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Creators:
Nordness, Lee
Dates:
circa 1931-1992
bulk 1954-1984
Size:
117.5 Linear feet (Boxes 1-121)
Collection ID:
AAA.nordlee
Repository:
Archives of American Art

The Lee Nordness business records and papers measure 117.5 linear feet and date from circa 1931 to 1992 with the bulk of materials dating from 1954 to 1984. The records document seven New York City art-related companies with which Nordness was involved: Talent Discovery Company, The Little Studio, Ltd., American Art Expositions, Inc., Nordness Gallery, Inc., Lee Nordness Galleries Art Advisory Section, Inc., Lee Nordness Galleries Exhibition Section, Inc., and Forms & Objects, Inc. Records include correspondence, artist's files, business and legal records, inventories, financial and sales records, printed materials, scrapbooks, and photographic materials. Also found is a small group of personal papers.

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Baekeland, L. H. (Leo Hendrik), 1863-1944
Dates:
1976
1863 - 1968
Size:
15 Cubic feet (49 boxes)
Collection ID:
NMAH.AC.0005
Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History

The papers document Leo H. Baekeland, a Belgian born chemist who invented Velox photographic paper (1893) and Bakelite (1907), an inexpensive, nonflammable, versatile plastic. The papers include student notebooks; private laboratory notebooks and journals; commercial laboratory notes; diaries; patents; technical papers; biographies; newspaper clippings; maps; graphs; blueprints; account books; batch books; formula books; order books; photographs; and correspondence regarding Baekeland, 1887-1943.

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Creators:
Fitzgerald, Ella
Dates:
circa 1935-1996
Size:
50 Cubic feet (92 boxes)
Collection ID:
NMAH.AC.0584
Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History

Ella Fitzgerald, often called the "First Lady of Song," was one of the 20th century's most important musical performers. The collection reflects her career and personal life through photographs, audio recordings, and manuscript materials.

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McClellan, Catharine
Guédon, Marie Françoise
Swanton, John Reed, 1873-1958
Emmons, George Thornton
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Dates:
1890-2004
bulk 1923-2004
Size:
2 map drawers
38 Linear feet (71 document boxes, 1 half document box, 2 manuscript folders, 4 card file boxes, 1 flat box, and 1 oversize box)
Collection ID:
NAA.1998-89
Repository:
National Anthropological Archives

These papers reflect the professional and personal life of Frederica de Laguna. The collection contains correspondence, field notes, writings, newspaper clippings, writings by others, subject files, sound recordings, photographs, and maps. A significant portion of the collection consists of de Laguna's correspondence with family, friends, colleagues, and students, as well as her informants from the field. Her correspondence covers a wide range of subjects such as family, health, preparations for field work, her publications and projects, the Northwest Coast, her opinions on the state of anthropology, and politics. The field notes in the collection mainly represent de Laguna and her assistants' work in the Northern Tlingit region of Alaska from 1949 to 1954. In addition, the collection contains materials related to her work in the St. Lawrence River Valley in Ontario in 1947 and Catherine McClellan's field journal for her research in Aishihik, Yukon Territory in 1968. Most of the audio reels in the collection are field recordings made by de Laguna, McClellan, and Marie-Françoise Guédon of vocabulary and songs and speeches at potlatches and other ceremonies from 1952 to 1969. Tlingit and several Athabaskan languages including Atna, Tutochone, Upper Tanana, and Tanacross are represented in the recordings. Also in the collection are copies of John R. Swanton's Tlingit recordings and Hiroko Hara Sue's recordings among the Hare Indians. Additional materials related to de Laguna's research on the Northwest Coast include her notes on clans and tribes in Series VI: Subject Files and her notes on Tlingit vocabulary and Yakutat names specimens in Series X: Card Files. Drafts and notes for Voyage to Greenland, Travels Among the Dena, and The Tlingit Indians can be found in the collection as well as her drawings for her dissertation and materials related to her work for the Handbook of North American Indians and other publications. There is little material related to Under Mount Saint Elias except for correspondence, photocopies and negatives of plates, and grant applications for the monograph. Of special interest among de Laguna's writings is a photocopy of her historical fiction novel, The Thousand March. Other materials of special interest are copies of her talks, including her AAA presidential address, and the dissertation of Regna Darnell, a former student of de Laguna's. In addition, materials on the history of anthropology are in the collection, most of which can found with her teaching materials. Although the bulk of the collection documents de Laguna's professional years, the collection also contains newspaper articles and letters regarding her exceptional performance as a student at Bryn Mawr College and her undergraduate and graduate report cards. Only a few photographs of de Laguna can be found in the collection along with photographs of her 1929 and 1979 trips to Greenland.

