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African-American Banjo

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Physical Description:
wood (part material)
metal (part material)
Measurements:
overall: 31 in x 10 in x 3 1/2 in; 78.74 cm x 25.4 cm x 8.89 cm
overall: 31 in x 9 1/2 in x 3 in; 78.74 cm x 24.13 cm x 7.62 cm
Object Name:
banjo
Place made:
United States
Date made:
1835-1865
Description (Brief):
This banjo was made by an unknown maker in the United States around 1835-1865. It has undergone considerable scrutiny and analysis at the Smithsonian because of its attribution to American slave origins. So far, studies have been inconclusive. While the sun design carved on the body may have African origins, the polygonal shape, wood top (instead of a skin), and carved head pegbox lie outside the traditions of banjos brought to America by Africans. Nevertheless, the instrument was likely made by someone familiar with Black culture.
Location:
Currently not on view
Subject:
African American
Blacks
Music & Musical Instruments
Banjos
Credit Line:
Gift of Robert S. Jamieson
ID Number:
1990.0164.01
Accession number:
1990.0164
Catalog number:
1990.0164.01
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Culture and the Arts: Musical Instruments
Banjos
Data Source:
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Additional Online Media:

African American History

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Created by:
Joe Schwartz, American, 1913 - 2013
Subject of:
Hugh Mulzac, American, 1886 - 1971
Unidentified Man or Men
Medium:
silver and photographic gelatin on photographic paper
Dimensions:
H x W: 11 x 14 in. (27.9 x 35.6 cm)
Type:
gelatin silver prints
Place depicted:
New York City, New York, United States
Date:
1948
Classification:
Media Arts-Photography
Caption:
African American History - In honor of the first Black Naval Captain, Hugh Mulzac, New York City, 1948
Joe Schwartz, Folk Photography: Poems I've Never Written (2000), 192.
Topic:
African American
Military
Photography
World War II
Credit Line:
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of Joe Schwartz and Family
Object number:
2010.74.143
Rights:
© Joe Schwartz
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National Museum of African American History and Culture Collection
Data Source:
National Museum of African American History and Culture

Dupree Collection of the African American Holiness and Pentecostal Movements Collection

Subject:
International Pentecostal Holiness Church
Creator:
DuPree, Sherry Sherrod, 1946-
Type:
Collection description
Black dolls
Dolls
Quilts
Toys
Place:
United States
Description:
African American Pentecostal Holiness Church Collection consists of patchwork quilts and dolls - wooden, cloth, plastic, and straw. The quilts were "slave quilts" or quilts used by gospel groups on concert tours. Most of the dolls were made by members of Pentecostal denominations as fundraisers.
Related archival collection: Sherry Sherrod DuPree collection on the African-American Holiness and Pentecostal movements, which dates from circa 1887-2001, contains materials relating to the history of African-American Holiness and Pentecostal movements. Included are newsletters, correspondence, brochures, fliers, magazines, VHS tapes, articles, newspaper clippings, slides, manuscripts, photographs, books, financial documents, audiocassettes, compact discs, diskettes, DuPree's research files, and other materials. A copy of DuPree's book "African-American Holiness Pentecostal Movement: an Annotated Bibliography," which was based on the research in this collection, is also present. Contact the Archivist for more information.
Sherry Sherrod DuPree is a librarian and historian whose research focuses on African-American gospel music and African-American Pentecostal churches. She was the founder and organizer of the DuPree African-American Pentecostal and Holiness Collection at the New York Public Library's Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture. DuPree began the National African American Holiness Pentecostal Project, during the course of which she received several grants to fund her work. 1988, DuPree was appointed by Dr. Wilma Hughey to the Archival Historical Committee of The Church of God in Christ, Memphis, Tennessee. In 1995, DuPree became the Archivist of the Gospel Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Detroit. In March of 1998, she was elected Second Vice-President in the Society for Pentecostal Studies.
Archival Materials:
Sherry Sherrod DuPree collection on the African-American Holiness and Pentecostal movements, Anacostia Community Museum Archives, Smithsonian Institution, gift of Sherry Sherrod DuPree.
Wikipedia:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/International_Pentecostal_Holiness_Church
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pentecostalism
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Holiness_movement
Topic:
African American Pentecostal churches
African Americans
Church history
Holiness movement
Pentecostal churches
Pentecostalism
Social life and customs
Cite As:
Permanent Collection, Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum
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Dupree Collection of the African American Holiness and Pentecostal Movements Collection
Anacostia Community Museum Collection
Data Source:
Anacostia Community Museum

