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Adam Clayton Powell Jr. is sworn in to the New York City Council by Mayor Fiorello H. La Guardia. From left, Joe Ford; Powell's mother, Mattie; Powell; Powell's wife, Isabel; Powell's father, Adam Clayton Powell Sr., and La Guardia, January 1942.

These images are from the Council of the City of New York Collection of the La Guardia and Wagner Archives/CUNY. For more images from the Archives' City Council and other collections, go to

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Taken on December 21, 2009