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George Eaton Simpson photographs of the Caribbean and Nigeria

Creator:
Simpson, George Eaton, 1904-1998  Search this
Photographer:
Ramsey, Frederic, 1915-1995  Search this
Extent:
521 prints (silver gelatin)
90 negatives (acetate)
70 lantern slides
347 negatives (nitrate)
185 color slides
4 prints (Kodachrome color)
Culture:
Haitians  Search this
Trinidadians  Search this
Black Carib Indians  Search this
Yoruba (African people)  Search this
Jamaicans  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Prints
Negatives
Lantern slides
Color slides
Photographs
Lantern slides
Place:
Trinidad
Ibadan (Nigeria)
Haiti
Jamaica
Date:
1936-1964
Scope and Contents note:
The collection documents George Eaton Simpson's fieldwork in Haiti, Jamaica, Trinidad, and Nigeria and consists of 704 unique images. The 1936 images of Haiti were primarily made at Milot, Fort Liberté, and Cap Haitien. The 1937 images were predominantly taken in Plaisance, Haiti; these include images of people, buildings, houses, street views, coumbites (communal work groups), a wedding ceremony and procession, markets, social gatherings with drumming and dancing, dancing demonstrations, and Vodun ceremonies. Images of Jamaica in 1953 and 1957 were made primarily in Kingston, Spanish Town, and Morant Bay; these depict people, buildings, houses, outdoor scenes, Revival Zion leaders and ceremonies, Jonkonnu (John Canoe) dancers, Rastafarian activists and leaders, and Kumina-related instruments. Images from Trinidad in 1960 primarily depict Maracas Bay, Tunapuna, and Port of Spain, and relate to the Shango Cult and the Spiritual Baptists (sometimes referred to as Shouters); included are religious participants, ceremonies, processions, baptisms, temples, and shrines and altars. The Nigerian images date to 1964, and largely depict subjects in Ibadan and Lalupon, including people, markets, a dance festival, temples, ceremonies, and shrines.

The photographs were primarily made by Simpson, but some were made in Jamaica by Frederic Ramsey, Jr. Many prints and slides are annotated by Simpson. The collection also includes a few reprints of articles based on Simpson's field work and words and musical transcription from Savalou Ricourt, a musician of Port au Prince in 1937.
Biographical/Historical note:
George Eaton Simpson (1904-1998) was an anthropologist who researched the various social aspects of Caribbean religions. Simpson received his BS from Coe College (1926), his MA from the University of Missouri (1927), and his PhD from the University of Pennsylvania (1934). He taught in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Oberlin College from 1947-1971. Simpson conducted fieldwork in numerous locales, including Haiti, Jamaica, Trinidad and Nigeria, focusing primarily on Caribbean religions such as Vodun in Haiti, Rastafarianism in Jamaica, and the Spiritual Baptists in Trinidad. He is the author of numerous articles and books, including "The Vodun Service in Northern Haiti," "The Shango Cult in Nigeria and Trinidad," and Black Religions in the New World.
Local Call Number(s):
NAA Photo Lot 93-14
Location of Other Archival Materials:
Simpson's film footage of Plaisance, Haiti, held in Human Studies Film Archives HSFA 92.12.1.
Additional photographs from Simpson held in National Anthropological Archives Photo Lot 2001-24.
Oberlin College Archives holds the George E. Simpson Papers, 1940-1985.
Sound recordings by Simpson held in the Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections in the Folkways Records Collection and the Moses and Frances Asch Collection.
Restrictions:
The collection is open for research.

