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Exhibitions and Installations collection

Collector:
National Museum of African Art (U.S.)  Search this
National Museum of African Art (U.S.)  Search this
Extent:
4 linear feet ((36 files))
Container:
Item 36
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Place:
Africa
Date:
1979-[ongoing]
Summary:
Documentation; including correspondence, prints, slides and brochures; produced and collected by the National Museum of African Art to support exhibits sponsored by the museum from 1979 to the present.
Arrangement note:
Chronological by date.
Restrictions:
Use of original records requires an appointment. Contact Archives staff for more details.
Rights:
Permission to reproduce images from the Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives must be obtained in advance. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
Identifier:
EEPA.1973-006
Archival Repository:
Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives, National Museum of African Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-eepa-1973-006

Items Received

Collector:
National Museum of African Art (U.S.)  Search this
National Museum of African Art (U.S.)  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Place:
Africa
Date:
1985-[ongoing]
Summary:
Photographic images, usually received singly and without relation to a collection, collected by the staff of the National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution, since its inception in 1985.
Arrangement note:
Images indexed by negative number.
Restrictions:
Use of original records requires an appointment. Contact Archives staff for more details.
Rights:
Permission to reproduce images from the Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives must be obtained in advance. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
Identifier:
EEPA.1985-022
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Items Received
Archival Repository:
Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives, National Museum of African Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-eepa-1985-022

Sokari Video Outtakes

Collector:
National Museum of African Art (U.S.)  Search this
National Museum of African Art (U.S.)  Search this
Extent:
8 video recordings ((VHS) , sd., color)
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Videotapes
Place:
Africa
Date:
[19--]
Summary:
Videorecordings with outtakes.
Arrangement note:
Videos indexed by negative number.
Restrictions:
Use of original records requires an appointment. Contact Archives staff for more details.
Rights:
Permission to reproduce images from the Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives must be obtained in advance. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
Genre/Form:
Videotapes
Identifier:
EEPA.1991-025
Archival Repository:
Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives, National Museum of African Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-eepa-1991-025

Videorecordings Received

Collector:
National Museum of African Art (U.S.)  Search this
National Museum of African Art (U.S.)  Search this
Extent:
3 video recordings (sound, color)
Container:
Item 3
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Videotapes
Place:
Africa
Date:
1991
Summary:
Videorecordings received by the National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution, 1991.
Restrictions:
Use of original records requires an appointment. Contact Archives staff for more details.
Rights:
Permission to reproduce images from the Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives must be obtained in advance. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
Genre/Form:
Videotapes
Identifier:
EEPA.1991-030
Archival Repository:
Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives, National Museum of African Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-eepa-1991-030

Ephemera records

Collector:
National Museum of African Art (U.S.)  Search this
National Museum of African Art (U.S.)  Search this
Extent:
1 box
Container:
Box 4
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Place:
Africa
Date:
1970-[ongoing]
Summary:
Reference files of the Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives including literature, mostly brochures, from various museums (files 1-2), galleries (files 3-6), universities (files 7-8) and private organizations (file 9) addressing the subjects of African art and culture.
Restrictions:
Use of original records requires an appointment. Contact Archives staff for more details.
Rights:
Permission to reproduce images from the Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives must be obtained in advance. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
Identifier:
EEPA.1992-015
Archival Repository:
Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives, National Museum of African Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-eepa-1992-015

Videorecordings Received

Creator:
National Museum of African Art (U.S.)  Search this
Extent:
videorecordings (sd., col.)
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Videotapes
Place:
Africa
Date:
1992
Summary:
Videorecordings received by the National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution, 1992.
Restrictions:
Use of original records requires an appointment. Contact Archives staff for more details.
Rights:
Permission to reproduce images from the Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives must be obtained in advance. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
Genre/Form:
Videotapes
Identifier:
EEPA.1992-030
Archival Repository:
Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives, National Museum of African Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-eepa-1992-030