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Creators:
Underwood & Underwood
Dates:
1895-1921
Size:
160 Cubic feet
Collection ID:
NMAH.AC.0143
Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History

The major part of the collection, series 1-4, contains nearly 28,000 glass plates, including original stereoscopic negatives, interpositives, and both negative and positive non-stereoscopic plates used to produce lantern slides and paper prints. The photographs were taken all over the world. The majority are from the Underwood & Underwood active fi...

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Procter & Gamble Company
Leyendecker, J. C., 1874-1951
Smith, Jessie Willcox, 1863-1935
Elliott, Elizabeth Shippen Green
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Dates:
1883-1998
Size:
10 Cubic feet (30 boxes)
Collection ID:
NMAH.AC.0791
Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History

Print advertisements covering almost the entire history of Ivory Soap, including advertisements designed by artists including Jesse Wilcox Smith, Elizabeth Shippen Green, and J. C. Leyendecker.

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Creators:
DeVincent, Sam, 1918-1997
Dates:
1839-1986, undated
Size:
94 Boxes
Collection ID:
NMAH.AC.0300.S16
Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History

Sam DeVincent loved music and art and began collecting sheet music with lithographs at an early age. Series 16: Country, Western, and Folk Music contains approximately 11,500 pieces of sheet music and other materials documenting the development of and popular attitudes towards country, western, and folk music in the United States. An overview to the entire DeVincent collection is available here: Sam DeVincent Collection of Illustrated American Sheet Music.

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Creators:
Cruikshank, D. Tucker
Dates:
bulk 1927-1943
Size:
1 Cubic foot (3 boxes)
Collection ID:
NMAH.AC.1490
Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History

The collection consists of daily programs for the Strand Theatre in Ipswich, Massachusetts.

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Creators:
Mair, LaVeda
Mair, Francis M., 1916-1991 (commercial artist)
Dates:
1935-1994
Size:
56 Cubic feet (104 Boxes, 40 map-folders)
Collection ID:
NMAH.AC.0548
Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History

Client files, administrative files, artwork, and collected food labels from graphic and industrial designer Francis Mair. Mair specialized in beverage labels and packaging during his many years with Landor Associates in San Francisco. Late in his career, he directed Landor's Museum of Packaging History. His prolific freelance career included designs for furniture, decorative arts, letterhead, and corporate images. His personal artwork included alphabets, typefaces, and sketchbooks. Much of his personal artwork is humorous or erotic.

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Creators:
Porterfield, Jeanne
Chickering, Lisa
Dates:
1954-2015, undated
Size:
38 film reels
7 sound tape reels
5 electronic discs (dvd)
1 videocassettes (u-matic)
5 videocassettes (digital betacam)
67.86 Linear Feet
18 sound discs (vinyl)
4 cassette tapes
Collection ID:
HSFA.2015.16
Repository:
Human Studies Film Archives

The Lisa Chickering and Jeanne Porterfield collection documents their work as travel filmmakers, photographers, and writers from 1954-2015. Their films are an example of the travel lecture film, a genre which combined silent travelogue films with live narration. Chickering and Porterfield presented their films throughout the United States and Canada in the 1960s and 1970s before turning to freelance still photography and travel writing in the early 1980s. The audiovisual and photography collection begins with their first joint travels in the 1950s and covers a range of their professional activities through the early 2000s, mainly encompassing original travel footage, edited travelogues, and travel still photography. Supporting documentation includes film scripts, lecture recordings, personal and professional manuscripts, financial and professional records, and a substantial amount of newspaper and magazine articles which serve as a record of the press generated by and about Chickering and Porterfield.

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