Access to the collection requires an appointment.
Rights:
Contact the repository for terms of use.
Topic:
Dwellings  Search this
Spiritual Baptist -- Trinidad and Tobago  Search this
Orisha religion  Search this
Revivals  Search this
Rastafari movement  Search this
Voodooism  Search this
Schools  Search this
Agriculture  Search this
Fishing  Search this
Markets  Search this
Dance  Search this
Medicine  Search this
Cooking  Search this
Drummers (Musicians)  Search this
Christian sects  Search this
Religion  Search this
Genre/Form:
Photographs
Lantern slides
Citation:
Photo Lot 93-14, George Eaton Simpson photographs of the Caribbean and Nigeria, National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution
Identifier:
NAA.PhotoLot.93-14
Archival Repository:
National Anthropological Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-naa-photolot-93-14
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Episode 33

Creator:
Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage  Search this
Type:
Sound recordings
Podcast
MIME Type:
audio/x-mpeg
Uploaded:
Fri, 22 Jul 2011 18:00:00 GMT
Topic:
Cultural property  Search this
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Tapestry of the Times
Data Source:
Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:podcasts_2aa0b3ff295ecf616a8afa147871ee8a

Episode 5

Creator:
Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage  Search this
Type:
Sound recordings
Podcast
MIME Type:
audio/x-mpeg
Uploaded:
Sun, 21 Aug 2011 16:00:00 GMT
Topic:
Cultural property  Search this
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Tapestry of the Times
Data Source:
Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:podcasts_48b606301d0f55d331230cec65e7a76d

Episode 21

Creator:
Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage  Search this
Type:
Sound recordings
Podcast
MIME Type:
audio/x-mpeg
Uploaded:
Fri, 05 Aug 2011 20:00:00 GMT
Topic:
Cultural property  Search this
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Tapestry of the Times
Data Source:
Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:podcasts_c2d0263f630eb436d9ccf904e3bd2a8e

Natives Resting (Trinidad)

Artist:
George Overbury "Pop" Hart, born Cairo, IL 1868-died New York City 1933  Search this
Medium:
pen and ink on paper
Type:
Drawing
Topic:
Landscape\tree  Search this
Animal\donkey  Search this
Architecture Exterior\domestic  Search this
Landscape\Trinidad  Search this
Object number:
1981.60.1
See more items in:
Smithsonian American Art Museum Collection
Department:
Graphic Arts
Data Source:
Smithsonian American Art Museum
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:saam_1981.60.1

Statue of Liberty, Trinidad, Colorado, from the portfolio Statues of Liberty

Artist:
Arthur Taussig, born Los Angeles, CA 1941  Search this
Medium:
silver dye bleach print
Dimensions:
sheet: 8 x 16 in. (20.3 x 40.6 cm.)
Type:
Photography-Photoprint
Date:
1987
Topic:
Monument\statue\Statue of Liberty  Search this
Landscape\Colorado\Trinidad  Search this
Credit Line:
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of the artist
Object number:
1988.13.84
Restrictions & Rights:
©, H. Arthur Taussig
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Smithsonian American Art Museum Collection
Department:
Graphic Arts
Data Source:
Smithsonian American Art Museum
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:saam_1988.13.84

Trinidad de Noche

Artist:
Emilio Sánchez, born Camagüey, Cuba 1921-died Warwick, NY 1999  Search this
Medium:
woodcut on paper
Dimensions:
sheet: 24 3/4 x 34 1/4 in. (62.8 x 87.0 cm)
Type:
Graphic Arts-Print
Date:
ca. 1957-1958
Topic:
Cityscape\time\night  Search this
Cityscape\Trinidad  Search this
Architecture Exterior\domestic\house  Search this
Credit Line:
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of the artist
Object number:
1991.157.1
Restrictions & Rights:
© 1978, Emilio Sanchez
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Smithsonian American Art Museum Collection
Department:
Graphic Arts
Data Source:
Smithsonian American Art Museum
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:saam_1991.157.1

First Boca , Trinidad, gulf streamer shewn plying from Trinidad: then and now

Creator:
Brierley, J. N.  Search this
Language:
English
Type:
Photographic prints
Place:
Trinidad
Publication Place:
Trinidad
Date:
1912
Publication Date:
1912
Topic:
Longing  Search this
Love  Search this
Trans-Oceanic Relationships  Search this
Homesickness  Search this
Publisher:
Franklin's electric printery
Image ID:
SIL-trinidadthennowb00brie_0233
Catalog ID:
316867
Rights:
No Copyright - United States
See more items in:
See Wonder
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:silgoi_110712

