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Guide to the Michael Francis Blake Photographs, 1912-1934

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Abstract

Michael Francis Blake was one of Charleston, S.C.'s first African-American studio photographers.

The Michael Francis Blake Photographs Collection consists of 117 photographs of men, women, and children that were taken between 1912-1934.

Descriptive Summary

Repository
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University
Creator
Blake, Michael Francis
Title
Michael Francis Blake photographs 1912-1934
Language of Material
English
Extent
0.6 Linear Feet, 117 Items
Location
For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.

Collection Overview

The collection consists of the contents of a photographic album entitled "Portraits of Members," containing 117 photographs of men, women, and children, both singly and in groups. The majority of the subjects appear to be African-American. The photographs represent the work of Michael Francis Blake from the 1910s to his death in 1934. However, not all of the photographs have been positively identified as having been taken by Blake. Some of the photographs are stamped with Blake's name and studio addresses. Photograph 28 was taken outside of Blake's studio at #384 West Sumter Street.

The predominant style of the photographs is the formal studio pose, though some formal shots in the collection were taken in other locations. There are some informal snapshots that may or may not have been taken by Blake. Ninety-one of the photos are photographic postcards and the others are either mounted photographs or snapshots. Some photographs were taken outdoors in front of a backdrop and with props such as rugs, chairs and plants to recreate a "studio" portrait.

Some of the photos have what appear to be shopping lists and other notations written on the back of them.

In thirty-five of the photographs subjects have been identified, including one photograph of Michael Francis Blake. The Charleston Museum holds the original negatives of the prints. The collection includes original prints, copy prints made from original negatives and eight negatives. Each has been assigned a unique identifier.

Administrative Information

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Collection is open for research.

