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A. Mercer Daniel Photographic Album

Identifier: 2022-003

Scope and Contents

This collection is a personal photo album created by A. Mercer Daniel, a law librarian and the first African American member of the American Association of Law Libraries, documenting the 1910s–1960s with an emphasis on the 1930s. There are 216 photographs on 114 pages, mostly black and white and some sepia; most inserted into corner mounts, the rest adhesive mounted. Most photographs measure 2 ¼” x 3” to 5 ½” x 3 ½”, all are captioned. 22 photographs lacking from album and 2 with surface loss from where they were adhered to each other.


  • 1910 - 1960

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.Researchers must register and agree to copyright and privacy laws before using this collection.Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materialswith sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations.Due to the nature of certain archival formats, including digital and audio-visual materials, access to certain materials may requireadditional advance notice.

Conditions Governing Use

Researchers are responsible for using the materials in conformance with United States copyright law as well as any donor restrictions accompanying the materials. The user assumes all responsibility for identifying and satisfying any copyright claimants in collection materials. Copyright for official University records is held by The University of Alabama. The library claims only physical ownership of many manuscript collections. Anyone wishing to broadcast or publish this material must assume all responsibility for identifying and satisfying any claimants of literary property rights or copyrights. Please contact Special Collections ( with questions regarding specific manuscript collections.For more information about copyright policy, please visit: Any materials used for academic research or otherwise should be fully credited with the source.Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals without the consent of those individuals may have legal implications, for which the University of Alabama assumes no responsibility.

Biographical / Historical

Daniel was born in Rochester, New York, on May 27, 1887. Daniel received a business degree from Howard University in 1906 and would go on to graduate from Howard University Law School in 1909. He was admitted to the District of Columbia Bar and worked as a lawyer for the War Department.

Daniel was the librarian in the Office of the Chief of Finance within the Department of War in 1909. Then in 1924 he became the Assistant Librarian at Howard University Law Library. Because of his efforts at expanding the library, it became a part of the American Association of Law Libraries in 1933, and thus Daniel became the first African American member of the association. Daniel retired from the law library in 1956.


0.4 Linear Feet (One half box)

Language of Materials


Guide to A. Mercer Daniel Photographic Album
August 2022
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Script of description

Repository Details

Part of the The University of Alabama Libraries Special Collections Repository

Box 870266
Tuscaloosa AL 35487-0266