Macqueripe Bay from Trinidad: then and now

Creator:
Brierley, J. N.  Search this
Language:
English
Type:
Photographic prints
Publication Place:
Trinidad
Date:
1912
Publication Date:
1912
Topic:
Culture of Place  Search this
Food Culture  Search this
Publisher:
Franklin's electric printery
Image ID:
SIL-trinidadthennowb00brie_0048-000001
Catalog ID:
316867
Rights:
No Copyright - United States
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See Wonder
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:silgoi_110716

The real calypso. Vol. 2 [sound recording] : send your children to the orphan home / compiled and annotated by Samuel Charters

Title:
Out the fire
Producer:
Charters, Samuel Barclay 1929-2015  Search this
Cover designer:
Clyne, Ronald 1925-2006  Search this
Performer:
Lord Invader 1914-1961  Search this
Growling Tiger (Calypso singer) 1916-1993  Search this
Clark, Gerald  Search this
Houdini, Wilmoth 1895-1973  Search this
Belasco, Lionel  Search this
Lewis, William Ted  Search this
Executor  Search this
Caresser (Musician)  Search this
Lion (Musician)  Search this
Quevedo, Raymond 1892-1962  Search this
Caribbean Serenaders  Search this
Royal Calypso Serenaders  Search this
Harmony Kings' Orchestra  Search this
Harmony Kings' Boys  Search this
Cyril Monrose String Orchestra  Search this
Physical description:
1 phonograph record : analog, 33 1/3 rpm ; 12 in
Culture:
Afro-Caribbean  Search this
Trinidadians  Search this
Type:
Phonograph records
Place:
Trinidad and Tobago
Date:
1981
Topic:
Calypso (Music)  Search this
Local number:
FW00RF4
Folkways RF4
Restrictions & Rights:
Restrictions on access
See more items in:
Folkways Records Collection 1948-1986
Data Source:
Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_231635
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Late Piano Ragtime [sound recording]

Performer:
Atwell, Winifred  Search this
Carle, Frankie 1903-  Search this
Rose, Wally 1913-1997  Search this
Parker, Knocky 1918-1986  Search this
Morton, Jelly Roll d. 1941  Search this
Mayerl, Billy 1902-  Search this
Turner, Ray  Search this
Slack, Freddie  Search this
Grant, Mel  Search this
Stafford, Lee  Search this
Bergh, Ralph and Bert  Search this
Svensson, Reinhold  Search this
Norman, Charles  Search this
Smith, Eddie  Search this
Hamilton, Billy  Search this
Rawicz  Search this
Landauer  Search this
Producer:
Jasen, David A  Search this
Physical description:
1 phonograph record : analog, 33 1/3 rpm ; 12 in
Culture:
Americans  Search this
Trinidadians  Search this
English  Search this
Swedes  Search this
Type:
Phonograph records
Date:
1977
Topic:
Jazz  Search this
Ragtime music  Search this
Novelty songs  Search this
Local number:
FW0RF34
Folkways RF 34
Restrictions & Rights:
Restrictions on access
See more items in:
Folkways Records Collection 1948-1986
Data Source:
Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_231844
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Wiltwyck Steel Band [sound recording] / under the direction of Kim Loy Wong

