Wise Family Papers

Biographical / Historical Note

Little is known about the Wise family except that they were an African American family living in Detroit, Michigan in the late 19th and 20th centuries. Dorothy “Dotty” Wise is listed as a dancing teacher, with residence on Lambert Ave., in the 1930-1931 Polk’s Detroit City Directory. Materials in the collection indicate that the family had relatives living elsewhere in Michigan, Ohio and possibly Louisiana.


Scope and Content Note

The Wise Family Papers (0.5 cubic ft.) consist primarily of approximately 115 photographic prints and snapshots dating from the 19th and 20th centuries of family activities including graduations, confirmations, and weddings; images of families in front...

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The Wise Family Papers (0.5 cubic ft.) consist primarily of approximately 115 photographic prints and snapshots dating from the 19th and 20th centuries of family activities including graduations, confirmations, and weddings; images of families in front of their homes, with their automobiles, and on vacation; individual and group portraits; and dancers and dance recitals. One portrait shows a man in what appears to be a priest’s cassock and is possibly an Ordination portrait.

The papers also include a Certificate of Admission to St. Mary’s Mission Sunday School of Detroit, dated January 17, 1886, and a newspaper clipping about a Catholic school dance program performed by Dotty Wise's students in 1930.

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Collection Details

Object ID: 94.99.0
Creator: Wise family 
Inclusive Dates: 1875-1955
Size: 0.5 cubic ft. (1 box)
Language: English

Collection Access & Use

Item Location: Not Currently On Exhibit

Access Restrictions: The collection is open for research.

Credit: From the Collections of The Henry Ford.

Digitized Artifacts From This Collection

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Portrait, African American Girl Striking Dance Pose, circa 1930

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Portrait, African American Girl Striking Dance Pose, circa 1930

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Artifact

Photographic print

Date Made

circa 1930

Creators

Unknown 

Object ID

94.99.16

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford.

Location

By Request in the Benson Ford Research Center

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Portrait, African American Girl Striking Dance Pose, circa 1930

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Three Women in a Living Room, "Home Sweet Home," circa 1955

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Three Women in a Living Room, "Home Sweet Home," circa 1955

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Artifact

Photographic print

Date Made

circa 1955

Summary

It is not unusual to find a television set "sneaking into" family snapshots of the era, as in this snapshot of Grace, Shirl, and Rachel Wise. The words "Home Sweet Home" were penned on the back of the snapshot.

Creators

Unknown 

Object ID

94.99.7

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford.

Location

By Request in the Benson Ford Research Center

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Three Women in a Living Room, "Home Sweet Home," circa 1955

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Woman Driving Chevrolet Touring Car, circa 1930

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Woman Driving Chevrolet Touring Car, circa 1930

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Artifact

Photographic print

Creators

Unknown 

Object ID

94.99.13.2

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford.

Location

By Request in the Benson Ford Research Center

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Woman Driving Chevrolet Touring Car, circa 1930

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Young Women and Girls Posing in Ballerina Costumes, circa 1930

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Young Women and Girls Posing in Ballerina Costumes, circa 1930

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Artifact

Photographic print

Creators

Unknown 

Object ID

94.99.12

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford.

Location

By Request in the Benson Ford Research Center

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Young Women and Girls Posing in Ballerina Costumes, circa 1930

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