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Head of a negro boy

Head of a negro boy

Accession Number: 89.2.2065

Head of a negro man
Glass cup in the shape of a negro head

Glass cup in the shape of a negro head

Glass objects, Roman Empire.

The 1st Armored Division Color Guard and Band lead

The 1st Armored Division Color Guard and Band lead

The 1st Armored Division Color Guard and Band lead the Black History Month Parade held in El Paso, Feb. 28. (Photo by Sgt. Brooks Fletcher, 16th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment)

Negro, Salvatore
Landschap met vrouw rijdend op een muilezel langs de Aqua Negro tussen Bologna en Florence
Landschap met vrouw rijdend op een muilezel langs de Aqua Negro tussen Bologna en Florence
Landschap met vrouw rijdend op een muilezel langs de Aqua Negro tussen Bologna en Florence
Landschap met vrouw rijdend op een muilezel langs de Aqua Negro tussen Bologna en Florence
Landschap met vrouw rijdend op een muilezel langs de Aqua Negro tussen Bologna en Florence
Portret van Jakob Johann Wenceslaus Dobrzensky de Negro Ponte
An account of the number of people in the Province of New York, A.D. 1723.
Phillis Wheatley, Negro Servant to Mr. John Wheatley of Boston
Phillis Wheatley, Negro Servant to Mr. John Wheatley of Boston
[A series of statistical charts illustrating the condition of the descendants of former African slaves now in residence in the United States of America] Proportion of Negroes in the total population of the United States / / Done by Atlanta University.

[A series of statistical charts illustrating the condition of the desc...

Maps show percentages of African Americans in the United States between 1800 and 1890. Title from LOT 11931, no. 37; part title from item. Chart prepared by Atlanta University students for the Negro Exhibit of ... More

[Gentleman with two Negro workers bowing over grave]

[Gentleman with two Negro workers bowing over grave]

This record contains unverified data from PGA shelflist card. Associated name on shelflist card: Branstard, J.

[Iron mask, collar, leg shackles and spurs used to restrict slaves]

[Iron mask, collar, leg shackles and spurs used to restrict slaves]

Illus. in: The penitential tyrant / Thomas Branagan. New-York: Printed by Samuel Wood, no. 362, Pearl-street, 1807. Reference copy in: LOT 4422-A-3.

Life in Philadelphia. Plate 13 / Clay fecit 1829.

Life in Philadelphia. Plate 13 / Clay fecit 1829.

Print shows an African American couple walking on the street; the woman asks the man whether he likes the waltz. Exchange; (DLC/PP-1973:253). Title from item. Caption: "How you like de waltz, Mr. Lorenzo?" "'... More

Boston minstrels. The celebrated Ethiopian melodies ...

Boston minstrels. The celebrated Ethiopian melodies ...

Music cover illustrated with caricatures of six minstrels in two scenes.

The aristocracy of color

The aristocracy of color

Signed in stone: J. Cn. Title appears as it is written on the item. Forms part of: American cartoon print filing series (Library of Congress)

The crow quadrilles--Arranged for the pianoforte by Robt. Ashley, Esq. / lith. of Endicott.

The crow quadrilles--Arranged for the pianoforte by Robt. Ashley, Esq....

Music cover with seven vignettes of caricatures of African-Americans.

Soloque. Emperor of Hayti, creating a grand duke

Soloque. Emperor of Hayti, creating a grand duke

Published & for sale by J.L. Magee, no. 34 Mott St, NY. Title appears as it is written on the item. Forms part of: American cartoon print filing series (Library of Congress)

Like master like man / E.W. Clay del.

Like master like man / E.W. Clay del.

Print shows two African American men, with their seconds, about to fight a duel with pistols at close range.

Much ado about nothing or a militia court-martial!!

Much ado about nothing or a militia court-martial!!

A satire on the pretensions and general decadence of the American local militia during the Jacksonian era. A man on a witness stand (far left) is questioned by a court-martial. Several officers sit around a tab... More

Ladies whipping girls. Book illustration from Library of Congress

Ladies whipping girls. Book illustration from Library of Congress

A white woman whipping a slave girl. Illus. in: Picture of slavery in the United States of America / George Bourne. Middletown, Conn. : E. Hunt, 1834, p. 109. Reference copy in: LOT 4422-A-3.

