Online Resources


For All the World to See. Visu­al Cul­ture and the Strug­gle for Civ­il Rights. The project explores the his­toric role of visu­al cul­ture in shap­ing, influ­enc­ing, and trans­form­ing the fight for racial equal­i­ty and jus­tice in the Unit­ed States from the late-1940’s to the mid-1970.s. Host­ed by the Uni­ver­si­ty of Mary­land 

With­out Sanc­tu­ary. Pho­tographs and post­cards of lynch­ing in Amer­i­ca.

Ren­ty­horn Peti­tion. About a Euro­pean trav­el­ling exhi­bi­tion.


Nation­al Archives — Africa through a Lens. See the British Nation­al Archives col­lec­tion of pho­tographs span­ning over 100 years of African his­to­ry.

Yale Slav­ery and Abo­li­tion Por­tal. A guide to pri­ma­ry sources relat­ed to slav­ery, abo­li­tion, and resis­tance with­in Yale University’s many libraries and gal­leries.

Ran­dolph Linsly Simp­son African-Amer­i­can Col­lec­tion. Yale University’s Bei­necke Rare Book and Man­u­script Library’s col­lec­tion of daguerreo­types, ambrotypes, tin­types, and card pho­tographs depict­ing black life from the 1850’s-1940’s.

Texas African Amer­i­can Pho­tog­ra­phy Archive. The web­site Doc­u­men­tary Arts Online fea­tures the TAAP archive which pro­vides a broad overview of African Amer­i­can pho­tog­ra­phy in the urban and rur­al areas of Texas, span­ning the peri­od from the 1870’s to the present.

The Amer­i­can Muse­um of Pho­tog­ra­phy. An online muse­um fea­tur­ing daguerreo­types, ambrotypes, tin­types, carte-de-vis­ites, and cab­i­net cards.

Multimedia Projects

Dig­i­tal Dias­po­ra Fam­i­ly Reunion: One World, One Fam­i­ly. A mul­ti­me­dia com­mu­ni­ty engage­ment ini­tia­tive that acti­vates fam­i­ly pho­to­graph­ic archives.

Through A Lens Dark­ly. A doc­u­men­tary and mul­ti­me­dia out­reach project.

Research Projects

RACE — Are we so dif­fer­ent? A project of the Amer­i­can Anthro­po­log­i­cal Asso­ci­a­tion. A new look on race through three lens­es: His­to­ry, Human Vari­a­tion, and Lived Expe­ri­ence.

Project Implic­it. An online research project that exam­ines how peo­ple are often unaware of their own bias­es in how they see oth­ers. This site is of par­tic­u­lar inter­est because it allows view­ers to par­tic­i­pate direct­ly in the research study and to assess their own implic­it bias­es in a range of areas, includ­ing race.

About Photography

The Daguerreo­type: An Archive of Source texts, Graph­ics, and Ephemera. A research archive regard­ing the his­to­ry of the daguerreo­type.

Lumi­nous-Lint. A schol­ar­ly non-com­mer­cial resource that share infor­ma­tion on the his­to­ry of pho­tog­ra­phy. See the col­lec­tion of eth­nic groups.

Inter­na­tion­al Cen­ter of Pho­tog­ra­phy. The world’s lead­ing insti­tu­tion ded­i­cat­ed to the prac­tice and under­stand­ing of pho­tog­ra­phy and the repro­duced image in all its forms.

The Daguer­reian Soci­ety. A com­mu­ni­ty ded­i­cat­ed to the his­to­ry, sci­ence, and art of the daguerreo­type.