Calvin Littlejohn Photographic Archive, Center for American History, 512-495-4516, University of Texas at Austin

About the Littlejohn Archive

Both black & white and color negatives, proofs, photographic prints, mounted slides, correspondence, business records, and artifacts document the life of African-Americans in Ft. Worth and Tarrant County during the mid-20th century as well as the post-war portion of Littlejohn's career in photography. Individual portraits comprise nearly half (30 linear ft.) of the archive, and document Fort Worth's history at a personal level. Littlejohn also produced photographs of weddings, churches and church-sponsored occasions, parties, fashion shows, formal balls, fundraisers, and other social gatherings. This commercial photography makes up most of the remaining archive.

The images' descriptions are based on labels Littlejohn and his wife, Lucretia (or "Lou"), wrote on envelopes used to store and organize the thousands of negatives.

A small number of prints are available for viewing. Access to negatives and other transparent media is restricted; permission required from Reference Archivist or the Head of Photographic and Digital Archives. Publication restrictions apply. The photographer's estate retains copyright to Littlejohn's images. Please contact the Head of Photographic and Digital Archives at for information.

Littlejohn Studio business card

Calvin Littlejohn in his studio
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Calvin Littlejohn in his studio

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