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Diane Isaacs Collection

Subject:
Carver, George Washington, 1864?-1943
Douglass, Frederick, 1818-1895
Jemima, Aunt
Mammy
Ringgold, Faith
Sambo (Fictitious character)
Shahn, Ben, 1898-1969
Truth, Sojourner, 1799-1883
Uncle Mose (Fictitious character)
Uncle Tom (Fictitious character)
Washington, Booker T., 1856-1915
Creator:
Isaacs, Diane Scharfeld
Type:
Collection description
African Americans--Collectibles
Black dolls
Black memorabilia
Coins
Containers
Dolls
Drawing
Figurines
Food containers
Health products
Memorabilia
Posters
Prints
Screen prints
Signs and signboards
Souvenir spoons
Tableware
Toys
Place:
Southern States
United States
Description:
Diane Isaacs Collection consists of black memorabilia and historical objects collected by Diane Scharfeld Isaacs. The collection documents images of African Americans in popular and mass culture, and African American life of the late 19th and early 20th century. Frequently made up of racist depictions of African Americans in household service roles, the collection documents the caricature portrayal of African Americans in nineteenth and twentieth century American popular culture. These collections, offensive to many contemporary and modern viewers, are important for understanding the display and use of race as iconography in American pop culture.
Related archival collection: Diane Isaacs Collection of Black Memorabilia, which dates from 1800 to 2002 and measures 14.75 linear feet, documents two centuries of the depictions of African Americans in popular culture. The collection is comprised of papers, journals, books, audio visual materials, Sheet music, correspondence, photographs, and artifacts. Included in the audiovisual series are recordings of Maya Angelou and Alice Walker reading their works. Contact the Archivist for more information.
Diane Isaacs was a professor of English and a collector of black memorabilia. She earned her Ph.D. from Teachers College at Columbia University in 1982 after she wrote a doctoral thesis entitled “Ann Petry’s Life and Art: Piercing the Stereotypes.” As a professor at Fordham College, the University of Maryland, and the University of Minnesota, Isaacs taught English courses throughout the 1980s and 1990s. She was a scholar of the Harlem Renaissance and published essays and articles pertaining to the contributions that African-American writers made to U.S. culture.
Isaacs married Professor Jay Leon Halio, another professor of English at the University of Delaware, on May 26, 2002 at the South Rim of the Grand Canyon in Arizona.
Topic:
African American history
African American teachers
African Americans
African Americans in popular culture
Blacks in popular culture
Collectors and collecting
Ethnic stereotypes
Race discrimination
Racism
Stereotypes (Social psychology)
Stereotypes (Social psychology) in advertising
Teachers
Cite As:
Permanent Collection, Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum
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Diane Isaacs Collection
Anacostia Community Museum Collection
Data Source:
Anacostia Community Museum

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  • Carver, George Washington, 1864?-1943
  • Douglass, Frederick, 1818-1895
  • Isaacs, Diane Scharfeld
  • Jemima, Aunt
  • Mammy
  • Ringgold, Faith
  • Sambo (Fictitious character)
  • Shahn, Ben, 1898-1969
  • Truth, Sojourner, 1799-1883
  • Uncle Mose (Fictitious character)
  • Carver, George Washington, 1864?-1943
  • Douglass, Frederick, 1818-1895
  • Isaacs, Diane Scharfeld
  • Jemima, Aunt
  • Mammy
  • Ringgold, Faith
  • Sambo (Fictitious character)
  • Shahn, Ben, 1898-1969
  • Truth, Sojourner, 1799-1883
  • Uncle Mose (Fictitious character)
  • African Americans
  • Anacostia Community Museum