Title:
Kim Loy Wong and his Wiltwyck Steel Band
Performer:
Wong, Kim Loy  Search this
Wiltwyck Steel Band  Search this
Commentator:
Seeger, Pete 1919-2014  Search this
Recorder:
Bartok, Peter 1924-  Search this
Album cover design:
Rosenhouse, Irwin  Search this
Physical description:
1 phonograph record : analog, 33 1/3 rpm ; 12 in
Culture:
Afro-Caribbean  Search this
Trinidadians  Search this
Americans  Search this
Type:
Phonograph records
Place:
Caribbean
Trinidad
Date:
1959
Topic:
Steel drum music  Search this
Local number:
FW03834
Folkways 3834
Restrictions & Rights:
Restrictions on access
See more items in:
Folkways Records Collection 1948-1986
Data Source:
Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_231960
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Spiritual Baptist music of Trinidad [sound recording] / recorded ... by Stephen D. Glazier

Recorder:
Glazier, Stephen D.  Search this
Physical description:
1 phonograph record : analog, 33 1/3 rpm ; 12 in
Culture:
Spiritual Baptist  Search this
Trinidadians  Search this
Type:
Phonograph records
Place:
Trinidad
Date:
1980
Topic:
Hymns, English  Search this
Folk songs, English  Search this
Speaking in tongues--testifying  Search this
Local number:
FW04234
FLP 71014
Folkways 4234
Restrictions & Rights:
Restrictions on access
See more items in:
Folkways Records Collection 1948-1986
Data Source:
Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_232077
Additional Online Media:

Cult music of Trinidad [sound recording] / recorded ... by George Eaton Simpson

Commentator:
Simpson, George Eaton 1904-1998  Search this
Physical description:
1 phonograph record : analog, 33 1/3 rpm ; 12 in
Culture:
Trinidadians  Search this
Type:
Phonograph records
Music
Place:
Trinidad
Date:
1961
Topic:
World music  Search this
Folk music  Search this
Sacred music  Search this
Spiritual Baptists  Search this
Orisha religion  Search this
Local number:
FW04478
FLP 71181
Folkways 4478
Restrictions & Rights:
Restrictions on access
See more items in:
Folkways Records Collection 1948-1986
Data Source:
Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_232244
Additional Online Media:

Negro folk music of Africa and America [sound recording] / edited by Harold Courlander

Commentator:
Courlander, Harold 1908-1996  Search this
Waterman, Richard Alan 1914-  Search this
Performer:
Maman, Chere  Search this
Reed, Dock  Search this
Amerson, Rich  Search this
Coleman, Earthy Anne  Search this
Hibler, Rosie  Search this
Physical description:
2 phonograph records : analog, 33 1/3 rpm ; 12 in
Culture:
Zulu (African people)  Search this
African Americans  Search this
South Africans  Search this
African  Search this
Yoruba (African people)  Search this
Nigerians  Search this
Igbo (African people)  Search this
Sudanese  Search this
Ethiopians  Search this
Amhara (African people)  Search this
Brazilians  Search this
Haitians  Search this
Colombians  Search this
Puerto Ricans  Search this
Lucumi  Search this
Cubans  Search this
Trinidadians  Search this
Anglo-American  Search this
Americans  Search this
Type:
Phonograph records
Place:
Africa
South America
Southern states
Southern States
Date:
1951
Topic:
World music  Search this
Folk music  Search this
Folk dance music  Search this
Folk songs, English  Search this
Local number:
FW04500
Folkways 4500
Folkways 450
Restrictions & Rights:
Access by appointment
See more items in:
Folkways Records Collection 1948-1986
Data Source:
Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_232254
Additional Online Media:

Music of the world's peoples. Vol. 3 [sound recording] / compiled and edited by Dr. Henry Cowell

Commentator:
Cowell, Henry 1897-1965  Search this
Performer:
MacColl, Ewan  Search this
Gomez, Alagba  Search this
Irusta, Augustin d. 1987  Search this
Lajos, Kiss  Search this
Santos, Ernesto dos  Search this
Kemal, Haffouz  Search this
Arabi, El, Mohamed E. A.  Search this
Trio los Aguilillas  Search this
Physical description:
2 phonograph records : analog, 33 1/3 rpm ; 12 in
Culture:
Scots  Search this
British  Search this
Hanunoo (Philippine people)  Search this
Puerto Ricans  Search this
Americans  Search this
Gypsy  Search this
Afro-Caribbean  Search this
Trinidadians  Search this
Zulu (African people)  Search this
South Africans  Search this
Type:
Phonograph records
Date:
1955
Topic:
World music  Search this
Folk music  Search this
Folk dance music  Search this
Local number:
FW04506
Folkways 4506
Folkways 506
Restrictions & Rights:
Restrictions on access
See more items in:
Folkways Records Collection 1948-1986
Data Source:
Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_232260

