Arabella Chapman Album

The DAAS 336 class (History of Black Women in the United States) at The University of Michigan is doing a research project this semester on Arabella Chapman's photo albums. This led our class to research the life of this woman that we knew virtually nothing about, here are some our findings. We hope they will inspire you to pursue further research topics involving Arabella Chapman.
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This photo is interesting, if you look at the background it is much more intricate than most of the other photos in the albums. #umichDAAS #UniversityofMichigan #ArabellaChapman

This photo is interesting, if you look at the background it is much more intricate than most of the other photos in the albums. #umichDAAS #UniversityofMichigan #ArabellaChapman

Here is another image of an infant in the albums, however this one is unnamed. Were these children relatives of Arabella? Were they children of her friends? #umichDAAS336 #UniversityofMichigan #ArabellaChapman

Here is another image of an infant in the albums, however this one is unnamed. Were these children relatives of Arabella? Were they children of her friends? #umichDAAS336 #UniversityofMichigan #ArabellaChapman

This image is titled "Claribel". Why is there a picture of such a small child in these albums? #umichDAAS #ArabellaChapman #UniversityofMichigan

This image is titled "Claribel". Why is there a picture of such a small child in these albums? #umichDAAS #ArabellaChapman #UniversityofMichigan

This image is interesting because it is one of the only ones of a group in the albums. It is titled "Thomas, Charles, William, and John Jones". Who were these men and how did Arabella come to receive their photograph? #UmichDAAS336 #UniversityofMichigan #ArabellaChapman

This image is interesting because it is one of the only ones of a group in the albums. It is titled "Thomas, Charles, William, and John Jones". Who were these men and how did Arabella come to receive their photograph? #UmichDAAS336 #UniversityofMichigan #ArabellaChapman

This image is titled "Sophie". It is quite interesting because she seems to be a white woman. Was she someone whom Arabella had a personal relationship with? It is also interesting because of the color that seems to have been painted on after the photograph was taken. #umichDAAS #ArabellaChapman #UniversityofMichigan

This image is titled "Sophie". It is quite interesting because she seems to be a white woman. Was she someone whom Arabella had a personal relationship with? It is also interesting because of the color that seems to have been painted on after the photograph was taken. #umichDAAS #ArabellaChapman #UniversityofMichigan

Was this little girl related to Arabella Chapman? Again, we ask the question why is she in the photo album? On another note, this seems to be a very typical photograph from the time period, as having your photograph taken was not a common occurrence. This girls is dressed in some of her best clothes and is posed in what seems to be a proper fashion. #umichDAAS336 #ArabellaChapman #UniversityofMichigan

Was this little girl related to Arabella Chapman? Again, we ask the question why is she in the photo album? On another note, this seems to be a very typical photograph from the time period, as having your photograph taken was not a common occurrence. This girls is dressed in some of her best clothes and is posed in what seems to be a proper fashion. #umichDAAS336 #ArabellaChapman #UniversityofMichigan

Why did Arabella Chapman include a picture of Abraham Lincoln in her photo album? Was it because of his push for the abolition of slavery or was there some alternate reason? #umichDAAS #ArabellaChapman #AbrahamLincoln #UniversityofMichigan

Why did Arabella Chapman include a picture of Abraham Lincoln in her photo album? Was it because of his push for the abolition of slavery or was there some alternate reason? #umichDAAS #ArabellaChapman #AbrahamLincoln #UniversityofMichigan

A picture of Ms. Chapman herself. What motivated her to create two beautiful photo albums (Housed at the Clements Library at @uofmichigan) filled with pictures of family and famous figures from the time period? #umichDAAS336 #ArabellaChapman #UniversityofMichigan

A picture of Ms. Chapman herself. What motivated her to create two beautiful photo albums (Housed at the Clements Library at @uofmichigan) filled with pictures of family and famous figures from the time period? #umichDAAS336 #ArabellaChapman #UniversityofMichigan

The front cover of Arabella Chapman's first photo album (Housed at the Clements Library at @uofmichigan). Why did she choose to include pictures of certain people? Who are the family members in this album? What were her relationships with them? #umichDAAS336 #ArabellaChapman #universityofmichigan

The front cover of Arabella Chapman's first photo album (Housed at the Clements Library at @uofmichigan). Why did she choose to include pictures of certain people? Who are the family members in this album? What were her relationships with them? #umichDAAS336 #ArabellaChapman #universityofmichigan

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