Norman Baynard, also known as Mansour Abdullah, was a well-known photographer in San Diego for many decades. He photographed social, political and religious events, as well as the everyday life of the largely African American community of Logan Heights from 1940-1980.

This collection of over 28,000 images was donated to the San Diego History Center by Mr. Baynard’s son, Arnold, and has proven to be a unique and invaluable historical record, garnering national attention.

In preparation for an upcoming exhibition showcasing the life and work of Mr. Baynard, the San Diego History Center invites you to work with its Exhibition Department to help identify people, places, and businesses featured in his photographs. Any information that can be provided will be strongly considered for inclusion in the exhibition that is scheduled to open in Spring 2011.

The History Center will hold a series of open house sessions where members from public can work with the Exhibitions Department to identify the subjects of Mr. Baynard’s work. These sessions will be held at the San Diego History Center Library and will take place every Tuesday during the month of February from 9:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. Appointments to view the photographs are necessary and can be scheduled by contacting Nicholas Vega, Director of Exhibitions, at (619) 232-6203 x119 or [email protected].