Thomas Weir photographs, EEPA 1987-001, 1960-1966

Summary
Collection ID:
EEPA.1987-001
Creators:
Weir, Thomas
Dates:
1960-1966
Languages:
Undetermined
Physical Description:
48 photographic prints
(1 v.)
black & white
8 x 10 in.
2,330 slides (photographs)
(2 v.)
color
Repository:
Photographs taken by Thomas Weir in Liberia to document Liberian culture, 1960-1966. The photographs document the architecture, arts, events and peoples of Liberia, particularly the Bassa, Kru and Vai. Activities documented include blacksmithing, ivory carving, the making of a dugout canoe, pottery, market vending and basket and cloth weaving. Architectural images include government ministries, hospitals, schools and numerous street scenes in Monrovia, as well as Bassa houses and villages. Art works depicted include paintings on houses and signs, as well as paintings, sculptures and textiles created as tourist art. Events documented include official government ceremonies with staged indigenous dances; rituals in villages such as young members of the female sande society returning from the initiation camp; and visits by foreign heads of state such as Queen Elizabeth II and Josip Broz Tito of Yoguslavia. Liberians portrayed include President William V.S. Tubman and the people of Monrovia and other towns.

Arrangement note
Arrangement note
Images indexed by negative number.

Container
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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
Use of original records requires an appointment. Contact Archives staff for more details.

Keywords
Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Color slides Genre_form Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Photographic prints Genre_form Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Black-and-white photographs Genre_form Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Monrovia (Liberia) Geographic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Liberia Geographic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Kru (African people) Cultural_context Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Bassa (Liberian and Sierra Leone people) Cultural_context Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Africa Geographic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Picture postcards Genre_form Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Vai (African people) Cultural_context Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Tubman, William V.S., 1895-1971 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/