George Rohrmann Collection

Summary
Collection ID:
EEPA.2018-003
Creators:
Rohrmann, G. F. (George F.)
Dates:
1970-1975
Languages:
English
Physical Description:
129 color slides
35mm
622 negatives (photographic)
black and white
35mm
Repository:
The collection depicts the everyday life and architecture of Basotho, Hausa, Makonde, Matabele, Pedi, Swazi, and Xhosa peoples in Nigeria, Southern Africa, and Tanzania.

Content Description
Content Description
The collection depicts Basotho, Hausa, Makonde, Matabele, Pedi, Swazi, and Xhosa peoples in Lesotho, Nigeria, South Africa, Swaziland, and Tanzania. Images show agricultural work, architecture, carving, cooking, landscapes, mountains, and portraits, among other subjects. Highlights of the collection include Makonde carvers at work in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, Hausa peoples tie dying at indigo dye pits in Kano, Nigeria, and house decorations in South Africa and Lesotho including Bataung houses decorated with stone mosaics.

Arrangement
Arrangement
The collection is arranged into series according to geographic location:
  • Series 1: Nigeria, 1974
  • Series 2: South Africa, 1970-1975
  • Series 3: Tanzania, 1974

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
Dr. George F. Rohrmann is Professor Emeritus of the Department of Microbiology at Oregon State University. His field of specialization is Virology.

Administration
Processing Information
Finding aid was written by Eden Orelove. Kellen Hope helped create the metadata.
Author
Eden Orelove
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Donated by George Rohrmann in December 2017 and March 2018.

Using the Collection
Preferred Citation
George Rohrmann Collection, EEPA 2018-003, Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives, National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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.

Keywords
Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Hausa (African people) Culture Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Lesotho Place Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Xhosa (African people) Culture Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Kano (Nigeria) Place Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
South Africa Place Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Sotho (African people) Culture Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Ndebele (African people) Culture Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Pedi (African people) Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Swazi (African people) Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Dyeing -- tie dyeing Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Mural painting and decoration -- Buildings Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Nigeria Place Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Tanzania Place Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Makonde (African people) Topic 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/