Rushing Family Photograph Collection

A man in World War 1 soldier's uniform sits on an ornate settee bench
A portrait of Louie Heath in buttoned jacket on curved bench, reverse caption "Mr. Louie Heath Photo," circa 1910s, Rushing family photograph collection, MS 216, African American Museum & Library at Oakland, Oakland Public Library.

The Rushing Family Photograph Collection consists of 200 photographs and ephemera. The bulk of the photographs document the lives of African Americans in northern Louisiana in the vicinity of the towns of Arcadia, Bienville, Minden, and Simsboro and Oakland, California. Collection is also significant for photographs of African American soldiers during World War I.

Dates: circa 1860s – circa 1980s
Bulk Dates: bulk 1910s-1940s
Collection number: MS 216
Collection Size: .5 linear feet (2 boxes + 1 oversized box)

Guide to the Rushing Family Photograph Collection

Available at the African American Museum & Library at Oakland (AAMLO)

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