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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:
Edel, May M. (May Mandelbaum), 1909-1964
Edel, Abraham, 1908-2007
Dates:
1928-1996
bulk 1928-1964
Size:
4.58 Linear feet (5 boxes)
Collection ID:
NAA.2005-27
Repository:
National Anthropological Archives

May Mandelbaum Edel (1909-1964) taught anthropology at Brooklyn College and the New School for Social Research, and founded the Anthropology Department at Rutgers University in 1960. She conducted fieldwork in Washington; Oregon; Uganda; and Brownsville, New York. The collection consists of field notes, lecture notes, language notes, manuscripts, books, correspondence, teaching materials, conference files, and personal papers. Included are lecture notes taken from courses with Franz Boas and Ruth Benedict, and extensive field notes for her work with the Okanagan Indians in Washington, the Bachiga (Bakiga) in Uganda, and Jewish families in Brownsville, New York.

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Creators:
Macdonald, Claude, Major General
Dates:
circa 1895
Size:
135 negatives (photographic) (dupe negs, black & white, 4 x 5 in. )
135 photographic prints (albumen, black & white, 14 x 21 cm.)
135 photographic prints (copy prints (2 v.), black & white, 8 x 10 in.)
Collection ID:
EEPA.1996-019
Repository:
Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives, National Museum of African Art

Photographic album formerly belonging to Major General Claude Maxwell Macdonald (1852-1915), Commissioner, Oil Rivers Protectorate, in West Africa, circa 1895. The album contains photographs of the consulate general in Old Calabar, Opobo and Bonny. Images, such as the arrival of Lady Macdonald in 1895 (returning from a home leave), interiors of British residences, and (named) group portraits of the British reflect colonial life and infrastructure. Native and British troops are depicted as well. Several images show the results of the British attacks on Brass and Nembe, in retaliation for King Nana's unwillingness to cooperate. Several images were taken of chiefs, among them a copy photograph of a 1882 image of King Nana of the Benin River, King Jaja of Opobo, King Koko of Brass, King Duke IX of Old Calabar, and King George Pebble of Bonny. Perhaps the most outstanding imagery is a series "On the way to Benin," which contains the photograph of an altar, a crucified woman, a forest path, and a contingent of British colonials. Several remarkable photographs depict Cross River masquerades with head crests, dances of Kru "Boys," and portray women of the Niger Delta. One photograph, showing the bronze sculpture of a Benin horseman placed on a rug in front of a wall (very likely taken in Nigeria), is of great interest for art historians. This particular figure left Benin before the city was ransacked and destroyed by the British Punitive Expedition in 1987, and, according to William B. Fagg, eminent historian of Nigerian art, came to the Merseyside County Museums, Liverpool, UK, as early as 1892 (note that Macdonald arrived in the Oil Rivers Protectorate in 1891).

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Dates:
between 1877-1895
Size:
169 negatives (photographic) (dupe negs., black & white, 4 x 5 in. )
169 photographic prints (dupe prints (2 v.), black & white, 8 x 10 in. )
169 photographic prints ((1 album), black & white, 14 x 20 cm. or smaller.)
Collection ID:
EEPA.1995-017
Repository:
Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives, National Museum of African Art

Photographs of West Africa, mostly from Lagos and coastal Nigeria, 1877-1895. There are high quality pictures of trading houses and residences in Lagos, often with the name of the owners given in the caption. One of the buildings depicted is the cathedral. Several exceptional images portray chiefs, such as the King of Opobo, and the wives of the King of Opobo, the Balogun of Epe, the Alake of Abeokuta, and the chief of New Calabar. Of greatest interest is a photograph entitled "Benin Gods" which shows figures from the Kingdom of Brass, taken in circa 1877/1878. There are also views of Cape Coast, Elmina, Accra, Wydah, Fernando Poo, Porto Novo, Grand Popo, and one from Liberia. The themes range from architecture to dances and weddings. Of particular interest are two depictions of fancy dress.

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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:
Smithsonian Institution. Office of Facilities Services
Dates:
1984-1987
Size:
8 cu. ft. (8 record storage boxes)
Collection ID:
Accession 88-145
Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives

This accession consists of the project files of Frank C. Gilmore, Facilities Program Analyst for the Office of Facilities Services, documenting the Quadrangle Museum Project primarily in regard to installing equipment and furnishings. Coverage is uneven but in some cases extends from the beginning of the design stage to the creation of li...

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Creators:
Smithsonian Institution. Assistant Provost for the Arts and Humanities
Dates:
1989-1995
Size:
9 cu. ft. (9 record storage boxes)
Collection ID:
Accession 96-093
Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives

This accession consists of records which document the official functions of the Office of the Assistant Provost for Arts and Humanities (OAP-A/H) and its predecessors from 1989 through 1995, although the bulk of the records date from 1993 to 1995. They consist mostly of memoranda, correspondence, and reports generated both within and outside ...

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