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Wendel White photographs

 Collection — Drawer: 8
Identifier: RITArt-0089

Scope and Contents

The Wendel White photograph collection contains ten color photographs of objects related to African American history and are part of the Manifesto portfolio created by Mr. White. Wendell White traveled around New York State photographing objects relating to African American history. The photographs include:

  • Spoon, Harriet Tubman House, Auburn, NY, 2010

  • Fredrick Douglas Hair, Rush Rhees Library, University of Rochester, 2010

  • Runaway Slave Reward Poster, Onondaga Historical Association, Syracuse, NY, 2010

  • Coin, Harriet Tubman House, Auburn, NY, 2010

  • Rev. and Mrs. Loguen, Onondaga Historical Association, 2010

  • Diary, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, 2010

  • Tin-type, Fenton Historical Society, Jamestown, NY, 2010

  • Estate Appraisal, St. John Fisher, Rochester, NY, 2010
  • Dates

    • Creation: 2010


    Conditions Governing Access

    This collection is open to researchers.

    Biographical / Historical

    Wendel A. White was born in Newark, New Jersey and grew up in New York, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey. He was awarded a BFA in photography from the School of Visual Arts in New York and an MFA in photography from the University of Texas at Austin. White taught photography at the School of Visual Arts, NY; The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art, NY; the International Center for Photography, NY; Rochester Institute of Technology; and is currently Distinguished Professor of Art at The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey.

    The photographs in this portfolio are made with a large format, film-based camera, placed very close to the subject, and printed on paper with an inkjet printer. The images are available as prints in two sizes. These photographs are representations of objects, documents, photographs, and books stored in cases and file cabinets as treasured historical artifacts. The outcome of this effort is to transform the usually small and often fragile remnants of the struggle for freedom and equality into images larger in scale than the original subjects. The various collections include vernacular documents such as a payment receipt for a bank loan, long held objects of special importance in the history of places such as Auburn, NY, Eatonville, Fl or Omaha, NE and various official materials that recall the transformations of communities over time. The Manifest project is an effort to seek out objects in public/private collections that represent the material remains of slavery, abolition, segregation, Frederick Douglass, Harriet Tubman, Albion Tourgee, Zora Neale Hurston, Harlem, the U.S. Civil War, and the Civil Rights Era to name a few of the narratives that inspired these photographs.


    3 Linear Feet (1 large portfolio folder)




    The Wendel White photographs collection contains ten color photographs of objects related to African American history and are part of the Manifesto portfolio created by Mr. White.


    Photographs are in no particular order.

    Physical Location

    Archives Reading Room flat files, Drawer 8

    Other Finding Aids

    In addition to this finding aid, an inventory is available below. For more information, please contact the RIT Archive Collections.

    Wendel White photographs

    Physical Description



    The photographs are all 22 x 27.5 inches.

    Wendel White photographs
    RIT Art Collection
    Lisa Witt
    05 February 2015
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    Repository Details

    Part of the RIT Archives Repository

    Rochester NY 14623 USA