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.
Two photographic prints of Howard University scenes, photographed in the 1920s by Addison N. Scurlock, one entitled "Sunlight and Shadow", the other entitled "Reared Against the Eastern Sky". Also a framed presentation piece containing a reproduction of Addison N. Scurlock's portrait of Ernest E. Just and a block of four 32 cent postage stamps bearing the portrait, from the "Black Heritage" commemorative series.
Tim Scurlock Collection, 1920, 1996, Archives Center, National Museum of American History
Pending (NMAH Acc.)
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