The Robert Langmuir African American Photograph Collection is now available digitally to the Emory community and to researchers in MARBL’s Reading Room. The collection, which was acquired in 2012, includes over 12,000 photographs depicting African American life from the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Emory faculty, staff and students can access the collection by logging in to the Emory Digital Gallery using their Network ID and password. Highlights of the online collection include advanced searching capabilities as well as tools for the classroom and personal use such as slideshows.
The Langmuir collection features many different types and styles of photography including tintypes, cabinet cards, photographic postcards and panoramas. Subjects range from depictions of daily life at home and work to well-known names in entertainment, fashion, sports, religion and politics.
Robert Langmuir, a collector from Philadelphia, compiled this collection over several decades from antique book shows, auctions and networking. For more information on the collection, visit the finding aid.
Non-Emory researchers in MARBL can also access the collection via the Reading Room. If you are interested in viewing the collection in MARBL, which is currently by appointment only, please visit our website here.