Family amalgamation among the men-stealers

Family amalgamation among the men-stealers

African American children serving food to a white family. Illus. in: Picture of slavery in the United States of America / George Bourne. Middletown, Conn. : E. Hunt, 1834, p. 91. Reference copy in: LOT 4422-A-2.

"The government." No. 1, [Eye] take the responsibility

"The government." No. 1, [Eye] take the responsibility

A satire on Andrew Jackson's "Kitchen Cabinet," the pejorative name given his informal circle of close advisors. The print appeared during the heated controversy incited by Jackson's discontinuation of federal ... More

Long tail blue / Willig's lith.

Long tail blue / Willig's lith.

Music cover showing man wearing top hat and coat with tails, holding monocle and walking stick.

The crow quadrilles. Piano forte by John H. Hewitt / N. Currier's lith., N.Y.

The crow quadrilles. Piano forte by John H. Hewitt / N. Currier's lith...

Music cover with eight vignettes of caricatures of blacks. Currier & Ives : a catalogue raisonné / compiled by Gale Research. Detroit, MI : Gale Research, c1983, no. 1436.

The disappointed abolitionists. Book illustration from Library of Congress

The disappointed abolitionists. Book illustration from Library of Cong...

Three men at left, one saying, "Verily friend Darg since we have returned thee thy money, I claim the reward of $1000 - Brother Barney Corse was merely my agent, verily!" Another "Yea verily I was but thy instr... More

The new code of chivalry or what we would have done.  As approved by "The American:" For 1838

The new code of chivalry or what we would have done. As approved by "...

The second of two satires by Chambers on events surrounding the killing of Maine Congressman Jonathan Cilley by Kentucky Representative William J. Graves in a February 24, 1838, duel. (See also "Scene in Washin... More

Abolition frowned down. Book illustration from Library of Congress

Abolition frowned down. Book illustration from Library of Congress

A satire on enforcement of the "gag-rule" in the House of Representatives, prohibiting discussion of the question of slavery. Growing antislavery sentiment in the North coincided with increased resentment by so... More

Matty's perilous situation up Salt River

Matty's perilous situation up Salt River

A pro-Whig satire on the presidential campaign of 1840. Martin Van Buren is neck-deep in the waters of "Salt River," a colloquial term for political misfortune or failure. He sinks under the weight of boxes m... More

Fanny Elssler and the Baltimoreans

Fanny Elssler and the Baltimoreans

A scornful look at the reception of German ballerina Fanny Elssler in Baltimore. The New York artist ridicules the adulation given the touring performer by the Baltimore public. During her July 1840 visit there... More

Hon. & Rev. B.R. Wilson of Monrovia, Liberia, died Oct. 9, 1864 / Photographed by S.W. Truesdell, Kenosha, Wis.

Hon. & Rev. B.R. Wilson of Monrovia, Liberia, died Oct. 9, 1864 / Phot...

Photograph shows portrait of B.R. Wilson, Methodist missionary to Liberia. Title from item.

Ginger blue, a popular Negro melody, composed & sung by Mr. R.W. Pelham / Fleetwood lith.

Ginger blue, a popular Negro melody, composed & sung by Mr. R.W. Pelha...

Music cover showing boy dancing in dilapidated room, with kettle in fireplace.

[Farmers nooning, from the original picture in the possession of Jona. Sturges Esqr.] / Wm. S. Mount 1836.

[Farmers nooning, from the original picture in the possession of Jona....

Print shows workmen resting in the shade of a tree, one man is sharpening a tool, an African American man reclining on a stack of hay, a young boy is leaning over the stack, tickling the man's ear with a piece ... More

[Farmers nooning, from the original picture in the possession of Jona. Sturges Esqr.] / Wm. S. Mount 1836.

[Farmers nooning, from the original picture in the possession of Jona....

