Ebony, Jet Magazine Archives Acquired By Smithsonian African American History Museum

August 1, 2019

A collection of old Ebony and Jet magazines will join the archives at the National Museum of African American History and Culture. 

Several foundations purchased the archive at auction for $30 million with plans to transfer it to the museum and the Getty Research Institute. 

The collection features more than four million prints and media that explore African American life from the 1940s through the 21st century, the museum said in a news release. 

“Ebony and Jet were the only places where African Americans could see themselves, said the museum’s acting director, in a statement. “They were the visual record of our beauty, humanity, dignity, grace, and our accomplishments.”

The magazine archives will join a collection that already includes 25,000 prints, negatives and photo materials.  

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