Ndebele photographs

Collector:
National Museum of African Art (U.S.)  Search this
National Museum of African Art (U.S.)  Search this
Extent:
dupe slides (color)
Container:
Volume 1
Culture:
Ndebele (African people)  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Photographs
Place:
Africa
South Africa
Date:
[circa 1975]
Summary:
Slides collected by Lydia Puccinelli, Curator at the National Museum of African Art, from four photographers for a slide presentation in conjunction with a museum exhibition entitled, "Designs of the Ndebele: Beaded Craftwork in Africa," between 1977-1978. The photographers were Natalie Knight, owner of the Natalie Knight Gallery, in Johannesburg, South Africa; Suzanne Priebatsch, of Boston, Massachussetts; Peter Turner of Johannesburg, South Africa; H. de Lorm of Johannesburg, South Africa; and Rhoda Levinsohn of South Africa.
Arrangement note:
Images indexed by negative number.
Biographical/Historical note:
Photographs from Natalie Knight, and Suzanne Priebatsch, were published in their book Ndebele Images (Johannesburg, S.A.: 1983). Photographs from Peter Turner were published in conjunction with his article in Horizon magazine, (New York: American Heritage Publishing Co.).
Restrictions:
Use of original records requires an appointment. Contact Archives staff for more details.
Rights:
Permission to reproduce images from the Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives must be obtained in advance. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
Genre/Form:
Photographs
Identifier:
EEPA.1977-002
Archival Repository:
Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives, National Museum of African Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-eepa-1977-002

Segy Art Gallery study photographs

Creator:
National Museum of African Art (U.S.)  Search this
Extent:
14 photographs
Container:
Box 6
Box 7
Box 8
Box 9
Box 10
Box 11
Box 12
Box 13
Box 14
Box 15
Box 16
Box 17
Box 18
Box 19
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Photographs
Place:
Africa
Date:
circa 1950s
Summary:
Photographs from the Segy Art Gallery, circa 1950s.
Restrictions:
Use of original records requires an appointment. Contact Archives staff for more details.
Rights:
Permission to reproduce images from the Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives must be obtained in advance. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
Genre/Form:
Photographs
Identifier:
EEPA.1988-007
Archival Repository:
Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives, National Museum of African Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-eepa-1988-007

Senegal photographs

Collector:
National Museum of African Art (U.S.)  Search this
National Museum of African Art (U.S.)  Search this
Extent:
14 photographic prints (Cartes-de-Vista (1 box), black & white)
46 photographic prints (dupe prints, black & white, 8 x 10 in. or smaller )
8 photographic prints ((1 box), black & white, 18.5 x 40 cm. or smaller )
32 photographic prints (cabinet cards (1 box), black & white, 4 x 5.5 in. )
Container:
Volume 1
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Photographic prints
Cabinet photographs
Place:
Africa
Senegal
Date:
between 1880-1913
Summary:
Photographs and cabinet cards from Senegal collected by the staff of the National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution, during the 1980s. Popular from the mid-1860s through the 1900s, cabinet cards were commercially produced 4" x 5 1/2" photoprints mounted on card stock measuring 4 1/4" x 6 1/2", often with an embossed studio name in the corner. Frequently sold as collectors' items, these cards often contained images of attractive women or royalty of various nationalities. Images include cabinet cards from the Bonnevide Photographic Studio and from J. Barbier.
Arrangement:
Images indexed by negative number.
Restrictions:
Use of original records requires an appointment. Contact Archives staff for more details.
Rights:
Permission to reproduce images from the Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives must be obtained in advance. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
Genre/Form:
Photographic prints
Cabinet photographs
Identifier:
EEPA.1989-003
Archival Repository:
Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives, National Museum of African Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-eepa-1989-003

"Living Artists" videocassettes

Producer:
National Museum of African Art (U.S.)  Search this
Extent:
13 video recordings ((Hi8) , sd., color, 8 mm.)
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Video recordings
Place:
Africa
Date:
1993-1994
Summary:
Videorecorded interviews and demonstrations obtained by Dr. Simon Ottenberg of Nigeria artists in Nigeria and in the United States of America, from April 1994 to June 1996.
Restrictions:
Use of original records requires an appointment. Contact Archives staff for more details.
Rights:
Permission to reproduce images from the Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives must be obtained in advance. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
Genre/Form:
Video recordings
Identifier:
EEPA.1994-011
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"Living Artists" videocassettes
Archival Repository:
Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives, National Museum of African Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-eepa-1994-011

