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Guide to the Henry Washington Family Photograph Album, 1877-1982 and undated

Summary

Henry Washington was born 1923 March 7 to parents Issac R. Washington and Irene Surrey Washington. He was a lifelong resident of Roxbury, Massachusetts, and died there 1996 Oct 24. Collection comprises an African-American family photograph album maintained by Henry Washington within a three ring binder between approximately 1940-1982. The album features 261 prints, including 204 black-and-white and 57 color prints, ranging in size from 1x1 inches to 8x10 inches. The photographs present the Washington family and its social networks in detail, with a focus on Boston's Roxbury neighborhood.

Collection Details

Collection Number
RL.11604
Title
Henry Washington family photograph album
Date
1877-1982 and undated
Creator
Washington, Henry, 1923-1996
Extent
0.4 Linear Feet
Repository
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
Language
Materials in English

Collection Overview

Collection comprises an African-American family photograph album maintained by Henry Washington within a three ring binder between approximately 1940-1982. The album features 261 prints, including 204 black-and-white and 57 color prints, ranging in size from 1x1 inches to 8x10 inches. The photographs present the Washington family and its social networks in detail, with a focus on Boston's Roxbury neighborhood. Only a few images reflect the service members with whom Washington served during World War II or the military service of family members. The majority of the photographs are uncaptioned. A family member has identified several photographs of Henry Washington. Four additional photographs were laid in, including a photograph of a clipping regarding Washington's birth, along with two sets of laminated newspaper clippings dating from 1877. A photocopy of the original pages has been created, and the photograph album has been unbound to preserve the photographs. Acquired as part of the John Hope Franklin Research Center for African and African American History and Culture.

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[Identification of item], Henry Washington Family Photograph Album, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.

Contents of the Collection

Family photograph album
Box 1
 

Historical Note

Henry Washington was born 1923 March 7 to parents Issac R. Washington and Irene Surrey Washington. He served as a sergeant in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II, as a repairman for the Tuskegee Airmen. In his private life, Washington was an artist and musician. He was a lifelong resident of Roxbury, Massachusetts, and died there 1996 Oct 24.


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Provenance

The Henry Washington Family Photograph Album was received by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library as a purchase in 2017.

Processing Information

Processed by Alice Poffinberger, February, 2018

Accessions described in this collection guide: 2017-0220