The Photographs and Prints division contain both documentary and fine art photographs, which document the history and culture of people of African descent worldwide. Here you can find photos and stills from dance classes, dance performances, and even social dances from different time periods.
Helen Armstead Johnson was the founder and director of the Armstead-Johnson Foundation for Theater Research, whose purpose was to collect, preserve, document and exhibit African American contributions to the American stage. The Helen Johnson Photograph Collection was collected by Johnson while researching the contributions to the stage by African American. This collection has dance material in formats such as
The entire collection, consisting of several thousand photographs, posters, letters, scrapbooks, costumes and costume designs, recordings and other memorabilia, was donated to the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in December 1996.
Joe Nash was a dancer, black dance historian, coordinator of black dance history courses at the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater School in New York. The Joe Nash Black Dance Photograph Collection was compiled by Nash to document and acknowledge the contributions of black dancers, choreographers and dance companies from the 1930s to the 1980s. The photograph collection consists of studio and candid portraits, views of rehearsals, and views of performances.
Some of the dance styles depicted include
The photograph collection consists of three distinct series