The collection consists of more than 1,000 items, including her personal papers, documents, photographs and other memorabilia. The bulk of the collection are photographs depicting friends, relatives and events from her long life. Sizes of the photographs vary, ranging from 5x7 to 12x16 inches. A significant amount of her business and personal correspondence is also included. An extensive subject index is available for use with the collection.
Since she was an acquaintance and contemporary of many prominent African American leaders in the United States, the collection also includes a number of photographs, books, and letters relating to African American history and African American leaders in the United States. The collection is particularly valuable for research on black history in the Northeast Florida region in the twentieth century. There are rare photographs of early Jacksonville scenes depicting urban streets, historic churches, and buildings. Particularly significant are items from the Afro-American Insurance Company (1901-1990), an historic, black business in Jacksonville, and documentation of the early business leagues and social associations with which Eartha White was affiliated.
The collection also contains 156 black and white photographs of southern African American religious and labor groups, circa 1946-1949, by photographer R. Lee Thomas of Mound Bayou, Mississippi. His imprint contains the caption: Made by R. Lee Thomas, Mound Bayou, Mississippi, The Oldest Negro Town in America. Mr. Thomas was an African American photographer active in the early twentieth century in the southern United States, whose work provides photographic documentation of southern black social life during that time period. The majority of the photographs depict groups from Birmingham, Alabama, and adjacent areas.
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