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Address book made by Herman Wallace while incarcerated

Catalog Data

Created by:
Herman Wallace, American, 1941 - 2013  Search this
Subject of:
Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola, American, founded 1835  Search this
ink on paper (fiber product)
H x W x D: 3 3/4 × 2 1/2 × 5/16 in. (9.5 × 6.4 × 0.8 cm)
address books
Place used:
Angola, West Feliciana Parish, Louisiana, United States, North and Central America
after 1972
This tiny handmade address book is an example of Wallace's ability to make much out of very little through the creative remaking and adjustments of the items available to him. It also documents his efforts to effectively maintain a social and political life through active correspondence with the outside world.
A small book made by Herman Wallace to hold contact information and pictures while incarcerated at Angola Prison.
The paper booklet is held together with tape and layered paper. The front face depicts a color image of two cartoon characters, a boy and a girl with red hair, standing among white, yellow, and red flowers. The boy is only partially visible, wearing a green hat, green and plaid trousers, brown booties, and holding a guitar. He looks towards the girl whose smiles with her eyes closed. She wears a large dotted hat, pink puffy-sleeved shirt, blue and white jumper dress, cinched blue bloomers, stripped stocks, and brown shoes. On the reverse of the booklet is a white backing with opening instructions.
African American  Search this
American South  Search this
Communication  Search this
Communities  Search this
Men  Search this
Prisons  Search this
Credit Line:
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of Maria Hinds
Object number:
Restrictions & Rights:
No Known Copyright Restrictions
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National Museum of African American History and Culture Collection
Collection title:
Herman Wallace Archival Collection
Memorabilia and Ephemera
Data Source:
National Museum of African American History and Culture