Scurlock Studio Records, Series 2: Color Photographs
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Summary
Collection ID:
NMAH.AC.0618.S02
Creators:
Scurlock, Addison N., 1883-1964
Rice, Moses P.
Scurlock, Robert S. (Saunders), 1917-1994
Scurlock Studio (Washington, D.C.)
Scurlock, George H. (Hardison), 1919-2005
Custom Craft
Dates:
1930-1995
Languages:
English
Physical Description:
115 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 2 consists of color photographs and hand-colored photographs, but there are also order envelopes and materials, and other photographic material types that were part of the order. An overview to the entire Scurlock collection is available here: Scurlock Studio Records

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
The series color photographs consists of color photographs and hand-colored photographs, but there are also order envelopes and materials, and other photographic material types that were part of the order. The subseries are arranged as clients, subjects, weddings, and hand-colored photographs. Clients are arranged alphabetically by last name or the first word of an organization's name. Not all individuals, organizations, or businesses necessarily represent a client of the Scurlock Studio; if an individual or organization could be identified, the photograph was placed under the identified person or organization even if ther were not a known client of the Studio. The majority of the photographs are individual portrait sittings but also included are family portraits, businesses, organizations, and informal images. The subjects are arranged alphabetically, and document images of non-humans and humans that could not be connected to a known client. Weddings and hand-colored are arranged in alphabetical order with clients preceeding subjects. The were a large subject of the overall collection and the majority of weddings are color photographs but also included in the subseries are black and white and hand-colored photographs of weddings. The hand-colored photographs largely reflect the same subject matter of the subseries clients and subjects. In addition, not all photographs in this subseries 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
Arrangement
Arranged in 4 subseries.
  • 2.1: Clients Color photographs
  • 2.2: Subjects Color photographs
  • 2.3: Weddings
  • 2.4: Hand-colored 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.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Commercial photography -- 20th century -- Washington (D.C) Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Washington (D.C.) -- Small business -- 20th century Place Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Washington (D.C.) -- African Americans Place Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Photography -- 20th century -- Washington (D.C.) Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
African American photographers Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Photographs -- 20th century 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
Color separation negatives Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Matrices, color separation Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Dye transfer process Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Segregation Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Politicians -- 20th century Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Shaw (Washington, D.C.) Place Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Portraits -- 20th century Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Studio portraits Type 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