The photographs document a variety of art works created by Africans. Objects depicted include boxes, bracelets, figures, gold weights, headrests, heads, masks, pendants, stools, and trumpets. Peoples and kingdoms represented include Anyi, Asante, Bamum, Bangwa, Baule, Benin, Chokwe, Fang (Pahouin), Fon, Ife, Lega, Luba, Mende, Nok, Pende and Yoruba. Princeton University staff assembled the collection to illustrate the publications entitled,
African Folktales & Sculpture
, ed. by Paul Radin (New York: Pantheon Books, 1952). Photographers represented include Ina Bundy, Eliot Elisofon, Walker Evans and Man Ray.