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Creators:
Ellington, Ruth (Ruth Ellington Boatwright), 1915-
Dates:
1923–1992
Size:
33 Cubic feet (77 boxes, 3 oversize folders)
Collection ID:
NMAH.AC.0415
Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History

The collection consists of correspondence, appointment books, business records, music manuscripts, sound recordings, photographs, and ephemera documenting the activities of Duke Ellington and the management of Tempo Music, Incorporated. There is a small amount of material relating to the Ellingotn family.

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Creators:
Archipenko, Alexander, 1887-1964
Dates:
1904-1986
bulk 1930-1964
Size:
19.5 Linear feet
Collection ID:
AAA.archalex
Repository:
Archives of American Art

The Alexander Archipenko papers measure 19.5 linear feet and date from 1904 to 1986, with the bulk of materials dating from 1930 to 1964. The sculptor's personal and professional life is documented by correspondence, financial records, scrapbooks, printed matter, and photographs documenting his art, exhibitions, travel, teaching activities, and the Archipenko Art School. Archipenko wrote and lectured extensively about his philosophies of art and the relationship between art and nature. The papers include drafts, notes, and final manuscripts of published and unpublished writings, and notes, outlines, transcripts, and audio recordings of some of his lectures.

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Creators:
Smithsonian Institution. Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
Dates:
June 27-July 8, 1990
Size:
1 Cubic foot (approximate)
Collection ID:
CFCH.SFF.1990
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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Dates:
1924-1989
bulk 1955-1983
Size:
12.3 Linear feet
Collection ID:
AAA.chrihans
Repository:
Archives of American Art

The papers of designer, silversmith, and educator Hans Christensen measure 12.3 linear feet and date from 1924 to 1989 with the bulk of the collection dating from 1955 to 1983. The collection includes biographical materials, correspondence, writings and notes, personal business records, teaching files for the Rochester Institute of Technology, printed and broadcast materials, artwork, photographic materials, and sound and video recordings.

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Creators:
Cutipa Lima, Juan de Dios
California Academy of Sciences. Anthropology Department
Zorn, Elayne
Textile Museum (Washington, D.C.)
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Dates:
1971-2010
Size:
1,474 Photographic prints
11526 negatives (photographic)
10 Videocassettes
11 Linear feet
57 sound recordings (57 cassette tapes.)
11412 slides (photographs)
Collection ID:
NMAI.AC.022
Repository:
National Museum of the American Indian

The Elayne Zorn Collection measures 11 linear feet and contains thousands of photographic objects including negatives, slides and prints. The collection material spans the years of Zorn's professional and student activity in the fields of anthropology and Latin American studies from around 1975 until 2010. The material in this collection reflects Zorn's long association with the community in Taquile, Peru which led up to the publication of her book, Weaving a Future, in 2004. Zorn also spent a significant amount of time conducting field research in Andean communities in Bolivia examining the relationships between tourism and textiles. Zorn's additional professional activities included serving as a textile collector and expert advisor for museum collections and exhibitions as well as performing academic duties at the University of Central Florida.

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Creators:
Pulford, Florence
Dates:
1993
1968-1989
undated
Size:
722 Photographic prints
458 slides (photographs)
2580 negatives (photographic)
65 Sound cassettes
Collection ID:
NMAI.AC.027
Repository:
National Museum of the American Indian

The Florence Pulford collection includes both audio recordings and photographs that were made during the twenty years Pulford worked among Native American quilt makers in the 1970's and 1980's from Montana and the Dakotas. Quilt makers featured in this collection include; Ella First Kill Brown, Frances Weasel Woman Fox, Artie Crazy Bull, Almira Buffalo Bone Jackson and Regina Brave Bull.

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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:
Wittmann, Otto, 1911-2001
Dates:
1932-1996
Size:
10.1 Linear feet
Collection ID:
AAA.wittotto
Repository:
Archives of American Art

The papers of museum director, art consultant and curator Otto Wittmann (1911-2001)date from 1932 to 1996 and measure 10.1 linear feet. The bulk of the collection consists of correspondence and other files concerning Wittmann's career as Director of the Toledo Museum of Art and as trustee and acting chief curator of the Getty Museum in Los Angeles. Eleven scrapbooks contain materials primarily relating to the activities of the Toledo Museum of Art, but also contain documentation of Wittmann's World War II service in the Art Looting Investigation Unit (ALIU) of the U.S. Office of Strategic Services, the precursor to the present day CIA. Also found within the papers are files relating to his work with the National Endownment of the Arts, Arts and Artifacts Indemnification Committee, scattered biographical information, and personal correspondence.

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Creators:
Smithsonian American Art Museum. Curatorial Office
Dates:
1971-2010
Size:
5 cu. ft. (5 record storage boxes)
Collection ID:
Accession 12-612
Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives

This accession consists of records which document the research, development, fundraising, publicity, production, and execution of exhibitions at the Smithsonian American Art Museum (SAAM) and the Renwick Gallery. Curators represented include Virginia M. Mecklenburg, Joann Moser, Toby Jurovics, and Merry A. Foresta. Also includes materials ...

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Creators:
Rowe, Basil Lee
Dates:
1917-1973
bulk 1930-1968
Size:
5.35 Cubic feet (5 document boxes, 4 flat boxes)
Collection ID:
NASM.XXXX.0019
Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives

Basil Lee Rowe (1896-1973) enjoyed a long and successful career in aviation, initially as a military exhibition pilot, barnstormer, air racer, charter operator, flight instructor, aircraft salesman, and rumrunner, before moving to the West Indies to start an airline, the short-lived West Indian Aerial Express, bought out by Pan American Airways in 1928. Rowe became a pioneering senior pilot for Pan Am, flying with them for 28 years before his retirement in 1956. This collection includes scrapbooks, photo albums, memorabilia, and first day covers, in addition to the draft manuscript for Rowe's 1956 autobiography, Under My Wings.

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