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Dates:
1996
Size:
160 audiotapes (Originals). audiotapes (Reference copies).
Collection ID:
Record Unit 9594
Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives

The Smithsonian Institution Archives began its Oral History Program in 1973. The purpose of the program is to supplement the written documentation of the Archives' record and manuscript collections with an Oral History Collection, focusing on the history of the Institution, research by its scholars, and contributions of its staff. Program ...

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Garland, Ed
Armstrong, Louis, 1901-1971
Morton, Jelly Roll, d. 1941
Levin, Floyd, 1922-2007
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Dates:
1880 - 2010
Size:
42.5 Cubic feet (110 boxes, 12 oversize folders)
Collection ID:
NMAH.AC.1222
Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History

Floyd Levin was a Los Angeles textile manufacturer who turned his passion for jazz into a second career as an influential jazz journalist and historian. The collection consists of research materials including biographical files. In addition, there are numerous photographs that were taken and collected by Levin.

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Creators:
Newman, Louis
Dates:
1895-1999
Size:
4 Cubic feet (6 boxes, 1 folder)
Collection ID:
NMAH.AC.0696
Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History

Baseball memorabilia, including postcards, of teams, players, venues and other baseball-related topics; team programs, 1930s-1990s, mostly for minor league teams but including a few major league teams; sheet music; advertising on baseball topics; posters; black-and-white photographs of baseball players and teams; and ephemeral items such as ticket stubs.

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Creators:
Shepard, Matthew, 1976-1998
Shepard, Judy
Shepard, Dennis
Dates:
1976-2019, undated
Size:
14.1 Cubic feet (43 boxes, 1 map folder)
Collection ID:
NMAH.AC.1463
Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History

The papers of Matthew Shepard (1976-1998) a gay man who was a victim of a hate crime in Laramie, Wyoming October 1998 resulting in his death. His death gained national and international attention leading to the formation of the Matthew Shepard Foundation and eventual passage of federal hate crime legislation (The Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act), signed into law in October 2009.

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Creators:
Cultural History, Division of (NMAH, SI).
Rudy, Jerome
Dates:
20th century.
Size:
1 Cubic foot (5 boxes)
Collection ID:
NMAH.AC.0809
Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History

Consists of late nineteenth century/early twentieth century advertising hand fans. Most of the fans feature a vignette on one side and an advertisement on the reverse. The fans advertise various establishments and products, including funeral parlors, patent medicines, and food products.

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Creators:
Smithsonian Institution. Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
Dates:
June 23-July 4, 1995
Size:
1 Cubic foot (approximate)
Collection ID:
CFCH.SFF.1995
Repository:
Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections

The Smithsonian Institution Festival of American Folklife, held annually since 1967 on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., was renamed the Smithsonian Folklife Festival in 1998. The materials collected here document the planning, production, and execution of the annual Festival, produced by the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage (1999-present) and its predecessor offices (1967-1999). An overview of the entire Festival records group is available here: Smithsonian Folklife Festival records.

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Creators:
March, Benjamin, 1899-1934
Dates:
1923-1934
Size:
15 Linear feet
Collection ID:
FSA.A1995.10
Repository:
Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives

Writer, curator, and professor Benjamin Franklin March Jr. (1899-1934) studied, lectured, and wrote in the United States and in China, and through his works gained respect as one of the foremost authorities on Chinese art during the 1920s and 1930s. His papers, dating from 1923 to 1934, document his professional and personal life in the United States and in China and include lecture notes and outlines; research notes; diaries; scrapbooks; and photographs.

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Dates:
1987
Size:
2 videotapes (Reference copies). 11 digital .wmv files and .rm files (Reference copies).
Collection ID:
Record Unit 9533
Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives

The Smithsonian Videohistory Program, funded by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation from 1986 until 1992, used video in historical research. Additional collections have been added since the grant project ended. Videohistory uses the video camera as a historical research tool to record moving visual information. Video works best in historical r...

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Creators:
McEntee, Jervis, 1828-1891
Dates:
1796
1848-1905
Size:
1.6 Linear feet
Collection ID:
AAA.mcenjerv
Repository:
Archives of American Art

The papers of Hudson River School painter Jervis McEntee measure 1.6 linear feet and date from 1796 and 1848 to 1905. Letters from close friends and family members to McEntee include many from his mentor Frederic Edwin Church, and fellow artists Samuel Putnam Avery, George Henry Boughton, Sanford Gifford, Richard Henry, Eastman Johnson, Elizabeth B. Stoddard, John Ferguson Weir, Worthington Whittredge, and others. Papers relating to the McEntee family include obituaries, a family genealogy, and letters from and regarding family members. There are also papers relating to the Vaux family (McEntee's brother-in-law's family) and American architect and landscape artist Calvert Vaux, who designed a studio for McEntee. Of special significance are five volumes of diaries dating from 1872 through 1890 which provide a detailed depiction of the American art world in the 1870s and 1880s.

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Creators:
Ottenberg, Simon
Dates:
between 1951-1960
Size:
1068 Slides (photographs) (color)
Collection ID:
EEPA.2000-007
Repository:
Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives, National Museum of African Art

Photographs taken by Simon Ottenberg in Southeastern Nigeria within the Afikpo Village Group, at the time a group of 22 Eastern Igbo villages (sometimes considered part of the Cross River Igbo grouping) in southeastern Nigeria, while on a pre-doctoral Social Science Research Grant from December of 1951 through March of 1953 and during field research from September of 1959 to December of 1960. Also included are photographs taken from June of 1960 to December of 1960 of Abakaliki, a town and the administrative center of the northestern Igbo people, north of Afikpo. According to Dr. Ottenberg in his publication about masked Afikpo rituals, "The Afikpo belong to an Igbo subgroup called Ada or Edda (Forde and Jones 1950, pp. 51-56), which includes the Okpaha, Edda, Amaseri, and Unwana village-groups, all of which border on the Afikpo, and the Nkporo and Adaeze, both short distances away" (Masked Rituals of Afikpo, 1975, p. 3).

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