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(African Americans – Photograph Albums)
Photograph Albums and Family Photographs, approximately 600, of the Miller Family of the Roxbury and Dorchester Neighborhoods of Boston Massachusetts c. 1920’s – 1960s

Collection of family photographs of the Miller family consisting of 182 loose black and white and color snapshot and other photographs, and four photograph albums containing, respectively, 295, 38, 82 and 10 mounted and loose photographs. The photographs date from the 1920s – 1960s, with several from as recently as the 1980s. There are also 23 ephemeral items, mainly graduation programs and other education related items and death certificates, funeral programs of Miller family members. The photograph albums are worn, the leaves on which the photographs of the most extensive album are brittle and chipped, due to the poor quality of the paper stock. The images are generally in good clean condition.

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The photographs in this collection document the lives of the Miller’s, an African American family of Roxbury, across four decades. From the 1920’s through the 1960s the album records family events, holidays, graduations, marriages, vacations, and the domestic life of the family. The Miller children grow up, graduate and marry all of which is recorded in the images in this collection. Some family members appear to have immigrated to Boston from Virginia as part of the Great Migration.

The death certificates in the collection list the deceased family member’s addresses as 45 Beech Glen Street, Roxbury, 33 Wales Street, Dorchester and 16 Bowdoin Avenue, Dorchester.