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About this collection

The Dr. Darrell C. Crain, Jr. Photograph Collection documents historic events in Washington, D.C. and national and international travels of Dr. Crain spanning four decades from the 1940s to the 1980s. 

 

Native Washingtonian, lifelong resident of Washington, DC, and amateur photographer Dr. Darrell Clayton Crain, Jr. (1910-1995) dedicated 50 years of his life to the practice of medicine. Dr. Crain was a rheumatologist by profession and photographer by hobby. At home in DC or traveling the country and abroad, he documented his experiences in color slides, leaving behind photographs that provide a vibrant glimpse of the past. The collection is largely comprised of candid color images of Washington, DC, including historic events such as the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, the Poor People's Campaign, the aftermath of riots following the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in 1968, presidential inaugural parades, the U.S. bicentennial celebration, and other protests, holidays, and events. The collection also contains photographs from Dr. Crain’s family vacations across the U.S. and professional travel to Monaco. In addition, the collection includes some biographical images of Dr. Crain and his residences in the district. 

 
All images were taken by Dr. Crain except when he is pictured. Dates and identification of events and places photographed are taken from Crain's notes on the slides or their original boxes.

 

The entirety of the Dr. Darrell C. Crain, Jr. Photograph Collection was digitized by his granddaughter Alice R. Makl and is available here.  Some of the digitized images have been adjusted to correct color deterioration or exposure issues in the original slides.  Unadjusted images are available by request.

 

Copyright for all images in the collection taken by Dr. Crain has been transferred to DC Public Library.

 

Learn more about the collection in its finding aid on the DCPL Special Collections website.

 
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