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Arthur P. Bedou Photographs Collection Guide: Introduction

Arthur P. Bedou (July 6, 1882 – July 2, 1966) was an African-American photographer based out of New Orleans, Louisiana.


This guide provides an overview of the Arthur P. Bedou Photographs Collection and you will find accompanying research links and beneficial reading to better understand the history of African American Photographers.

Portrait of American photographer Arthur P. Bedou (1882 - 1966)

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Xavier University of New Orleans

            Arthur Bedou's work can be found at multiple institutions, including the Library of Congress, The Getty Research Institute, Amistad Research Center, Louisiana State University, and here at Xavier University of Louisiana. 

     The Arthur P. Bedou Collection consists almost entirely of photographs by the leading black photographer in New Orleans in the early to mid-twentieth century, reflecting Mr. Bedou's work for clients in the city and for Booker T. Washington on tour. 

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