Scope and Contents
Jean Borgatti's collection dates from 1971 to 2003 and is comprised of 3,617 slides, 3,625 negatives, 4 negative books, contact prints, an audio cassette and 25 Super 8 film reels. The materials primarily document the Urhobo, Uzairue, Ishan (Esan), Etsako, and Otuo peoples.
Much of the collection depicts masquerades, festivals, and ceremonies, including the Aimhi masquerade, Akpele masquerade, Egbemamu masquerade, Egede masquerade, Egu (Egungun) Akachi masquerade, Ekpenike masquerade, Ekuede masquerade, Erelue Masquerade, Gelede performance, Idu masquerade, Igbagu masquerade, Igo masquerade, Igugu Festival, Ihuen Festival, Iyabana night masquerade, Obanagbedor masquerade, Obonodike masquerade, Ogabadi masquerade, Ogumogu performances, Okwema masquerade, Olimi Festival, Omese masquerade, Opha procession, Otsa masquerade, Otuo masquerade, Ugwonor masquerade, Ukpokolo masquerade, and Wanyoke masquerade. There are also images of title-taking ceremonies and paraphernalia, and shrines, including the Aziza, Ikumuku, Ituke, Okailopokai, Oshun, Ugbe Ebo forest shrines.
Images were taken primarily in Nigeria, including in Lagos, Ibadan, Benin City, Auchi, Owan, Ibadan, Idah, Oshogbo, Otukpo, Gombe state, Bauchi State, Benue Plateau State, Ugboha, Akoko-Edo, Ouidah, Bida, and Kano. Borgatti also photographed the Kumase area and Capecoast in Ghana.