C. Eric Lincoln (June 23, 1924 - May 14, 2000) was born in Athens, Alabama. Despite the setbacks of manifest segregation and prejudices of the Jim Crow era, young Lincoln developed tenacity and a strong sense of self-expression at an early age. Since those earnest beginnings, Lincoln eventually earned five degrees, including a Bachelor of Divinity from the University of Chicago and a Doctor of Philosophy in Social Ethics from Boston University. An ordained minister, Dr. Lincoln is best known as a distinguished scholar, writer and lecturer on the Sociology of Black Religion, and Race and Ethnic Relations in the United States. The C. Eric Lincoln collection photographs primarily document portraiture, family, research, and events participated in by Lincoln, as well as some images which date back to Lincoln's early childhood.