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Mrs. Oscar [Jessie Williams] De Priest [paper photoprint], [June 19?] 1929

view Mrs. Oscar [Jessie Williams] De Priest [paper photoprint], [June 19?] 1929 digital asset number 1
Photographer:
Scurlock, Addison N. 1883-1964
Subject:
De Priest, Oscar 1871-1951
De Priest, Jessie Williams (Mrs. Oscar De Priest)
Chicago Defender (newspaper)
Physical description:
Silver gelatin on paper, 10 x 8", unmounted
1 item
Culture:
African Americans Washington (D.C.)
Type:
Photographs
Place:
Washington (D.C.)
Date:
1929
June 19 1929
19th-20th century
Notes:
Fees for commercial use. Smithsonian Institution owns rights.
Jessie De Priest was the wife of Chicago Congressman Oscar De Priest. This standing view was published in the Chicago Daily Defender, Saturday, June 22, 1929 with a caption, and depicts her wearing the costume she wore to a White House tea for Congressional wives at the invitation of Mrs. Herbert Hoover. As Jessie Williams De Priest was one of the first African American women to be entertained by a first lady, the event created a stir, especially among Southerners, the caption for this picture notes. The Daily Defender article, "Interesting News of the Week in Pictures," states that the reception occurred on Wednesday of that week, which would have been June 19, presumably the same date as the photograph. The Scurlock credit line is included in the caption. (Information provided by Ms. Shelley Stokes-Hammond, June 6, 2003.)
Organization:
Series 1, Box 1.1.A3
Summary:
Studio shot, full-figure. Subject wears hat and light-colored dress with pleated skirt, holds small handbag, while standing beside a studio bench. Ink on verso: "A 180 / Mrs. Oscar De Priest."
Repository Loc.:
Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of American History : Archives Center. P.O. Box 37012, MRC 601, Constitution Ave., between 12th and 14th Sts., N.W., Washington, D.C. 20013-7012. Call 202-633-3270 for appointment
Topic:
Race relations
African American women
Local number:
0618ps0247252pw.tif (AC Scan No.)
Data Source:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_247252

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