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About this collection

The Mc Iver Family Archives is a small collection whose physical items are held by Denise L. Mc Iver, the daughter of Donald H. Mc Iver and his wife, Eulla B. Howell-Mc Iver.  

 

The items in this collection include Donald Mc Iver's military records, among them his Honorable Discharge from the U.S. Army in 1943 (it should be noted that because he contracted malaria during the wartime theatre in Southeast Asia, Mc Iver was sent back to the U.S. to recuperate at Walter Reed General Hospital in Washington, DC) as well as family photos - most of which are in black and white.  

 

The decision to collect, scan and make available the portraits of various members of the Mc Iver and Howell clans was partially inspired by the documentary film "Through The Lens Darkly: Reflections of a People" which chronicles the history of black photography through the eyes and published works of past and current black photographers.  

 

As a tribute to her ancestry and their legacy, Denise Mc Iver thought it was important to chronicle the life of an African American family who have migrated and settled in Westchester County, New York since before the start of World War I as part of The Great Migration North.  

 
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