O. James Fox Collection

O. (Oscar) James Fox was born October 2, 1914, in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and raised in Lakewood, Ohio. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree at Miami University in 1937 and a master’s degree in education at Western Reserve University, Cleveland, in 1964. Fox arrived in Indianapolis in 1945 as a volunteer with the American Friends Service Committee. He was assigned to an urban work camp part of Flanner House, a community center near the west side of the city. One of his first jobs in Indianapolis was to photograph the slum area of the near west side of the city. He also wrote poetry associated with photographs and his experiences living in an urban neighborhood. The collection includes black-and-white and color photographs and color slides made between 1945 and circa 1960. The photographs depict scenes of African-American families, children and the urban environment of the near west side of Indianapolis. Other color photographs document activities in the Flanner House Cannery and a party involving women and children.