Shades of L.A. is an archive of photographs representing the contemporary and historic diversity of families in Los Angeles. Images were chosen from family albums and include daily life, social organizations, work, personal and holiday celebrations, and migration and immigration activities. Made possible and accessible through the generous support of the Security Pacific National Bank, Sunlaw Cogeneration Partners, Photo Friends, California Council for the Humanities, the Ralph M. Parsons Foundation, and the John Randolph Haynes and Dora Haynes Foundation
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Emma (Millhouse) Adams was born in 1922 in the state of Louisiana to father Howard and mother Nancy. Around 1926, she, her parents and four sisters moved to Los Angeles, California. In the 1940’s she held a position at the National Youth Administration office, a work-study program with the goal of keeping students on the academic path. In 1946, Millhouse married Joe Adams, an actor, disc jockey, nightclub owner and businessman. In 1955, her husband became the first African American to take home a Golden Globe for his role in the film Carmen Jones. Notably, he also served as manager to musician Ray Charles from 1962 to the musician’s death in 2004. Group photo of wedding party for Thomas Porterfield and Sarah Palode (center).
Wedding clothing & dress Weddings--California--Los Angeles Dwellings--California--Los Angeles Families--California--Los Angeles Shades of L.A. Collection photographs Group portraits Portrait photographs