Joseph (E. F.) Photograph Collection

E. F. Joseph self portrait
E.F. Joseph standing next to camera, circa 1930s, Joseph (E. F.) photograph collection, MS 126, African American Museum & Library at Oakland, Oakland Public Library.

Photographer Emmanuel Francis (E. F.) Joseph (1900-1979) was born on November 8, 1900 in St. Lucia, West Indies. He was the first professional African American photographer in the San Francisco Bay Area operating a commercial and studio photography business in his home initially at 1303 Adeline St. and then at 384 50th St. in Oakland.

The E.F. Joseph photograph collection includes 2487 photographs from Joseph’s work as a portrait and commercial photographer. The collection is organized into four series: Portraits, Commercial photography, Assorted photographs, and Letter and customer card.

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Dates: 1915-1964
Collection number: MS 126
Creator: Joseph, E. F. (Emmanuel Francis), 1900-1979.
Collection Size: 22.5 linear feet (28 boxes)

Guide to the E. F. Joseph Photograph Collection

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