Ebony and Jet’s Historic Photo Archive Is Now Owned by the Getty and Smithsonian Museum

The archive of Johnson Publishing, an invaluable collection of photographs depicting African American culture in the 20th century, officially has new ownership.

A philanthropic consortium comprising the Ford Foundation, the J. Paul Getty Trust, the MacArthur Foundation, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and the Smithsonian Institution announced on Thursday that the collection has been transferred to the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) and the Getty Research Institute.

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Ebony, "Getty and the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture Acquire Johnson Publishing Photo Archives," August 4, 2022 

Hyperallergic, "Millions of Images From Ebony and Jet Magazines Will Soon Be Accessible to All," August 3, 2022 

Smithsonian, "‘Ebony’ and ‘Jet’ Magazines’ Iconic Photos Captured Black Life in America," August 3, 2022 

Essence, "Getty And The Smithsonian Acquire Ebony And Jet Photo Archives," August 2, 2022 

The Art Newspaper, "Getty institute and Smithsonian Museum Will Share an Unparalleled Photo Archive of Black American Life," August 1, 2022 

The Grio, "Smithsonian African American Museum, Getty Receive Sole Ownership of Ebony, Jet Photo Archive," July 30, 2022 

HypeBeast, "Jet and Ebony Photo Archives Have Been Acquired by the Getty and Smithsonian," July 28, 2022