Emile Gorlia photographs, EEPA 1977-001
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Summary
Collection ID:
EEPA.1977-001
Creators:
Harris, Nancy H.
Gorlia, Emile E.O.
Dates:
1909-1958
bulk 1909-1928
Languages:
Undetermined
Physical Description:
258 negatives (photographic)
black & white
8 x 10.5 cm.
308 lantern slides
black & white
8.5 x 10 cm.
1,446 Photographic prints
(contact prints) (5 vols.)
black & white
6 x 13 cm. or smaller
46 Photographic prints
black & white
48 x 58 cm. or smaller.
556 negatives (photographic)
glass plate stereographic negatives
black & white
6 x 13 cm.
Repository:
Photographs taken by Judge Emile E.O. Gorlia during five journeys through the Belgian Congo and two vacation leaves, one in Belgium and one in the Canaries Islands, 1909-1928 and at the World Exposition in Brussels (1958). The collection dates from 1909-1958. His first mission was from January 1910 to January 1912; the second, from February 1915 to March 1917; the third, from December 1917 to April 1920; the fourth, from November 1920 to February 1923 and, the fifth, from March 1926 to December 1928. For his first four missions at Lusambo in the Kasai province, district of Sankuru, Emile Gorlia was acting as an alternate to the public officer at one of the seven tribunals of first instance. During his fifth and final mission, he was promoted as president of the Court at Albertville in the ditrict of Katanga. Judge E.O. Gorlia was a keen amateur photographer with the advantage of not only traveling extensively around the state but also with the privilege of being able to afford the time and money to produce a prolific number of images. His images illustrate with great detail the full experience of a government official in mission in the Belgian Congo, starting in Antwerp at the pier of this Belgian harbor and taking up his duties at Lusambo, an administrative town in the hearth of th Belgian congo. The majority of images are of the following Belgian Congo districts, Lower Congo, Kassai, Sankuru, and Katanga. They include the cities of Banana, Boma, Matadi, Leopoldville (now Kinshasa), Lusambo, Luebo, Dilolo, Albertville (now Kalemie) in the Belgian Congo, Brazzaville in the French Equatorial africa, Zanzibar, Dar es Salaam, Tabora and Kigoma in tanganyika, Dakar in Senegal, Conakry in Guinea, Freetown in Sierra Leone, Port Said in Egypt and finally Casablanca in Morocco. There are also images of villages scenes and portraits of the Tetela, Songye, Luba, Kanioka, Lunda, Chokwe, Pende, Bangala and Kuba. Also included are images of the natural environment as the Congo river, the Kasai and Sankuru rivers, the banks of Lake Tanganyika and the savanna-woodland of the western part of the Katanga district as well as as the south part of the Sankuru region.

Arrangement note
Arrangement note
Arranged chronologically by trip.

Container
1-1153
1-36

Using the Collection
Conditions Governing Use
Permission to reproduce images from the Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives must be obtained in advance. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
Conditions Governing Access note
Collection digitized and available online. Use of original records requires an appointment. Contact Archives staff for more details.
Preferred Citation
Emile Gorlia Photographs, EEPA 1977-001, Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives, National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution.

Custodial History note
Custodial History note
Collection donated by Sanford Harris, 1977, who had inherited it from Emile Gorlia.

Keywords
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Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Africa Place Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Congo -- Description and Travel -- 1881-1950 Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Lantern slides Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
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Brazzaville (Congo) Place Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Matadi (Congo) Place Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Congo -- History -- 1908-1960 Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Tanganyika, Lake Place Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
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Kalemie (Congo) Place Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Congo (Democratic Republic) Place Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Glass negatives Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Lusambo (Congo) Place Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Kinshasa (Congo) Place Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Harris, Nancy H. Personal Name 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/