Charles Cordier | Bust. Nègre en Costume Algérien or Nègre du Soudan, ca. 1857 | The Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minneapolis, MN | Image of the Black in Western Art (Harvard University)

ARTstor and the W. E. B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research at Harvard University have released nearly 7,000 additional images from the Image of the Black in Western Art, bringing the current total in the Digital Library to more than 15,000.

The Image of the Black in Western Art comes from an archive of the same name at the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research at Harvard University, the nation’s oldest research center dedicated to the study of the history, culture, and social institutions of Africans and African Americans. Spanning nearly 5,000 years, The Image of the Black in Western Art Research Project and Photo Archive is a systematic investigation of how people of African descent have been perceived and represented in Western art and contains photographs of approximately 30,000 works of art. The project was initially focused on the production of a prize-winning, 4-volume series, The Image of the Black in Western Art (1976-), which reproduced a sub-set of the images in the archive. Through its partnership with ARTstor, the institute is further expanding access to the archive through the digitization and distribution of its approximately 30,000 images in the Digital Library.

View the collection in the Digital Library: http://library.artstor.org/library/collection/harvard_ibwa Or search the keyword: ibwa

For more detailed information about this collection, visit the Image of the Black in Western Art (Harvard University) page.

Other collections from Harvard University include: