The collection consists of one postcard and 67 photographs documenting the installation for and art objects in the exhibition "African Art from Nigeria and the Ivory Coast" (April 6-25, 1983), held at the Sarah Lawrence College Art Galley, and curated by Barbara Jarocki. The postcard is an invitation to the opening reception.
The collection consists of 6,567 color slides taken by Dr. Marilyn Houlberg during various field studies among the Yoruba in southwest Nigeria between 1961 and circa 2005. The images depict Yoruba art and culture with a special focus on artisans, art objects, body arts, costume, festivals, hairstyles, indigenous photography, weaving and textiles. Cultural events depicted include Balufon festivals, Egungun and Gelede masquerades, social events (weddings, christenings, funerals), and religious ceremonies (initiation and animal sacrifice). Also included are various scenes of daily life, architecture, food preparation, markets, portraits and landscapes. Houlberg extensively documented Yoruba artists in the process of creating their art, including carvers Yesufu Ejigboye, Runshewe, and Lamidi Fakeye, as well as the final pieces themselves. Houlberg documentated art in situ, such as Yoruba house posts, shrines, wall art and wood doors and art objects, including Gelede masks, Ibeji (twin) and Eshu figures, Osanyin staffs, and Ogboni and Shango shrines. Manuscript and printed materials, including Houlberg's resume, thesis, and numerous published articles are also available in this collection.
The Historic Engravings collection is comprised of 154 pages of engravings, dating from 1747 to circa 1905. The engravings depict subject matter related to Africa and Africans.
The Historic Maps of Africa collection includes 79 maps and dates from circa 1631 to 1973. Geographic content of individual maps varies from topographical information, boundaries of colonial territories, and ethnic groups, among other topics. While several depict the continent of Africa in its entirety, many focus on specific countries and geographic regions. There are a particularly large number of maps depicting the West African Coast.
The collection consists of 3,194 color photographs (20 x 24 inches or smaller), 2,487 color 35mm negatives, 11 posters and 24 art prints, created circa 1981-2009 by Betty LaDuke. Additionally, printed materials including a copy of a sketchbook, biographical materials, correspondence, publications, exhibition reviews, and 2 DVDs. The negatives and photographs depict architecture, agricultural work, beadwork, weaving, village scenes, artists, artists at work, artworks, markets, celebrations, scenic views, animals, churches and mosques. Most of the photos depict Kunama or Saho peoples, particularly women and children. LaDuke also regularly photographed war zones during the Border War, especially those in Nakfa and Gelebe, portraying Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camps. Locations include villages in Ethiopia and Eritrea, particularly Senafe, Nakfa and Massawa, as well as Border War zones various battlefields and camps for internally displaced persons.
The collection consists of twenty matted black and white photographs taken in February 2011 that were used in Doggett's series, Omo: Expressions of a People (2012). These artistic photographs were taken in Omo Valley, Ethiopia, and depict Suri, Hamar, Dhassanac and Karo peoples.
The collection consists of twenty slides taken at the Kibo Art Gallery, which was run by Tanzanian artist Elimo Njau. Ten of the slides were published/distributed by the Kibo Art Gallery and depict art objects. The other ten slides were photographed by Peace Corps volunteer Eloise Thompson and portray people at a workshop at the Kibo Art Gallery in Marangu in 1965, including artist Elimo Njau.