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African American musicians

African American musicians
Creator: Lawrence, A (Alfred), 19th cent.
Date: Between 1890 and 1919
This photograph, from a glass plate negative, shows a group of African American men holding musical instruments alongside two women and children. Alfred Lawrence's studio was located in Lawrence, Kansas, but the actual location of this photograph is not known.

Junction City Mandolin Club, Junction City, Kansas

Junction City Mandolin Club, Junction City, Kansas
Date: Between 1900 and 1920
A formal portrait of the four musicians of the Junction City Mandolin Club of Junction City, Kansas, with their instruments, including a harp guitar.

Lawrence Guitar and Mandolin Club

Lawrence Guitar and Mandolin Club
Date: Between 1890 and 1910
A portrait of the members of the Lawrence Guitar and Mandolin Club of, possibly, Lawrence, Kansas.


Creator: Lawrence Studio
Date: Between 1920s and 1930s
This photograph from a glass plate negative shows three men holding mandolins and a harp guitar. On the back of the photograph, the name F. H. Chilcote is written.

Scenes from Sherman County, Kansas

Scenes from Sherman County, Kansas
Date: 1900-1930
Multiple scenes of Sherman County, Kansas. The photograph of the Gray Front Hotel dining room shows Anna Neu behind the counter, and Maude Neu and Jospehine Neu.

Violetta Mareia June Frisby Mullendore Collection

Violetta Mareia June Frisby Mullendore Collection
Creator: Mullendore, Violetta Mareia June Frisby
Date: 1926 - 1930
A photograph album containing photographs and newspaper clippings about the June Frisby Academy of Music located in Wichita, Kansas. Also included in the collection is her obituary and a wedding invitation. The musicians are often in costumes--Hawaiian, Colonial, etc. Some of the photos include a person in "black face", a form of comedic theater based on stereotyped caricatures of African Americans. Black face comedy was a prominent form of American popular culture from the mid-19th century until the civil rights movement in the 1960s.

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