Talladega College Coeds Oversize Photograph, circa 1905

Oversize silver gelatin photograph of female students at Talladega College, Alabama. 9.50 x 7.75 in., mounted to 12 x 10 in. French: Talladega, Alabama, n.d., circa 1905. Imprint on recto. A group of young women wearing elegant skirts and blouses, their hair in fashionable Edwardian coifs, lounge on a lawn with collegiate buildings and trees in the background. 

Inscribed ink (faded) on verso: "To 'Cousin Jack / From Pearl" alongside a list of the women depicted and their hometowns: "Sadie Brown - Montgomery, Ala. / Helen Headin - Birmingham, Ala. [Class of 1906] / Darlene Walker - Chicago, Ill. / Augusta Bibb - Uniontown, Ala. [Class of 1905] / Missouri Duncan - Montgomery, Ala. [Class of 1910] / Mabel Gill - Selma, Ala. [Class of 1908] / Etta Smyly - Montgomery, Ala. [Class of 1905] / Ida Hamilton - Montgomery, Ala., / Pearl Crawford - Tuscaloosa, Ala." Most likely given by Pearl Crawford, one of the students in the photo, to "Cousin Jack." 

A scarce image of a group of African American women college students at Talladega College, founded in 1867, Alabama’s oldest private historically Black college. Each student is identified on the verso by name, and where she was from, and all are mentioned in Catalogue of the Officers and Students of Talladega College…for the Scholastic Year 1904-05, Atlanta, 1905.


Chips to mount with repaired crack in upper right corner. Only small tear to image itself. 

Estimate: $300 - $500
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