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Photo album of colonial Guyana

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: MS-0997

Content Description

A photo album by an unknown creator titled "West Indies and British Guiana and its 1894 Rivers and Gold Fields." Despite the title, the photos appear to cover only the British colonial territory known then as British Guiana, which is now named Guyana. The album contains twenty black-and-white photos of Georgetown street life and the Botanical Gardens. Many photographs are of people of color, with racial slurs to describe them.

Content Warning

The item described in this finding aid includes language that may be upsetting or triggering. Specifically, instances of racial slurs and outdated racial terminology. This collection aims not to promote or otherwise celebrate this language, but to use items of intolerance as teaching tools. Please take care when using the collection and contact Special Collections with feedback or questions about the materials.


  • Creation: 1894

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is housed off-site and requires 48-hours' notice for retrieval. Contact Special Collections for more information.

Conditions Governing Use

Single copies may be made for research purposes. Researchers are responsible for determining any copyright questions. It is not necessary to seek our permission as the owner of the physical work to publish or otherwise use public domain materials that we have made available for use, unless Johns Hopkins University holds the copyright.

Biographical / Historical

There is no known information about the creator of this album.


0.04 Cubic Feet (1 flat box (7.5 x 5.5 x 1.5 inches))

Language of Materials


Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchased from DeLellis Gallery in February 2022.

Processing Information

Processed in February 2024 by Jenelle Clark.

Guide to the Photo album of colonial Guyana
Jenelle Clark
February 2024
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Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Repository

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