bay Area, 1963-1974
BANC PIC 1985.079- -AX  
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  • Collection Summary

    Collection Title: African Americans in the San Francisco Bay Area,
    Date: 1963-1974
    Collection Number: BANC PIC 1985.079- -AX
    Extent: 140 black and white photographs 140 digital objects
    Collector: James de Tar Abajian
    Repository: The Bancroft Library. University of California, Berkeley.
    Berkeley, California 94720-6000
    Languages Represented: English

    Information for Researchers


    Collection is open for research.

    Publication Rights

    Copyright has not been assigned to The Bancroft Library. All requests for permission to publish photographs must be submitted in writing to the Curator of Pictorial Collections. Permission for publication is given on behalf of The Bancroft Library as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the reader.
    Copyright restrictions also apply to digital representations of the original materials. Use of digital files is restricted to research and educational purposes.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], African Americans in the San Francisco Bay Area, 1963-1974, BANC PIC 1985.079- -AX, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.

    Digital Representations Available

    Digital representations of original pictorial materials are available in the list of materials below. Digital image files were prepared from selected Library originals by the Library Photographic Service. Library originals were copied onto 35mm color transparency film; the film was scanned and transferred to Kodak Photo CD (by Custom Process); and the Photo CD files were color-corrected and saved in JFIF (JPEG) format for use as viewing files.

    Related Collections

    Other pictorial and manuscript collections created by James Abajian:
    Identifier/Call Number: BANC PIC 1982.034--D:
    Title: Afro-American posters.
    Identifier/Call Number: BANC PIC 1982.035--PIC:
    Title: Portraits of African Americans
    Identifier/Call Number: BANC PIC 1982.036--PIC:
    Title: Afro-American subjects
    Identifier/Call Number: BANC MSS 82/77 c :
    Title: Collection of Black (African-American) ephemera
    Identifier/Call Number: BANC MSS 85/137 c:
    Title: Afro-American bibliography correspondence
    Identifier/Call Number: BANC MSS 86/206 c:
    Title: James Abajian index files and scrapbooks, 1950-1986
    Identifier/Call Number: BANC MSS 86/213 c:
    Title: James Abajian papers

    Administrative Information

    Acquisition Information

    The African Americans in the San Francisco Bay Area photographic collection was a gift of James Abajian in 1985.


    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 .

    Scope and Content

    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. 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.