Query: Mami Wata: Arts for Water Spirits in Africa and its Diasporas (Exhibition) (2009: Washington, D.C.)
Marilyn Houlberg Nigeria collection
Creators:
Houlberg, Marilyn
Dates:
1961-circa 2005
Size:
6567 Slides (photographs) (11 Binders, color)
14 Documents (1 Binder)
Collection ID:
EEPA.2005-002
Repository:
Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives, National Museum of African Art

The collection consists of 6,567 color slides taken by Dr. Marilyn Houlberg during various field studies among the Yoruba in southwest Nigeria between 1961 and circa 2005. The images depict Yoruba art and culture with a special focus on artisans, art objects, body arts, costume, festivals, hairstyles, indigenous photography, weaving and textiles. Cultural events depicted include Balufon festivals, Egungun and Gelede masquerades, social events (weddings, christenings, funerals), and religious ceremonies (initiation and animal sacrifice). Also included are various scenes of daily life, architecture, food preparation, markets, portraits and landscapes. Houlberg extensively documented Yoruba artists in the process of creating their art, including carvers Yesufu Ejigboye, Runshewe, and Lamidi Fakeye, as well as the final pieces themselves. Houlberg documentated art in situ, such as Yoruba house posts, shrines, wall art and wood doors and art objects, including Gelede masks, Ibeji (twin) and Eshu figures, Osanyin staffs, and Ogboni and Shango shrines. Manuscript and printed materials, including Houlberg's resume, thesis, and numerous published articles are also available in this collection.

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in EEPA.2005-002 for Mami Wata: Arts for Water Spirits in Africa and its Diasporas (Exhibition) (2009: Washington, D.C.)
Henry John Drewal and Margaret Thompson Drewal Collection
Creators:
Drewal, Henry John
Drewal, Margaret Thompson
Dates:
1970-1989
Size:
10,000 Slides (color)
10,617 Copy slides
Collection ID:
EEPA.1992-028
Repository:
Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives, National Museum of African Art

Both Henry John Drewal and Margaret Drewal traveled to Nigeria, Ghana and Togo (West Africa) for extended periods from 1967-1986. During their trips to Nigeria they conducted research into the ritual performance, masking traditions, and traditional sacred rites of the Yoruba people as well as Mami Wata devotes of Togo, Ghana, and Nigeria. They are the co-authors of Gelede: Art and Female Power among the Yoruba (1993).Both Henry John Drewal and Margaret Drewal traveled to Nigeria, Ghana and Togo (West Africa) for extended periods from 1967-1986. During their trips to Nigeria they conducted research into the ritual performance, masking traditions, and traditional sacred rites of the Yoruba people as well as Mami Wata devotes of Togo, Ghana, and Nigeria. They are the co-authors of Gelede: Art and Female Power among the Yoruba (1993). Photographs taken by Henry John and Margaret Thompson Drewal during the 1970s and 1980s of Yoruba and Ewe art and culture.

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Exhibition Records
Creators:
National Museum of African Art. Curatorial
Dates:
1981-2011
Size:
17 cu. ft. (17 record storage boxes)
Collection ID:
Accession 12-375
Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives

This accession documents closed, denied, and unfinished exhibitions at the National Museum of African Art (NMAfA). These records contain correspondence, research, notes, checklists, label texts, brochures, floor plans and designs, clippings, loan information, photographs, slides, transparencies, and negatives. Some materials are in electronic format. Exhibitions documented in this accession include …

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Jean Borgatti Collection
Creators:
Borgatti, Jean
Dates:
1971-2003
Size:
3617 Slides (photographs) (color, 35 mm)
166 Contact sheets ((2 binders))
3555 Negatives (photographic) (black and white, 35 mm)
4 Notebooks ((1 box))
1 Cassette tape ((2 boxes))
25 Film reels (Super 8)
Collection ID:
EEPA.2016-007
Repository:
Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives, National Museum of African Art

Jean Borgatti's collection dates from 1971 to 2003 and was created in Nigeria and Ghana. Much of the collection documents masquerades, shrines, festivals, market scenes, and ceremonies, and includes images of Urhobo, Uzairue, Ishan (Esan), Etsako, and Otuo peoples.

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in EEPA.2016-007 for Mami Wata: Arts for Water Spirits in Africa and its Diasporas (Exhibition) (2009: Washington, D.C.)
Eliot Elisofon Field collection
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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in EEPA.1973-001 for Mami Wata: Arts for Water Spirits in Africa and its Diasporas (Exhibition) (2009: Washington, D.C.)
Scurlock Studio Records, Subseries 4.1: Black-and-White Silver Gelatin Negatives
Creators:
Scurlock Studio (Washington, D.C.)
Scurlock, Robert S. (Saunders), 1917-1994
Custom Craft
Scurlock, Addison N., 1883-1964
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Dates:
undated
Size:
320 Boxes
Collection ID:
NMAH.AC.0618.S04.01
Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History

The Scurlock photographic studio was a fixture in the Shaw area of Washington, DC from 1911 to 1994, and encompassed two generations of photographers, Addison N. Scurlock (1883-1964) and his sons George H. (1920- 2005) and Robert S. (1916-1994). Subseries 4.1 includes black and white silver gelatin negatives. An overview to the entire Scurlock collection is available here: Scurlock Studio Records

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Program in African American Culture Collection
Creators:
Maltsby, Portia
Smithsonian Institution. Program in African American Culture
Dates:
1850-2004, undated
Size:
100 Cubic feet (309 boxes)
Collection ID:
NMAH.AC.0408
Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History

The collection primarily documents the activities of the National Museum of American History's Program in African American Culture (PAAC) dating from 1979 through 2004. The Program in African American Culture (PAAC) created public programs documenting the black experience in the United States, as well as, other countries. Archival materials include photographs, programs, administrative files, magnetic tape, audiocassettes, U-matic and VHS video cassettes.

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Ralph Rinzler papers and audio recordings
Creators:
Rinzler, Ralph
Dates:
1890-2011
bulk 1950-1994
Size:
106.32 Cubic feet (87.5 cubic feet of papers, 18.82 cubic feet of audio)
Collection ID:
CFCH.RINZ
Repository:
Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections

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.

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Moses and Frances Asch Collection
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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in CFCH.ASCH for Mami Wata: Arts for Water Spirits in Africa and its Diasporas (Exhibition) (2009: Washington, D.C.)
Bureau of American Ethnology negatives
Dates:
Circa 1858-1925
Size:
circa 8000 Glass negatives (Gelatin and Collodion)
Collection ID:
NAA.PhotoLot.176
Repository:
National Anthropological Archives

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