Much of this collection depicts architecture and peoples in such varying places as Mali, Niger, the Ivory Coast, and Burkina Faso. There are images of peoples including the Dogon in Timbuktu, Gao, San, and Fulani peoples.
Photographs taken in Mali in 1934. The images are of a Songhai woman, two Fulani women, three boatmen on Lake Debo, a street in Mopti and a market in Mopti.
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.
Photographs of people and architecture taken by Sujatha Pelletier in Nigeria, Ghana, Cote d'Ivoire, Niger, Morocco and Mali from June of 1992 through June of 1995.
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.
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.