Portraits of a People

Images and items from the NEHGS collection

Images of soldiers from the Spanish-American War. Records from the longest-operating African-American-owned business in Western Pennsylvania. A portrait of a New England shipowner. A family Bible record. These are just a few examples of the fascinating pieces of African American history which can be found at NEHGS.

Thanks to the generosity of our members, who have donated items to the collections and contributed funds for the purchase of new acquisitions, our collections of African American manuscripts and photographs continue to grow. We invite you to take a tour through this gallery of images, and explore more African American family and local history at our library and on AmericanAncestors.org.