Photographs of African American Life At The Turn Of The Century
To Be Exhibited At U.Va.
11, 1999 -- An exhibit of more than 100 rare photographs
of black Central Virginians from the early 20th century will be
on display as part of a multi-media exhibit sponsored by the University
of Virginia's Carter G. Woodson Institute for Afro-American and
African Studies beginning March 25.
exhibit, "History, Memory, Race, and Place in the Jim Crow South,
1900-1925," will open in Minor Hall at 3 p.m. on March 25 with a
brief talk and a reception. The display will feature historic images
from the Rufus W. Holsinger Studio Photograph Collection, held in
the Special Collections Department at Alderman Library. It will
remain on view from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays through
collection records a unique view of life in Central Virginia from
before the turn of the century through World War I. It is drawn
from dry-plate glass negatives from the commercial studio of Charlottesville
photographer Rufus W. Holsinger. The U.Va. Library staff photographed
the original glass plate negatives -- the precursor of film negatives
-- and turned the images positive again.
the assistance of local African-American residents, U.Va. researchers
from the Woodson Institute have identified more than 400 images.
"Using names and other information recorded by the photographer,
researchers have constructed a social and cultural portrait of African-Americans
living in Central Virginia at the turn of the century," said Woodson
assistant director Scot French.
Holsinger collection is available on the World Wide Web in an online
searchable database at: http://www.lib.virginia.edu/speccol/holsinger
University Studio on West Main Street was the leading studio in
town. The photographer, who was white, was a member of the City
Council, president of the Chamber of Commerce and director of the
National Bank of Charlottesville.
for the exhibit are courtesy of U.Va. Library's Special Collections
Department. Funding for the exhibit came from the Virginia Foundation
for the Humanities and the Joelson Foundation.
Woodson Institute was established in 1981. It coordinates the Afro-American
and African Studies program and hosts the Emerging Scholars Program
for minority undergraduate students.
Katherine Jackson, (804) 924-3629.