Gordon Davis Gibson papers
This collection is comprised of the professional papers of Gordon D. Gibson. The collection contains his correspondence, field notes, research files, museum records, writings, photographs, sound recordings, and maps.The bulk of the collection consists of Gibson's southwestern Africa research. This includes his field notes, film scripts, photographs, sound recordings, and grant proposals he wrote in support of his fieldwork in Botswana, Namibia, and Angola. In addition, the collection contains his research notes, maps, drafts, publications, and papers presented at conferences. While most of his research focused on the Herero and Himba, the collection also contains his research on the Ovambo and Okavango and other southwestern African groups. In the collection is a great deal of photocopies and microfilms of literature on southwestern African ethnic groups, many of which are in Portuguese and German and which he had translated for his files. He was also interested in African material culture, especially Central African headgear. His research on African caps is well-represented in the collection, and includes photos of caps at various museums, source materials, research notes, and textile samples of knots and loop work. Gibson's files as the curator of African ethnology at the National Museum of Natural History also make up a significant portion of the collection. Among these records are his files for the museum's Hall of African Cultures and other African exhibits; his files on the museum's African collections, early donors and collectors of the collections; his personnel files; documents relating to his committee work; department and museum memos; meeting minutes; and his records as head of the Old World Division and acting chair of the department. The collection also documents the efforts to establish the Smithsonian's National Anthropological Film Center, now the Human Studies Film Archives, as well as his work on the planning committee to establish the Museum of Man at the Smithsonian. Memos and minutes relating to the Smithsonian's Center for the Study of Man are also present in the collection. In addition to Gibson's field photos, the collection also contains African photos taken by others. Among these are Herbert Friedmann's photos of Kenya; Hausmann's Libya photos; photos by Ralph Kepler Lewis during the Morden Africa Expedition in Kenya; and photos by Lawrence Marshall, Volkmar Wentzel, Alfred Martin Duggan Cronin, and Father Carlos Estermann. There are also photos of the exhibit cases from the Hall of African Cultures; photos of Smithsonian and non-Smithsonian African artifacts; and copies of photographs he obtained from different archives, including the National Anthropological Archives. Other materials in the collection include his files as film reviews editor for the American Anthropologist during the 1960s and 70s and his activities in different organizations.
Lewis Cotlow films
Original film, prints, elements, sound materials and associated texts from the following films produced by explorer Lewis Cotlow: SAVAGE SPLENDOR, ZANZABUKU, VANISHING AFRICA, TWIGHLIGHT OF THE PRIMITIVE, PRIMITIVE PARADISE, JUNGLE HEADHUNTERS, HIGH ARCTIC, IN SEARCH OF THE PRIMITIVE. Please note that the contents of the collection and the language and …
Audiotapes and Videotapes
This accession consists of cassette audiotapes and U-matic videotape recordings of lectures presented by staff members of the National Museum of African Art (NMAfA), as well as guest lecturers, at docent training classes. The lectures provide information on the Museum's permanent and temporary collections, and the history of African art …
This accession consists of the records of Roy Sieber, Associate Director for Collections and Research at the National Museum of African Art (NMAfA), from 1983 to 1993. Materials include incoming and outgoing correspondence with other museums, universities, private collectors, and the general public; information pertaining to NMAfA exhibitions, acquisitions, collections management, and …
Archer M. Huntington Art Gallery exhibition files
The microfilmed Archer M. Huntington Art Gallery exhibition files contain 621 exhibition files (1948-1981) including biographical data on artists, correspondence, photographs, exhibition checklists, price and sales lists, loan agreements, condition reports, shipping orders and receipts, exhibition announcements, catalogs and invitations, press releases, and clippings.
Leon de Sousberghe photographs
1 Map (black & white, 50 x 70 cm.)
1 Map (color, 40 x 53 cm.)
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.
Friday Noon Lecture Program Audiotapes
This accession consists of audiotapes recorded during the Friday Noon Lecture Program at the National Museum of Natural History (NMNH) as well as other lectures organized by the NMNH, Office of Education and, beginning in 2006, its successor office, NMNH, Office of Guest Services.
Warren M. Robbins Papers
These papers document the life and work of Warren M. Robbins, covering a wide swath of his life, from his early career in the Foreign Service to his work in cross cultural communications and African art. A prolific writer, Robbins correspondence with such people as Maya Angelou, Ernie Barnes, Saul …
Arhoolie Records Business Records and Audio Recordings
Division of Ethnology photograph collection 1
Consists of photographs collected by the United States National Museum (USNM) Division of Ethnology and later by the Smithsonian Office of Anthropology (SOA). Coverage is worldwide outside North America. Most of the items are photographic prints, some in albums. There are also negatives, photomechanical prints, artwork, and newsclippings. For the …