[Photograph of elderly African American man]

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Medium:
paper
National Origin:
African Americans
Type:
Photograph
Accession Number:
2003.0004.0001
See more items in:
Michael Fine Collection
Anacostia Community Museum Collection
Data Source:
Anacostia Community Museum

[Photograph of elderly African American woman]

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Medium:
paper
National Origin:
African Americans
Type:
Photograph
Accession Number:
2003.0004.0002
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Michael Fine Collection
Anacostia Community Museum Collection
Data Source:
Anacostia Community Museum

African-American Woman

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Physical Description:
metal (overall material)
Measurements:
overall: 4 3/4 in x 3 1/2 in; 12.065 cm x 8.89 cm
Object Name:
tintype
Description (Brief):
Tintype full-length portrait of an African-American woman standing by a studio rock prop mounted in an album page.
Description:
The NMAH Photo History Collection (PHC) has over 3000 tintype photographs dating from the beginnings of the process in 1856 to the present. ‘Tintype’ was coined and became the favored name.
Tintypes in the PHC are found in albums, the Kaynor Union Case collection and as individual photographs. The original tintype process patent was assigned to William and Peter Neff in 1856. William Neff died a short time later, but his son Peter, who named the process Melainotype, continued on with his work. The earliest tintypes in the PHC are a group of more than thirty Peter Neff Melainotypes, some of which date back to 1856 and contain notes written by Peter Neff. Shortly after the Melainotype, Victor Griswold introduced a very similar process on thinner, lighter iron plates and called them Ferrotypes. The PHC has tintypes ranging from rare large images between 5”x7” and 10”x12”down to small images cut to 6mm diameter to fit jewelry. The Melainotypes are between 1/6 plate and 4”x5” in size and many have indistinct images. There are also unexposed Melainotype plates including a pack of 1/6 plates and large whole-plates with four decorated oval borders that were designed to be cut into smaller quarter plates after exposure.
The great majority of tintype photographs are studio portraits, including the very popular ‘Gem’ size (about ¾” x 1”). Almost every gem tintype in the PHC is an individual head and shoulders portraits, the only exceptions seen being a full length portrait and a head and shoulders portrait of a couple. Most of these gem portraits are in small gem albums designed to hold two to six gems per page. However, several gems are mounted on cartes-de-visite (CDV) size cards and set in specifically designed album pages. Some of these CDV mounted gems are in elaborate miniature frames attached to the card. The tintypes larger than gem size show a greater variety of subject matter, but still with a main focus on individual portraits, this is especially true of the smaller 1/16 and 1/9 plate images. Outdoor tintypes are rare. Of the few in the PHC, the most common outdoor subjects noted are people standing in front of their homes and photographs of people proudly standing with, or sitting on, their horse or horses and buggy. One of the largest tintypes is a 9”x 7” outdoor view of a row of townhouses with a couple standing on one of the balconies. There is also an outdoor tintype of men fishing along with another of their days catch.
One common subject in tintype photography, as noted in text books, is the civil war soldier. The durability of the tintype meant that photographs taken in the field could be sent home. However, this category of tintype is not well represented in the PHC, with less than thirty noted due to the fact that the majority of the Smithsonian’s Civil War tintypes are located mainly in the Military History Collection. Most of the PHC examples of Civil War tintypes are in the Kaynor collection of cased images.
A few of the tintypes in the PHC are hand colored. This coloring varies from light tinting of faces and hands to heavy overpainting that obscures the underlying tintype image. A number of the tintypes (about 30) depict people with the apparatus of their occupations. Some are posed studio shots and others appear to be photographs of people at their place of work. Among the occupational views are images of a doctor, grocery deliveryman, weavers, fireman, ice delivery man, craftsman, cobbler, shoe shiners, mail carrier, surveyor, pipe liners and other tintypes of people wearing work clothes and posing with tools. These include a unique full-length gem tintype of a man in work apron with a saw.
Location:
Currently not on view
Subject:
Photography
Tintype Collection
Photo History Collection
ID Number:
PG*75.23.5
Accession number:
317965
Catalog number:
75.23.5
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Culture and the Arts: Photographic History
Photo History Collection
Tintype Collection
Data Source:
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

