DuBois, W.E.B (William Edward Burghardt) 1868-1963
200 cu. ft
African Americans Washington (D.C.)
Matrices, color separation
Color separation negatives
Dye transfer process
Shaw (Washington, D.C.)
As a young African American, Addison Scurlock studied photography with Washington photographer Moses P. Rice, and began using his parents' home as a photographic studio in 1905; in 1911 he opened his own studio. Later, sons George and Robert assisted him and worked as photographers in the studio. After Addison's death his sons continued to operate the studio until George retired in the 1970s and Robert died in 1994. Two other separate business enterprises were associated with the studio: The Capitol School of Photography, which was operated by Robert and George out of the studio, 1948-1952, and Custom Craft, a color laboratory service which opened as the school closed. (The collection contains material related to all these facets of the business.)
Approximately 250,000 photonegatives, photoprints, color transparencies from the photographic business founded by Addison Scurlock in Washington, D.C. Collection also includes business records and ephemera.
Photographs: Includes portraits of famous African-American luminaries such as Booker T. Washington, W.E.B. DuBois, and many other artists, intellectuals, educators, entertainers, etc., as well as documentation of Washington, D.C., including both the African-American community and national political life, and important photographs of Howard University; also commercial photography, including color materials.
Color separation materials: Sets of black-and-white color-separation negatives, sets of matrices for the Kodak Dye Transfer process, etc. (full-color Dye Transfer prints are storied in a different series).
Business records: The photography studio records and Custom Craft records are in separate subseries, reflecting the fact that they were operated as separate businesses.
Scurlock Studio Records, ca. 1888-1996, Archives Center, National Museum of American History
African American entertainers
African American photographers
1998.3003 (NMAH Acc.)
1998.0011 (NMAH Acc.)
Unrestricted research use by appointment, for portions described on finding aid during processing. Gloves required with unprotected photographs. Using negatives requires a three hour waiting period. Contact the Archives Center at 202-633-3270
Access partly restricted while collection is being processed. Research appointments should be made with David Haberstich: call 202- 633-3721