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Vincent A. Irick photographs

Identifier: ahc.VIS39

Scope and Content

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.


  • undated


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Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright law.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.

Administrative/Biographical History

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.


90 image(s)



System of Arrangement

This collection is arranged in four folders in one box.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchase acquisition; 1993.164

General Physical Description note

Extent: 90 black and white and cyanotype photographs
Vincent A. Irick photographs
Helen Matthews
Description rules
Finding Aid Prepared According To Dacs
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the Kenan Research Center at the Atlanta History Center Repository

130 West Paces Ferry Road
Atlanta GA 30305