Gregory C. Wilson collection of African-American postcards and trade cards

Summary

Creator: Wilson, Gregory C.
Date(s): 1871-2002
Call Number: PPI 0107
Language: Materials entirely in English.
Abstract: The Gregory C. Wilson collection of African-American postcards and trade cards comprises 1.3 linear feet of postcards, trade cards, printed ephemera, and letters. The majority of the collection consists of nineteenth- and twentieth-century American postcards and trade cards that feature a diverse array of positive and negative images of African Americans. The collection as a whole documents the history of harmful stereotypes that represented social values and mores across the country. Images include ridicule of black religion, harm to black children, scatological humor, poverty, crime, music, and labor, as well as race relations, military service, domestic scenes, transportation, women, and tribal depictions.
Physical Description:
  • 1.3 linear feet (5 boxes)
  • 1 oversize removal
Source: Gift of Gregory C. Wilson, 2013-2014.
Processing: Processed and encoded by Dustin Frohlich, November 2014. Finding aid prepared using Describing Archives: A Content Standard