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Gathered visions: selected works by African American women artists exhibition records

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Creator:
Smithsonian Institution. Anacostia Community Museum
Names:
Anacostia Community Museum
Hall, Robert L., 1950-
Extent:
1.25 linear feet (4 boxes)
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Date:
undated
Summary:
An exhibition on contemporary African American women artists curated by Robert L. Hall and exhibited at the Anacostia Museum of the Smithsonian Institution from November 1990 to April 1991. Artists included are: Erlena Chisolm Bland, Lilian Thomas Burwell, Yvonne Pickering Carter, Margo Humphrey, Martha Jackson-Jarvis, Viola Burley Leak, Winnie Owens-Hart, Stephanie E. Pogue, Malkia Roberts, Gail Shaw-Clemons, Sylvia Snowden, Renée Stout, Denise Ward-Brown, Joyce E. Wellman, and Adell Westbrook.
Restrictions:
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Topic:
Women artists
Museum exhibits
African American women artists -- Exhibitions
Genre/Form:
Photographic prints
Exhibition records -- 1990-2004
Correspondence
Citation:
Gathered visions: selected works by African American women artists exhibition records, Anacostia Community Museum Archives, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
ACMA.03-044
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Archival Repository:
Anacostia Community Museum Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-acma-03-044
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Henson family papers

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Creator:
Henson family
Names:
Henson family
Henson, Tobias
Extent:
0.18 linear feet (1 box)
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Place:
Washington (D.C.)
Anacostia (Washington, D.C.)
Date:
1818-1943
bulk 1830-1900
Summary:
The Henson Family papers, which date from 1818 to 1943 and measure 0.18 linear feet, document the activities of Tobias Henson and his descendants. The papers are comprised of booklets, correspondence, legal documents, and receipts.
Scope and Contents:
This collection documents the activities of Tobias Henson and his descendants between 1818 and 1943. It contains materials related to the Hensons' financial and legal activities. Included in the collection are booklets, correspondence, deeds and titles, legal documents, and receipts.

Arrangement The papers are organized into four series. The content of each series is arranged alphabetically. The series are arranged as follows:

Series I: Financial Records Series II: Legal Records Series III: Printed Materials Series IV: Miscellaneous
Arrangement note:
The collection is arranged by series: 1) Financial Records, 2) Legal Records, 3) Printed Materials, 4) Miscellaneous.
Biographical/Historical note:
The history of the Hensons begins with the family's patriarch, Tobias Henson. Mr. Henson was a slave in the Washington, DC area during the 18th and 19th centuries and, given his family's history, it is apparent that he was a man with an ambitious mission: to attain the American dream. He had two tasks to accomplish if he were to see his dream realized. First he had to gain freedom for himself and his family. Second he had to purchase property upon which he could build a home, and from which he could earn a living.

He took the first step in 1813 when he purchased himself from his slave master, thus gaining his freedom. Next he purchased his wife, Elizabeth. In April of 1832 Mr. Henson purchased his daughter Matlinda Smith and her three children. In May of the following year he purchased his second daughter Mary Anderson.

With these purchases, Tobias Henson became a slaveholder, with his wife and children his slaves. Ever resourceful, Mr. Henson used this to his advantage; he rented out his daughters for income and used them as collateral for loans. With the income he generated, he purchased the freedom of his other family members. In fact, he used his daughters, Matlinda and Mary, as collateral for a loan he acquired to purchase Mary's freedom.

In addition to purchasing his freedom in 1813, Tobias Henson entered into an agreement to buy land in the Anacostia section of Washington, DC. The land, named the Ridge, consisted of twenty-four acres located in the Congress Heights section of Anacostia. He made payments on the Ridge until 1826, at which time he made the final payment and became the legal owner. Initially Mr. Henson farmed the land, but as his family grew he subdivided the acreage so that the members of his family could experience their own American dream.

