Photograph of Yvonne Morris sitting at a desk and holding a calendar set to March 13. She smiles at the camera and points to the number 13. In front of her are piles of papers, and behind he is a bookshelf and a filing cabinet.
Studio portrait of a young girl standing beside a classicizing pedestal with a basket of flowers and a painted landscape backdrop. She is a member of the A. J. Roberts family, perhaps his daughter, Myrtle.
Studio portrait of a young boy standing beside a classicizing pedestal with a basket of flowers and a painted landscape backdrop. He is a member of the A. J. Roberts family, perhaps his son, William or Frederick.
Portraits and brief biographical notes on 16 African Americans. Left to right, and top to bottom: Composer-William Grant Still, Labor Leader-A. Philip Randolph, United States Congress Representative-Arthur Mitchell, Architect-Paul R. Williams, Baritone-Paul Robeson, Writer-Claude McKay, Soldier-Benjamin O. Davis, Contralto-Marian Anderson, Educator-Robert R. Moton, Writer-Langston Hughes, Tycoon-Charles C. Spaulding, Sociologist-W.E.B. Du Bois, Scientist-George Washington Carver, Communist-James Ford, Lawyer-Eunice [Carter] Smith, Musician-Edward K. “Duke” Ellington.
Dr. Vada Somerville (born Vada Jetmore Watson) of Pomona graduated from USC, married dentist John Alexander Somerville (1912), was the first African American woman and the second African American person to graduate from USC School of Dentistry (1918), and was the first African American woman certified to practice dentistry in the state of California. She was a civil rights activist, highly involved in several civic and community organizations.
Mildred Howell Lewis was crowned queen of the third Los Angeles Fiesta de las Flores in 1896, but lost the medal that went along with the honor, until it was discovered recently by two blacksmiths shifting through ash heaps recently in Santa Ana.
An informal photographic portrait of William P. Mead standing outside at the Mead farm in the winter. He stands just right-of-center and is slightly in profile, facing left. He wears a large coat with his hands tucked into his coat pockets. Behind him at left, a couple steps lead up to a house in shadow. Trees and a picket fence stretch across the background in the near distance.
Group portrait of William Sachtleben (3rd from L) with his Humber bicycle and an Acropolis guard, Thomas Allen with his bicycle and an Acropolis guard, and a 5th man on the L, posing on the spot where the statue of Athena Promachos once stood. The 2 guards wear traditional Greek dress including a white pleated foustanella. A panoramic view of Athens is visible in the background.
The Azusa Mission Church played a key role in the Pentecostal movement at the turn of the twenty century. Its founder, William J. Seymour, an African American preacher, presided over the revival meetings and led the development of the Pentecostal and Charismatic movements. The first meeting was on April 14, 1906. Worship at 312 Azusa St. was frequent and spontaneous with services going almost around the clock. The services were characterized by spiritual experiences accompanied with testimonies of physical healing, miracles, and speaking in tongues. Along with members of the Holiness Movement, services were attended by Baptists, Mennonites, Quakers, and Presbyterians and by persons of different races. Women held positions of leadership. After 1915, the church went into decline; following Seymour’s death, his wife continued to hold worship services until 1931.