William W. Brill photographs, EEPA 1985-0001, 1900s

Summary
Collection ID:
EEPA.1985-0001
Creators:
Brill, William, 1918-2003
Dates:
1900s
Languages:
Undetermined
Physical Description:
silver gelatin
black & white
8 x 10 in. or smaller
Repository:
Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives, National Museum of African Art
Photographs collected by William Brill to document his personal collection of African art objects, including masks, sculpted figures, and tools.

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
Photographs collected by William W. Brill to document his personal collection of African art objects, which primarily contains masks, sculpted figures, and tools. Masks documented are from the following peoples: Hemba, Lulua, Makonde, and Bbagani. Sculptural figures shown were created by the following groups: Bassa, Dogon, Kulango, Kuyu, Loma, Luba, Lunda, Punu, and Tabwa. Other objecs shown include an Asante comb, Asante royal staff, Baule animal head, Bete heddle pulley, Chokwe comb, Ijo staff, Kuba headrest, Lele staff, Ndengese axe handle, Senufo ceremonial container, Senufo wine strainer, Yela staff, Yoruba house post, Zulu comb, and Zulu hunter's staff. There are also images of musical instruments including bells, flutes, and rhythm pounders from Cameroon, Mali, Nigeria, and Zaire. Photographers represented include Tony Fitsch, Al Mozell and Bernard Pierre Wolff.

Arrangement note
Arrangement note
Images indexed by negative number.

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
William W. Brill (1918-2003) received a B.A. from Yale University and was the president of the Mutual Real Estate Investment Trust in New York. He started collecting African art around 1960 and has donated several art objects to museums.

Using the Collection
Conditions Governing Access note
Access by appointment only. To make a research appointment, contact Archives staff at elisofonarchives@si.edu.
Conditions Governing Use note
Restricted: For study purposes only; copy photographs not available.
Preferred Citation
William Brill Photographs, EEPA 1985-0001, Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives, National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution.

Custodial History note
Custodial History note
Donated by William W. Brill, 1985.

Keywords
Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Loma (African people) Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Mali Place Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Africa Place Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Makonde (African people) Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Dogon (African people) Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Punu (African people) Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Asante (African people) Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Zulu (African people) Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Luba (African people) Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Senufo (African people) Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Baule (African people) Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Kuba (African people) Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Cameroon Place Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Art objects Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Nigeria Place Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Bassa (Liberian and Sierra Leone people) Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Masks, African Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Photographic prints Genre/Form Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

Repository Contact
Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives, National Museum of African Art
National Museum of African Art
P.O. Box 37012
MRC 708
Washington, DC 20013-7012
elisofonarchives@si.edu