Flora S. Kaplan Collection, 1965-1989

Summary
Collection ID:
NMAI.AC.024
Creators:
Kaplan, Flora S.
Dates:
1965-1989
bulk 1972-1977
Languages:
English
Physical Description:
0.3 linear feet
1 Hollinger Box
56 photographic prints
3,284 slides (photographs)
1,828 negatives (photographic)
Repository:
National Museum of the American Indian Archive Center
The Flora S. Kaplan collection includes manuscript materials, field notes, slides, negatives and photographs. The extensive slide collection was taken in several regions of Mexico from the mid-to-late 1960's through the early 1980's and documented local craft processes, particularly ceramics, their makers, their families and life styles.

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
The Flora S. Kaplan collection consists primarily of photographic materials documenting the pottery and pottery techniques of Mexican potters, as well as their families and lifestyles. A small amount of manuscript materials, including field notebooks, accompanied the slides, prints, and negatives which were donated to the National Museum of the American Indian in 2008 and 2009. Although the bulk of the photographs were taken by Flora Kaplan herself, a limited number of images were shot by photographer Sidney Kaplan (no relation). The photographs were taken primarily in the following area: barrios of Puebla de los Angeles (capital of the state of Puebla) (Barrios de la Luz) and the surrounding towns in the Puebla Valley (Acatepec, Santa María Tonantzintla, Amozoc, Cholula, La Acocota, Tepeaca, Izucar de Matamoros, Tecali de Herrera, Acoman, Ocototlan). There are also photographs of potters in the Mexican states of Chiapas (Chamula, Chanal, Amatenango, San Cristobal de las Casas, Tuxtla Gutierrez, Chiapa de Corzo) ; Morelos, Michoacan (Janitzio, Alcoman, Capula, Tzintzuntzan, Morelia, Patzcuaro) ; Oaxaca (San Bartolome Coyotepec, Santa Maria Del Tule) ; Guerrero (Acapulco), Veracruz (Puerto de Veracruz, Minatitlán) ; Mexico (Teotihuacan) and the Distrito Federal (Mexico City).

Arrangement
Arrangement
This collection is arranged in two series; Series 1: Papers, 1952, 1958, 1970-1986 and Series 2: Photographs, 1971-1978, 1988. The Photographs series is then divided into 3 subseries based on material type. Subseries 2A: Slides, 1972-1978, 1988, Subseries 2B: Negatives, 1972-1973, 1977, and Subseries 2C: Silver Gelatin Prints, 1971-1977.

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
Flora Edouwaye S. Kaplan, anthropologist, is a professor emerita, and former founding director (1978-99) of the Museum Studies Program, Faculty of Arts and Sciences, New York University. She taught Anthropology as a Fulbright professor, (1983-85), University of Benin, Nigeria; and previously taught at Lehman College, CUNY (1970-1976), before arriving at New York University in 1976. She publishes widely on Benin (Nigeria) and on Mexico, museum politics, art, photography, religion and gender. She holds degrees in anthropology from The Graduate Center, CUNY (Ph.D.), and Columbia University (M.A., archaeology). Dr. Kaplan is a former curator of The Brooklyn Museum, New York. She was a research associate at the Museum of the American Indian, (1977-87), and is an associate at the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies at NYU. She currently co-edits the books series 'Museum Meanings' (Routledge) and has been a Board member of the journal 'Museums & Society' (University of Leicester Press) since 2004.

Administration
Processing Information
Photographs processed by Emily Moazami, Photo Technician in 2009 and papers processed by Rachel Menyuk, Archives Technician in 2012
Books transferred to the NMAI Library
A Mexican Folk Pottery Tradition: Cognition and Style in Material Culture in the Valley of Puebla
by Flora S. Kaplan
Una Tradition Alfarera
by Flora S. Kaplan
The Changing Roles of Ceramics in Society: 26,000 B.P. to the Present
Edited by W.D. Kingery
Author
Rachel Menyuk
Immediate Source of Acquisition
This collection was originally donated by Flora S. Kaplan in October of 2008. An additional archival donation was made in December of 2009.

Using the Collection
Preferred Citation
Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Collection Title, Box and Folder Number; National Museum of the American Indian Archive Center, Smithsonian Institution.
Conditions Governing Access
Access to NMAI Archive Center collections is by appointment only, Monday - Friday, 9:30 am - 4:30 pm. Please contact the archives to make an appointment (phone: 301-238-1400, email: nmaiarchives@si.edu).
Conditions Governing Use
Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. Permission to publish or broadbast materials from the collection must be requested from National Museum of the American Indian Archive Center. Please submit a written request to nmaiarchives@si.edu.

Keywords
Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Distrito Federal (Mexico) Place Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Oaxaca (Mexico : State) Place Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Chiapas, Mexico Place Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Morelos (Chihuahua, Mexico) Place Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Guerrero (Coahuila, Mexico) Place Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Veracruz-Llave (Mexico : State) Place Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Jalisco (Mexico) Place Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Pottery -- Mexico Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Pottery, Mexican Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Michoacán de Ocampo (Mexico) Place Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Folk art -- Mexico Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Art and anthropology Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Puebla (Mexico) Place Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

Repository Contact
National Museum of the American Indian Archive Center
4220 Silver Hill Rd
Suitland 20746-2863
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