Colonel Alexis B. McMullen photograph and postcard collection of West Africa, circa 1943-1944

Summary
Collection ID:
NAA.PhotoLot.90-14
Creators:
McMullen, Alexis B. (collector and photographer)
Dates:
circa 1943-1944
Languages:
Undetermined
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Physical Description:
70 Postcards
70 photographic postcards
silver gelatin
86 Prints
silver gelatin
Repository:

Scope and Contents note
Scope and Contents note
Photoraphs made and collected by Alexis B. McMullen documenting peoples and culture in West Africa. The images created by McMullen and Captain D. B. McCloskey depict ceremonies at Kibib honoring Ofori Atta, a chief in the Central Province of the Gold Coast; a dance to the god of the sea at Teshi; and fishing boats and equipment. Additionally, the collection contains photographic postcards collected by McMullen and made by Casimir Zagourski, Leopoldville, and Methodist Book Depots, Cape Coast. These show African "types," a Bwake female circumcision ceremony, scarification (cicatrization), African animals (including giraffes, elephants, and a hippopotamus), agriculture, dances, and musical instruments. Depicted West African peoples include the Ashanti, Bangala, Banziri, Hausa, Kuba, Kumu, Mangbetu, Mputu and Tutsi.

Biographical/Historical note
Biographical/Historical note
Colonel Alexis B. McMullen participated in American aviation activities for about 50 years. During World War II, he was the commanding officer of a United States Air Corps Air Transport Command (ATC) base in Accra, Ghana (then the Gold Coast).

Local Call Number(s)
Local Call Number(s)
NAA Photo Lot 90-14

Using the Collection
Conditions Governing Access note
The collection is open for research.
Access to the collection requires an appointment.
Conditions Governing Use note
Some items were copyrighted. Researchers will have to determine current status of copyright and demonstrate expiration to the archives before copies of thost items can be reproduced.
Preferred Citation note
Photo Lot 90-14, Colonel Alexis B. McMullen photograph and postcard collection of West Africa, National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution

Location of Other Archival Materials
Location of Other Archival Materials
The National Air and Space Museum Archives Division holds the Colonel Alexis B. McMullen Collection, 1915-1983, documenting McMullen's aviation career and interests.
Location of Other Archival Materials
Additional Zagourski photographs can be found in the Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives in EEPA 1987-0024 and the EEPA Postcard Collection.

Custodial History note
Custodial History note
Donated by Sara Anne Lindsey, Colonel McMullen's daughter, 1990.

Other Finding Aids note
Other Finding Aids note
Inventory available in repository.

Keywords
Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Rwanda Place Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Congo (Democratic Republic) Place Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Mputu (African people) Culture Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Komo (Congolese (Democratic Republic) people) Culture Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
West Africans Culture Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Mangbetu (African people) Culture Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Tutsi (African people) Culture Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Kuba (African people) Culture Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Hausa (African people) Culture Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Ashanti (African people) Culture Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Bangala (African people) Culture Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
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Scarification (Body marking) Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
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Ghanaians Culture Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
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Banziri (African people) Culture Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Ngbaka (African people) Culture Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
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Cacao Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Cooking Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
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female circumcision Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Dance Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
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Zagourski, Casimir Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

Repository Contact
National Anthropological Archives
Museum Support Center
4210 Silver Hill Road
Suitland 20746
naa@si.edu
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