Vincent A. Irick photographs
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Vincent A. Irick photographs

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Kenan Research Center at the Atlanta History Center. 130 West Paces Ferry Road, Atlanta, GA 30305. 404.814.4040.
Creator: Irick, Vincent A.
Title: Vincent A. Irick photographs
Dates: undated
Quantity: 90.0 Image(s)
Quantity: Extent: 90 black and white and cyanotype photographs
Identification: ahc.VIS39

Biographical/Historical Note

In 1899, photographer Jacob Ridgeway Moore documented sharecroppers and the farm they worked which belonged to Judge Spencer. The farm was located on Attapulgus Road just outside of Faceville GA, in Decatur County, near the Florida state border. Spencer’s farm included turpentine production, as well as a sawmill, gristmill, and cane mill production facilities.

Scope and Content Note

The collection provides excellent documentation of African Americans in rural Georgia and Florida, and is composed of 90 black and white and cyanotype photographs. Featured are scenes of Spencer’s farm and farm activities, and images of Irick’s friends and family. The bulk of the collection consists of images of African-Americans who lived and worked on the farm, including many depictions of children. The majority of the photographs are in excellent condition; the cyanotypes in particular are of exceptional quality and are excellent examples of that photographic process. Some to the loose photographs and many of the mounted images are identified, captioned, or dated on the verso, by Vincent Irick using Moore’s journal entries as guides. The remaining images in the collection were taken by Moore’s nephew Vincent M. Irick. These images are of Vincent’s friends and family and various locations around their homes. Most of these images were taken in Vincent’s home town of Vincentown, New Jersey. Note: The holdings at Special Collections, Georgia State University, includes additional images of the Spencer farm in Faceville, GA.


This collection is arranged in four folders in one box.

Index Terms

African American agricultural laborers--Georgia--Faceville
African American children--Georgia--Faceville
African American families--Georgia--Faceville
African Americans--Caricatures and cartoons
African Americans--Clothing--Georgia--Faceville
African Americans--Housing--Georgia--Faceville
Ethnic stereotypes
Faceville (Ga.)--Pictorial works
Irick, Vincent A.
Moore, Jacob Ridgeway
Spencer, Judge

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Vincent A. Irick photographs, VIS 39, Kenan Research Center, Atlanta History Center

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchase acquisition; 1993.164


Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Reproduction and Use

Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright law. (Title 17, U.S. Code) Permission for use must be cleared through the Kenan Research Center at the Atlanta History Center. Licensing agreement may be required.

Container List




11Exterior portraits of and scenes including African- American agricultural laborers and children, undated ( 33.0 Image(s) )
2Exterior portraits of and scenes including African- American laborers and children, undated ( 28 cyanotypes )
3Portraits of Vincent M. Irick, undated ( 3.0 Image(s) )
4Exterior portraits of and scenes including African-American laborers and children; many contain captions Many of these are mounted prints of images found in Folder 1., undated ( 27 mounted prints )