Scurlock Studio Records, Series 1: Black and White Photographs
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Summary
Collection ID:
NMAH.AC.0618.S01
Creators:
Scurlock, Robert S. (Saunders), 1917-1994
Scurlock, Addison N., 1883-1964
Custom Craft
Scurlock Studio (Washington, D.C.)
Scurlock, George H. (Hardison), 1919-2005
Rice, Moses P.
Dates:
1888-1993
Languages:
English
Physical Description:
106 Boxes
Repository:
The Scurlock photographic studio was a fixture in the Shaw area of Washington, D.C. from 1911 to 1994, and encompassed two generations of photographers, Addison N. Scurlock (1883-1964) and his sons George H. (1920- 2005) and Robert S. (1916-1994). Series 1 consists of almost entirely black and white photographs, but in the subseries of clients, there may also be job envelopes, order materials, and other photographic material types that were included in the overall order. An overview to the entire Scurlock collection is available here: Scurlock Studio Records.

Scope and Contents note
Scope and Contents note
The materials are almost entirely black and white photographs, but in the subseries of clients, there may also be job envelopes, order materials, and other photographic material types that were included in the overall order.
The series is arranged into two subseries, clients and subjects, and both are arranged alphabetically.
The subseries clients documents the orders made by clients of the Scurlock Studio and individuals who were or could be identified but may or may not have actually placed an order at the Studio. The majority of the photographs in the clients subseries are formal portrait sittings but there are photographs of events, organizations, and businesses. The subseries subjects are photographs that were grouped into categories because no known client or individual in the image could be identified. The subjects cover a broad array of subjects but the majority of the subjects include unidentified people in formal portrait sittings and groups. In addition, not all photographs in this series were taken by the Scurlock Studio; there are photos by Abdon Daoud Ackad and other studios or photographers that were sent in to make copies.

Arrangement note
Arrangement note
Arranged in 2 subseries.
  • 1.1: Clients Black and white photographs
  • 1.2: Subjects Black and white photographs

Biographical/Historical note
Biographical/Historical note
The Scurlock photographic studio was a fixture in the Shaw area of Washington, D.C. from 1911 to 1994, and encompassed two generations of photographers, Addison N. Scurlock (1883-1964) and his sons George H. (1920- 2005) and Robert S. (1916-1994). More...

Using the Collection
Preferred Citation note
Scurlock Studio Records, Archives Center, National Museum of American History. Smithsonian Institution
Conditions Governing Access note
Collection is open for research.
Gloves must be worn when handling unprotected photographs and negatives. Special arrangements required to view negatives due to cold storage. Using negatives requires a three hour waiting period. Contact the Archives Center at 202-633-3270.
Conditions Governing Use note
When the Museum purchased the collection from the Estate of Robert S. Scurlock, it obtained all rights, including copyright. The earliest photographs in the collection are in the public domain because their term of copyright has expired. The Archives Center will control copyright and the use of the collection for reproduction purposes, which will be handled in accordance with its standard reproduction policy guidelines. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.

Keywords
Keywords table of terms and types.
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Matrices, color separation Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Photographs -- 20th century Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Dye transfer process Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
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Shaw (Washington, D.C.) Place Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Washington (D.C.) -- Small business -- 20th century Place Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Politicians -- 20th century Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Portraits -- 20th century Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Washington (D.C.) -- African Americans Place Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Commercial photography -- 20th century -- Washington (D.C) Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Photography -- 20th century -- Washington (D.C.) Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Segregation Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
African American photographers Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Studio portraits Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
African American entertainers -- 20th century Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
African Americans -- History -- 20th century Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Washington, Booker T., 1856-1915 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Howard University -- 20th century Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
DuBois, W.E.B. (William Edward Burghardt), 1868-1963 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

Repository Contact
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
P.O. Box 37012
Suite 1100, MRC 601
Washington, D.C. 20013-7012
archivescenter@si.edu
http://americanhistory.si.edu/archives