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Creators:
Vanderbilt, Paul
Dates:
1854-1992
bulk 1945-1992
Size:
25.2 Linear feet
Collection ID:
AAA.vandpaul
Repository:
Archives of American Art

The papers of librarian, curator, and photographer Paul Vanderbilt (1905-1992) measure 25.2 linear feet and date from 1854 to 1992 with the bulk of the material dating from 1945 to 1992. The papers are comprised of biographical materials, personal and business correspondence, interviews, writings and notes, fourteen diaries and two diary fragments, reference and project files, photographic materials, sound recordings, and professional files.

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Creators:
Taylor, Prentiss, 1907-1991
Dates:
1885-1991
Size:
20.4 Linear feet
Collection ID:
AAA.taylpren
Repository:
Archives of American Art

The collection measures 20.4 linear feet, dates from 1885 to 1991 (bulk dates 1908-1986) and documents the career of Harlem Renaissance lithographer, teacher, and painter Prentiss Taylor. The collection consists primarily of subject/correspondence files (circa 16 ft.), reflecting Prentiss' career as a lithographer and painter, his association with figures prominent in the Harlem Renaissance, notably Carl Van Vechten and Langston Hughes, his activities as president of the Society of Washington Printmakers and other art organizations, his work in art therapy treating mental illness, and his teaching position at American University. The subject files contain mostly correspondence, but many include photographs and printed material. Also included are biographical, financial, legal and printed material; several hundred photographs; notes and writings; sketchbooks, drawings and a few prints by Taylor; and scrapbooks dating from 1885-1956.

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Creators:
National Museum of American Art. Department of Twentieth Century Painting and Sculpture
Dates:
circa 1961-1980
Size:
29 cu. ft. (29 record storage boxes)
Collection ID:
Record Unit 458
Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives

These records document the work of the Department and its curators in the late 1960s and in the 1970s, with some material dated as early as 1961. The files include correspondence concerning proposed and rejected works of art, some administrative actions, and the Department's relationship with other museums. The majority of the records con...

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Creators:
Ley, Willy, 1906-1969
Dates:
1859-1969
bulk 1930-1969
Size:
48.29 Cubic feet (107 Boxes)
Collection ID:
NASM.XXXX.0098
Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives

This collection consists of Willey Ley's personal files, including his business correspondence, book contracts, and galley proofs, as well as publicity concerning Dr. Ley and his activities, and inquiries and comments from Ley's readership during his tenure as columnist for Galaxy Magazine (1952-1969). The material also includes articles gathered by Ley on topics ranging from astronomy and space travel to biology and natural parks to mythology, psychic phenomena, and UFOs.

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Creators:
Litzinger, Beatrice
Litzinger, Joseph
Dates:
1900-1990
Size:
2.75 Cubic feet (8.5 boxes)
Collection ID:
NMAH.AC.0530
Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History

The collection consists of seven series, the largest, Series 1, being the postcards. The largest categories in this series are the geographic, both United States and foreign, and greeting cards. The most important and probably the most interesting of the geographic cards are from Maryland as they give us an historic view of the state. This is part...

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Creators:
Mowbray, H. Siddons (Harry Siddons), 1858-1928
Dates:
1872-1976
Size:
7.5 Linear feet
Collection ID:
AAA.mowbharr
Repository:
Archives of American Art

The papers of painter and muralist Harry Siddons Mowbray (1858-1928) and the Mowbray family measure 7.5 linear feet and date from 1872 to 1976. The papers document Mowbray's career as a painter and decorative muralist as well as his activities with the Commission of Fine Arts, the American Academy in Rome, and the Sculpture Commission of Connecticut. The papers include biographical materials, scattered correspondence, nineteen diaries, personal business records, commission files, organization files, writings and notes, printed materials, three scrapbooks, photographs, and artworks. There are scattered family papers of Helen Mowbray, Florence Mowbray, George Mowbray, and George Siddons Mowbray.

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Creators:
Smithsonian Institution. Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
Dates:
June 23-July 4, 2000
Size:
1 Cubic foot (approximate)
Collection ID:
CFCH.SFF.2000
Repository:
Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections

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.

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Creators:
Basquin, Kit
Dates:
1992-2012
Size:
4.8 Linear feet
3.49 Gigabytes
Collection ID:
AAA.basqkit
Repository:
Archives of American Art

The papers of New York City art historian and curator Kit Smyth Basquin measure 4.8 linear feet and 3.49 GB and date from 1992-2012. The collection documents Basquin's dissertation research on artists Lynne Allen, Lesley Dill, Jaune Quick-to-See Smith, and Pat Steir.

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Creators:
Ottenberg, Simon
Dates:
between 1951-1960
Size:
1068 Slides (photographs) (color)
Collection ID:
EEPA.2000-007
Repository:
Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives, National Museum of African Art

Photographs taken by Simon Ottenberg in Southeastern Nigeria within the Afikpo Village Group, at the time a group of 22 Eastern Igbo villages (sometimes considered part of the Cross River Igbo grouping) in southeastern Nigeria, while on a pre-doctoral Social Science Research Grant from December of 1951 through March of 1953 and during field research from September of 1959 to December of 1960. Also included are photographs taken from June of 1960 to December of 1960 of Abakaliki, a town and the administrative center of the northestern Igbo people, north of Afikpo. According to Dr. Ottenberg in his publication about masked Afikpo rituals, "The Afikpo belong to an Igbo subgroup called Ada or Edda (Forde and Jones 1950, pp. 51-56), which includes the Okpaha, Edda, Amaseri, and Unwana village-groups, all of which border on the Afikpo, and the Nkporo and Adaeze, both short distances away" (Masked Rituals of Afikpo, 1975, p. 3).

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Creators:
Sun Ra
Gaskin, Leonard, 1920-
Taylor, Billy
Stokes, W. Royal, Dr., 1930-
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Dates:
1940s-2005
Size:
10 Cubic feet (39 boxes)
Collection ID:
NMAH.AC.0766
Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History

Publicity photographs of musicians and entertainers, mostly jazz musicians, such as Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong, Miles Davis, and Dizzy Gillespie, but including many rock and even a few classical performers. The collection also contains tape recorded radio interviews conducted between 1970 and 2003. In addition there are posters relating to musical performances.

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