Robert Moody Laughlin papers
1 Videocassettes (Betamax)
6 Electronic discs (DVD)
65.09 Linear feet
50 Floppy discs
147 Sound recordings
Robert Moody Laughlin was an American ethnologist specializing in the study of Mayan language, history, customs, and folklore. He spent the majority of his career working for the Smithsonian Institution, first with the Bureau of American Ethnology, then with the Department of Anthropology. He was a curator emeritus with the department from his retirement in 2006 until his death in 2020. The Robert Moody Laughlin papers (1899-2016, bulk 1954-2016) document his research and professional activities and primarily deal with language and folktales he recorded and studied, as well as the culture and history of the Tzotzil and other Mayan groups in the Chiapas region. His involvement in language education and training, advocacy for the Tzotzil and language and cultural revitalization, and administrative matters at the Smithsonian are also represented. The collection consists of materials created for books and other publications, field notes, research materials, correspondence, administrative files, sound recordings, video recordings, photographs, and electronic records.
Norcross Greeting Card Collection
Tuck, Raphael, fl. 1880s
Norcross Greeting Card Company (New York (N.Y.))
Rust Craft Publishers (Boston, Mass.)
Collections consists of the records of both the Norcross Greeting Card Company founded in New York City in the 1920s and The Rust Craft Greeting Card Company, founded in Kansas City, Missouri, 1906. Both the Norcross and Rust Craft companies collected antique greeting cards. Also includes a small number of modern cards by other manufacturers, circa 1930-1980. Collection represents development of the greeting card industry, social trends in the United States and technology of the printing industry from 1924 through 1978.
Faris and Yamna Naff Arab American Collection
450 Cassette tapes
The collection is the result of research conducted by Dr. Alixa Naff (1920-2013) relating to the study of the early Arab immigrant experience in the United States from about 1880-World War II. The study began with oral history interviews in 1962 and became a major project in 1980 with a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. It documents the assimilation of Arabic speaking immigrants in the United States.
Simon Ottenberg photographs of Limba and Afikpo Peoples
The collection primarily includes photographs of Limba peoples taken by anthropologist Simon Ottenberg during field research in northern Sierra Leone within Bafodea Town, the capital of Wara Wara Bafodea Chiefdom, and Guinea, from October 1978 through July 1980. The collection also includes photographs taken while conducting field research at an Afikpo village-group, in southeastern Nigeria, from January 30, 1988 to February 5, 1988 and in 1992.
Parke, Davis Research Laboratory Records.
The collection documents Parke, Davis and Company, one of the largest and oldest pharmaceutical firms in America.
Ralph Rinzler papers and audio recordings
This collection, with bulk dates from 1950-1994, documents the life of Ralph Rinzler and his professional activities as Director of Field Programs for the Newport Folk Festival, Director of the Smithsonian Folklife Festival (formerly the Festival of American Folklife) and the Office of Folklife Programs (now the Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage), and the Smithsonian Institution's Assistant Secretary for Public Service. Includes personal papers, business records, correspondence, notes, photographs, audiotapes and field recordings.
This record unit consists of master audio tapes for Smithsonian Galaxy editions 77-125, 1981-1983, and Radio Smithsonian programs 534-574, 1980; and scripts of Radio Smithsonian programs 1-400.
This accession consists of programs created for the Smithsonian Channel that cover a range of topics including aeronautics, astronautics, science, nature, and American culture and history. Series and programs include "Aerial America" "All Dolled Up;" "America Wild and Wacky;" "America's Greatest Monuments;" "America's Hangar;" "America's Treasures;" "America's Yellowstone;" "Animal Winter …
Grace Murray Hopper Collection
Papers and photographs of Grace Murray Hopper (1906-1992) computer and Naval pioneer.
Smithsonian Folklife Festival records: 2000 Smithsonian Folklife Festival
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.