Over the subsequent decades members of the Henson family continued to purchase land in the area surrounding the Ridge; at one point they were one of the largest landowners in the Anacostia section of Washington, DC. The family maintained residence on various parts of the land from the time of its purchase until the middle of the 20th century. Title records filed with the District of Columbia show that, in 1931, the portion of the Ridge that Tobias Henson gave to his grandson, Richard Smith, was still in possession of his descendants. But that was the exception. Most of the Henson family's real estate was either sold or "taken" by the government under the auspices of eminent domain. Just a decade after this title was filed, the federal government made plans to take what remained of the Ridge.

The family did all they could to save the legacy of Tobias Henson. They contacted local and federal government officials in an attempt to stave off what would amount to the destruction of an important piece of black history dating from antebellum Washington, DC. When they had exhausted all of the possibilities, they made a last ditch appeal to First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt. In a 1943 letter they pleaded,

At the present there are some thirteen or fourteen families living on this land, which is still designated as the Ridge, and with only one or two exceptions, these families are the direct descendants of Tobian [sic] Henson…we do not feel that taking our homes will aid in the War Effort or in the Ideals of Democracy.

Unfortunately, their plea went unanswered; the land was taken by the government and the houses thereon where razed.
Related Materials:
Anacostia Historical Society Records.
Restrictions:
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Topic:
Slavery -- United States
African American soldiers
Free blacks
African Education Society
American Colonization Society
Public housing
Eminent domain
African American neighborhoods
Freedmen
African American families
Genre/Form:
Leaflets
Correspondence
Financial records
Newsletters
Account books
Receipts
Legal documents
Citation:
Henson family papers, Anacostia Community Museum Archives, Smithsonian Institution, gift of Dr. Myrtle Henson.
Identifier:
ACMA.06-030
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Archival Repository:
Anacostia Community Museum Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-acma-06-030
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Benjamin W. Austin Liberian Autograph Collection

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Names:
American Colonization Society
Cheeseman, Joseph James, 1843-1896
Extent:
0.06 linear feet ((1 box) (4 folders))
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Place:
Liberia
Date:
circa 1862-1895
bulk 1884-1889
Summary:
The collection, which dates from circa 1812-1895 and measures .06 linear feet, is comprised of correspondence from Liberian elected officials and diplomats, and other individuals involved in the American Colonization Society. The primary recipient of these letters is Benjamin W. Austin, an American autograph collector and historian. The collection also includes a lithograph image of Joseph James Cheeseman, the president of Liberia from 1892 until his death in 1896; a collection of autograph cards bearing the signatures of other members of the Liberian government; and a newspaper clipping of an article on the American Colonization Society.
Scope amd Contents note:
The collection which dates from 1862 to 1895, bulk dates 1880-1889, documents an artificial grouping of letters, visiting cards, and articles that address the personalities of various early government officials of what was then the Republic of Liberia. Of particular interest are the series for letters addressed to Rev. Ben W. Austin who was at one time the secretary of the Northwestern Literary and Historical Society in Sioux City and later, the secretary of the Trinity Historical Society in Dallas, Texas. There is also an interesting letter from Joseph J. Roberts, the first President of Liberia.
Arrangement note:
The papers are arranged into two series. Folders are arranged alphabetically within series, while documents are organized chronologically.

Series 1: Correspondence

Series 2: Printed Material
Biographical/Historical note:
The roots of the country of Liberia can be traced to the American Colonization Society. The society was instrumental in the founding of the colony of Liberia in 1821. Controversial even at its beginnings, it advocated the removal of free people of color from the United States, where they suffered restrictive legislative rights, to Africa. It was thought in Africa, African Americans would enjoy freedoms that would always be denied to them by free whites in the Americas.

