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Scope and Contents

From the File:

Photo album, likely belonging to Ida Mae Murphy, Janabelle Taylor's mother, features predominately wealthy black families in St. Paul, MN. Various photographers created the photographs within the album.

To note, Irvine Park in St. Paul, where a number of historic homes are located, is featured within these photographs.There are also pictures of Queen K. Johnson and Ida Mae's father, J.B. Johnson, at work as a railroad car chef, alongside white railroad workers.


  • circa 1890-1915

Conditions Governing Access

Collections held within Hallie Q. Brown Community Archives will be open to researchers and visitors in the Fall.


From the File: 63 Photographic Prints (Prints created via various photographic processes such as albumen, carbon, and Gelatin POPs. Most depict Ida Mae Johnson and her loved ones, in her youth. Some photos also feature pictures of Ida Mae's father, John B. Johnson. ) : Dark maroon-colored photo album contains 63 photographic prints, glued to both sides of brown construction-paper pages with an unknown adhesive. The pages of the album were bound with a single cloth cord and two small metal pins, located on the left side of the album. However, the album was unbound to digitize the photographs and better preserve the prints contained therein. The original order of the pages and photographs within the album has been maintained. ; The dimensions of the individual photographic prints are varied.

Language of Materials

From the Collection: English

Repository Details

Part of the Hallie Q. Brown Community Archives Repository

270 N. Kent Street
Saint Paul MN 55102 USA