New Orleans Public Library
East New Orleans Regional Branch

Collecting African American History
February 27, 2003

A dealer and collector of African American historical and cultural objects, Dr. Elvin Montgomery, Jr. presented information on that topic at the program entitled Collecting African American History.

Dr. Elvin Montgomery, Jr., author of Collecting African American History (Stewart, Tabori & Chang, 2001).

Dr. Montgomery explains the relevance of ephemera, in this case an invitation to a graduation held at Virginia's Hampton Institute, now Hampton University, in 1895.

Audience members examine a picture of Louis Armstrong visiting the Congo circa 1960.

Dr. Montgomery takes a question from a member of the audience.

Mr. Irving Johnson holds a bit of local history. It is the program of a 1943 presentation given by his alma mater, Gilbert Academy, at the Booker T. Washington auditorium.

Dr. Montgomery autographs a copy of his book for an audience member.

Vera Warren, owner of Community Book Center, and her son. Warren has had her son photographed in a piece of her family history--a christening gown worn by her father in 1910.

The audience peruses pieces from Dr. Montgomery's own collection.

Audience members listen as Dr. Montgomery gives his opinion on an artifact.

Valencia Hawkins, coordinator of the African American Resource Center, thanks Dr. Elvin Montgomery, Jr. for the lecture.

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