Query: The Ancient West African City of Benin, A.D. 1300-1897 (Exhibition) (1995-2004: Washington, D.C.)
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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in Accession 12-375 for The Ancient West African City of Benin, A.D. 1300-1897 (Exhibition) (1995-2004: Washington, D.C.)
Publicity Records
Creators:
National Museum of African Art. Office of External Affairs
Dates:
1983-2006
Size:
3.5 cu. ft. (3 record storage boxes) (1 document box)
Collection ID:
Accession 11-005
Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives

This accession consists of records documenting the publicity of exhibitions and special events at the National Museum of African Art. Also included are materials relating to the opening of the museum in its mall location, the building's 10th anniversary celebration, and biographical information for Roslyn A. Walker (Director, 1997-2002) and Philip L …

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in Accession 11-005 for The Ancient West African City of Benin, A.D. 1300-1897 (Exhibition) (1995-2004: 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 The Ancient West African City of Benin, A.D. 1300-1897 (Exhibition) (1995-2004: Washington, D.C.)
African Postcard Collection
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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in EEPA.1985-014 for The Ancient West African City of Benin, A.D. 1300-1897 (Exhibition) (1995-2004: Washington, D.C.)
Program Files
Creators:
National Museum of African Art. Office of Education and Public Programs
Dates:
1978-2005
Size:
9.5 cu. ft. (9 record storage boxes) (1 document box)
Collection ID:
Accession 07-174
Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives

This accession consists of files created and maintained by Edward Lifschitz. These records document public education programs in African art, history, and culture. Materials include correspondence and memoranda; workshop and symposium information; contractual agreements; reports; evaluation forms; docent training information; docent newsletters; photographs, negatives, and slides; exhibition materials; and events …

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in Accession 07-174 for The Ancient West African City of Benin, A.D. 1300-1897 (Exhibition) (1995-2004: Washington, D.C.)
Scurlock Studio Records, Subseries 4.5: Black and white negatives in cold storage arranged by job number
Creators:
Custom Craft
Scurlock Studio (Washington, D.C.)
Scurlock, Addison N., 1883-1964
Scurlock, George H. (Hardison), 1919-2005
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Dates:
1928-1994
Size:
320 Boxes
Collection ID:
NMAH.AC.0618.S04.05
Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History

The materials document the orders placed by the clients of the Scurlock Studio. The photographs primarily depict individual portrait sittings but there are also portraits of children, groups, and other subjects.

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in NMAH.AC.0618.S04.05 for The Ancient West African City of Benin, A.D. 1300-1897 (Exhibition) (1995-2004: Washington, D.C.)
Aleš Hrdlička papers
Creators:
Hrdlička, Aleš, 1869-1943
Dates:
1875-1966
bulk 1903-1943
Size:
206.71 Linear feet (294 boxes, 138 folders, 9 rolled items, and 4 folios)
Collection ID:
NAA.1974-31
Repository:
National Anthropological Archives

The papers of Aleš Hrdlička, curator in the Division of Physical Anthropology, Department of Anthropology, United States National Museum of the Smithsonian Institution, offer considerable insight into the development of physical anthropology in the first half of this century. The papers include honors bestowed on Hrdlička, autobiographical notes, correspondence with many of the leading anthropologists of the day, anthropometric and osteometric measurements and observations (forming most of the collection), extensive photographs of Hrdlička's field work, manuscripts, research materials, and "My Journeys" (essentially a diary Hrdlička kept of his field work). In addition, there is material of a personal nature. The papers date from 1875 to 1966, but the bulk of the materials date from 1903 to 1943, the time of Hrdlička's career at the USNM.

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in NAA.1974-31 for The Ancient West African City of Benin, A.D. 1300-1897 (Exhibition) (1995-2004: Washington, D.C.)
UNESCO Collection of Traditional Music of the World records
Creators:
UNESCO
Dates:
circa 1961-2006
Size:
27 Boxes
Collection ID:
CFCH.UNES
Repository:
Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections

This collection, which dates from circa 1961-2006, contains audiorecordings from the UNESCO Collection of Traditional Music of the World, as well as related business records. Includes recordings of tradition and sacred music from Benin, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Côte d'Ivoire, Ethiopia, Madagascar, Malawi, Niger, Sudan, Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Cuba, Peru, Afghanistan, Australia, Cambodia, China, Korea, the Solomon Islands, India, Bali, Java, Japan, Laos, Mongolia, Uzbekistan, Pakistan, Thailand, Vanuatu, Vietnam, Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Iraq, Morocco, Oman, Syria, and Turkey.

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in CFCH.UNES for The Ancient West African City of Benin, A.D. 1300-1897 (Exhibition) (1995-2004: Washington, D.C.)
Exhibition Records
Creators:
Smithsonian Institution. Traveling Exhibition Service
Dates:
1979-1998
Size:
22 cu. ft. (22 record storage boxes)
Collection ID:
Accession 01-204
Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives

This accession consists of records that document the organization, design, and promotion of exhibits. Major exhibitions represented include Ocean Planet, Seeds of Change, and Tropical Rainforests: A Disappearing Treasure. Materials include correspondence, memoranda, planning documents, exhibit proposals, research notes and materials, letters of agreement, floor plans, releases, itineraries, contracts, exhibition …

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in Accession 01-204 for The Ancient West African City of Benin, A.D. 1300-1897 (Exhibition) (1995-2004: 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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in EEPA.1992-028 for The Ancient West African City of Benin, A.D. 1300-1897 (Exhibition) (1995-2004: Washington, D.C.)
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