Originally begun as a colony of the United States, Liberia was governed by white agents until the appointment of Joseph Jenkins Roberts in 1842. In 1847 Liberia's legislative body voted to declare independence from the United States and elected Roberts as the first President.
Restrictions:
Use of the materials requires an appointment. Please contact the archivist to make an appointment: ACMarchives@si.edu.
Rights:
The Correspondence from the Republic of Liberia collection is the physical property of the Anacostia Community Museum. Literary and copyright belong to the author/creator or their legal heirs and assigns. Rights to work produced during the normal course of Museum business resides with the Anacostia Community Museum. For further information, and to obtain permission to publish or reproduce, contact the Museum Archives.
Topic:
Slavery -- United States
Genre/Form:
Clippings
Correspondence
Lithographs
Signatures (names)
Citation:
Benjamin W. Austin Liberian Autograph Collection, Anacostia Community Museum Archives, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
ACMA.06-049
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Archival Repository:
Anacostia Community Museum Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-acma-06-049
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Barnett-Aden Collection Exhibition records

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Creator:
Barnett-Aden Gallery
Smithsonian Institution. Anacostia Community Museum
Names:
Anacostia Neighborhood Museum
Barnett-Aden Collection
Corcoran Gallery of Art
Extent:
1.17 linear feet (3 boxes)
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Date:
1974
Summary:
An exhibition on selected works from the Barnett-Aden Gallery, which closed in 1969. The show was organized by the Anacostia Neighborhood Museum and exhibited there from January 20 through May 6, 1974. Afterwards, the show went on display at the Corcoran Gallery of Art from January 10 to February 9, 1975. These records document the planning, organizing, execution, and promotion of the exhibition. Materials include correspondence, research files, exhibit scripts, administrative records, brochures, press coverage, education packets, loan agreements, floor plans, and catalogues.
Scope and Contents note:
These records document the planning, organizing, execution, and promotion of the exhibition. Materials include correspondence, research files, exhibit script, administrative records, brochures, press coverage, education packets, loan agreements, floor plans, and catalogues.
Restrictions:
Use of the materials requires an appointment. Please contact the archivist to make an appointment: ACMarchives@si.edu.
Topic:
African American art -- Exhibitions
Museum exhibits
Art -- Exhibitions
Genre/Form:
Correspondence
Exhibit scripts
Exhibition records -- 1967-1989
Black-and-white transparencies
Catalogs
Black-and-white photographs
Contact sheets
Citation:
Barnett-Aden Collection Exhibition Records, Anacostia Community Museum Archives, Smithsonian Institution
Identifier:
ACMA.M03-010
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Barnett-Aden Collection Exhibition records
Archival Repository:
Anacostia Community Museum Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-acma-m03-010
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The Real McCoy: Afro-American invention and innovation exhibition records

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Creator:
Smithsonian Institution. Anacostia Community Museum
Names:
James, Portia P.
Extent:
3.52 linear feet (6 boxes)
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Date:
1989-05 - 1990-05
Summary:
An exhibition on African American inventors and innovators, from prominent figures such as the 19th century inventor Elijah McCoy to the anonymous men and women who made important contributions to the development of American technology. The show was curated by Portia James and organized by the Anacostia Museum. It was held at the museum from May 1989 --May 1990. These records document the planning, organizing, execution, and promotion of the exhibition. Materials include correspondence, research files, exhibit scripts, administrative records, brochures, press coverage, education packets, loan agreements, floor plans, and catalogues.
Related Archival Materials note:
Audiovisual materials created for the exhibition by Anacostia Community Museum.
Restrictions:
Use of the materials requires an appointment. Please contact the archivist to make an appointment: ACMarchives@si.edu.
Topic:
African American inventors
Museum exhibits
Genre/Form:
Brochures
Exhibit scripts
Contact sheets
Catalogs
Correspondence
Photographic prints
Exhibition records -- 1967-1989
Citation:
The Real McCoy: Afro-American invention and innovation exhibition records, Anacostia Community Museum Archives, Smithsonian Institution
Identifier:
ACMA.M03-026
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The Real McCoy: Afro-American invention and innovation, 1619-1930 exhibition records
Archival Repository:
Anacostia Community Museum Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-acma-m03-026
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Always there: the African American presence in American quilts exhibition records

