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Creators:
Somerson, Rosanne, 1954-
Michie, Thomas S.
Nanette L. Laitman Documentation Project for Craft and Decorative Arts in America
Dates:
2006 August 7 and 2007 June 22
Size:
61 Pages (Transcripts)
Collection ID:
AAA.somers06
Repository:
Archives of American Art

An interview of Rosanne Somerson conducted 2006 August 7-2007 June 22, by Thomas Michie, for the Archives of American Art's Nanette L. Laitman Documentation Project for Craft and Decorative Arts in America, at the Rhode Island School of Design, in Providence, Rhode Island. In part one of this interview, Somerson speaks of growing up outside of Phil...

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Creators:
National Zoological Park
Dates:
1887-1966
Size:
147 cu. ft. (288 document boxes) (1 tall document box) (4 bound volumes) (71 microfilm reels)
Collection ID:
Record Unit 74
Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives

The earliest records concerning the National Zoological Park date from 1887. They were kept by the Office of the Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution until 1890, when they were transferred to Holt House, the Park's administrative headquarters. During the late 1960's the records were transferred to the custody of the Smithsonian Institution...

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Creators:
National Museum of American Art. Office of Public Programs
Dates:
circa 1979-1985
Size:
10.58 cu. ft. (9 record storage boxes) (2 document boxes) (1 tall document box)
Collection ID:
Record Unit 455
Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives

This record unit consists of audiotaped and videotaped interviews primarily conducted by Alison R. Abelson. In addition to extensive interviews with sculptor Reuben Nakian, the records also include interviews with former curator Jacob Kainen by Joshua C. Taylor, as well as various tapes on other art subjects, some produced by groups outside ...

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Creators:
Houlberg, Marilyn
Dates:
1961-circa 2005
Size:
6567 Slides (photographs) (11 Binders, color)
14 Documents (1 Binder)
Collection ID:
EEPA.2005-002
Repository:
Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives, National Museum of African Art

The collection consists of 6,567 color slides taken by Dr. Marilyn Houlberg during various field studies among the Yoruba in southwest Nigeria between 1961 and circa 2005. The images depict Yoruba art and culture with a special focus on artisans, art objects, body arts, costume, festivals, hairstyles, indigenous photography, weaving and textiles. Cultural events depicted include Balufon festivals, Egungun and Gelede masquerades, social events (weddings, christenings, funerals), and religious ceremonies (initiation and animal sacrifice). Also included are various scenes of daily life, architecture, food preparation, markets, portraits and landscapes. Houlberg extensively documented Yoruba artists in the process of creating their art, including carvers Yesufu Ejigboye, Runshewe, and Lamidi Fakeye, as well as the final pieces themselves. Houlberg documentated art in situ, such as Yoruba house posts, shrines, wall art and wood doors and art objects, including Gelede masks, Ibeji (twin) and Eshu figures, Osanyin staffs, and Ogboni and Shango shrines. Manuscript and printed materials, including Houlberg's resume, thesis, and numerous published articles are also available in this collection.

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Creators:
Rattner, Abraham
Dates:
1891-1986
Size:
26.3 Linear feet
Collection ID:
AAA.rattabra
Repository:
Archives of American Art

The Abraham Rattner and Esther Gentle papers measure 26.3 linear feet and date from 1891 through the 1980s. The collection documents Rattner's life and career as an artist through interviews, extensive correspondence, gallery files, studio notebooks, writings, notes, date books and diaries, photographs, and works of art.

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Creators:
Kihn, W. Langdon
Dates:
1904-1990
bulk 1904-1957
Size:
8.5 Linear feet
Collection ID:
AAA.kihnwlan
Repository:
Archives of American Art

The papers of painter and illustrator W. Langdon Kihn measure approximately 8.5 linear feet and date from 1904-1990, with the bulk of the materials dating from 1904-1957. Papers document Kihn's career and travels associated with his interests in documenting the native American tribal nations of the United States and Canada in portraiture and writings. Found here are biographical materials, voluminous correspondence, memoirs and writings, one travel diary, printed material, financial records, three sketchbooks, sketches, and photographs.

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Creators:
Slivka, Rose
Dates:
circa 1947-2006
Size:
20.8 Linear feet
Collection ID:
AAA.slivrose
Repository:
Archives of American Art

The papers of craft expert Rose Slivka, an editor, writer, critic, and educator, measure 20.8 linear feet and date from circa 1947-2006. The papers reflect Slivka's work with associations and universities to encourage the recognition of crafts as an international and broadly defined art form. The routine business of publishing Craft Horizons magazine and the founding and operation of Craft International magazine are documented by correspondence and subject files. Correspondence is mainly professional with some scattered personal letters. Subject files concern various organizations, individuals and events related to Slivka's work and interests. Among the writings are manuscripts, notes, and research materials for her book about Peter Voulkos; also included are shorter writings on a variety of topics, poems, 2 diaries, lectures and talks. There are many interviews with craftspeople and artists conducted by Slivka and others, some undertaken as research for articles. Photographs include views of Slivka, craftspeople she observed when traveling abroad, and artwork.

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Creators:
Klima, George J., 1922-2016
Dates:
1953-2014, undated
Size:
2 Videocassettes (VHS)
33 Sound tape reels (1/4 inch)
1 Sound cassette
16 Film reels (16mm and Super 8mm)
1.04 Linear feet
Collection ID:
HSFA.2017.08
Repository:
Human Studies Film Archives

The George J. Klima collection documents his field work, published works, and professional activities from 1953-2014 and primarily deal with his work studying cattle herding and kinship among the Barabaig in northern Tanzania. The collection consists of camera original film and sound recordings, photographs, field notes, and publications (text and audiovisual). Also included are correspondence; teaching and adminstrative materials from his time as a professor at the State University of New York at Albany (SUNY Albany); and personal audiovisual recordings including experimental films.

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Creators:
National Museum of American Art. Department of Graphic Arts
Dates:
1966-1989
Size:
17 cu. ft. (17 record storage boxes)
Collection ID:
Record Unit 476
Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives

These records consist of files documenting exhibitions organized by the Department of Prints and Drawings and the Department of Graphic Arts, 1968-1987, under the leadership of Moser. Also included is a small amount of material left behind by curators Jacob Kainen and Janet A. Flint. Materials include correspondence, memoranda, label text, obj...

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Creators:
McGrath, James A.
Dates:
1950-2011
Size:
5.4 Linear feet
Collection ID:
AAA.mcgrjame
Repository:
Archives of American Art

The papers of arts educator James A. McGrath measure 5.4 linear feet and date from 1950-2011. Included are McGrath's papers concerning his artist's residencies and workshops for the United States Information Agency (USIA) in the Yemen Republic, Saudi Arabia, and the Republic of the Congo, 1990-1995. Also found are McGrath's papers concerning artist William Wiley. These papers date from Wiley's high school days and includes correspondence, writings, student files, printed materials, photographs, and artwork. Letters from Wiley to McGrath span several decades and provide details about his artwork, family, and travels.

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