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Contents of the Collection

Studio photograph, seated male adult, identified as Michael Francis Blake, circa 1918-1922
3.5 x 5.5
Box 1 MFB001
Snapshot, female adult standing by an automobile, unidentified, undated
3.25 x 5.5
Box 1 MFB002
Studio photograph, standing female adult holding a book, unidentified, circa 1926-1939. Identified as by Blake.
3.5 x 5.5; Embossed with Blake's studio address.
Box 1 MFB003
Studio photograph, female adult, identified as Lillie Ford, 4 August 1926
3.5 x 5.5; Writing on Photograph: "Lillie Ford taken Aug 4 1926"
Box 1 MFB004
Studio photograph, standing male child, unidentified, circa 1918-1922
3.5 x 5.5
Box 1 MFB005
Studio photograph, standing female adult holding a basket of flowers, identified as Francis Smalls, circa 1918-1922
3.5 x 5.5; Writing on Photograph: "Frances Smalls my niece Frances Georgetown S.C."
Box 1 MFB006
Snapshot, male child, unidentified, undated
3 x 4.5; Writing on Photograph: "To my dear Aunt Rosa your Nephew Edwin." Stamped "469".
Box 1 MFB007
Studio photograph, standing young male adult, unidentified, undated
3.5 x 5.5
Box 1 MFB008
Snapshot, male adult standing by a porch, unidentified, undated
2.75 x 4.25; Writing on Photograph: "Frederick"
Box 1 MFB009
Studio photograph, standing male adult and female adult, unidentified, circa 1910-1918
3.5 x 5.5
Box 1 MFB010
Studio photograph, seated male adult, identified as Jesse E. Beard, a pastor of Morris Brown AME Church and vice president of the People's Federal Bank in Charleston, S.C., undated
3.5 x 5.5; Embossed with Blake's studio address.
Box 1 MFB011
Studio photograph, standing child, unidentified, circa 1918-1922
3.5 x 5.5
Box 1 MFB012
Studio photograph, seated infant propped up on a chair, unidentified, 1933 June 29
3.5 x 5.5; Writing on Photograph: "Taken Thursday 29/33 - June Age 3 months." Embossed with Blake's studio address.
Box 1 MFB013
Studio photograph, male adult, unidentified, circa 1910-1918
3.5 x 5.5; Stamped with Blake's studio address: "M.F. Blake View Photographer 12 W. Sumter Street. Phone 1341-L, Charleston, S.C."
Box 1 MFB014
Studio photograph, seated female adult, unidentified, circa 1910-1918
3.5 x 5.5
Box 1 MFB015
Studio photograph, child standing on a chair and an infant seated on a chair, identified as Bennie children, circa 1926-1939. Photograph identified as by Blake.
3.5 x 5.5; Embossed with Blake's studio address.
Box 1 MFB016
Studio photograph, seated male adult and a standing female adult with her arm around his shoulders, unidentified, circa 1926-1939
3.5 x 5.5
Box 1 MFB017
Studio photograph, seated elderly male adult, identified as James W. White, circa 1918-1922
3.5 x 5.5; Stamped with Blake's studio address: "M. Blake Night and Day Photographer 384 W. Sumter Street, Charleston, S.C."
Box 1 MFB018
Studio photograph, standing male adult, identified as Philips Michael Smalls, circa 1910-1918
3.5 x 5.5
Box 1 MFB019
Studio photograph, male child standing on a chair, unidentified, circa 1926-1939. Photograph identified as by Blake.
3.5 x 5.5; Embossed with Blake's studio address.
Box 1 MFB020
Studio photograph, male adult, identified as E. H. Coit, undated
3.5 x 5.5
Box 1 MFB021
Studio photograph, male child standing on a chair, unidentified, circa 1926-1939. Photograph identified as by Blake. Duplicate of photograph no. 20
3.5 x 5.5; Embossed with Blake's studio address.
Box 1 MFB022
Studio photograph, seated male adult and a standing female adult with her arm around his shoulders, unidentified, circa 1926-1939. Photograph identified as by Blake, 384 W. Sumter Street, Charleston, S.C.,
3.5 x 5.5; Writing on Photograph: "Bennie and Wife." Embossed with Blake's studio address.
Box 1 MFB023
Studio photograph, seated male adult, identified as Eddie Ford, 1932 June 10. Photograph identified as by Blake, 384 W. Sumter Street, Charleston, S.C.
3.5 x 5.5; Writing on Photograph: "Eddie Ford. Taken June 10th 1932." Embossed with Blake's studio address.
Box 1 MFB024
Studio photograph, standing female child holding a flower, unidentified, circa 1910-1918
3.5 x 5.5
Box 1 MFB025
Studio photograph, standing female adult wearing a hat and a coat, identified as D. F. Murray, circa 1918-1922. Negative on file