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Creator:
Smithsonian Institution. Anacostia Community Museum
Names:
Kentucky Quilt Project
Benberry, Cuesta
Extent:
1 linear foot (1 box)
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Date:
undated
Summary:
An exhibition on the history of African American quilt-making. The show was organized by the Kentucky Quilt Project, Inc., Louisville, Kentucky and exhibited at the Anacostia Neighborhood Museum from July 1993 to October 1993. These records document the planning, organizing, execution, and promotion of the exhibition. Materials include correspondence, photographs, brochures, educational materials, and floor plans.
Restrictions:
Use of materials is restricted. Please contact the archivist to make an appointment: ACMarchives@si.edu.
Topic:
African American quilts
Museum exhibits
Quilts
Genre/Form:
Exhibition catalogs
Brochures
Contact sheets
Photographic prints
Exhibition records -- 1990-2004
Citation:
Always There Exhibition records, Anacostia Community Museum Archives, Smithsonian Institution
Identifier:
ACMA.M03-014
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Archival Repository:
Anacostia Community Museum Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-acma-m03-014
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Inspiration: 1961–1989 exhibition records

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Creator:
Smithsonian Institution. Anacostia Community Museum
Names:
Anacostia Neighborhood Museum
District of Columbia Art Association
Conway, Wallace X., Sr., 1920-
Dempsey, Richard W., 1909-
Dorsey, William, 1926-
Jones, Lois Mailou, 1905-1998
Pierce, Delilah W., 1904-
Robinson, Peter L., 1922-
Extent:
0.84 linear feet (2 boxes)
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Place:
Washington (D.C.)
Date:
1989-01 - 1989-03
Summary:
An exhibition of selected works by artists affiliated with the DCAA. The show was curated by William Dorsey, Delilah Pierce, and Peter L. Robinson Jr. and exhibited at the Anacostia Museum of the Smithsonian Institution from January 1989 to March 1989. These records document the planning, organizing, execution, and promotion of the exhibition. Materials include correspondence, exhibit scripts, administrative records, loan agreements, floor plans, and catalogues.
Restrictions:
Use of materials requires an appointment. Please contact the archivist to make an appointment: ACMarchives@si.edu.
Topic:
Museum exhibits
African American artists
Genre/Form:
Photographic prints
Slides (photographs)
Catalogs
Correspondence
Exhibition records -- 1967-1989
Transparencies
Exhibit scripts
Citation:
Inspiration: 1961–1989 exhibition records, Anacostia Community Museum Archives, Smithsonian Institution
Identifier:
ACMA.M03-005
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Archival Repository:
Anacostia Community Museum Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-acma-m03-005
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Anacostia story: 1680-1930 exhibition records

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Creator:
Smithsonian Institution. Anacostia Community Museum
Names:
Anacostia Community Museum
Anacostia Neighborhood Museum
Hutchinson, Louise Daniel.
Extent:
15.25 linear feet (26 boxes)
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Place:
Anacostia (Washington, D.C.)
Date:
circa 1977-1978
Summary:
An exhibition on history of the Anacostia neighborhood of Washington, D. C. The show was organized by the Anacostia Neighborhood Museum and held there from March of 1977 to March 1978. Louise Daniel Hutchinson served as curator. These records document the planning, organizing, execution, and promotion of the exhibition. Materials include correspondence, research files, exhibit script, administrative records, brochures, posters, press coverage, education packets, loan agreements, floor plans, and catalogues.
Related Archival Materials note:
Audiovisual materials related to this exhibition located in Anacostia Community Museum Archives.
Restrictions:
Use of the materials requires an appointment. Please contact the archivist to make an appointment: ACMarchives@si.edu.
Topic:
African Americans
African American neighborhoods
Museum exhibits
Genre/Form:
Exhibition catalogs
Maps
Clippings
Photographic prints
Contact sheets
Exhibition records -- 1967-1989
Correspondence
Citation:
Anacostia story: 1680-1930 exhibition records, Anacostia Community Museum Archives, Smithsonian Institution
Identifier:
ACMA.M03-039
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Anacostia story: 1680-1930 exhibition records
Archival Repository:
Anacostia Community Museum Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-acma-m03-039
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Before freedom came: African American life in the antebellum South exhibition records

