Jacob and Eleanor Reis photographs, EEPA 1985-0004, 1910-1920

Summary
Collection ID:
EEPA.1985-0004
Creators:
Reis, Jacob A.
Reis, Eleanor Nicely, Mrs.
Dates:
1910-1920
Languages:
English
Physical Description:
174 transparencies
dupe trans
black & white
6 x 9 cm.
96 negatives (photographic)
dupe negs
black & white
8 x 11 cm.
96 transparencies
dupe trans
black & white
8 x 11 cm.
24 negatives (photographic)
dupe negs
black & white
9 x 11 cm. or smaller
110 negatives (photographic)
black & white
9 x 11 cm. or smaller
129 lantern slides
silver gelatin
black & white
6 x 9 cm.
3 volumes
copy prints
black & white
8 x 10 in.
2 volumes
contact prints
black & white
9 x 11 cm.
174 negatives (photographic)
dupe negs
black & white
6 x 9 cm.
Repository:
Photographs taken by Jacob Anthony Reis to document his experiences in Southern Cameroon while serving as a Presbyterian missionary from 1909 to 1945. The photographs document the life and peoples at Jacob A. Reis's mission stations, especially in and near Efulen, Cameroon, in the early 20th Century. African peoples pictured include the Bassa, Bulu and Ntumu. Structures depicted include churches, a dispensary, a fishing hut, a saw mill, school buildings such as a Baptist girls' school in Doulal and thatched roof buildings. Also included are African ritual objects collected by the mission and a photographic reproduction of a handwritten statistical list of bible readers, communicants, preachers and students.

Arrangement note
Arrangement note
Images indexed by negative number.

Biographical/Historical note
Biographical/Historical note
Jacob A. Reis, 1883-1945, Presbyterian missionary; graduated from Wooster College; attended Bloomfield Theological Seminary and ordained in 1908; joined the Presbyterian Church's mission in Cameroon in 1909; returned to the United States to complete his studies at the Western Theological Seminary in 1912; traveled back to Africa and served until his death in 1945.

Using the Collection
Conditions Governing Use
Permission to reproduce images from the Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives must be obtained in advance. For terms of use, contact Archives staff at elisofonarchives@si.edu.
Conditions Governing Access note
Access by appointment only. To make a research appointment, contact Archives staff at elisofonarchives@si.edu.

Custodial History note
Custodial History note
Donated by Eleanor R. Henry, daughter of Jacob A. and Eleanor N. Reis, 1985.
Conserved through a preservation grant funded by the Smithsonian Institution Women's Committee, 2006.

Keywords
Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Lantern slides Genre/Form Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Transparencies Genre/Form Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Bassa (Cameroon people) Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Bassa (Liberian and Sierra Leone people) Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Africa Place Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Cameroon Place Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Black-and-white negatives Genre/Form Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Ntumu (African people) Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Bulu (African people) Topic 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
http://africa.si.edu/collection/eliot-elisofon-photographic-archives/