Guide to the Roland L. Freeman Photographs, 1969-1985
American photographer devoted to recording the lives of rural and urban African Americans.
Collection consists of Freeman's Portfolio, a 1997 limited edition portfolio of twelve 16x20 gelatin silver prints depicting everyday life in the South, dating 1969-1985. This Portfolio is Number 33 of 45. Prints include Freeman's signature on the bottom right corner. Accompanying pamphlet includes essays about the photographer and a title list for the photographs. Acquired as part of the Archive of Documentary Arts (Duke University).
- David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University
- Freeman, Roland L., 1936-
- Roland L. Freeman Photographs, 1969-1985
- Language of Material
- 2.0 Linear Feet, 12 Items
- For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.
Collection consists of Freeman's Portfolio, a 1997 limited edition portfolio of twelve 16x20 gelatin silver prints depicting everyday life in the South, dating 1969-1985. Areas represented include Maryland, Mississippi, South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, and Washington, D.C. This Portfolio is Number 33 of 45. Prints include Freeman's signature on the bottom right corner. Accompanying pamphlet includes essays about the photographer and a title list for the photographs. Acquired as part of the Archive of Documentary Arts (Duke University).
Collection is restricted to educational, non-commercial use. Creator retains all copyright.
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Photographs date from 1969-1985. Title list included below.
Roland L. Freeman, a native of Baltimore, Maryland, is the founder and president of The Group for Cultural Documentation, Inc. He began his photography career in the 1960s during the Civil Rights Movement. Freeman's interest in documenting people, particularly African Americans, has centered on folklore and everyday life. He has worked with the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage since 1972, and has taught and lectured at universities throughout the country. In addition, his photography has been published in Life, Newsweek, Forbes, National Geographic, Essence, as well as numerous international publications. His photographs have also been exhibited throughout the world.
Freeman's books include Something To Keep You Warm: The Roland Freeman Collection of Black American Quilts from the Mississippi Heartland (1979), Southern Roads/City Pavements: Photographs of Black Americans (1981), Stand By Me: African American Expressive Culture in Philadelphia (1989), The Arabbers of Baltimore (1989), Margaret Walker's 'For My People': A Tribute (1992), A Communion of the Spirits: African-American Quilters, Preservers, and Their Stories (1996), and The Mule Train: A Journey of Hope Remembered (1998). In 2007, he was awarded a National Endowment for the Arts National Heritage Fellowship, along with the NEA's Bess Lomax Hawes Award.
More information on Roland Freeman can be found on The Group for Cultural Documentation's website, http://www.tgcd.org/.
- Freeman, Roland L., 1936-
- Freeman, Roland L., 1936-. Portfolio.
- Documentary photography--Southern states.
- Mississippi-Pictorial works.
- Maryland--Pictorial works.
- South Carolina--Pictorial works.
- Georgia--Pictorial works.
- Alabama--Pictorial works.
- Gelatin silver prints.
- Archive of Documentary Arts (Duke University)
The Roland L. Freeman Papers are held by the Auborn Avenue Research Library on African American Culture and History, a division of the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System.
[Identification of item], Roland L. Freeman Photographs, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University
The Roland L. Freeman Photographs were received by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library as a gift in 2009.
Processed by Meghan Lyon, September 2010
Encoded by Meghan Lyon, October 2010
This collection is minimally processed: materials may not have been ordered and described beyond their original condition.
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