- Collection ID:
Patterson, M. Marvin Breckinridge
- Physical Description:
415 photographic prints
silver gelatin (3 v.)
black & white
8 x 10 in. or smaller
Photographs taken by M. Marvin Breckinridge Patterson during her trip with Olivia Stokes Hatch from Capetown, South Africa, to Cairo, Egypt, by boat, car and train in 1932. The book, "Olivia's African Diary: Cape Town to Cairo," (Washington, DC: Eastern Press, 1980) recounts the details of the trip. The photographs document the peoples of Africa in Egypt, Kenya, South Africa, Sudan, Tanganyika (now Tanzania), Uganda, Congo (Democratic Republic) and Zanzibar. They include the Baila, San, Shona, Xhosa and Zulu. The images portray African peoples in a wide range of activities. These include a bride and groom at Lovedale, South Africa; dancers at the Crown Mine near Johannesburg, South Africa; flower vendors in Cape Town, South Africa; two leading elders at Amanzimtoti, South Africa; a craftsman making spears; a tanner in the Sudan; miners with their wives in Katanga (now Shaba), Belgian Congo (now Democratic Republic of the Congo); schoolboys in the Sudan; a Shona man; women lining-up to receive rations in the Belgian Congo; workers pouring gold at the Crown Mine near Johannesburg, South Africa; and a Zulu woman at a market in Durban, Natal, South Africa. Architecture includes the Queen Hatshepsut's room at Karnak, Luxor, Egypt; and the ruins of Great Zimbabwe. Images of the natural world include a mountain at Cape Town, South Africa; a park in Port Elizabeth, South Africa; and Victoria Falls, Southern Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe). Animals depicted include egrets, ostriches and wildebeests.
Images indexed by negative number.
M. Marvin Breckinridge Patterson; filmmaker, photographer and photo-journalist; graduated from Vassar College in 1927. The following year she traveled to Europe and joined the Frontier Nursing Service. During World War II, she broadcasted news from Europe for the Columbia Broadcasting System.
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Custodial History note
Custodial History note
Photographs from the collection were published in the Boston Herald on July 31, 1933, and in the Crown Colonist in August, 1933. The collection was donated to the National Museum of African Art by Mrs. Jefferson Patterson in 1985.
Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives, National Museum of African Art
National Museum of African Art
P.O. Box 37012
Washington, DC 20013-7012