Many of the images in Bearing Witness are housed in archives. Archives house collections of materials in an effort to preserve history and are extremely important tools for research. Archives have long been physical establishments, accessible to the public, where researchers could seek out images, documents and objects for scholarly and educational purposes. In recent years, many archives have digitized their holdings, allowing easy public access to their collections via the internet.
The photographs and subjects displayed in this exhibition represent but a drop of water in the oceans of images available in archives. Viewers are encouraged to visit these photographic goldmines and explore the fascinating imagery that is available with just a click of a mouse.
Metropolitan Museum of Art
New York Public Library
- National Museum of American History , Scurlock Studio Records
- Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery
- Smithsonian African American Snapshots
Top: Thomas E. Askew, African American girl, half-length portrait, with right hand to cheek, with illustrated book on table; Library of Congress LC-USZ62-63574, Collection: W. E. B. Du Bois albums of photographs of African Americans in Georgia exhibited at the Paris Exposition Universelle in 1900