The National African American Photographic Archive (NAAPA) project is a collaborative effort between the University Libraries, University of Memphis and Ampro Industries, Inc. of Memphis. The aim of the project is to collect, scan, and make available to the public photographs and informative metadata illustrating the daily and work lives and social activities of African Americans.
Seeded with materials already owned by the Special Collections Department of the UM Libraries, the NAAPA project solicits the donation or loan of significant materials, accompanied by background information (metadata) that will help us to index, describe, and arrange, and the searcher to find, photographic documentation of people, places, and events of importance to African American and American history and culture.
The National African American Photographic Archive is meant to grow and evolve. To make inquiries to the project administrator, click here. For donation or loan agreements, click here.
Image of A. W. Willis posing with his family for a photograph. Each member is identified from left to right as: Stephanie Willis, Karen Willis, Michael Willis, Archie Willis, III, Rosalyn Willis, and Marc Willis.
Image of a group of lawyers inside of a Memphis, Tennessee courtroom under the rule of Judge Beverly Boushe. The only three men identified in the image at featured in the front of the crowd. From left: A.W. Willis, Benjamin Hooks, and Russell Sugarmon. No other persons are identified.
Image of Aaron Henry standing behind the counter of his drugstore in Clarksdale, Mississippi. Above him are three large images of young men. They are identified from left to right as: Michael Schwerner, James Chaney, and Andrew Goodman.
Ada Small, third from the left, placing envelopes inside of a box. The two men standing immediately to the left of her are identified as, Arvin Abbey standing right beside Ada, and Roscoe Overton standing on the far left end. Two unidentified people look onward in the background of the photograph.