Guide to the T. Burns Collection of Racial Stereotypes, 1880s-1983
Collection includes advertisements, games, sheet music, serial illustrations, and other caricatures of African Americans predominately dating from the late 1800s through the mid-1900s.
- Collection Number
- T. Burns collection of racial stereotypes
- Burns, T. "Thomas" (collector)
- 7 Linear Feet
- David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
- Materials in English
Collection includes advertisements, games, sheet music, serial illustrations, and other caricatures of African Americans predominately dating from the late 1800s through the mid-1900s. A significant portion of the illustrations were excerpted from news or literature magazines such as Harper's Weekly, Frank Leslie's Popular Magazine, and Puck magazine. The collection also includes advertisements from companies, including Aunt Jemima and Cream of Wheat, which appeared in women's magazines such as Modern Priscilla and Needlecraft. Many items depict African Americans in rural or Southern settings. Of note in the collection are a set of shackles, which have no known provenance or date, but which appear to have been intended for slaves (or could be a reproduction from a later time period).
Acquired as part of the John Hope Franklin Research Center for African and African American History and Culture.
Access to the Collection
Collection is open for research.
Researchers must register and agree to copyright and privacy laws before using this collection.
All or portions of this collection may be housed off-site in Duke University's Library Service Center. The library may require up to 48-hours to retrieve these materials for research use.
Please contact Research Services staff before visiting the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library to use this collection.
Use & Permissions
How to Cite
[Identification of item], T. Burns Collection of Racial Stereotypes, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.
Includes print ads for Winchester rifles, F.B. & C Kid, and Bemis cotton bags. Also includes a decorative placemat.
T. Burns was an African American collector who began acquiring this material in the late 1980s.
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The T. Burns Collection of Racial Stereotypes was received by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library as a purchase in December 2014.
Processed by: Zoe Willingham and Meghan Lyon, Jan. 2015.
Accessions described in this finding aid: 2014-0199