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Guide to the Bob Adelman Photographs
1960s-1980s
 PR 340

New-York Historical Society
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Collection processed by Larry Weimer

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Biographical/Historical Note

Robert Melvin "Bob" Adelman (1930-2016) was an American photographer known for his images of the Civil Rights Movement. A New York City native, Adelman was born in Brooklyn, raised in Queens, and attended Stuyvesant High School in Manhattan. He graduated from Rutgers University in 1951 and received his M.A. in 1953 from Columbia. He volunteered as a photographer in the early 1960s for the Brooklyn chapter of the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE), opening him to opportunities for documenting the Civil Rights Movement on both the local and national levels. Adelman's documentary interests ranged beyond civil rights of the 1960s to include race relations and social concerns more broadly, themes which are reflected in this collection.

(Sources for the above note include Adelman's obituary in the New York Times; his Wikipedia entry; and the announcement that the Library of Congress had received a major donation of Adelman's work in 2017.