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Scurlock Studio Records, ca. 1888-1996

Photographers:
Scurlock Studio (Washington, D.C.)
Photographer:
Rice, Moses P
Scurlock, Addison N. 1883-1964
Scurlock, Robert S [Saunders] 1917-1994
Scurlock, George H [Hardison] 1919-2005
Printmakers:
Custom Craft
Subject:
Washington, Booker T. 1856-1915
DuBois, W.E.B (William Edward Burghardt) 1868-1963
Howard University
Physical description:
200 cu. ft
Culture:
African Americans Washington (D.C.)
Type:
Matrices, color separation
Collection descriptions
Color separation negatives
Dye transfer process
Photographs
Studio portraits
Wedding albums
Place:
Washington (D.C.)
Washington (D.C)
Shaw (Washington, D.C.)
Date:
1888
1888-1996
ca 1888-1996
20th century
Notes:
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.)
Summary:
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.
Publications:
See "Portraits of a City: The Scurlock Photographic Studio's Legacy to Washington, D.C." online at http://americanhistory.si.edu/archives/scurlock/index.html . This site includes a "contact us" form for comments and identifications of people and events in Scurlock photographs
Cite as:
Scurlock Studio Records, ca. 1888-1996, Archives Center, National Museum of American History
Topic:
Photography
Commercial photography
Portraits
African Americans--History
African American entertainers
Politicians
African American photographers
Segregation
African Americans
Small business
Local number:
1998.3003 (NMAH Acc.)
1998.0011 (NMAH Acc.)
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Data Source:
Archives Center - NMAH

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