National Museum of Mali study photographs

Collector:
National Museum of African Art (U.S.)  Search this
National Museum of African Art (U.S.)  Search this
Extent:
24 Photographic prints (black and white)
10 Photographic prints (color, 8 x 10 in.)
Container:
Box 1
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Photographs
Photographic prints
Photographs
Place:
Africa
Congo (Democratic Republic)
Mali
Date:
1990
Summary:
Photographs displayed in the exhibition entitled, "Regards croises," held at the National Museum of Mali in Bamako, Mali, from July 27 through August 26, 1990. The exhibit was a joint effort between the National Museum of Mali and The National Museum of African Art (U.S.), which included images from both museums. The prints are complementary copies from the National Museum of Mali. The National Museum of African Art provided images from the photographer, Eliot Elisofon.
Arrangement note:
Given the small size of the collection, the items are not arranged.
Restrictions:
Use of original records requires an appointment. Contact Archives staff for more details.
Rights:
For study purposes only. Permission to reproduce images from the Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives must be obtained in advance. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
Genre/Form:
Photographic prints
Photographs
Identifier:
EEPA.1995-015
Archival Repository:
Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives, National Museum of African Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-eepa-1995-015

Exhibition Files

Collector:
National Museum of African Art (U.S.)  Search this
National Museum of African Art (U.S.)  Search this
Extent:
1 box (26 folders)
Container:
Box 1
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Place:
Africa
Date:
1970-1989
Summary:
Exhibition documents (1970-1989) collected by the National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution, to support the research of the museum's curators.
Scope and Contents:
Exhibition documents dated from 1970 to 1989 that were collected by the National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution, to support the research of the museum's curators. There are files for the following exhibitions: African Ssculptor, African Islam, Igbo Arts, Bamama Figurative Studies, Tabwa Art, African Art in the Cycle of Life, Show Design, Images from Bamum, Echoes of the Kalahari, Kalahari Ancestral Screens, Gold of Africa and Icons.
Arrangement note:
Arranged chronologically.
Biographical / Historical:
The National Museum of African Art is a Smithsonian Institution museum located in Washington, D.C. It was founded in 1964 by Warren Robbins, but did not join the Smithsonian until 1979.
Restrictions:
Use of original records requires an appointment. Contact Archives staff for more details.
Rights:
Permission to reproduce images from the Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives must be obtained in advance. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
Citation:
Exhibition Files, EEPA 1997-0018, Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives, National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
EEPA.1997-018
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Exhibition Files
Archival Repository:
Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives, National Museum of African Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-eepa-1997-018

Ethiopian Studio Photography collection

Collector:
National Museum of African Art (U.S.)  Search this
National Museum of African Art (U.S.)  Search this
Extent:
14 photographic prints (color, 15 x 10 in. or smaller.)
1 photographic print (black & white, 9 x 5.5 cm.)
1 volume
Container:
Volume 1
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Photographic prints
Place:
Asmara (Ethiopia)
Africa
Date:
1980s
Summary:
Portrait photographs taken in a photographic studio in Asmara, Ethiopia, during the 1980s.
Arrangement note:
Images indexed by negative number.
Restrictions:
Use of original records requires an appointment. Contact Archives staff for more details.
Rights:
Permission to reproduce images from the Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives must be obtained in advance. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
Genre/Form:
Photographic prints
Identifier:
EEPA.1997-023
Archival Repository:
Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives, National Museum of African Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-eepa-1997-023

"Arts of the Monsoon" DVDs

Creator:
National Museum of African Art (U.S.)  Search this
Extent:
1 videodiscs (blu-ray disc)
1 videodiscs (dvd)
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
videodiscs (blu-ray disc)
videodiscs (dvd)
DVDs
Place:
Zanzibar
Africa, East
Oman
Date:
2016
Summary:
This collection consists of two copies of the DVD "Arts of the Monsoon," (2016) one standard and one Blu-ray. Produced in 2016 by the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art, the film portrays how the dhows, in sailing across the monsoon winds of he Indian Ocwean between Oman and East Africa, brought cross-cultural influences along the coastal areas of Sur, Salalah, and Zanzibar.
Restrictions:
Use of original records requires an appointment. Contact Archives staff for more details.
Rights:
Permission to reproduce images from the Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives must be obtained in advance. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
Topic:
Dhows  Search this
Genre/Form:
DVDs
Citation:
"Arts of the Monsoon DVDs", EEPA 2017-007, Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives, National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
EEPA.2017-007
Archival Repository:
Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives, National Museum of African Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-eepa-2017-007

