Henry John Drewal Collection, EEPA 2010-010
Portions of this collection are digitized

Collection ID:
Drewal, Henry John
Physical Description:
1,442 Slides

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
Series 1 is comprised of photos taken by Dr. Henry Drewal while traveling in Morocco from May 29, 1997 to June 21, 1997. The series includes images taken in Casablanca, Rabat, Salé, Fès al Bali, Meknès, Sijilmassa, Rissani, Marrakech, and Essaouira. Subjects include architecture, market scenes, craftsmen and artisans at work, musicians, landscapes and city views, ancient sites and museums.
Series 2 is comprised of photographs taken by Dr. Henry Drewal while traveling in South Africa from March 8, 1997 to March 30, 1997. The series includes images taken in Cape Town, Durban, Injasuti, Johannesburg, Lindelani, and Pietermaritzburg. Subjects include political rallies, religious festivals, artists and artist studios, universities, galleries and museums, public murals and sculptures, architecture, rock art sites, and portraits.
Series 3 includes images of art objects belonging to the Drewal-Kahn private collection and paintings by Trevor Makhoba.

The collection is arranged in three series: Morroco, South Africa, and Art Objects.

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
Art historian Henry John Drewal received his BA from Hamilton College and two Masters' degrees and a PhD from Columbia University (1973). In between college and graduate school, Drewal served in the Peace Corps, where he taught French and English, organized arts camps in Nigeria, and apprenticed himself to a Yoruba sculptor.
He taught at Cleveland State University (Chair of the Art Department), and was a Visiting Professor at UC-Santa Barbara and SUNY-Purchase. Since 1991 he has been the Evjue-Bascom Professor of Art History and Afro-American Studies at UW-Madison. He has published several books, edited volumes, exhibition catalogues, and many articles and produced a number of films documenting African and African Diaspora arts, and lectured widely on these topics. He has received several NEH and NEA grants, three Fulbright Research Awards (Brazil, Benin, Morocco), a Metropolitan Museum of Art Fellowship, and a Guggenheim Fellowship.

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Processing Information
All slides digitized except for numbers 109 and 908-913.

Using the Collection
Conditions Governing Access
Use of original records requires an appointment. Contact Archives staff for more details.
Conditions Governing Use
Permission to reproduce images from the Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives must be obtained in advance. Permission to publish images from this collection must be given by Henry John Drewal. Contact Archives staff for further information. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
Preferred Citation
Henry John Drewal Collection, EEPA 2010-010, Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives, National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution.

Related Materials
Additional photographs by Henry John Drewal held at the EEPA are located within the collection: Henry John and Margaret Drewal Photographs, EEPA 1992-028.
In addition, there are video productions by Henry John Drewal available in the Warren M. Robbins Library, National Museum of African Art. These include: "Efe/Gelede Ceremonies among the Western Yoruba" and "Yoruba Performance".

More Information

Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Morocco Geographic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
South Africa Geographic 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