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Henry M. Smith Photographic Slides Collection

Identifier: HQBCA-020


These photographic slides were taken by Henry Mayall Smith, who lived in St. Paul, Minnesota. In 1969, he took an accompanied trip to cities in South Africa, former Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe), and Eswatini. Those identified cities include Johannesburg, Kimberly, Cape Town, Gqeberha, Durban, and Mbabane. He also spent time in Paris, France.

These images were taken by a middle-class white man who lived in St. Paul while on vacation to a nation with strict segregation laws. Those laws, if broken by those who lived there, were punishable by death or imprisonment. Those same laws created an oppressive class structure which forced families to part from their homes, their livelihoods, and eachother.

When viewing this collection, it is important to remember that these images were taken through the lens of someone who did not live in South Africa, who was not oppressed by their pro-segregationist laws, and was not a photojournalist actively seeking justice for the oppressed people of South Africa.These are the slides of a group of people seeking to have a fun, memorable vacation.


  • 1969


Conditions Governing Access

Restrictions regarding physical access to materials in this collection are in place due to COVID precautions.

Conditions Governing Use

This collection may be protected by the Copyright Law of the United States (Title 17, U.S. Code). It is the user's responsibility to verify copyright ownership and obtain all necessary permissions and determining the nature of any liabilities prior to the reproduction, publication, or other use of any portion of these materials. Researchers may quote from the collection under the fair use provision of the copyright law.


7 Reels (7 circular reels. Each reel can hold up to 80 slides, with the total counted as 511 slides.) : 35 mm transparencies. All color. ; 5 cm x 5 cm

Language of Materials






Hallie Q. Brown Community Center. "Collection Overview: Henry M. Smith Photographic Slides Collection." Hallie Q. Brown Community Archives.

Physical Description

Condition of materials is good.

Processing Information

The seven reels are numbered 1-8. Reel number 6 is missing.


Henry M. Smith Photographic Slides Collection
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Created and described by Kayla T. Jackson, 2022.
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This finding aid was made possible with a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Repository Details

Part of the Hallie Q. Brown Community Archives Repository

270 N. Kent Street
Saint Paul MN 55102 USA