"Togu na and Cheko Change and Continuity in the Art of Mali" video

Creator:
National Museum of African Art (U.S.)  Search this
Extent:
1 video recording ((28:00 min.) , sound, color)
Container:
Video 6
Culture:
Dogon (African people)  Search this
Bamana (African people)  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Place:
Africa
Date:
1989
Summary:
The videorecording "Togu na and Check: Change and Continuity in the Art of Mali", which documents two forms of art of the Dogon and Bamana peoples in Mali, West Africa, in 1989.
Scope and Contents:
The videorecording "Togu na and Check: Change and Continuity in the Art of Mali", which documents two forms of art of the Dogon and Bamana peoples in Mali, West Africa, in 1989. Accompanying text describes that the film "explores two forms of art in present-day Mali, West Africa. For the Dogon peoples, the meeting house, or toguna, is the centerpiece of each village. Men gather to discuss matters involving the entire community. Its massive millet-stalk roof is supported by columns masterfully sculpted with figures in high relief. The Bamana peoples have developed a unique form of communal theater, called cheko. The principal actors in cheko performances are colorful, animated puppets. Some of these puppets are small enough to be manipulated by hand. Others tower above the rooftops of the village and require two or more people to move them. These fascinating Dogon and Bamana works of art depict both traditional and contemporary themes. They vividly show how art continues to evolve in Africa today."
Restrictions:
Use of original records requires an appointment. Contact Archives staff for more details.
Rights:
Permission to reproduce images from the Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives must be obtained in advance. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
Identifier:
EEPA.1989-030
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"Togu na and Cheko Change and Continuity in the Art of Mali" video
Archival Repository:
Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives, National Museum of African Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-eepa-1989-030

National Museum of African Art Education, Administrative and Program Records

Collector:
National Museum of African Art (U.S.)  Search this
National Museum of African Art (U.S.)  Search this
Extent:
54 folders
Container:
Box 5
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Museum records
Place:
Africa
Date:
1974-2002
Summary:
This collection includes education, administrative and program documents collected and produced by the staff of the Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives, National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution, in the conduct of museum business, 1974-2002.
Scope and Contents:
This collection includes education, administrative and program documents collected and produced by the staff of the Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives, National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution, in the conduct of museum business, 1974-2002. There are slides and written materials related to a slide kit that the Education Department created for the program "The Creative Heritage of Africa". Administrative files include organizational and grant reports and documents about the development and implementation of the SIRIS (Smithsonian Institution Research Information System) database.
Arrangement note:
Arranged in two series by record type:

Series 1: Education Files, circa 1970s (25 folders)

Series 2: Administrative and Program Files, 1974-2002 (28 folders)
Restrictions:
Use of original records requires an appointment. Contact Archives staff for more details.
Rights:
Permission to reproduce images from the Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives must be obtained in advance. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
Genre/Form:
Museum records
Citation:
National Museum of African Art Education, Administrative and Program Records, EEPA 1997-012, Eliot Eliosofon Photographic Archives, National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
EEPA.1997-021
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National Museum of African Art Education, Administrative and Program Records
Archival Repository:
Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives, National Museum of African Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-eepa-1997-021

Chaim Gross Art Object photographs

Creator:
National Museum of African Art (U.S.)  Search this
Names:
Gross, Chaim, 1904-1991 -- Photographs  Search this
Extent:
448 negatives (photographic) (black & white, 120 mm.)
44 prints (visual works) (contact prints (1 volume), black & white, 8x10 in.)
227 negatives (photographic) (black & white, 35 mm.)
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Negatives (photographic)
Prints (visual works)
Black-and-white negatives
Negatives
Place:
Africa
Date:
1976
Summary:
Photographs of art objects and of Chaim Gross's art objects taken by Lisa Little and Delmar Lipp at the Museum of African Art, now the National Museum of African Art, for the exhibit entitled, "The Sculptor's Eye," 1976. Lisa Little images are all 120 mm while Delmar Lipp photographed solely 35 mm. The exhibit was held at Worcester Art Museum, Cincinnati Museum of Art and the University of Georgia Museum, 1976-1977.
Biographical/Historical note:
Chaim Gross (1904-1991) was an American sculptor and instructor in New York, N.Y. He was born in Kolomea, Austria and came to the United States in 1921. Gross was educated at the Beaux-Arts Institute of Design, the Art Students League of New York, and the Educational Alliance Art School. He was a professor of printmaking and sculpture at the Educational Alliance and the New School for Social Research in New York City, the Brooklyn Museum Art School, the MoMA art school, the Art Student's League and the New Art School.
Restrictions:
Use of original records requires an appointment. Contact Archives staff for more details.
Rights:
For study purposes only. Permission to reproduce images from the Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives must be obtained in advance. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
Topic:
Wood-carving -- Africa -- Exhibitions  Search this
Sculpture, African -- Exhibitions  Search this
Genre/Form:
Black-and-white negatives
Negatives
Identifier:
EEPA.XXXX-002
Archival Repository:
Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives, National Museum of African Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-eepa-xxxx-002