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Creator:
Smithsonian Institution. Traveling Exhibition Service
National Museum of American History (U.S.)
Smithsonian Institution. Anacostia Community Museum
Names:
Rice, Kym S.
Extent:
2.42 linear feet (3 boxes)
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Place:
Southern States
Date:
undated
Summary:
This exhibition was developed for circulation by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service with the assistance of the Anacostia Museum of the Smithsonian Institution and the National Museum of American History. It was adapted from an exhibition organized by the Museum of the Confederacy, Richmond, Virginia. These records document the planning, organizing, execution, and promotion of the exhibition. Materials include correspondence, research files, exhibit script, administrative records, brochures, press coverage, education packets, loan agreements, floor plans, and catalogues.
Related Archival Materials note:
Audiovisual materials related to this exhibition located in Anacostia Community Museum Archives.
Restrictions:
Use of the materials requires an appointment. Please contact the archivist to make an appointment: ACMarchives@si.edu.
Topic:
Plantation life -- Southern states -- History -- 19th century -- Exhibitions
Museum exhibits
Genre/Form:
Correspondence
Photographic prints
Color slides
Exhibition records -- 1990-2004
Contact sheets
Brochures
Identifier:
ACMA.M03-032
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Before freedom came: African American life in the antebellum South exhibition records
Archival Repository:
Anacostia Community Museum Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-acma-m03-032
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Here, Look at Mine! exhibition records

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Creator:
Smithsonian Institution. Anacostia Community Museum
Names:
Anacostia Neighborhood Museum
Lebby, Larry
Robinson, John N.
Extent:
0.9 linear feet (2 boxes)
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Place:
Washington (D.C.)
Date:
1982-11-14 - 1983-02-27
Summary:
An exhibition on selected works by John N. Robinson and Larry Lebby. The exhibition, held at the Anacostia Neighborhood Museum, ran from November 14, 1982 --February 27, 1983. These records document the planning, organizing, execution, and promotion of the exhibition. Materials include correspondence, research files, exhibit scripts, administrative records, brochures, education packets, floor plans, and catalogues.
Restrictions:
Use of the materials requires an appointment. Please contact the archivist.
Topic:
African American artists
Museum exhibits
African American art -- Exhibitions
Genre/Form:
Exhibit scripts
Correspondence
Photographic prints
Transparencies
Exhibition records -- 1967-1989
Citation:
Here, Look at Mine! exhibition records, Anacostia Community Museum Archives, Smithsonian Institution
Identifier:
ACMA.M03-054
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Here, Look at Mine! exhibition records
Archival Repository:
Anacostia Community Museum Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-acma-m03-054
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Lorton Reformatory: beyond time exhibition records

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Creator:
Smithsonian Institution. Anacostia Community Museum
Names:
Anacostia Community Museum
Anacostia Neighborhood Museum
Lorton Reformatory
Extent:
0.1 linear feet (1 folder)
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Date:
1970-10 - 1970-11
Summary:
An exhibition exploring artistic expression, poetry, and performance created by Lorton Reformatory inmates. The exhibit was held at the Anacostia Neighborhood Museum from October 1970 to November 1970. These records document the planning, organizing, execution, and promotion of the exhibition. Materials include correspondence, research files, exhibit scripts, administrative records, brochures, press coverage, education packets, loan agreements, floor plans, and catalogues.
Restrictions:
Use of the materials requires an appointment. Please contact the archivist to make an appointment: ACMarchives@si.edu.
Topic:
Arts in prisons
Museum exhibits
Genre/Form:
Exhibit scripts
Exhibition records -- 1967-1989
Correspondence
Photographic prints
Citation:
Lorton Reformatory: beyond time exhibition records, Anacostia Community Museum Archives, Smithsonian Institution
Identifier:
ACMA.M03-053
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Lorton Reformatory: beyond time exhibition records
Archival Repository:
Anacostia Community Museum Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-acma-m03-053
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Hector Bazy Manuscript

