Curated from the hearts and minds of Black women, the Black Beauty Archives encompasses the history of our past, documents the present while imagining the future. Our mission is to preserve, document and celebrate the history of Black Beauty through cosmetics and beauty culture.

Objects include rare vintage beauty ads, magazines, press photos, stamps and beauty tools. Exclusive oral histories from beauty professionals and creatives alike are added to our collection on a bimonthly basis. BBA will continue to add to these collections, expanding our archival holdings to reflect the dynamic aesthetics of Black Beauty.

Languages: Collection material in English.

Chronological Focus: 1950 to present. Materials prior to 1950 are collected in relation to their relevance to the Black Beauty Archive in preserving Black Beauty Culture.

Acquisition Information: Since the project began on Juneteenth 2020, items have been added to the collection on a weekly basis and will continue to be added as they are identified.

Black Beauty Archives makes materials accessible through fair use and open access (Section 107-108, Copyright Act) for educational and scholarly pursuit, but we do not own all copyrights to materials.

Certain materials from the Black Beauty Archives may not be reproduced without written permission from BBA. To request a digital reproduction or permission to use Archives materials in any publication, contact blackbeautyarchives@gmail.com