Enid Schildkrout and John A. Van Couvering Collection, EEPA 2018-005

Summary
Collection ID:
EEPA.2018-005
Creators:
Schildkrout, Enid
Van Couvering, John A.
Dates:
1964-2010
Languages:
English
Physical Description:
5320 slides (photographs)
35 mm
120 slides (photographs)
120 mm
1407 negatives (photographic)
35 mm
91 negatives (photographic)
120 mm
3 negatives (photographic)
5 x 7 inches
10 negatives (photographic)
4 x 5 inches
2 negatives (photographic)
8 x 10 inches
136 Photographic prints
8 x 10 inches or smaller
4 contact sheets
1 usb flash drive
64 GB
Repository:
This collection documents the Asante, Baka, Baule, Berber, Dogomba, Dogon, Fulani, Gurunsi, Gonja, Hausa, Lobi, Mamprusi, Mossi, Senufo, Serer, Tsonga, Tuareg, Wolof, and Yoruba peoples; architecture, animals, artwork, celebrations, ceremonies, landscapes, masquerades, markets, mosques, portraits, shrines, and street scenes in Ghana, the Ivory Coast, Mali, Nigeria, Morocco, Republic of Benin, Central African Republic, Namibia, and Senegal.

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
This collection was created during field work by Enid Schildkrout and John A. Van Couvering in several countries, including Ghana, the Ivory Coast, Mali, Nigeria, Morocco, Republic of Benin, Central African Republic, Namibia, and Senegal. Peoples depicted include the Asante, Baka, Baule, Berber, Dogomba, Dogon, Fulani, Gurunsi, Gonja, Hausa, Lobi, Mamprusi, Mossi, Senufo, Serer, Tsonga, Tuareg, Wolof, and Yoruba peoples. Many of the images depict architecture, animals, artwork, celebrations, ceremonies, landscapes, masquerades, markets, mosques, portraits, shrines, and street scenes.

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
Enid Schildkrout is an American anthropologist, professor, and Curator Emerita of African Ethnology, Division of Anthropology, at the American Museum of Natural History. She earned her BA from Sarah Lawrence College (1963), and a B.A., M.A. and Ph.D. from Cambridge University (1965, 1967, 1970). Schildkrout performed field research in numerous countries including Ghana and Burkina Faso (1960s); Kano, Nigeria (late 1970s and early 1980s); and in Mali, Senegal, Côte d'Ivoire and Namibia. She has worked extensively with museum collections and conducted an in-depth study of the history of the art of the Mangbetu people (Democratic Republic of Congo). Among the exhibitions that Schildkrout has curated are: African Reflections: Art from Northeastern Zaire; Body Art: Marks of Identity; Dynasty and Divinity: Ife Art in Ancient Nigeria; and Grass Roots: African Origins of an American Art. She has lectured and taught classes at Columbia University, Yale University, McGill University, and the University of Illinois, among others. She has published articles in African Arts and authored numerous books.
John A. Van Couvering is a professor, editor and geologist. He earned his Ph.D. in Geology from the University of Cambridge (1973) and specializes in the principles and practices in stratigraphic geology; age and environments of Cenozoic mammal faunas of Africa and southern Eurasia; and the Neogene time scale and chronostratigraphic boundaries. He spent five years doing fieldwork with Louis Leakey in East Africa and served as Micropaleontology Press's editor-in-chief from 1978 to its dissolution in 2004. He currently serves on international and national working groups concerned with the stratigraphic code, and participates in regional studies of such problems as the Messinian desiccation event and the beginning of the Pleistocene. He has published in the Journal of Human Evolution and the Journal of Geological Society and co-authored and edited numerous books.

Administration
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Donated by Enid Schildkrout and John A. Van Couvering, 2018.

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
Enid Schildkrout and John A. Van Couvering Collection, EEPA 2018-005, Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives, National Museum of African, Smithsonian Institution.

Keywords
Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Ghana Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Ivory Coast Place Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Namibia Place Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Central African Republic Place Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Republic of Benin -- Photographs Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Mali Place Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Nigeria Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Morocco Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Senegal Place Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Asante (African people) Culture Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Fulani Culture Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Hausa (African people) Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Lobi (African people) Culture Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Mossi (African people) Culture Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Senufo (African people) Culture Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Tuaregs Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Wolof (African people) Culture Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Yoruba (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/