Robbins Center Collection

Summary
Collection ID:
EEPA.2015-013
Creators:
Robbins, Warren M.
Elisofon, Eliot
Dates:
circa 1969-1990
Languages:
English
Physical Description:
1 Watercolor
framed
3 Prints
black and white, 1 framed, 2 matted
1 Portfolio
28 Posters
7 Documents
(brochures)
Repository:
The Robbins Center Collection includes posters advertizing the Museum of African Art (now the National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution) and its exhibits, exhibit brochures, a watercolor painting and photographs by Eliot Elisofon, and museum signage.

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
The Robbins Center Collection includes posters advertizing the Museum of African Art (now the National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution) and its exhibits, exhibit brochures, a watercolor painting and photographs by Eliot Elisofon, and museum signage. The exhibition posters include those for
Icons, Ideals and Power in the Art of Africa
(1989-1990),
Art of Henry O. Tanner
(Frederick Douglass House, 1969),
African Weaving and Traditional Dress
(1975),
Black Heritage
(circa 1971),
Tribute to Africa
, and
The Language of African Art
(1970).

Arrangement
Arrangement
The collection is arranged in one series.

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
The Robbins Center (originally called Center for Cross Cultural Communication) was established in 1962 by Warren Robbins and is located in Washington, D.C. Serving as an educational institute integrating, popularizing and utilizing the insights and perspectives of the social sciences and the arts to foster international and interracial understanding as well as communication between the academic world and a broader public audience. One of first major projects of the CCCC was the creation in 1964 of the Museum of African Art (MAA).
The museum was originally located in the Washington, DC residence of Frederick Douglass and became part of the Smithsonian Institution in 1979 and was later renamed the National Museum of African Art (NMAfA) in 1981. During the 15 years that the MAA was in operation, the CCCC operated under the Museum's name. Following the Museum's inclusion as part of the Smithsonian, it reverted back to its original corporate name with the inclusion of Robbins' name in the title to become the Robbins Center for Cross-Cultural Communication. From 1964 to 1982, Robbins was the Director of the MAA, later becoming the Founding Director Emeritus and Senior Scholar from 1982-1995. After leaving the Smithsonian, Robbins continued his work at the Robbins Center for Cross Cultural Communications to apply the perspectives and insights of the social sciences and the arts in public education with particular emphasis on interracial understanding. Robbins passed away on December 4, 2008.

Administration
Processing Information
Processed by Eden Orelove, 2018.
Author
Eden Orelove
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Donated by Lydia Robbins, Robbins Center, in 2015.

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. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
Preferred Citation
Robbins Center Collection, EEPA 2015-013, Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives, National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution

Keywords
Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
National Museum of African Art Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Museums -- History -- Exhibitions Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Robbins, Warren M. Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Logan, Juan Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Barnes, Ernie, 1938-2009 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Duchamp, Marcel, 1887-1968 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/