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Creator:
Bazy, Hector, 1851-
Extent:
30 pages
11 photographs
Typescript documents
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Place:
Texas
Date:
1910
Summary:
The manuscript documents Bazy's life as an African American cowboy throughout the Southwest prairies. Also included are photographs and two camp songs.
General:
Some language in this manuscript may be offensive to some viewers. It is presented as it exists in the original document for the benefit of research. This material in no way reflects the views of the Anacostia Community Museum Archives or the Smithsonian Institution.
Restrictions:
Unrestricted research access on site by appointment only. Please contact the archivist to make an appointment: ACMarchives@si.edu. Unprotected photographs must be handled with gloves.
Topic:
African American Cowboys
Autobiography
Genre/Form:
Photographs
Manuscripts
Citation:
Hector Bazy Manuscript, Anacostia Community Museum Archives, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
ACMA.M10-003.3
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Archival Repository:
Anacostia Community Museum Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-acma-m10-003-3
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The Rat: Man's Invited Affliction exhibition records

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Creator:
Smithsonian Institution. Anacostia Community Museum
Names:
Anacostia Neighborhood Museum
Extent:
3 folders
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Place:
Washington (D.C.)
Date:
1969
Summary:
An innovated exhibition exploring contemporary problems of rats in urban areas. The show included a stimulated environment of a back yard with live rats. The exhibit was created and exhibited at the Anacostia Neighborhood Museum in November 1969.
Scope and Contents note:
These records document the planning, organizing, execution, and promotion of the exhibition. Materials include correspondence, brochures, notes, exhibit script, brochures and exhibit reviews.
Restrictions:
Use of the materials requires an appointment. Please contact the archivist to make an appointment: ACMarchives@si.edu.
Topic:
Museum exhibits
Rats
Genre/Form:
Photocopies
Exhibit scripts
Contact sheets
Correspondence
Brochures
Citation:
The Rat: Man's Invited Affliction exhibition records, Anacostia Community Museum Archives, Smithsonian Institution
Identifier:
ACMA.M03-081
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The Rat: Man's Invited Affliction exhibition records
Archival Repository:
Anacostia Community Museum Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-acma-m03-081
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John Wesley manuscript

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Creator:
Wesley, John.
Extent:
0.5 linear feet ((1 box))
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Date:
circa 1920s-1930s
Summary:
This collection contains a handwritten manuscript of approximately 200 pages by John Wesley. The manuscript gives a history of several generations of the Wesley family in Maryland.
Restrictions:
Use of the materials requires an appointment. Please contact the archivist at acmarchives@si.edu.
Topic:
African Americans -- History
Freedmen
African American families
African Americans -- Social life and customs
Genre/Form:
Biographies
Manuscripts
Citation:
John Wesley manuscript, Anacostia Community Museum Archives, Smithsonian Institution, gift of Charles Wesley.
Identifier:
ACMA.M10-003.4
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Archival Repository:
Anacostia Community Museum Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-acma-m10-003-4
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Lillian Evans Scrapbook

