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University of Delaware students helped preserve history in a course Professor Julie McGee, associate professor of Africana Studies and Art History developed around a collection of forgotten photos donated to the University of Delaware by art history alumna, Jessica Porter. The interdisciplinary seminar course, “Curating Hidden Collections and the Black Archive,” included 11 students from Africana Studies, History, Museum Studies, Art History and the Winterthur Program in American Material Culture.

The photographs of African Americans in the late 19th and early 20th century in Baltimore, Philadelphia, Atlantic City, New Jersey, and Washington, D.C., now known as the “Baltimore Collection,” included a variety of photograph types such as tintypes, albumen prints, matte collodion prints, silver gelatin printing-out prints (POP), silver gelatin developing-out prints (DOP) and one halftone.

Amber Kehoe of the Winterthur/University of Delaware Program in Art Conservation talks with Allison Robinson (left) and Ethan Barnett as they study the photographs and provenance of the Baltimore Collection.

Amber Kehoe of the Winterthur/University of Delaware Program in Art Conservation talks with Allison Robinson (left) and Ethan Barnett (History graduate student) as they study the photographs and provenance of the Baltimore Collection.


The facinationg story of how Professor McGee and her students helped to preserve history and tell the story of marginalized people is detailed in an artice written by Beth Miller: "The Baltimore Collection," in The University of Delaware Research Magazine, Vol. 8, No. 1.


The Baltimore Collection

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History graduate students in Prof. Julie McGee's “Curating Hidden Collections and the Black Archive”  course help tell the story of marginalized people from our region while conserving forgotten photographs.

​History graduate students in Prof. Julie McGee's “Curating Hidden Collections and the Black Archive”  course help tell the story of marginalized people from our region while conserving forgotten photographs.

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  • Department of History
  • 46 W. Delaware Avenue
  • Newark, DE 19716, USA
  • University of Delaware
  • Phone: 302-831-2371
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