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Creators:
National Museum of Natural History. Department of Invertebrate Zoology
Dates:
1956-1960
Size:
0.25 cu. ft. (1 half document box)
Collection ID:
Accession 16-291
Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives

This accession consists of field notes from the Smithsonian-Bredin Caribbean Expeditions. These expeditions were done in conjunction with J. Bruce Bredin and document station data and specimens collected. Materials also include scientific illustrations.

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Creators:
Ailey, Alvin
Mitchell, Jack, 1925-
Dates:
1961-2004
Size:
16 Linear feet
Collection ID:
NMAAHC.A2013.245
Repository:
National Museum of African American History and Culture

Jack Mitchell (1925- 2013) was an acclaimed photographer who began chronicling the work of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in 1961. Alvin Ailey (1931- 1989), one of the most influential African American choreographers of modern dance, dedicated himself and his dance company to creating ballets that not only accelerated the careers of young African American dancers, but also stole the attention of national and international audiences in displaying the racial perspective of dance in the African American experience. This collection serves as Mitchell's documentation of the dance company's evolution while capturing the true idiosyncrasies and physicality of movement through still images. Through Alvin Ailey and Jack Mitchell's partnership, they were able to collaborate and produce a unique production of art, fusing the meaning and movements of dance and the techniques of photography.

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Creators:
National Museum of Natural History
Dates:
circa 1835-1974 and undated
Size:
0.68 cu. ft. (1 half document box) (1 12x17 box) (1 folder oversize materials)
Collection ID:
Record Unit 7220
Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives

This record unit consists of a small amount of notes, lists, and illustrations in the Archives, and a much larger quantity of field notes, catalogs, and records kept in the Division of Fishes, Cataloging Room.

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Creators:
Cook Labs
Cook, Emory, 1913-2002
Dates:
1908-2002, bulk 1948-1965
Size:
6.3 Cubic feet (Phonograph albums)
63.5 Cubic feet (Open-reel tapes)
8.75 Cubic feet (Business records)
78.55 Cubic feet
Collection ID:
CFCH.COOK
Repository:
Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections

The Cook Labs records, which date from 1939-2002, document the activities of audio engineer Emory Cook and his label Cook Labs. The contents include business records, materials relating to recording artists, photographs, and production materials, as well as phonograph records, master recordings and unpublished recordings produced by or associated with the Cook Labs label. The collection also contains two interviews conducted with Emory Cook in 1990: one by Jeff Place and one by Anthony Seeger and Nicholas Spitzer. There are several physical objects relating to Cook Labs including a bag of powdered vinyl, a binaural playing arm, and a condenser microphone.

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Creators:
Davies, Diana, 1938-
Dates:
1963-2009
Size:
3.83 Cubic feet (8 binders containing contact sheets, slides, and prints; 7 boxes (8.5"x10.75"x2.5") of 35 mm negatives; 2 binders of 35 mm and 120 format negatives; and 1 box of 11 oversize prints.)
Collection ID:
CFCH.DAVIE
Repository:
Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections

The Diana Davies photographs consist of images taken by Diana Davies at various stages of her career. Locations include the Festival of American Folklife, the Newport Folk Festival, the Philadelphia Folk Festival, the Poor People's Campaign, various peace and protest marches and outdoor performances, New York City, and the Georgia Sea Islands. The collection includes contact sheets, negatives, photographic prints, and slides. Original photographs, negatives, and color slides taken by Diana Davies. Materials date from 1963-2009. Bulk dates: Newport Folk Festival, 1963-1969, 1987, 1992; Philadelphia Folk Festival, 1967-1968, 1987.

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Creators:
Patton, Sharon F.
Dates:
1968-2005
Size:
0.8 Linear feet
Collection ID:
AAA.smitvinc
Repository:
Archives of American Art

The Sharon Frances Patton research material on the artist Vincent Smith measures 0.8 linear feet and dates from 1968-2005. Materials document Smith's career as an artist and include many letters as well as autobiographical writings by him. Also featured in this collection are many printed materials relating to his career including magazines, exhibition materials and clippings. This collection also includes three sound cassettes featuring a profile of Smith and his thoughts on music.

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Creators:
Cheatham, Doc, 1905-1997
Cheatham, Amanda
Dates:
1939-1998
Size:
11 Cubic feet
Collection ID:
NMAH.AC.0814
Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History

Papers documenting Cheatham's career as a jazz trumpeter. The papers include passports, appointment and address books; photographs, both personal and professional; a transcript of an interview of Cheatham; sheet music, including parts for various instruments; home movies from Cheatham's travels; awards and certificates; printed material including posters, programs, clippings.

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Creators:
Berensohn, Paulus
Dates:
circa 1950-2017
bulk 1976-2010
Size:
7.7 Linear feet
9.1 Gigabytes
Collection ID:
AAA.berepaul
Repository:
Archives of American Art

The papers of artist Paulus Berensohn measure 7.7 linear feet and 9.1 GB and date from circa 1950-2017, bulk 1976-2010. The collection documents his career as a poet, ceramic artist, dancer, and educator in Penland, North Carolina, through biographical material, correspondence, writings, teaching files, printed materials, photographs of artwork, and works of art on paper and mail art.

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Baldwin, James, 1924-1987
Dates:
1935-1988
Size:
4.29 Linear feet
Collection ID:
NMAAHC.A2017.47
Repository:
National Museum of African American History and Culture

James Baldwin was a writer and an activist and is one of the most prominent voices from his generation to bring light to issues of racial and sexual discrimination. This collection contains correspondence, photographs, manuscripts, and awards. The collection provides insight into his family, writing process, and travels during his lifetime.

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Creators:
Wood, Beatrice
Dates:
1894-1998
bulk 1930-1990
Size:
26.6 Linear feet
Collection ID:
AAA.woodbeat
Repository:
Archives of American Art

The papers of California ceramicist Beatrice Wood measure 26.6 linear feet and date from 1906 to 1998, with the bulk dating from 1930-1990. There is extensive correspondence with gallery owners, fellow artists, clients, friends, and family. The collection also contains biograpical materials, personal business records, writings, printed materials, photographs, and works of art. Of particular interest are the 28 diaries that Wood maintained from 1916 until her death in 1998 and 42 glazing formula notebooks dating from 1934-1997. Also found are documents of Steven Hoag and Esther Rosencranz, her husband and aunt respectively, that consist of correspondence, business records, and photographs given to the Archives of American Art as part of the Beatrice Wood papers.

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