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Asch, Timothy 1932-1994  Search this
Albert, Bruce  Search this
Andrews, Scott  Search this
Asen, Balikci  Search this
Beidelman, Tom  Search this
Bermudez, Beatrice  Search this
Brigard, Emilie de  Search this
Cardozo, Jesus  Search this
Carpenter, Ted  Search this
Chagnon, Napoleon A. 1938-  Search this
Connor, Linda  Search this
Fox, James  Search this
Freeman, Derek  Search this
Harrison-Pepper, Sally  Search this
Heider, Karl  Search this
Homiak, John P  Search this
Jules-Rosette, Benneta  Search this
Kamerling, Lenny  Search this
Lewis, Doug  Search this
Lizot, Jacques  Search this
Loizos, Peter  Search this
Mead, Margaret 1901-1978  Search this
Mello, James F  Search this
Middleton, John  Search this
Piault, Collette  Search this
Preloran, Jorge 1933-2009  Search this
Rouch, Jean  Search this
Ruby, Jay  Search this
Smith, Patrice  Search this
Storas, Frode  Search this
Tax, Sol 1907-  Search this
Wayang, Mark  Search this
Wayang, Mary  Search this
Young, Tao  Search this
Physical description:
ca. 62 linear feet
Collection descriptions
Sound recordings
Asch studied photography at the California School of Fine Arts in San Francisco. While serving in the United States Army in Japan from 1951-55 he spent his off-duty hours photographing rice production and household activities in remote Japanese villages. After his military service, he enrolled in Columbia University graduating in 1959 with an undergraduate degree in Anthropology.After graduation, he went to work at the Peabody Museum at Harvard as an assistant editor to John Marshall on the Kung Bushmen film project. In 1964, he received a Masters Degree in Anthropology from Boston University where he studied in the African Studies Progam and read Anthropology with T.O. Beidelman at Harvard. In 1968, Asch and Marshall founded Documentary Educational Resources, a film distribution company. Anthropologist Napoleon Chagnon approached Asch in 1968 to film among the Yanomammmi people of Venezuela. This collaboration led to a major project resulting in over thirty films.
Electronic finding aid available via the website of the National Anthropological Archives
1. Correspondence (1953-1994); 2. College/Graduate School (1955-1965); 3. Teaching Materials (1964-1993) 4. Film Projects (1964-1991); 5. Articles and Reviews (1972-1994); 6. Alpha-Subject (1955-1989); 7. Conferences, Film Festivals & Film Organizations (1963-1993); 8. Grants (1962-1993); 9. Other People's Work (1952-1995); 10. Personal/Family (1951-1994); 11. Photographs (1947-1991); 12. Sound Recordings (Bulk 1960s-1970s); 13. Note Slips, Rolodexes, and Business Cards
Timothy Asch was an anthropologist and ethnographic film maker who devoted his professional life to using film as a recording and teaching medium. His papers cover the period from 1966 until his premature death in 1994 and reflect his active career in the field. A large portion of the files relates to his work among the Yanomami people of Venezuela and to his concern with bias in film making.
Cite as:
Timothy Asch Papers, National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution
Repository Loc.:
National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Museum Support Center, Suitland, Maryland
Film--theory  Search this
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Timothy Asch Papers 1966-1994
Data Source:
National Anthropological Archives