American History Abridged 

This collection features selected works designed to help teach the U.S. survey.  The majority of selected works are primary sources of a specific historical moment or marker with a few contemporary objects that incorporate historical themes in their subject matter or methodology. 

View of Charleston, South Carolina
engraving | paper
The Paul Leroy Grigaut Memorial Collection
Brown bowl with black smudgy markings throughout.
Alice Archer Sewall James
Cooking and Serving Bowl (Food Bowl)
fired earthenware
5 3/8 in (13.65 cm)
Gift of Estelle Titiev, from the collection of Mischa Titiev
A man leaning against a table talking to a woman wearing a white dress.
Danny Lyon
Ralph Allen taking an affidavit from Carolyn Daniels in Terrill County, from "Memories of the Southern Civil Rights Movement"
gelatin silver print on paper
11 x 14 in. ( 27.94 x 35.56 cm )
Gift of Thomas Wilson '79 and Jill Garling '80
A group of people outside of a church praying because there is no more room inside. The streets are covered with parked cars.
Danny Lyon
The mass meeting in Danville is so crowded that it overflows out into the yard. When word arrives that heavily armed police and an armored vehicle are waiting up the road, the crowd disperses, leaving the SNCC workers to exit last, from "Memories of the Southern Civil Rights Movement"
gelatin silver print on paper
11 x 14 in. ( 27.94 x 35.56 cm )
Gift of Thomas Wilson '79 and Jill Garling '80
Photographed from atop a high ridge, this photograph depicts a view looking down into a winding desert canyon.
Ansel Adams
Canyon de Chelly National Monument, Arizona
gelatin silver print on paper
15 9/16 in x 19 1/2 in (39.53 cm x 49.53 cm);26 1/4 in x 32 1/4 in (66.68 cm x 81.92 cm);22 1/8 in x 28 1/8 in (56.2 cm x 71.44 cm)
Gift of Harry H. Lunn, Jr.
This is a portrait of two young boys. They stand inside a tipi or tent, wearing large headdresses and beadwork around their shoulders. The interior of the space is filled with patterned blankets and cloths. 
Edward S. Curtis
Sons of a Yakima Chief
photogravure on paper
9 in x 12 1/4 in (22.8 cm x 31.2 cm);19 7/16 in x 14 3/8 in (49.3 cm x 36.5 cm);14 3/8 in x 19 7/16 in (36.5 cm x 49.3 cm)
Gift of Stephen M. Taylor
In this painting, done in broad brush strokes, the figures of two women fill the composition. The woman on the right is seated in profile and the other, standing behind her, gazes out into the distance. They both wear shawls which make their bodies monolithic forms. A strong outline appears, especially around their heads, because they are set againist a plain white wall. There is also a strong color contrast between the dark black shawl worn by the standing woman and light pink shawl of the seated one. An amulet made of bone and feathers hangs on the wall in the upper right corner of the painting.
Victor Higgins
Oka and Walmacho
oil on canvas
27 1/16 in x 30 1/16 in (68.74 cm x 76.36 cm);38 in x 41 in x 1 1/2 in (96.52 cm x 104.14 cm x 3.81 cm)
Gift of Albert M. Todd
Arthur William Brown
For Your Boy - United War Work Campaign, Y.M.C.A.
color lithograph on paper
29 15/16 x 19 15/16 in. (76 x 50.5 cm)
Gift of Mr. Maurice F. Lyons
Photograph of a man standing on a sidewalk holding posters of John F. Kennedy.
Joel Meyerowitz
San Francisco
gelatin silver print on paper
11 in x 13 15/16 in (27.94 cm x 35.4 cm);16 in x 20 in (40.64 cm x 50.8 cm)
Gift of Selma & Gerald Lotenberg
This print is composed of sets of faces in three registers.  Along the top, in a black stripe, is a repeated, closely cropped image of a woman's face looking to the left.  In the middle left are five repeated images in shades of brown of a woman's face looking right, toward the face of a man in black.  Along the bottom are three large images of a woman's face in green, brown and blue.
Elizabeth Catlett
Malcolm X Speaks for Us
linoleum cut on paper
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Gift of Elizabeth Catlett
A group of prisoners, naked, standing in a line next to a line of officers. They are in the hallway between the cells.
Danny Lyon
Building Shakedown, from "Conversations with the Dead"
gelatin silver print on paper
11 x 14 in. ( 27.94 x 35.56 cm )
Gift of Thomas Wilson '79 and Jill Garling '80
This print has rows of stenciled black text in all capital letters on black background. In pencil, the print is signed and dated (l.r.) "Glenn Lignon '92" and numbered (l.l.) "27/45". 
Glenn Ligon; Gregory Burnet
etching, aquatint, spitbite, sugarlift on Rives BFK paper
25 in x 17 1/4 in (63.5 cm x 43.82 cm);32 3/16 in x 26 3/16 in (81.76 cm x 66.52 cm)
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41 Collection Object Sources

San Francisco (2000/2.158.7)
Untitled (1993/2.13.4)
The Slave Market (2004/2.11.7)
Temperance (2002/1.183)
The Steerage (1995/2.23)
School Children (2013/2.173)
The Speaker (2004/2.75)
Votes for Women (1964/2.154)
Mine Strike (1935.23)
Hiroshima Series (1997/1.533.6)
Birmingham Race Riot (1986/1.194.5)
Untitled (1983/2.147)

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