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Guide to the Miriam Matthews Photograph Collection
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Access
  • Access Restrictions
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Biography / Administrative History
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Arrangement
  • Indexing Terms
  • Other Finding Aids

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Miriam Matthews Photograph collection
    Dates: 1955-1964
    Creator: Matthews, Miriam
    Repository: African American Museum and Library at Oakland (Oakland, Calif.)
    Oakland, CA 94612
    Abstract: The Miriam Matthews Photographic Collection consists of 121 photographic prints collected by Miriam Matthews largely related to African American history in California. Roughly half of the collection is photographs of notable African American politicians taken by photographer Harry A. Adams in Southern California between 1955-1964. The remaining photographs are reproductions of images held by other institutions.
    Languages: Languages represented in the collection: English

    Access

    No access restrictions. Collection is open to the public.

    Access Restrictions

    Materials are for use in-library only, non-circulating.

    Publication Rights

    Permission to publish from the Miriam Matthews Photograph Collection must be obtained from the African American Museum and Library at Oakland.

    Preferred Citation

    Miriam Matthews Photograph collection, MS 19, African American Museum and Library at Oakland, Oakland Public Library. Oakland, California.

    Biography / Administrative History

    Born in 1905 in Pensacola, Florida to Reuben Hearde and Fannie (Elijah) Matthews, Miriam Matthews (1905-2003) was the Los Angeles Public Library's first professional African American librarian and an important early collector of African American art and history. Matthews earned degrees in librarianship from the University of California at Berkeley and the University of Chicago and served as a branch and regional library manager for the Los Angeles Public Library for 33 years between 1927-1960. She was active in professional and civic organizations and received numerous awards for her contributions to African American history.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    The Miriam Matthews Photographic Collection consists of 121 photographic prints collected by Miriam Matthews largely related to African American history in California. Roughly half of the collection is photographs of notable African American politicians taken by photographer Harry A. Adams in Southern California between 1955-1964. The remaining photographs are reproductions of images held by other institutions.

    Arrangement

    Series I. Photographs

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
    African American politicians--California.

    Other Finding Aids

    Miriam Matthews collection of Los Angeles Newspapers on African Americans (Collection Number 1839). UCLA Library Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, UCLA. Miriam Matthews Photographic collection (Collection Number 1889). UCLA Library Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, UCLA. Miriam Matthews papers (Collection Number 1804). Department of Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, UCLA.