Marilyn Heldman photographs, EEPA 2013-013
Portions of this collection are digitized

Collection ID:
Heldman, Marilyn
Physical Description:
179 Slides (photographs)
35 mm
This collection is comprised of 179 slides taken by Marilyn Heldman in Ethiopia, Nigeria, Eritrea, and Cameroon. Subjects include architecture, art objects, marketplaces, pottery, reliefs and cultures including the Anuak, Dorze, Falasha, Fulani, Gurage, Tigre, Falasha .

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
Series is comprised of images taken in Bafang, Foumban, and Kribi, Cameroon of the waterfall of Mouenkeu, Boroboro peoples, trees, and other natural landscapes. Series two includes photographs taken in Aromo and Senafe, Eritrea of a priest, school children, basket weavers, and a marketplace. Series three includes photographs taken in Kano, Katsina, and Zaria, Nigeria of a view of the city of Kano, people by the City Gate of Kano, a wall and gate in Katsina, and a house in Zaria. Series four is comprised of photographs taken in Ethiopia, particularly in Addis Ababa, Gondor, and Lalibela. Subjects include churches, the Jubilee Palace (Addis Ababa), Guarge peoples, scenes in the Institute of Ethiopian Studies (IES) Museum, markets, murals, city views, castles, religious icons, Lake Tana, Dorze textiles, and one image of Haile Selasse visiting Nazareth.

This collection has been arranged in four series according to geographic location:
  • Series 1: Cameroon, 1965-1996 (7 slides)
  • Series 2: Eritrea, 1965-1996 (6 slides)
  • Series 3: Ethiopia, 1965-1996 (162 slides)
  • Series 4: Nigeria, 1965-1996 (4 slides)

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
Marilyn Heldman was an Adjunct Professor of Art History at American University (Washington, D.C.). Published in such journals as the Journal of Religion in Africa, African Arts and Northeast African Studies, Heldman has also written numerous books, notably African Zion: The Sacred Art of Ethiopia (1993) (cowritten with Stuart C. Munro-Hay). Heldman received a post-doctorate fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts to complete field work in Northern Ethiopia (1973-1974). She has also held positions as Visiting Associate Professor in the Department of Art and Art History at the University of Missouri at St. Louis and Curatorial Associate at the Museum of the Institute of Ethiopian Studies at the Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia (1966-1967).

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Processing Information
Collection was digitized and made available online in 2019.

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Using the Collection
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Permission to reproduce images from the Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives must be obtained in advance. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
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Preferred Citation
Marilyn Heldman photographs, EEPA 2013-013, Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives, National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution.

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Keywords table of terms and types.
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Cameroon Geographic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
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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