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Creators:
Collins, G. N. (Guy N.), 1872-1938
Dates:
1891-1911
Size:
35 Mounted prints (albumen)
Collection ID:
NAA.PhotoLot.90-27
Repository:
National Anthropological Archives

Photographs documenting Liberian people and the Liberian natural and built environments, including the Saint Paul River, rock formations, barricades, dwellings, and other structures.

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Creators:
Elisofon, Eliot
Dates:
1942-1972
Size:
5,000 Photographic prints ((10 boxes), b&w, 14 x 11 in. or smaller)
Collection ID:
EEPA.1973-002
Repository:
Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives, National Museum of African Art

Photographs taken by Eliot Elisofon in Africa and in European and American museums and collections during his extensive travels from 1942 through 1972. African kingdoms and peoples represented include Afo, Anyi, Asante, Atie, Baga, Bamana, Baule, Bembe, Benin, Bobo, Boki, Bozo, Chamba, Chokwe, Dan, Dinka, Dogon, Ebrie, Efik, Ejagham, Hausa, Ibibio, Idoma, Ife, Igbo-Ukwu, Ijo, Jenne, Jukun, Kamba, Kissi, Kom, Kongo, Kono, kota, Kpelle, Kuba, Kuyu, Kwele, Lega, Lobi, Loma, Lozi, Luba, Lulua, Lunda, Mambila, Mende, Mossi, Nalu, Ndebele, Ngbaka, Ngoni, Nok, Nupe, Nyamwezi, Pende, Suku, Susu, Tabwa, Teke, Temne, Tetela, Tiv, Tuareg, Urhobo, Vai, Woyo, Yaka, Yoruba, and Zande.

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Creators:
Weir, Thomas
Dates:
1960-1966
Size:
48 photographic prints ((1 v.), black & white, 8 x 10 in.)
2,330 slides (photographs) ((2 v.), color)
Collection ID:
EEPA.1987-001
Repository:
Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives, National Museum of African Art

Photographs taken by Thomas Weir in Liberia to document Liberian culture, 1960-1966. The photographs document the architecture, arts, events and peoples of Liberia, particularly the Bassa, Kru and Vai. Activities documented include blacksmithing, ivory carving, the making of a dugout canoe, pottery, market vending and basket and cloth weaving. Architectural images include government ministries, hospitals, schools and numerous street scenes in Monrovia, as well as Bassa houses and villages. Art works depicted include paintings on houses and signs, as well as paintings, sculptures and textiles created as tourist art. Events documented include official government ceremonies with staged indigenous dances; rituals in villages such as young members of the female sande society returning from the initiation camp; and visits by foreign heads of state such as Queen Elizabeth II and Josip Broz Tito of Yoguslavia. Liberians portrayed include President William V.S. Tubman and the people of Monrovia and other towns.

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Creators:
Elisofon, Eliot
Dates:
circa 1935-1978
Size:
14000 Negatives (photographic) (b&w, 35mm)
30000 Slides (photographs) (color)
80,000 Photographic prints (b&w, 25 x 20 cm. or smaller.)
Collection ID:
EEPA.1973-001
Repository:
Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives, National Museum of African Art

This collection is comprised of photographic and manuscript materials, primarily created by Eliot Elisofon to document his travels and work. The images portray many aspects of African life and culture including agriculture, wildlife, archaeology, architecture, art and artisans, children, cityscapes and landscapes, leaders, markets, medicine, recreation, ritual and celebration, and transportation. The manuscript materials include correspondence, essays, clippings, puobligations, notes, research, and itineraries.

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Creators:
National Museum of African Art (U.S.)
Dates:
1898-[ongoing]
Size:
61 Volumes
Collection ID:
EEPA.1985-014
Repository:
Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives, National Museum of African Art

This collection includes postcards from 45 African countries. Subjects include agriculture; animals; artists; body arts; cityscapes; cultural landscapes; dance; education; expeditions; flora; industry; leaders; marketplaces; medicine; military; missionaries; music; portraits; recreation; rites and ceremonies; and transportation, among many other topics.

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Creators:
Laughlin, Robert M.
Dates:
1899-2016, bulk 1954-2016
Size:
39 Videocassettes (VHS)
1 Videocassettes (Betamax)
20 CD-Rs
6 Electronic discs (DVD)
65.09 Linear feet
50 Floppy discs
147 Sound recordings
Collection ID:
NAA.2011-06
Repository:
National Anthropological Archives

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.

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Creators:
Institut für den Wissenschaftlichen Film (Göttingen, Germany)
Dates:
1926-1973
Size:
983 Film reels (176 hours 39 minutes, black-and-white color silent sound, 16mm)
Linear feet
Collection ID:
HSFA.2006.02
Repository:
Human Studies Film Archives

Titles from IWF's Encyclopaedia Cinematographica of ethographic films ranging in dates from 1926 to 1973. Collection includes German language study guides for each film. Please note that the contents of the collection and the language and terminology used reflect the context and culture of the time of its creation. As an historical document, its ...

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Creators:
Smithsonian Institution. United States National Museum. Department of Anthropology. Division of Ethnology
Dates:
ca. 1860s-1960s
Size:
14,500 Items
Collection ID:
NAA.PhotoLot.97
Repository:
National Anthropological Archives

Consists of photographs collected by the United States National Museum (USNM) Division of Ethnology and later by the Smithsonian Office of Anthropology (SOA). Coverage is worldwide outside North America. Most of the items are photographic prints, some in albums. There are also negatives, photomechanical prints, artwork, and newsclippings. For the m...

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Creators:
Asch, Moses
Distler, Marian, 1919-1964
Folkways Records
Dates:
1926-1986
bulk 1948-1986
Size:
841 Cubic feet
Collection ID:
CFCH.ASCH
Repository:
Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections

This collection, which dates from 1926-1986, documents the output of Moses Asch through the various record labels he founded and co-founded, and includes some of his personal papers. The Asch collection includes published recordings, master tapes, outtakes, business records, correspondence, photographs, and film.

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