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Louis H. Draper Archive Portal

Black and white photograph of Lou Draper leaning against a wall holding a camera. Graffiti above his head says "Lou" and "Louis".

Welcome to the Louis H. Draper Archive Portal. This project represents more than three years of work to catalog, digitize, preserve, and disseminate the extensive Draper archive. To learn more about Draper’s life and the grant project, click on the first block below.

To explore the digitized archive, click on any of the other blocks, which are arranged just like the physical archive. Manuscript items are listed first, then photographic materials, and finally photographic equipment.

Photo credit: “East Village,” 1970s. ©Beuford Smith. Gift of the Beuford Smith Collection, VMFA Archives.

This project has been made possible in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities: Exploring the Human Endeavor. Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this portal do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH).