National Museum of the American Indian

Museum of the American Indian/Heye Foundation audio and video collection

Summary

Collection ID:
NMAI.AC.001.003
Creators:
Museum of the American Indian, Heye Foundation
Dates:
1960-1989
Languages:
English
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Physical Description:
29 Sound tape reels
1/4 inch
30 Sound cassettes
14 Videocassettes (U-matic)
5 Videocassettes (VHS)
1 Videoreels (2 inch)
Repository:
This collection includes audio and video recordings produced by the Museum of the American Indian, Heye foundation for museum events between 1960 and 1989. This includes materials such as recordings from exhibitions, staff meetings, public programs, and interviews with former MAI directors, Frederick Dockstader and Roland Force.

Scope and Contents

Scope and Contents
Series 1: Exhibits Materials, 1972-1983, includes audio and video materials, such as exhibit soundtracks and slide shows, created by and for the Museum of the American Indian, Heye Foundation for their exhibitions between 1972 and 1983. The following exhibits are represented in this series; "Sounds That Beautify the Land," "Ancestors," "Echoes of the Drums," "Arctic Art," "Star Gods of the Americas," and "With Eagle Glance."
Series 2: Museum Programs and Events, 1962-1988, includes non-exhibition related video and audio materials created by and for the Museum of the American Indian, Heye Foundation between 1962 and 1988. This includes ¼ inch open reel sound tapes, sound cassettes, and videotapes (U-m documenting—staff meetings, docent tours and docent training sessions, lectures, and radio interviews. The recordings feature staff members such as E. K. Burnett, Frederick Dockstader, Vincent Wilcox, William Stiles, Robert Venables, Roland Force, Suzanne Aurelio, and Susan Martin, among others.

Arrangement

Arrangement
Arranged in two series by event type and then chronologically. Series 1: Exhibits Materials, 1972-1983 and Series 2: Museum Programs and Events, 1962-1988.

Biographical / Historical

Biographical / Historical
The Museum of the American Indian/Heye Foundation was established by wealthy collector George Gustav Heye in 1916. Heye began collecting Native American and Indigenous artifacts as early as 1897 and his collection rapidly increased over the next several years. Based in New York, Heye bought collections and documentary photographs, sponsored expeditions, and traveled and collected items himself. In addition, once MAI was established, he sponsored numerous expeditions across the Western Hemisphere, including North American, Canada, South America and Central America. From 1908 to 1917 Heye housed his artifacts on temporary loan at the University of Pennsylvania's University Museum, Pennsylvania, in lofts on East 33rd Street in New York City, and at other depositories. In 1917, the collections moved from his apartment to their permanent museum location at Audubon Terrace, at 155th Street and Broadway in New York City. The museum, containing ethnographic and archaeological collections from North, Central and South America, opened to the public in 1922. Less than ten years later, Heye completed a storage facility in the Pelham Bay area of the Bronx, known as the Research Branch. Heye served as Chairman of the Board and Museum Director until his death in 1957. After growing concern about the financial and other management of the collections came to a head, the museum became part of the Smithsonian Institution in 1989 and in 1994 opened exhibit space in the U.S. Customs House at Bowling Green near New York City's Battery Park. The Cultural Resources Center in Suitland, Maryland later opened in 1999 and the main Washington, DC museum opened in 2004. Please visit the following links for more information about the history of the museum; History of the Collection, Collections Overview, and Significance of the Collection. Moreover, for information about how the museum currently cares for and exhibits the collection, please see the Conservation department and recent entries regarding Exhibitions and Conservation on the NMAI Blog. In addition, see portions of the NMAI Archive Center's collections highlighted in the SIRIS Blog.

Administration

Author
Rachel Menyuk
Processing Information
Processed by Rachel Menyuk, Processing Archivist, 2023

Using the Collection

Conditions Governing Access
Collection is closed until the materials have been digitized.
Conditions Governing Use
Permission to publish materials from the collection must be requested from National Museum of the American Indian Archives Center. Please submit a written request to nmaiphotos@si.edu. For personal or classroom use, users are invited to download, print, photocopy, and distribute the images that are available online without prior written permission, provided that the files are not modified in any way, the Smithsonian Institution copyright notice (where applicable) is included, and the source of the image is identified as the National Museum of the American Indian. For more information please see the Smithsonian's Terms of Use and NMAI Archive Center's Digital Image request website.
Preferred Citation
Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Museum of the American Indian/Heye Foundation audio and video collection, item #, NMAI.AC.001.003; National Museum of the American Indian Archives Center, Smithsonian Institution.

Related Materials
Museum of the American Indian Heye Foundation records (NMAI.AC.001)
Museum of the American Indian, Heye Foundation photograph collection (NMAI.AC.001.002)

Keywords

Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Videocassettes Genre Form Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Audiocassettes Genre Form Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Sound recordings Genre Form Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Exhibits Topical Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Dockstader, Frederick J. Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Force, Roland W. Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

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