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Creator:
Evanti, Lillian Mme (Lillian Evans Tibbs) 1890-1967
Subject:
Evanti, Lillian Mme (Lillian Evans Tibbs) 1890-1967
Physical description:
1 Scapbook : b&w; 5 x 7 inches
Culture:
African American
Type:
Scrapbooks
Collection descriptions
Photographs
Place:
Washington (D.C.)
Notes:
Lillian Evans was born in Washington, DC to a cultured, well-educated, middle-class family. She was the first African American woman to sing opera with an organized European company. Her mother was Annie Lillian Brooks Evans, a music teacher in the DC public school system, and her father was Wilson Bruce Evans, organizer and first principal of Armstrong Technical High School in Washington, DC. Hiram Revels, the first black U.S. senator, was her great-uncle and two other family members are credited with taking part in John Borwn's raid on Harper's Ferry. She married Howard University music professor, Roy W. Tibbs in 1918. Her stage name, Madame Evanti, is a combination of her last name and her husband's. Evans had one child, Thurlow Tibbs Sr., and two grandchildren, Diane Elizabeth and Thurlow Evans Tibbs. Thurlow Jr., operated a museum, The Evans-Tibbs Collection, which centered around the life of Lillian Evans until 1996, a year before his death.
Cite as:
Evans-Tibbs collection, Anacostia Community Museum Archives, Smithsonian Institution, gift of the Estate of Thurlow E. Tibbs, Jr
Topic:
African Americans
Local number:
ACMA 2003.7063.424
Data Source:
Anacostia Community Museum Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_373762

Indenture of servitude, indenturing Amy Menice

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Physical description:
1 p. on 1 leaf; 12 3/4 x 8 in
Culture:
African Americans
Type:
Contracts
Collection descriptions
Date:
1819
Summary:
The Indenture of servitude between Charles Paine and Samuel Hamner and William W. Davidson, bound Amy Menice as a servant to William W. Davidson. This agreement states that Amy is to serve faithfully and apprentice with Mr. Davidson until she turns twenty-one years old. In exchange, Mr. Davidson will teach or have someone else teach Amy "the art, trade, and mystery of spinning, sewing and weaving." He is also responsible for providing the servant girl with appropriate food, lodging, and clothing. At the end of her term, Amy is to receive payment for her legal freedom.
Cite as:
Anacostia Community Museum Archives, Smithsonian Institution
Topic:
African Americans
African American women
Indentured servants
Local number:
ACMA 01-010.1
Data Source:
Anacostia Community Museum Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_362123

Neighborhood Change project 2014

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Creator:
Anacostia Community Museum
Physical description:
10 photographs: digital, Tiff file, color
Culture:
African American
Type:
Photographs
Collection descriptions
Sound recordings
Interviews
Place:
Anacostia (Washington, D.C.)
Date:
2014
Summary:
Neighborhood Change is a broad-based initiative that looks at change in urban neighborhoods and communities from the perspective of community residents and stakeholders. The Neighborhood Change project investigates, documents, and presents research on how residents engage with stake holders and decision makers around changes in their immediate urban environment. Community-based documentation and research efforts for the project include oral history interviewing and community survey and mapping projects. An important part of the work is to build networks to share perspectives and discourse about historical and cultural dynamics that are seen and felt at the local level. Museum research into issue and themes of change that resonate within urban communities seeks to encourage and facilitate residents in urban neighborhoods to make links and connections between their communities and other urban centers.
The collection thus far include images documenting the built envirnoment in Southeast, Washington, D.C., and interviews with community residents.
Cite as:
Neighborhood Change project, Anacostia Community Museum Archives, Smithsonian Institution
Topic:
Architecture
Neighborhoods
Local number:
ACMA 01-007.7
Data Source:
Anacostia Community Museum Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_370271

