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About this collection

The Arthur P. Bedou Photographs Collections contains images taken by the leading black photographer of New Orleans in the first half of the twentieth century, including the last pictures taken of Marcus Garvey in the United States and extensive documentation of Booker T. Washington's last speaking tours.

You will find photographs of famous figureheads, such as Presidents Theodore Roosevelt, William McKinley, and William Howard Taft, as well as African American Republican Politician Walter L. Cohen, Bishop Isaiah B. Scott, and Emmett J. Scott, the highest ranking African American in President Woodrow Wilson's administration. This Collection provides an amazing visual history of the African American Photographer and is one of the most Historic Collections housed at Xavier University of Louisiana.

To learn more about Arthur P. Bedou and Other African American Photographers, Check out our LibGuide HERE.

Please note that there are other Arthur P. Bedou Photographs located within the accompaning Xavier Photography Collections so make sure to explore our other holdins. 

If you can help identify any of the unknown/unidentified images, please contact us at Archives@xula.edu.

Image Identifiers (ie. 001.01.A.1.001) are Organized by: Box, Series, Sub-Series, Folder, Item. 

Click on any of the Folders below to see items in the Collection.

Collection Guide

Box I 
Series 1 - New Orleans
     Subseries A: Individuals
     Subseries B: Groups
                           Dedication of the University Library - 1937
        Folder 16E - Xavier University, Marching Band and Others at the Entrance to the
                           Administration Building - ca. Mid 1930s
        Folder 16F - Xavier University, First Annual Summer School of Catholic Action - ca. 1930s
        Folder 16H - Xavier University, Senior Music Recital, Mary Townsend accompanied on Piano
                           by Adrienne Martinez - May 1945
     Subseries C: Buildings
  
Series II: Booker T. Washington
     Subseries A: Individual
     Subseries B: Groups
 
Series III: Other Individuals
 
 
Box II 
Series IV - Oversize
 
Series V - Non-Photographic Items
        Folder 9 - Correspondence - 1988
        Folder 10 - New Orleans Tribune, "The Way We Were: Our Family Album" Issue, Vol. 4, No. 6 - July 1988
 
 
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