Print shows workmen resting in the shade of a tree, one man is sharpening a tool, an African American man reclining on a stack of hay, a young boy is leaning over the stack, tickling the man's ear with a piece ... More

[Farmers nooning, from the original picture in the possession of Jona. Sturges Esqr.] / Wm. S. Mount 1836.

[Farmers nooning, from the original picture in the possession of Jona....

Print shows workmen resting in the shade of a tree, one man is sharpening a tool, an African American man reclining on a stack of hay, a young boy is leaning over the stack, tickling the man's ear with a piece ... More

Dandy Jim, from Carolina; a popular Negro melody, as sung by B. Williams / /Lith. of Endicott.

Dandy Jim, from Carolina; a popular Negro melody, as sung by B. Willia...

Music cover showing man looking at himself in mirror.

[Farmers nooning, from the original picture in the possession of Jona. Sturges Esqr.] / Wm. S. Mount 1836.

[Farmers nooning, from the original picture in the possession of Jona....

Print shows workmen resting in the shade of a tree, one man is sharpening a tool, an African American man reclining on a stack of hay, a young boy is leaning over the stack, tickling the man's ear with a piece ... More

[Farmers nooning, from the original picture in the possession of Jona. Sturges Esqr.] / Wm. S. Mount 1836.

[Farmers nooning, from the original picture in the possession of Jona....

Print shows workmen resting in the shade of a tree, one man is sharpening a tool, an African American man reclining on a stack of hay, a young boy is leaning over the stack, tickling the man's ear with a piece ... More

Trouble in the Spartan ranks. Old Durham in the field

Trouble in the Spartan ranks. Old Durham in the field

A complex and somewhat obscure satire celebrating the defeat of Dorrite Democrats in the Rhode Island state elections of spring 1843. The canvass was held the year following the successful suppression of the Do... More

[Farmers nooning, from the original picture in the possession of Jona. Sturges Esqr.] / Wm. S. Mount 1836.

[Farmers nooning, from the original picture in the possession of Jona....

Print shows workmen resting in the shade of a tree, one man is sharpening a tool, an African American man reclining on a stack of hay, a young boy is leaning over the stack, tickling the man's ear with a piece ... More

Race between Bennett and Greely for the Post Office stakes

Race between Bennett and Greely for the Post Office stakes

A satire on the competition between rival editors Horace Greeley and James Gordon Bennett for New York post office printing contracts. The artist also comments on the circulation wars between Bennett's "New Yor... More

[Farmers nooning, from the original picture in the possession of Jona. Sturges Esqr.] / Wm. S. Mount 1836.

[Farmers nooning, from the original picture in the possession of Jona....

Print shows workmen resting in the shade of a tree, one man is sharpening a tool, an African American man reclining on a stack of hay, a young boy is leaning over the stack, tickling the man's ear with a piece ... More

[Farmers nooning, from the original picture in the possession of Jona. Sturges Esqr.] / Wm. S. Mount 1836.

[Farmers nooning, from the original picture in the possession of Jona....

Print shows workmen resting in the shade of a tree, one man is sharpening a tool, an African American man reclining on a stack of hay, a young boy is leaning over the stack, tickling the man's ear with a piece ... More

Loco Foco triumphal honors

Loco Foco triumphal honors

A mock triumphal procession ridiculing "Loco Foco" or radical Democratic support of candidates James K. Polk and George M. Dallas. The Loco Focos are portrayed as ragged Irishmen, carrying the two candidates on... More

The celebrated Congo minstrels' songs / Thayer & Co's lith., Boston.

The celebrated Congo minstrels' songs / Thayer & Co's lith., Boston.

Music cover showing five minstrels on stage. Copyright by C.H. Keith.

The Massachusetts hoar, outwitted, or hopping-John, and Johnny-cake, for cod fish 'notions,' wide awake!!!

The Massachusetts hoar, outwitted, or hopping-John, and Johnny-cake, f...