Ken Light photographs, 1989-1993

view Ken Light photographs, 1989-1993 digital asset number 1
Creator:
Light, Ken
Physical description:
1 folder (.01 linear feet)
Type:
Photographic prints
Collection descriptions
Photographs
Place:
Mississippi
Date:
1989
1989-1993
Notes:
Ken Light is a social documentary photographer whose work has appeared in books, magazines and exhibitions. He has exhibited internationally in over 175 one-person and group shows, including one person shows at the International Center for Photography, S.E. Museum of Photography and Smith College. Light's work is part of numerous collections, including the San Francisco MOMA, the Houston Museum of Fine Arts, the International Center of Photography and the American Museum of Art at the Smithsonian. The images in this collection date from Light's work in the early 1990s documenting rural Black poverty, cotton and the southern landscape; some of these images were included in Light's book entitled "Delta Time."
Summary:
The collection, which dates from circa 1989 to 1993 and measures .01 linear feet, includes portraits of African Americans and depictions of African American religious life. The collection is comprised of photographic prints.
Cite as:
Ken Light photographs, Anacostia Community Museum Archives, Smithsonian Institution, gift of Jo Whaley and Stanley and Dorothea Light
Topic:
African Americans
African Americans--Religious life
Rites and ceremonies
Local number:
ACMA 2003.7079
Restrictions:
Use of materials requires an appointment. Please contact the archivist to make an appointment: ACMarchives@si.edu
Data Source:
Anacostia Community Museum Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_286048

Young Henrietta and Sara E. Cephas standing together

view Young Henrietta and Sara E. Cephas standing together digital asset number 1
Physical description:
1 photographic print: gelatin silver, 2 x 3 in
Culture:
African American
Type:
Photographic prints
Collection descriptions
Place:
United States
Summary:
Photograph of grandmother and great-aunt of Lee Harris, Henrietta and Sara E. Cephas. Description written on back.
Cite as:
Lee Harris papers, Anacostia Community Museum Archives, Smithsonian Institution, gift of Lee Harris
Topic:
African American women
African American families
Local number:
ACMA PH2003.7078.58
See more items in:
Lee Harris papers circa 1884-2001 bulk 1940s-1976
Data Source:
Anacostia Community Museum Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_289985

Bladensburg Union Burial Association records, 1874-1978, bulk 1920-1970

view Bladensburg Union Burial Association records, 1874-1978, bulk 1920-1970 digital asset number 1
Creator:
Bladensburg Union Burial Association
Subject:
Plummer, Henry Vinton 1844-1905
Plummer, Nellie Arnold 1860-ca. 1920
Bladensburg Union Burial Association
Physical description:
3.64 linear feet (4 boxes)
Type:
Papers
Collection descriptions
Receipts
Application forms
Minute books
Place:
Bladensburg (Md.)
Date:
1974
1974-1989
1874-1978
bulk 1920-1970
Notes:
In 1870 in Bladensburg, Maryland, undertaker Francis Gasch refused to conduct a burial because the family of the deceased could not afford to pay the exorbitant cost of the funeral. At the time, this plight was quite common for newly freed African Americans. Recognizing the need for action, Henry Vinton Plummer, pastor of the St. Paul Baptist Church in Bladensburg, intervened on the behalf of the family and assumed financial responsibility for the burial. Thereafter, in an effort to empower the community to establish their own resources, Vinton called a meeting in June, 1870, where he proposed the establishment of a society which would ensure its members a proper funeral through the collection of membership dues. The society, which was christened the Bladensburg Burying Association, eventually became the Bladensburg Union Burial Association and served several generations of members in the Bladensburg area.
Summary:
The collection, which dates from 1874 to 1978 and measures 3.64 linear feet, documents the history of the Bladensburg Union Burial Association. The records include the Association's constitution, by-laws, treasurer reports, receipts, and correspondence.
Cite as:
The Bladensburg Union Burial Association records, Anacostia Community Museum, Smithsonian Institution, gift of Reverend L. Jerome Fowler
Topic:
African American churches
African American clergy
Funeral rites and ceremonies
Local number:
ACMA 2003.7076
Restrictions:
Use of the materials requires an appointment. Please contact the archivist to make an appointment: ACMarchives@si.edu
Data Source:
Anacostia Community Museum Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_286377
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