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Opie Evans Photographs Digitized


Archival Services of University Libraries recently digitized a selection of images from the Opie Evans Papers.  The papers consist of approximately 40 cubic feet of archival materials documenting the life and work of African-American photographer, publisher, and businessman Opie Evans of Akron, Ohio. The collection also include hundreds of photographic prints and negatives taken or collected by Evans during his career that provide a rich visual history of the African-American community in Akron and surrounding areas during the middle of the twentieth century.  The images mostly depict African-American churches, workers, personalities, and social and fraternal organizations and events.  They also capture the 1964 and 1967 elections and the civil rights movement in Akron

Archival Services digitized 125 photographs from Evans’ papers and made them available online in The University of Akron’s instance of the OhioLINK Digital Resource Commons (, a web-based institutional repository system.  The images were also placed in the Akron-Summit County Public Library’s Summit Memory (, an online scrapbook that captures the history of Summit County.   

The Opie Evans Papers and other historical resources on the history of the local African-American community are available by visiting Archival Services located in Room LL10 of the Polsky Building.  The archives are open Monday through Friday from 8am to 5pm.  Questions regarding the collection can be directed to Archival Services by phone at 330-972-7670 or by e-mail at  Additional information about Archival Services and its collections can be accessed on the department’s website at