Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, has recently made available online its Loewentheil Collection of African American Photographs. The collection was donated to the university by Stephan and Beth Loewentheil in 2012.
The collection includes 645 images, spanning the years from 1860 to the 1960s. Included are photographs of some famous African Americans including Dr. Martin Luther Jr. and Muhammad Ali. But most of the photographs are images of everyday life in the African American community. The collection can be searched by date, geographic location, photographer, and subject matter.
Among the earliest images in the collection is the photograph below showing a group of young African American slaves on a plantation in Louisiana.