Calypso for children [sound recording] / sung and composed by Lord Invader

Title:
There's a brown boy in the ring and other children's calypso songs
Performer:
Lord Invader 1914-1961  Search this
Physical description:
1 phonograph record : analog, 33 1/3 rpm ; 10 in
Culture:
Afro-Caribbean  Search this
Trinidadians  Search this
Type:
Phonograph records
Juvenile sound recordings
Place:
Trinidad
Date:
1959
Topic:
World music  Search this
Calypso (Music)  Search this
Children's songs  Search this
Local number:
Folkways 7262
Restrictions & Rights:
Restrictions on access
See more items in:
Folkways Records Collection 1948-1986
Data Source:
Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_232631

West Indian games and songs for children [sound recording] / recorded and annotated by Edna Smith Edet

Title:
Caribbean songs and games for children: Puerto Rico, Trinidad, Jamaica, Haiti, the Bronx
Commentator:
Edet, Edna Smith  Search this
Physical description:
1 phonograph record : analog, 33 1/3 rpm ; 12 in
Culture:
Puerto Ricans  Search this
Trinidadians  Search this
Jamaicans  Search this
Haitians  Search this
African Americans  Search this
Americans  Search this
Type:
Phonograph records
Place:
Caribean Area
Caribbean Area
West Indian
Puerto Rico
Trinidad and Tobago
Jamaica
Haiti
Date:
1978
Topic:
Games with music  Search this
Children's songs  Search this
Singing games  Search this
Folk songs  Search this
Folk music  Search this
Local number:
Folkways 7856
Restrictions & Rights:
Restrictions on access
See more items in:
Folkways Records Collection 1948-1986
Data Source:
Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_232758

Songs from the British West Indies [sound recording] / sung and played by The Caribbean Chorus, McGill University, Sir George Williams College, Montreal

Performer:
Caribbean Chorus  Search this
Gray, Neville  Search this
Peters, Wilfrid E.D.  Search this
Savin, Patrick  Search this
Miller, Granville  Search this
Tucker, Rae  Search this
Cover illustrator:
Rosenhouse, Irwin  Search this
Physical description:
1 phonograph record : analog, 33 1/3 rpm ; 12 in
Culture:
Jamaicans  Search this
Antiguans  Search this
Trinidadians  Search this
Type:
Phonograph records
Place:
West Indies, British
Caribbean
West Indies
Jamaica
Kingston (Jamaica)
Trinidad
Date:
1957
Topic:
Songs, English  Search this
Folk songs  Search this
Local number:
Folkways 8809
Restrictions & Rights:
Restrictions on access
See more items in:
Folkways Records Collection 1948-1986
Data Source:
Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_232900

Calypso carnival [sound recording] / tunes composed and sung by Mighty Sparrow ; accompanied by Sparrow and the Boys

Title:
King Sparrow's Calypso carnival
Creator:
Sparrow (Calypso singer)  Search this
Physical description:
1 phonograph record : analog, 33 1/3 rpm ; 12 in
Culture:
Afro-Caribbean  Search this
Trinidadians  Search this
Type:
Phonograph records
Place:
Trinidad
Trinidad and Tobago
Date:
1959
[1959]
1950-1960
Topic:
World music  Search this
Calypso (Music)  Search this
Popular music  Search this
Local number:
Cook 920
Restrictions & Rights:
Restrictions on access
See more items in:
Cook Labs records 1939-2002 [Cook Labs]
Data Source:
Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_233484

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