Marli Shamir photographs

Collector:
National Museum of African Art (U.S.)  Search this
National Museum of African Art (U.S.)  Search this
Photographer:
Shamir, Marli  Search this
Extent:
229 gelatin silver prints (black and white, 8 x 10 in. or smaller)
89 Photographic prints ((1 v.), black and white, 23 x 18 cm. or smaller)
Container:
Volume 4
Culture:
Dogon (African people)  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Gelatin silver prints
Photographic prints
Black-and-white photographs
Place:
Djenné (Mali)
Mali
Africa
Timbuktu (Mali)
San (Mali)
Gao (Mali)
Date:
1971
Summary:
Photographs taken by Marli Shamir in Mali, in 1971. The majority of the images show architecture in Djenne, Mali. Other images depict architecture of the Dogon in Timbuktu, Gao and San.

Photographs from this collection were featured by Labelle Prussin's thesis entitled, "The Architecture of Djenne; African Synthesis and Transformation," (Yale University, 1974) and in her book entitled, "Hatumere: Islamic Design in West Africa," (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1986). The images have also been displayed in an exhibition entitled, "Marli Shamir Photographs from the Sahel," held in the Israel Museum in Jerusalem, in 1976.
Arrangement note:
Images indexed by negative number.
Biographical / Historical:
Marli Shamir (1919-2016) was an Israeli photographer known for her extensive work in Mali, the Ivory Coast and Burkina Faso from 1966-1973. Born and raised in Berlin, Shamir started studying photography during her teenage years and took photography classes at the Contempora Lehrateliers für neue Werkkunst (1934-1937). In 1938, she was forced to immigrate to Israel where she initially lived in a kibbutz. From 1941-1943, she worked at the mineralogy department of the Weizmann Institute in Rehovot, and then opened her own studio in Jerusalem in 1945. In 1953, she married Meir Shamir, a former Israeli Diplomat-Ambassador, and from 1966-1973 she lived successively in Mali, Gabon and Cote d'Ivoire. She held a particular fascination with architecture, monuments, mosques, arts and habitants. During her stay in Mali, she met Pascal James Imperato with whom she wrote the article Bokolanfini Mud Cloth of the Bamana of Mali, (African Arts, 1970). In 1976, she produced the exhibition Sahel at the Israeli museum in Jerusalem, which focused on the rural and urban architecture and people of the Sahel. The exhibition toured in Europe later that year. From 1977-1981, she lived in Strasbourg, where she focused on documenting the new style of architecture in Mali. Her work on this project is stored at the Center of Documentation in Strasbourg. In 2005, a book devoted to her photographs from Mali was published by the Grandvaux French Edition House. The National Poet of Mali, Albakaye Ousmane Kounta, collaborated with Shamir on the book of poetry Djenney-Ferey –La terre habitee (published by Grandaux, 2007), which is illustrated with Shamir's photographs. Shamir passed away in 2016 at the age of 93.
Restrictions:
Use of original records requires an appointment. Contact Archives staff for more details.
Rights:
Permission to reproduce images from the Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives must be obtained in advance. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
Topic:
Earth Architecture  Search this
Genre/Form:
Photographic prints
Black-and-white photographs
Identifier:
EEPA.1995-025
Archival Repository:
Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives, National Museum of African Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-eepa-1995-025

