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Collection of dry plates

 Collection — Box: 1, Carton: 1-16
Collection number: MSS-027

Scope and Contents

Sixteen exposed photographic dry plates and the original box in which the dry plates were sold. Prints of 14 of the 16 photographs have been made and are displayed in the Heritage Room. Digital copies of all of the photographs are available.


  • ca. 1920

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Conditions Governing Access

The dry plates are fragile and are not available for public use. Prints of 14 of the 16 photographs are on display in the Heritage Room. Digital copies of all of the photographs are also available. Please ask Heritage Room staff for assistance.

Biographical / Historical

The photographs feature African American individuals and families of African Americans near their homes. The subjects seem to have been posed by the photographer. Several are dressed in what appears to be their formal clothing. The identities of the subjects of the photographs are unknown. The graves of Crawford W. Long and his wife are located at Oconee Hill Cemetery in Athens.


.63 Linear Feet (One box measuring 10.5 by 7.5 by 5.5)


Sixteen exposed dry plates featuring pictures of African American families and individuals, the tombstone of Crawford W. Long, and three persons in front of a dam and mill pond.


The collection is organized in a single series.

Related Materials

Crawford Long medicine chest, MSS 021

Physical Description


Collection of dry plates
Beth Whitlock, Justin Kau
July 2016, February 2020
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Repository Details

Part of the Heritage Room, Athens-Clarke County Library Repository

2025 Baxter Street
Athens GA 30606