May Irwin, c.1905


Description
Creator:
Morrison, Photographer
Media Type:
Image
Item Types:
Photographs
Postcards
Description:
Photographic postcard of May Irwin.
Notes:
May Irwin was a Canadian singer, songwriter, and comic performer who enjoyed popularity and prestige on the American stage from the late 1890s until the end of the 1910s. Key to Irwin’s popularity was her role as a “coon-shouter” and a performer of “coon songs,” deeply racist forms that emerge from minstrel musical traditions and blackface performances. Irwin’s considerable success was achieved via her reproduction of hate speech—speech which contributed to the oppression and death of many black persons in North America. For more information on Irwin’s life and her hate speech, see the following link: https://www.archeion.ca/campbell-georgina-may-1862-1938

Archives at Whitby Public Library maintains a collection of Irwin’s sheet music and associated ephemera. The sheet music in this archive is hate speech. The sheet music represents some of the most popular music of Irwin’s time, and as such constitutes important evidence of the anti-black racist and white supremacist ideologies that impacted and continue to influence Canada and America today. These ideologies are not condoned by Archives at Whitby Public Library, but the Archives has preserved such records in the hopes that, by encountering them, people will begin to think critically about and challenge historical and current racism.
Inscriptions:
Printed on the image: 'Morrison/Chicago/B606'
Printed underneath the image: '"Rotograph" Series/May Irwin'
Date of Original:
c.1905
Dimensions:
Width: 8 in
Height: 10 in
Subject(s):
Local identifier:
30-000-018
Collection:
Whitby Online Historic Photographs Collection
Creative Commons licence:
pd [more details]
Copyright Statement:
Public domain: Copyright has expired according to Canadian copyright law. No restrictions on use.
Recommended Citation:
May Irwin, c.1905, Morrison, Whitby Archives, 34-000-018.
Reproduction Notes:
Scanned from original postcard.
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May Irwin, c.1905


Photographic postcard of May Irwin.