An imaginative but puzzling commentary on sectional tensions over slavery between New England abolitionists and southern agrarian slaveholders. In his sweeping satire the artist also portrays a considerable hos... More

Whitlock's collection of Ethiopian melodies. As sung with great applause by William Whitlock at the principal theatres in the United States

Whitlock's collection of Ethiopian melodies. As sung with great applau...

Music cover showing two men on stage, one dancing and one playing banjo.

The tree of liberty.  The free population of the United States enjoying the refreshing shade of the tree of liberty

The tree of liberty. The free population of the United States enjoyin...

A somewhat puzzling commentary on two issues: slavery and economic protectionism. The date of the print is uncertain, but it may have appeared as part of the reaction against the Walker Tariff of 1846. A Northe... More

The telegraphic candidates

The telegraphic candidates

In a race between the railroad and the telegraph the "telegraphic candidates," Lewis Cass and William O. Butler, are first to the White House. The artist ridicules Zachary Taylor for his hazy stance on major ca... More

The candidate of many parties. A phrenological examination to ascertain what his political principles are

The candidate of many parties. A phrenological examination to ascertai...

Whig nominee Zachary Taylor's reluctance to clearly declare his political views was an issue eagerly exploited by the opposition in the 1848 campaign. Here the artist shows phrenologist Orson S. Fowler probing... More

Who says gas? Or the Democratic b-hoy

Who says gas? Or the Democratic b-hoy

A pro-Democrat satire, pitting Democratic candidate Lewis Cass against Whig nominee Zachary Taylor in a bout for the presidency. Cass (center) is the obvious favorite. He wears the stovepipe hat, boots, bold pl... More

The Sabbath among slaves

The Sabbath among slaves

Illustration showing Afro-American dancing, playing banjo, and resting. Illus. in: Narrative of the life and adventures of Henry Bibb, an American slave, New York, 1849, p. 38. Published in: The African-America... More

Bertha Henry.
Head of a negro man

Head of a negro man

Late Classical

Sallie.
[Studio portrait of unidentifed young man, seated on prop hay bale.]
[Studio portrait of unidentified man wearing double-breasted jacket.]
[Studio portrait of unidentified woman, arms on back of chair.]
S. A. Payne (Bishop Payne).
[Full-length studio portrait of unidentified man.]
[Studio portrait of a young man.]
[Studio portrait of unidentified seated young man, his left arm resting on chair.]
Julius Steegall.
[Studio portrait of two young women.]
[Group of 71 Stereograph Views of African-Americans and Early Black American Culture, including Colloquial Black Humor]
[Studio portrait of unidentified man with long sideburns and wavy hair.]
Portrait of a Creole gentleman.
Josie Wallace.
[Studio portrait of unidentified seated young man, holding cap.]
Robert Douglass, dyeing and cleaning business, Washington, D.C.
Bishop Crowther.
Jim Patterson.
[Full-length portrait of man, with studio props.]
[Oval half-figure portrait of unidentified man.]
John Gassett.
[Studio portrait of unidentified  woman holding handkerchief.]
[Studio portrait of a young man wearing tie and stick pin.]
[Full length portrait of unidentified man.]
Lottie Grimke
The blessings of liberty or how to "hook" a "gentleman of color"

The blessings of liberty or how to "hook" a "gentleman of color"

A diverse group of abolitionists try to drag an unwilling black man toward the left with a large gaff hook. Holding the hook are (left to right) an old hag, a Quaker man, and two other homely men. The hag dec... More

[Fig. 1 Greenland seal-hunting; fig. 2 Brazilian Indians bird-shooting; fig. 3 attack by Guaycouros horseman (Brazil); fig. 4 cattle-hunting on the Pampas (Brazil); fig. 5 Negro dances at Sao Palo [Brazil]; fig. 6 South Patagonian huts and graves]

[Fig. 1 Greenland seal-hunting; fig. 2 Brazilian Indians bird-shooting...

