Photographs from various museums assembled by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES) for use in the traveling exhibition entitled, "Art of Cameroon" (on display at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History from February 1, 1984-June 17, 1984). The exhibition was described on the Smithsonian website in these words: "On view are 153 objects, including figural sculptures, thrones, stools, elephant masks, bowls, baskets, calabashes (gourds), drinking horns, textiles, and more. Many objects are on loan from museums and collectors in the U.S., Europe, and Africa. "A crossroads for the migrations of many peoples, the diversity of Cameroon's population is reflected in the great variety and richness of art forms. Objects from the steppes and the forest are shown, but the primary focus of the exhibition is the art of the West African kingdoms of the Cameroon grassfields."
Photographs taken by Christraud Geary during five research trips to Cameroon in 1969, 1970-71, 1977, 1978 and 1983-84.
Photographs taken by an unknown German soldier in and around Ngaoundere, Cameroon, circa 1912-1915.
Photographs or collected by Dr. John Sebastien Derr, a member of the Sudan United Mission in Cameroon from 1906-1909. As a missionary he was devoted to converting the people in Cameroon to Christianity and to dispelling Islam. The majority of the slides depict life in Adamawa, northern Cameroon. The images document Islamic and other populations in Cameroon. The individual and group portraits of men, women, and children primarily focus on the lives of the indigenous peoples, though a few pictures of Europeans are included. A Hausa leader is featured among the portraits. The Sudan United Mission calendar displaying snapshots of a different missionary with each month. Dr. Derr is featured in January of 1909. Also included in the calendar are a list of officers, five prayers, a list of societies in the Sudan without a missionary and events that relate to the Sudan United Mission. Images of musicians, cooks, hunters, and laborers give some sense of village and missionary life. Other scenes reveal Central African terrain. There are two or three views of mountains, sunrise or sunset, and regional vegetation. Many images capture architecture, among which are building styles ranging from thatched edifices to colonial buildings and to urban street scenes in colonial Egypt. Maritime activity is exhibited in the shots of various boats used by the African peoples. European seamen and passengers are depicted as well. Along with photographs of northern Cameroon, there are several images of life in colonial Egypt.
This accession consists of seven field books documenting botanical collecting in southeast Cameroon during 1992-1993 by Jefferson S. Hall.
Lantern slides and accompanying notebook of photographic images taken by Missionary Ernest Goddhun in Southern Cameroon prior to the First World War.
Photographs taken by Jacob Anthony Reis to document his experiences in Southern Cameroon while serving as a Presbyterian missionary from 1909 to 1945. The photographs document the life and peoples at Jacob A. Reis's mission stations, especially in and near Efulen, Cameroon, in the early 20th Century. African peoples pictured include the Bassa, Bulu and Ntumu. Structures depicted include churches, a dispensary, a fishing hut, a saw mill, school buildings such as a Baptist girls' school in Doulal and thatched roof buildings. Also included are African ritual objects collected by the mission and a photographic reproduction of a handwritten statistical list of bible readers, communicants, preachers and students.
Photographs taken by French Missionary Frank Christol during his stay in the Cameroon Grassfields, during the 1920s. The photographs document the peoples of the Cameroon Grassfields, particularly the Bamileke. Activities depicted include dancing and playing musical instruments. Objects include figures, masks, textiles and vessels. There are images of chiefs' palaces and architectural details such as carved doors and house posts. Portraits, often with people in groups with objects, document dress, hairstyles, jewelry and scarification. People portrayed include carvers with their work and chiefs in their palaces.
Photographs taken by James Lee in Cameroon, Ghana, Cote d'Ivoire, Kenya, Mali, Nigeria, Burkina Faso, and Zimbabwe between 1963 and 1970. The images reflect a variety of themes.
Photographs taken by Wilhelm Schneider (1902-1990) to document his experiences as a missionary for the Swiss Basel Mission in Cameroon, 1937-1940. The photographs document the culture of the Weh people and their neighbors in the Cameroon Grassfields during the 1930s. Activities include a funeral ceremony, hair braiding, house building, bridge crossing, food preparation, drum playing, knife sharpening, cotton spinning, field work, market selling and preaching. Architecture depicted includes chiefs' palaces, compounds, a mission school house, shrines and villages. Portraits include chiefs, kings, members of the secret society, kweifo, with their adornments, and other people showing dress, masks, ornaments and scarification.