The Mid-Winter Assembly, Baltimore, Maryland [often misidentified as "Formal Dance at the Whitelaw Hotel"] [paper photoprint,] 1912
Scurlock, Addison N. 1883-1964
DuBois, W.E.B (William Edward Burghardt) 1868-1963
Whitelaw Hotel (Washington, D.C.)
National Association for the Advancement of Colored People
Alcazar Hotel (Baltimore, Md.)
Print: Silver gelatin on paper, approx. 8 x 10", unmounted
Original glass negative: Silver gelatin on glass, 8" x 10"
African Americans Maryland
16" x 20" print located in Box 1.1.C8, also known as Box 66.
The photograph presumably depicted an N.A.A.C.P. event.
Large number of African American couples in formal evening dress. The young W.E.B. DuBois (?) appears in the front of the crowd. This image appears with the incorrect Whitelaw Hotel title in several publications and this print bears this caption; it is item 117 in the Corcoran Gallery of Art exhibition catalog, 1976, with the date "c. 1923." But it was reproduced in "The Crisis" in 1912, captioned "The Mid-Winter Assembly, Baltimore, Maryland" (of the NAACP). Although there is some similarity of decor with that of the Whitelaw, as seen in other Scurlock photographs, the Whitelaw Hotel did not open until Nov. 1919. (Notes from Jane Levey, 22 Nov. 2005.) One viewer has suggested that the location is the Alcazar Hotel in Baltimore. The original glass negative is in excellent condition.
Joseph P. Gomer, Major USAF (Ret.) of Duluth, Minn. (a Tuskegee Airman) tentatively identified the woman to whom DuBois is speaking as his aunt, Nita Gomer. (Maj. Gomer to D. Haberstich in Archives Center, 7 June 2004.)
Scurlock Studio Records, ca. 1905-1994, Archives Center, National Museum of American History