3.5 x 5.5; Writing on Photograph: "D.F. Murray, Sumter St., Columbia SC." Stamped with Blake's studio address: "M. Blake Night and Day Photographer, 384 W. Sumter Street, Charleston, S.C."
Box 1 MFB026
Snapshot, two female adults sitting on the front porch of a house, unidentified, undated
3.5 x 2.75; Stamped "10011".
Box 1 MFB027
Snapshot, female adult standing and holding an infant at "#384", identified possibly as Mrs. Blake, undated
4.5 x 2.5
Box 1 MFB028
Studio photograph, female adult, identified as Irene Green, circa 1926-1939. Same woman as in no. 4 but identified with a different name.
3.5 x 5.5; Writing on Photograph: "Johns Island SC. Mrs. Irene Green."
Box 1 MFB029
Studio photograph, standing female adult, unidentified, circa 1910-1918
3.5 x 5.5
Box 1 MFB030
Studio photograph, seated child, identified as Leon Ignatius Ford, Jr., undated
3.5 x 5.5; Writing on Photograph: "Leon Ignatius Ford Jr. 1 yr 2 wks."
Box 1 MFB031
Studio photograph, female adult standing outside on a path, unidentified, circa 1918-1922
3.5 x 5.5
Box 1 MFB032
Studio photograph, standing female adult, unidentified, circa 1910-1918
3.5 x 5.5
Box 1 MFB033
Studio photograph, seated female adult, identified as Helen Ford, circa 1918-1922
3.5 x 5.5; Writing on Photograph: "Mrs. Helen Ford." Stamped with Blake's studio address: " M. Blake Night and Day Photographer 384 W. Sumter Street, Charleston, S.C."
Box 1 MFB034
Snapshot, dog lying down, unidentified, undated
3 x 4.5
Box 1 MFB035
Studio photograph, standing female adult, unidentified, circa 1918-1922
3.5 x 5.5
Box 1 MFB036
Studio photograph, seated male adult , unidentified, circa 1910-1918
3.5 x 5.5; Stamped with Blake's studio address: " M.F. Blake View Photographer 12 W. Sumter Street. Phone 1341-L, Charleston, S.C."
Box 1 MFB037
Studio photograph, female child and standing female adult with her arm around the shoulders of an older seated female adult, unidentified, circa 1926-1939. Photograph identified as by Blake, 384 W. Sumter Street, Charleston, S.C.
3.5 x 5.5; Embossed with Blake's studio address.
Box 1 MFB038
Studio photograph, seated male adult, identified as Eddie Ford, circa 1918-1922
3.5 x 5.5; Stamped with Blake's studio address: " M.F. Blake View Photographer 384 W. Sumter Street Charleston, S.C."
Box 1 MFB039
Studio photograph, two standing female adults , unidentified, circa 1912-1915
3.5 x 5.5
Box 1 MFB040
Studio photograph, female adult, unidentified, undated
1.375 x 1.75
Box 1 MFB041
Studio photograph, two standing female young adults leaning on an older male child, unidentified, circa 1918-1922
3.5 x 5.5; Stamped with Blake's studio address: " M. Blake Night and Day Photographer 384 W. Sumter Street, Charleston, S.C."
Box 1 MFB042
Studio photograph, standing female adult, unidentified, circa 1918-1922
3.5 x 5.5; Writing on Photograph: Stamped with Blake's studio address: " M. Blake Night and Day Photographer 384 W. Sumter Street, Charleston, S.C."
Box 1 MFB043
Studio photograph, standing male child dressed in formal wear, unidentified, circa 1918-1922
3.5 x 5.5
Box 1 MFB044
Studio photograph, seated child, unidentified, undated
3.25 x 5
Box 1 MFB045
Studio photograph, male adult standing by a door, unidentified, circa 1918-1922
3.5 x 5.5; Stamped with Blake's studio address: " M.F. Blake 384 W. Sumter Street View Photographer Phone 1341-W, Charleston, S.C."
Box 1 MFB046
Studio photograph, standing male child, unidentified, circa 1918-1922
3.5 x 5.5; Stamped with Blake's studio address: " M.F. Blake 384 W. Sumter Street View Photographer Phone 1341-W, Charleston, S.C."
Box 1 MFB047
Studio photograph, seated infant, unidentified, undated
3.5 x 5.5
Box 1 MFB048
Studio photograph, standing female adult, unidentified, circa 1910-1918
3.5 x 5.5
Box 1 MFB049
Studio photograph, seated female adult, unidentified, circa 1918-1922. Photograph identified as by Blake, 384 W. Sumter Street, Charleston, S.C.
3.5 x 5.5; Embossed with Blake's studio address.
Box 1 MFB050
Studio photograph, infant posed on a bench, unidentified, circa 1926-1939. Photograph identified as by Blake, 384 W. Sumter Street, Charleston, S.C.
3.5 x 5.5; Embossed with Blake's studio address.
Box 1 MFB051
Studio photograph, seated male adult. Same photograph as no. 11., identified as Jesse E. Beard, a pastor of Morris Brown AME Church and vice president of the People's Federal Bank in Charleston, S.C., circa 1926-1939