Keystone-Underwood Stereographs

Collector:
National Museum of African Art (U.S.)  Search this
National Museum of African Art (U.S.)  Search this
Creator:
Keystone View Company  Search this
Underwood & Underwood  Search this
Extent:
240 Stereographs (black and white, 9 x 22 cm.)
Container:
Box 1
Box 2
Culture:
Bangi  Search this
Kongo (African people)  Search this
Bangala (African people)  Search this
Zulu (African people)  Search this
Swahili-speaking peoples  Search this
Kikuyu (African people)  Search this
Maasai (African people)  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Stereographs
Place:
Zimbabwe
South Africa
Congo (Democratic Republic)
Africa
Tanzania
Kenya
Date:
1882-1930
Summary:
The photographs document African businesses, cities, industry, landscapes, peoples and resources. The collection documents various locations within Kenya, Tanzania, Congo (Democratic Republic of), Zimbabwe, Uganda and South Africa. Peoples represented include Kikuyu, Maasai, Bangi, Chagga, Ndombe, Poto, Bangala, Zulu, and Kongo peoples. There are many images of agriculture, hunting, making pottery, mining diamonds and gold, church services at a Catholic mission, a gathering of chiefs at a court, a lion-killing ceremony, and war dances. Businesses and industries shown include coffee plantations; the DeBeers Diamond Mine; a diamond mine compound and crushing mill; fishing boats; a hemp plantation; ivory trade; a market; and the stock market.
Scope and Contents:
The photographs document African businesses, cities, industry, landscapes, peoples and resources. Place documented include Moshi Province, Mount Kilimanjaro, Mount Meru, the Serengeti Plain (Kenya), and Zanzibar in German East Africa (now Tanzania); Victoria Falls and the Zambezi River in Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe); Cape Town, Devil's Peak, Johannesburg, Kimberly, Natal Province, and Port Elizabeth in South Africa; the waterfront of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania; and Soko, Boma, Leopoldville (now Kinshasa), and Stanley Falls (now Boyoma Falls). There are also photographs of the Nile during a flood.

People portrayed include a Kikuyu man paying brideprice for a wife; Kikuyu women carrying water vessels and planting beans; Maasai women building houses; Swahili people dancing; Swahili women using a power figure to ward off evil; and Zulu men training for war. Other peoples portrayed include Bangala, Bangi, Chagga, Kongo, Ndombe and Poto.

Activities documented include buying ivory, carrying rubber, clearing the ground for a coffee plantation, fishing, gambling, grinding corn, hunting zebra, making pottery, mining diamonds and gold, peeling bark for bark cloth, picking coffee, preparing food, smoking meat, threshing beans, and tying house poles. There are also images of church services at a Catholic mission, a gathering of chiefs at a court, a lion-killing ceremony, and war dances.

Businesses and industries shown include coffee plantations in Rhodesia; the DeBeers Diamond Mine in South Africa; a diamond mine compound and crushing mill; fishing boats off Cape Town; a hemp plantation in Uganda; ivory trade in Mombasa, Kenya; a market; and the stock market in Johannesburg.
Biographical / Historical:
In 1882 the Underwood and Underwood Company began operations in Kansas. Founded by brothers Bert Elias (1862-1943) and Elmer (1860-1947) Underwood, the company pioneered the technique of selling stereographs door-to-door. By 1884, Underwood and Underwood's operations had expanded to the West Coast, and the company soon opened offices throughout the world. In the 1890s, the firm began selling images to publications such as Illustrated London News and Harper's Weekly. At its peak in the early 19th century, the company produced 25,000 images per day.

In the late 1910s, Underwood and Underwood was purchased by a competing stereograph company, the Keystone View Company.
Restrictions:
Use of original records requires an appointment. Contact Archives staff for more details.
Rights:
Permission to reproduce images from the Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives must be obtained in advance. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
Topic:
Marketplaces  Search this
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Genre/Form:
Stereographs
Identifier:
EEPA.1986-022
Archival Repository:
Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives, National Museum of African Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-eepa-1986-022

Young Woman

Collection Collector:
National Museum of African Art (U.S.)  Search this
Extent:
1 postcard (b&w, 9 x 14 cm.)
Type:
Archival materials
Postcards
Place:
Africa
Date:
[19--]
Scope and Contents:
Postcard image of a young women.
General:
Image indexed by negative number.
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original records requires an appointment. Contact Archives staff for more details.
Collection Rights:
Permission to reproduce images from the Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives must be obtained in advance. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
Genre/Form:
Postcards
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Archival Repository:
Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives, National Museum of African Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-eepa-1985-022-ref513

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