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Steve Turner Collection of African-Americana

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Steve Turner Collection of African-Americana

About this collection

  • Some items restricted

212 digital objects.


The Turner Collection comprises more than 300 items that help document the lives and contributions of American Blacks, largely through original photographic images. Dating from the mid-nineteenth century through the mid-twentieth century, the collection includes photocards, cabinet cards, cartes-de-visite, posters, tintypes, pinback buttons, and pamphlets, all of which reflect some aspect of African-American life, achievement, or challenges. Many of the images focus on the migration of Blacks to the American West that preceded the great migration from the South after World War I.

Most of the subjects in the photographs are unidentified by name. The photographer or photo studio is cited, if known.

The collection is a gift from Steve Turner, UC San Diego class of ’82 and an avid collector.

Creation Date
  • 1850-1979
Former Owner

Some content in this collection includes images or language that may be discriminatory or offensive. The content is intended to serve as valuable evidence for analyzing and challenging the legacies of history both as it occurred and how it unfolds in the modern-day, rather than to perpetuate or endorse any discriminatory or offensive attitudes or acts. Please refer to the UC San Diego Library’s Historical Context and Cultural Sensitivity Statement for more information.



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