3.5 x 5.5
Box 1 MFB052
Studio photograph, standing female adult, identified as Jessie Rodrigues, circa 1918-1922
3.5 x 5.5; Stamped with Blake's studio address: " M. F. Blake Night and Day Photographer 384 W. Sumter Street, Charleston, S.C."
Box 1 MFB053
Studio photograph, standing female adult, unidentified, circa 1910-1918
3.5 x 5.5
Box 1 MFB054
Studio photograph, female adult, identified as Lucy Meyers, circa 1910-1918
3.5 x 5.5; Writing on Photograph: "Mrs. Lucy Meyers"
Box 1 MFB055
Studio photograph, seated elderly male adult, identified as Sandy Simmons, circa 1926-1939
3.5 x 5.5; Embossed with Blake's studio address.
Box 1 MFB056
Studio photograph, child standing on a chair and an infant seated on a chair, identified as Bennie children, circa 1926-1939. Same photograph as no. 16.Identified as by Blake.
3.5 x 5.5, Writing on Photograph: "Bennie Children". Embossed with Blake's studio address.
Box 1 MFB057
Studio photograph, seated male adult, identified as J. Donovan Moore, a music teacher, circa 1926-1939. Photograph identified as by Blake, 384 W. Sumter Street, Charleston, S.C.
3.5 x 5.5; Embossed with Blake's studio address.
Box 1 MFB058
Studio photograph, male adult, unidentified, circa 1926-1939
3.5 x 5.5
Box 1 MFB059
Studio photograph, male adult, unidentified, circa 1918-1922
3.5 x 5.5
Box 1 MFB060
Studio photograph, standing male adult in formal wear, unidentified, undated
3.25 x 5
Box 1 MFB061
Studio photograph, male adult standing next to female adult who is wearing pants and holding a cigar, identified as Olivia Edith Garrett Wilson and Gustavius Sinkler Wilson, circa 1910-1922
3.5 x 5.5
Box 1 MFB062
Studio photograph, male adult sitting on a chair outdoors, identified as M.A. Hollins, circa 1918-1922. Photograph identified as by Blake, 384 W. Sumter Street, Charleston, S.C.
3.5 x 5.5; Embossed with Blake's studio address.
Box 1 MFB063
Snapshot, standing female adult and four younger females,identified as Allane Rodrigues, Henrietta Jones Rodrigues, Daisy Rodrigues, Dorothy, Hortense, undated
3.75 x 3; Embossed with Blake's studio address.
Box 1 MFB064
Snapshot, standing female adult and four younger females, identified as Allane Rodrigues, Henrietta Jones Rodrigues, Daisy Rodrigues, Dorothy, Hortense, undated. Same photograph as no. 64.
3.75 x 3; Embossed with Blake's studio address.
Box 1 MFB065
Studio photograph, male adult, unidentified, circa 1918-1922
3.5 x 5.5
Box 1 MFB066
Studio photograph, five standing children, unidentified, circa 1910-1918. Negative on file.
3.5 x 5.5; Stamped with Blake's studio address: " M.F. Blake View Photographer 12 W. Sumter Street. Phone 1341-L, Charleston, S.C."
Box 1 MFB067
Studio photograph, standing female adult, unidentified, circa 1926-1939. Identified as by Blake, 384 W. Sumter.
3.5 x 5.5; Embossed with Blake's studio address.
Box 1 MFB068
Studio photograph, male adult, identified as John McQueen, circa 1926-1939
3.5 x 5.5; Writing on Photograph: "John McQueen"
Box 1 MFB069
Studio photograph, male adult, identified as Jesse E. Beard, a pastor of Morris Brown AME Church and vice president of the People's Federal Bank in Charleston, S.C., circa 1926-1939. Same photograph as nos. 11 and 52. Identified as by Blake, 384 W. Sumter.
3.5 x 5.5; Embossed with Blake's studio address.
Box 1 MFB070
Studio photograph, female adult, identfied as Olivia Edith Garrett Wilson, circa 1926-1939. Photograph of another photograph. Identified as by Blake, 384 W. Sumter.
3.5 x 5.5; Writing on Photograph: "Ollsey Gartett"
Box 1 MFB071
Studio photograph, female adult, unidentified, circa 1918-1922
3.5 x 5.5
Box 1 MFB072
Studio photograph, seated female adult, unidentified, circa 1918-1922
3.5 x 5.5
Box 1 MFB073
Studio photograph, seated female adult, unidentified, circa 1910-1918
3.5 x 5.5
Box 1 MFB074
Studio photograph, seated female adult using a telephone as a prop, unidentified, circa 1926-1939. Identified as by Blake, 384 W. Sumter. 2 negatives on file.
3.5 x 5.5; Embossed with Blake's studio address.
Box 1 MFB075
Studio photograph, 2 seated adult males playing checkers at a table outdoors and four adult males standing behind them, unidentified, circa 1913-1922. Negative on file.
3.5 x 5.5
Box 1 MFB076
Studio photograph, male adult, identified as Isiah Nathaniel Aiken, 1922 April 23
