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Sluby collection of portrait photographs

Identifier: Midwest-MS-Sluby

Scope and Content of the Collection

Small collection consists of photographs, death notices, six letters, and a high school diploma. Many of the materials were acquired at flea markets and antique stores in the northeastern United States. Photographs mostly represent American families but also include some photographs of European royalty, military, and other dignitaries, such as Crown Prince William of Germany.

The letters relate to the families represented in the photographs and include correspondence between family members about general life events. Rough transcriptions are included along with a newspaper clipping and an envelope.


  • Creation: approximately 1850-1953
  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1880-1930



Materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

The Sluby collection of portrait photographs are open for research in the Special Collections Reading Room; 1 box at a time (Priority III).

Ownership and Literary Rights

The Sluby collection of portrait photographs are the physical property of the Newberry Library. Copyright may belong to the authors or their legal heirs or assigns. For permission to publish or reproduce any materials from this collection, contact the Roger and Julie Baskes Department of Special Collections at

Biography of Paul E. Sluby

American genealogist and historian.

A native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Paul E. Sluby, Sr. was a self-employed historian and genealogist residing in Prince George’s County, Maryland. He attended Duquesne University in Pittsburgh and the Blackstone School of Law in Chicago, Illinois. After a three year stint as a military policeman in the U.S. Army, Sluby spent 20 years working as a plain clothes officer and helicopter pilot for the Washington Metropolitan Police Department. During this time, he established himself as a genealogist and historian, becoming the first African-American Certified Genealogist by the board for certification in the District of Columbia in 1973. He then co-founded the African-American Historical Genealogical Society (AAHGS), Inc. on May, 5, 1977, along with six others, and was its first Vice President of Genealogical Programs. Married to Dr. Patricia Carter Ives Sluby, Paul Sluby died in 2019.


0.8 Linear Feet (2 boxes)


Paul E. Sluby, Sr., a genealogist and historian from Washington D.C., compiled this collection of early photographs of identified individuals. Many of the photographs were acquired at flea markets and antique stores in the northeastern United States. Also included are some letters, funeral notices, and a high school diploma.


The photographs, death notices, and high school diploma are arranged by family alphabetically. Within the family, the letters are arranged reverse chronologically, beginning with the most recent letter.

Collection Stack Location

1 31 2


Gift of Paul E. Sluby, 1988-1995.

Processed by

Alex Haskins, 2015.

Inventory of the Sluby collection of portrait photographs, approximately 1850-1953, bulk 1880-1930
Alex Haskins
Language of description
Script of description

Repository Details

Part of the The Newberry Library - Modern Manuscripts and Archives Repository

60 West Walton Street
Chicago Illinois 60610 United States