Illus. in: Heck, Iconographic Encyclopedia, (1851) v. 1, plate 35. This record contains unverified, old data from caption card. Caption card tracings: Patagonia; Dwellings; Seals; Brazil; Greenland; Ind. of S. ... More

What's sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander

What's sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander

The opposition of Northern abolitionists, churchmen, and political figures to enforcement of the Fugitive Slave Act of 1850 is criticized in this rare pro-Southern cartoon. In two panels artist Edward Williams ... More

The fish question settled

The fish question settled

A facetious, and somewhat racist, look at public opinion surrounding the controversy over American fishing rights in British-controlled waters off North America. (See also "John Bull's Fish Monopoly," no. 1852-... More

Pilgrims of the Rhine-O!

Pilgrims of the Rhine-O!

Whig presidential candidate Winfield Scott and his party pursue an abolitionist course leading toward Salt River and political doom. New York senator and antislavery advocate William Seward appears as a poodle ... More

[Sheet of sketches for the illustrated 1852 London edition of Uncle Tom's Cabin showing Simon Legree and some of the other central characters]

[Sheet of sketches for the illustrated 1852 London edition of Uncle To...

Purchase; Warren Ewens; 1993; (DLC-PP/1993:162). Published in: Eyes of the nation : a visual history of the United States / Vincent Virga and curators of the Library of Congress ; historical commentary by Alan ... More

A dish of "black turtle"

A dish of "black turtle"

The cartoonist mocks the opportunism evident in Winfield Scott's endorsement of both the abolitionist cause and the Missouri Compromise. Scott, in military uniform, is seated at a table with a plate of soup be... More

Eclipse & no eclipse or two views of one object

Eclipse & no eclipse or two views of one object

Two scenes showing the differing perceptions of Franklin Pierce's stand on the issue of slavery, as viewed by the North and South. The cartoon is divided vertically by "Mason & Dixon's Line." An arrow identifie... More

Abu Nabut and Negro Slaves in Cairo
Winner's improved method for the violin

Winner's improved method for the violin

Music cover showing four black people--couple dancing in front of fireplace, man playing violin, and man standing in doorway.

State of Louisiana

State of Louisiana

Print shows the title page to "Ballou's Pictorial" for "Saturday, December 22, 1855" showing, at top, a view of Boston Harbor with sailing ships, steamboats, a rowboat, and a view of the city of Boston in the b... More

Slave of Richard Townsend / W.H. Ingram's Photograph and Ferrotype Gallery, No. 11 West Gay Street, West Chester, PA.

Slave of Richard Townsend / W.H. Ingram's Photograph and Ferrotype Gal...

Photo shows an elderly African American man, three-quarter length portrait, wearing coat and top hat, seated, facing front, with right hand resting on the handle of a bow saw that he holds between his legs. Tit... More

[African American man, possibly named "Small", full length studio portrait, well-dressed, standing, facing front with left hand resting on the back of a chair] / photographed by B.F. Reimer, No. 624 Arch Street, Philada.

[African American man, possibly named "Small", full length studio port...

Title devised by Library staff. Inscribed in ink and pencil on verso: Small. On verso: No. 13185. Purchase; Marian Carson; 2001; (DLC/PP-2001:068). Forms part of: Marian S. Carson Collection at the Library of Congress.

[African American woman holding a white child]

[African American woman holding a white child]

Rinhart, no. 119. Modern handwritten note in case: Slave nanny/white child image came from an estate sale somewhere in the flat lands delta area of Arkansas. Likely from one of the following Arkansas towns: Hel... More

Negro expulsion from railway car, Philadelphia

Negro expulsion from railway car, Philadelphia

Illus. in: The Illustrated London News, 1856 Sept. 27, p. 314. Reference copy may be in LOT 4422 D. This record contains unverified, old data from caption card. Caption card tracings: Shelf.

Ahead of all, N.L. Hansen & Co's. Magnolia Tobacco, unsurpassed by any in use. For sale here

Ahead of all, N.L. Hansen & Co's. Magnolia Tobacco, unsurpassed by any...

Print shows an African American man with arms stretched out holding tobacco leaves in each hand. An eagle sits on a banner with the words "N.L. Hansen & Co's" directly above the man. Title from item. First word... More

[Proof for bank note vignette showing Afro-American men tapping sap from trees] / Baldwin, Bald & Cousland, N. York.
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