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Title
Unidentified African American family at home
Alternative Title
Los Angeles Photographers Photo Collection;
Creator
Curtis, Rolland J
Contributor
Made accessible through a grant from the John Randolph Haynes and Dora Haynes Foundation
Date Created and/or Issued
Circa 1965
Contributing Institution
Los Angeles Public Library
Collection
Los Angeles Public Library Photo Collection
Rights Information
Images available for reproduction and use. Please see the Ordering & Use page at http://tessa.lapl.org/OrderingUse.html for additional information.
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Description
Title supplied by cataloger.
Rolland Joseph 'Speedy' Curtis was born in Louisiana in 1922. After serving three years in the Marines during World War II, he and his wife, Gloria, relocated from New Orleans to Los Angeles in 1946. Curtis served four years with the Los Angeles Police Department, but resigned from the force in order to pursue both a Bachelor's and Master's degree from USC. He later became involved in city politics, as an associate of Sam Yorty, and later a field deputy to City Council members Billy Mills and Tom Bradley. He was briefly director of the Model Cities program in 1973. Rolland J. Curtis died in his home in 1979, the victim of a homicide. An affordable housing complex on Exposition Blvd. near Vermont Ave. was named in his honor in 1981, along with a nearby street and park.
Photograph shows an unidentified family sitting around the piano in their home. The husband, who is standing against the wall, leans toward his daughter who appears to be either yawning or screaming, as the mother, who is sitting on the bench with her daughter, holds her by the elbows. A book titled, "Music Now and Long Ago" published by Silver Burdett Co. sits atop the piano music stand. Photograph circa 1965. See images 00119537 through 00119558 for additional photos in this series.
Type
image
Format
1 negative : safety ; 10 x 13 cm.
Photographic safety negatives
Identifier
00119544
Rolland J. Curtis Collection
RC_0066.08
http://173.196.26.125/cdm/ref/collection/photos/id/136490
Subject
African American families
African American children
African American girls
African American men
African American women
Husband and wife
Families
Children
Toddlers
Girls
Men
Women
Mothers
Fathers
Dwellings
Interiors
Pianos
Sheet music
Songbooks
Shelving (Furniture)
Los Angeles (Calif.)
Time Period
1960-1969
Source
Curtis, Gloria

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