This collection contains 664 digital images (JPEG files) depicting the built environment, landscape and people of Morocco, Ghana, Niger, Nigeria and South Africa. A large number of images depict people in and around the Gidan Rumfa palace in Kano, Nigeria, including spectators of and participants in a ceremonial procession celebrating Eid ul-Fitr (the end of Ramadan); servants, concubines, praise singers and musicians in and near the palace harem; members of the royal household and the royal guards; and Alhaji Ado Bayero, the Emir of Kano. Other images depict architectural features of the palace. Images from Morocco, Ghana, Niger and South Africa include various scenes of daily life, architecture, markets, cemeteries and landscapes.
Photographs depicting people and activities in Hawaii. They include images of the preparation of poi, the disbanding of the royal household guard, the Royal Hawaiian band at the Iolani Palace, a feast beside a grass house, and a portrait of five Hawaiian women. J. J. Williams and J. A. Gonsalves are identified as the photographers for some images.
The collection consists of approximately 1,950 glass plate and large format film negatives,100 hand-tinted and black-and-white prints and four photographic albums containing prints of various sizes, taken by Chief Solomon Osagie Alonge, the royal photographer to the Oba of Benin, Akenzua II (1933-1978). These images span six decades (1926 - 1989) and represent a dynamic, continuous record of the Benin Royal Court in Nigeria. Alonge documented the pageantry, ritual and regalia of the Obas, their wives and retainers for over a half-century, including the coronation of the King and the Iyoba, or queen mother. The collection also documents historic visits to Benin by Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip (1956), Princess Alexandra (1960), foreign dignitaries, traditional rulers, political leaders and celebrities. The collection preserves an important historical record of Benin art and culture during the periods of British colonial rule and Nigerian independence in the 20th century. The rarity and historical value of the collection are enhanced by Alonge's privileged access to the Palace as a chief in the Iwebo Palace Society, a position which presents a unique insider's view of Benin royalty. The quality of the collection is testament to Alonge's technological skills in photography and his professionalism in keeping the collection ordered and well-preserved despite the heat, humidity and tropical climate of Nigeria.
The research material of Tomás Ybarra-Frausto, measures 33.1 linear feet and 1.27 GB and dates from 1965-2004. The collection, amassed throughout Ybarra-Frausto's long and distinguished career as a scholar of the arts and humanities, documents the development of Chicano art in the United States and chronicles Ybarra-Frausto's role as a community leader and scholar in the political and artistic Chicano movement from its inception in the 1960s to the present day.
Photographs taken among the Pende peoples in the Democratic Republic of the Congo in the years 1955-1957. Publications used for identifying and describing the collection photographs include L'Art Pende (Bruxelles: Académie royale de Belgique, 1958) and Les danses rituelles Mungonge et Kelas des Bapende (Academie royale des sciences coloniales, 1956), both by Léon de Sousberghe; Inventing Masks: Agency and History in the Art of the Central Pende by Z.S. Strother (The University of Chicago Press, 1998); and, from Secrecy: African Art that Conceals and Reveals Mary H. Nooter, ed. (New York: Museum for African Art, 1993), Z.S. Strother's article, The Physical and Social Boundaries of Secrecy: Eastern Pende Constuctions of Secrecy, pp. 157-178.
The papers of painter Anthony Thieme measure 1.0 linear feet and date from 1909 to 1972. The collection includes letters, notes and writings, photographs, business records, printed material, photographs, and a half-tone printing block of a work of art.
A New York bookseller, Warshaw assembled this collection over nearly fifty years. The Warshaw Collection of Business Americana: Adhesives forms part of the Warshaw Collection of Business Americana, Subseries 1.1: Subject Categories. The Subject Categories subseries is divided into 470 subject categories based on those created by Mr. Warshaw. These subject categories include topical subjects, types or forms of material, people, organizations, historical events, and other categories. An overview to the entire Warshaw collection is available here: Warshaw Collection of Business Americana
The papers of the painter, muralist, and illustrator John White Alexander measure 11.9 linear feet and date from 1775 to 1968, with the bulk of materials dating from 1870 to 1915. Papers document Alexander's artistic career and many connections to figures in the art world through biographical documentation, correspondence (some illustrated), writings, 14 sketchbooks, additonal artwork and loose sketches, scrapbooks, photographs, awards and medals, artifacts, and other records. Also found is a souvenir engraving of a Mark Twain self-portrait.
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.
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.