Family Photo Album

Grade Range: K-12
Resource Type(s): Artifacts, Primary Sources
Date Posted: 1/27/2009

Family photograph albums hold the history of generations, preserving the memories of birthdays, holidays, travels, and all general aspects of life. African American Mary Taylor used her 35mm Bell and Howell camera to document her family's life in the black community of Los Angeles, California, during the mid-20th century. She turned a discarded wallpaper sample book into a treasured family heirloom.

Taylor's family photographs including 19th-century tintypes, turn-of-the-century hand-colored portraits, and albums from the 1950s to the 1970s provide insight into the African American experience in the United States over the past century.

Use this Investigation Sheet to guide students through describing the object and analyzing its meaning.