3.5 x 5.5; Writing on Photograph: "Sunday April 23 1922"
Box 1 MFB077
Studio photograph, standing male adult, unidentified, circa 1910-1918
3.5 x 5.5
Box 1 MFB078
Studio photograph, seated elderly female adult holding a small dog, standing child and two standing female adults, unidentified, circa 1910-1918. Photograph taken outdoors. Negative on file.
3.5 x 5.5
Box 1 MFB079
Studio photograph, seated female adult with two children, identified as Anna Beatrice Aiken, Isaiah Nathaniel Aiken, Jr., Arthur Aiken, circa 1918-1922
3.5 x 5.5
Box 1 MFB080
Studio photograph, standing female adult, unidentified, circa 1910-1918. Same photograph as no. #30.
3.5 x 5.5
Box 1 MFB081
Studio photograph, seated female adult, unidentified, circa 1910-1918
3.5 x 5.5
Box 1 MFB082
Studio photograph, two male adults, unidentified, circa 1918-1922. Identified as by Blake, 384 W. Sumter.
3.5 x 5.5; Stamped with Blake's studio address: " M. F. Blake Night and Day Photographer 384 W. Sumter Street, Charleston, S.C."
Box 1 MFB083
Studio photograph, standing female adult outdoors, unidentified, circa 1918-1922. Identified as by Blake, 384 W. Sumter.
3.5 x 5.5
Box 1 MFB084
Studio photograph, standing female adult and standing male adult, unidentified, circa 1910-1918
3.5 x 5.5
Box 1 MFB085
Studio photograph, standing female young adult with her arm around seated young male adult, unidentified, circa 1926-1939. Identified as by Blake, 384 W. Sumter.
3.5 x 5.5; Embossed with Blake's studio address.
Box 1 MFB086
Studio photograph, female adult, unidentified, 20 February 1925. Identified as by Blake.
3.5 x 5.5; Writing on Photograph: "Feb. 20th day 1925". Stamped with Blake's studio address: " M.F. Blake View Photographer 384 W. Sumter Street Charleston, S.C."
Box 1 MFB087
Studio photograph, standing female child next to a doll seated on a chair, unidentified, circa 1918-1922. Identified as by Blake. Negative on file.
3.5 x 5.5; Embossed with Blake's studio address.
Box 1 MFB088
Studio photograph, seated male adult, unidentified, circa 1926-1939. Identified as by Blake, 384 W. Sumter.
3.5 x 5.5; Embossed with Blake's studio address.
Box 1 MFB089
Studio photograph, standing elderly male adult holding an open book, unidentified, circa 1918-1922. Identified as by Blake, 384 Sumter.
3.5 x 5.5; Stamped with Blake's studio address: " M. F. Blake Night and Day Photographer 384 W. Sumter Street, Charleston, S.C."
Box 1 MFB090
Studio photograph, standing elderly male adult holding a book, identified as Rev. Lowry Alston, circa 1918-1922. Identified as by Blake, 384 Sumter. Negative on file.
3.5 x 5.5; Writing on Photograph: "Rev. Lowry Alston - #413 - Orange St. Georgetown S.C." Stamped with Blake's studio address: " M. F. Blake Night and Day Photographer 384 W. Sumter Street, Charleston, S.C.".
Box 1 MFB091
Studio photograph, standing adult female and standing adult male on either side of a seated child in a chair, unidentified, circa 1918-1922
3.5 x 5.5
Box 1 MFB092
Studio photograph, standing child, unidentified, circa 1910-1918
3.25 x 5.25
Box 1 MFB093
Studio photograph, standing child, unidentified, circa 1910-1918
3.25 x 5.25
Box 1 MFB094
Studio photograph, standing female adult holding a book, unidentified, circa 1926-1939. Identified as by Blake. Same photograph as no. 3.
3.5 x 5.5; Embossed with Blake's studio address.
Box 1 MFB095
Studio photograph, seated infant propped up on a chair, unidentified, 1933 June 19. Same photo as no. 13.
3.5 x 5.5; Writing on Photograph: "June Thursday 1933 Pass (?) - 3 months old". Embossed with Blake's studio address.
Box 1 MFB096
Studio photograph, adult male, identified as E. H. Coit, undated
3.25 x 4.25
Box 1 MFB097
Studio photograph, adult male, identified as E. H. Coit, undated
3.25 x 4.25; Stamped with Blake's studio address: " M.F. Blake View Photographer 12 W. Sumter Street. Phone 1341-L, Charleston, S.C."
Box 1 MFB098
Studio photograph, 2 seated adult females, identified as Evelyn Read, Agnes Read, circa 1926-1939. . Identified as by Blake.
3.5 x 5.5; Embossed with Blake's studio address.
Box 1 MFB099
Studio photograph, seated adult male, unidentified, undated
3.75 x 5.5
Box 1 MFB100
Studio photograph, adult female, unidentified, circa 1918-1922. Identified as by Blake, 384 W. Sumter.
3.5 x 5.5
Box 1 MFB101
