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Over 800 photographs of the African-American community in Minneapolis and St. Paul in the late 1940s. Donated by the children of John Glanton.

PLEASE NOTE: Many of the photographs in this collection have not been identified.  If you know the identity of the individuals, places or events in these photographs, please feel free to record this information in "Comments" and the bottom of the screen for each photo.  Or, you may contact us at specialcoll@hclib.org or 612-543-8200.

After military service in WWII, John F. Glanton (1923-2004) worked for a few years as a professional photographer, photographing dozens of family gatherings, social events, musical performances, church functions, sporting events, and individual portraits in the African-American communities of Minneapolis and St. Paul. Some of his photographs were reprinted in the Minneapolis Spokesman and the St. Paul Recorder newspapers.

After marriage and starting a family, Glanton received training at the Dunwood Institute and began a career as a draftsman and civil engineer with the City of Minneapolis, later starting his own civil engineering business.

Glanton used a Graflex camera with 4x5 in. black and white film.  Hundreds of negatives were discovered by one of Glanton's daughters following his death and given to Anthony Scott, who facilitated their donation to the Hennepin County Library. Many of the negatives suffered considerable damage over the years, which can be seen in the images in this collection.

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