Studio photograph, adult female dressed in a man's suit, identified as Mary Buckingham Brown, circa 1926-1939. Negative on file.
3.5 x 5.5
Box 1 MFB102
Studio photograph, standing adult female, unidentified, circa 1918-1922. Identified as by Blake, 384 W. Sumter,
3.5 x 5.5; Stamped with Blake's studio address: " M.F. Blake View Photographer 12 W. Sumter Street. Phone 1341-L, Charleston, S.C."
Box 1 MFB103
Studio photograph, adult female, unidentified, circa 1918-1922. Identified as by Blake.
3.5 x 5.5; Stamped with Blake's studio address: " M. F. Blake Night and Day Photographer 384 W. Sumter Street, Charleston, S.C."
Box 1 MFB104
Studio photograph, seated adult female, identified as Pauline Buckingham, circa 1918-1922
3.5 x 5.5
Box 1 MFB105
Studio photograph, elderly adult female, unidentified, circa 1918-1922
3.5 x 5.5
Box 1 MFB106
Studio photograph, adult male, unidentified, circa 1926-1939. Identified as by Blake, 384 W. Sumter
3.5 x 5.5; Embossed with Blake's studio address.
Box 1 MFB107
Studio photograph, standing male child next to an infant seated on a chair, unidentified, circa 1926-1939
3.5 x 5.5; Embossed with Blake's studio address.
Box 1 MFB108
Studio photograph, standing adult female dressed in bridal wear, unidentified, circa 1926-1939. Identified as by Blake, 384 W. Sumter.
3.5 x 5.5; Embossed with Blake's studio address.
Box 1 MFB109
Studio photograph, adult male, unidentified, circa 1910-1918. Identified as by Blake.
3.5 x 5.5
Box 1 MFB110
Studio photograph, standing adult female, unidentified, undated. Mounted photograph identified as by William D. Clarke, a white photographer in Charleston, S.C.
4.25 x 6.25
Box 1 MFB111
Snapshot, adult male standing by a house, unidentified, undated. Mounted photograph.
4 x 6
Box 1 MFB112
Studio photograph, adult female, unidentified, undated. Mounted photograph identified as by Blake, 12 W. Sumter.
5 x 7; Stamped with Blake's studio address: "M.F. Blake View Photographer 12 W. Sumter Street. Phone 1341-L, Charleston, S.C."
Box 1 MFB113
Studio photograph, adult male, unidentified, undated. Mounted photograph identified as by Blake, 384 W. Sumter.
5 x 7; Stamped with Blake's studio address: "M. F. Blake Night and Day Photographer 384 W. Sumter Street, Charleston, S.C."
Box 1 MFB114
Studio photograph, seated adult male between 2 young adult males holding rifles and a young male child in front of them, unidentified, undated. Mounted photograph identified as by Blake, 12 W. Sumter.
5 x 7; Stamped with Blake's studio address: "M.F. Blake View Photographer 12 W. Sumter Street. Phone 1341-L, Charleston, S.C."
Box 1 MFB115
Snapshot, seated elderly male adult holding a cane in a doorway, unidentified, undated. Mounted photograph.
5 x 7
Box 1 MFB116
Studio photograph, group of uniformed nurses, possibly a class picture of nurses or nursing students at the Hospital and Training School for Nurses, Charleston, S.C., unidentified, undated. Mounted photograph identified as by Blake, 384. W. Sumter. Possibly an albumen print.
5 x 7; Stamped with Blake's studio address: "M. F. Blake Night and Day Photographer 384 W. Sumter Street, Charleston, S.C."
Box 1 MFB117

Historical Note

Blake, a graduate of Avery Normal Institute, was one of Charleston, S.C.'s first African-American studio photographers. He was born on Johns Island, S.C. and married Cecelia Ford from Georgetown, S.C. in 1899. Blake moved to Charleston, S.C. with his family around 1900 and began to work professionally as a photographer in 1912.

Blake had a studio at 12 W. Sumter Street which later became 384 W. Sumter Street after the street was renumbered in 1918. He also regularly set up his camera on the northwest corner of Radcliffe and King Streets in Charleston.

Subject Headings

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Michael Francis Blake Photographs, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.

Provenance

The Michael Francis Blake Photographs were received by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library as a gift in 1986.

Processing Information

Processed by Beth Ann Koelsch, October 2006

Encoded by Beth Ann Koelsch

Completed November 2006

Accession 95-045 is described in this finding aid.

Descriptive sources and standards used to create this inventory: DACS, EAD, NCEAD guidelines, and local Style Guide.