Jubilee: African American Celebration 2006

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Creator:
Anacostia Community Museum
Curator:
James, Portia P
Subject:
Anacostia Community Museum
Physical description:
.15 linear feet (1 box)
2 miniDV video recordings
1 VHS 1/2" video recording
Culture:
African American
Type:
Video recordings
Collection descriptions
Date:
2006
Summary:
This collection contains the audiovisual output of the Anacostia Community Museum's "Jubilee: African American Celebration" exhibition. The exhibition examines historical and contemporary African American holidays and celebrations from around the country. More than 50 holidays, celebratory traditions and occasions are presented in a season-based journey through a calendar year. Observances profiled include those no longer existing, ones created in response to significant events (such as Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation), regional favorites and black traditions associated with mainstream holidays. Also covered are leisure-time activities, college and church homecomings, black Greek organizations' events, family reunions and recent holidays like Kwanzaa and Martin Luther King Jr. Day. The video recordings in this collection document New Orleans Mardi Gras celebrations and docent training for the exhibition.
Cite as:
Jubilee: African American Celebration Audiovisual Records, Anacostia Community Museum Archives, Smithsonian Institution
Topic:
Celebrations
Holidays
Mardi Gras
Museum exhibits
Local number:
ACMA AV03-055
Restrictions:
Use of the materials requires an appointment. Some items are not accessible due to obsolete format and playback machinery restrictions. Please contact the archivist at acmarchives@si.edu
Data Source:
Anacostia Community Museum Archives

Albumen print of African American Odd Fellows in front of a grandstand

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Created by:
Unidentified
Subject of:
Grand United Order of Odd Fellows, American, founded 1843
Medium:
albumen and silver on paper
Dimensions:
H x W (photograph): 6 x 17 1/2 in. (15.2 x 44.5 cm)
H x W (mat): 7 x 18 in. (17.8 x 45.7 cm)
Type:
albumen prints
Place depicted:
The Ohio State University, Columbus, Franklin County, Ohio, United States, North and Central America
Date:
1890-1930
Classification:
Media Arts-Photography
Topic:
African American
Associations and institutions
Fraternal organizations
Photography
Credit Line:
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture
Object number:
2011.89.7
Rights:
Public domain
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National Museum of African American History and Culture Collection
Data Source:
National Museum of African American History and Culture

The First Female African American Pilot

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Creator:
Smithsonian Channel
Type:
Youtube videos
Uploaded:
2012-01-04T18:06:32.000Z
Video Title:
The First Female African American Pilot
Description:
Bessie Coleman wanted to fly, and she wouldn't take no for an answer. As the first African American woman with a pilot's license, she proved her skill as a stunt pilot.
Views:
82,904
Video Duration:
3 min 7 sec
Youtube Category:
Entertainment
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smithsonianchannel
YouTube Channel:
smithsonianchannel
Data Source:
Smithsonian Channel

Flyer for June 24, 1978 conference "African American Males Endangered Species"

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Created by:
Foundation for the Preservation of Black Males
Owned by:
Justine Rector, American
Subject of:
Temple University, American, founded 1884
Medium:
ink on paper
Dimensions:
H x W: 9 1/4 x 4 1/8 in. (23.5 x 10.5 cm)
Type:
fliers (printed matter)
Place depicted:
436 Spruce Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States, North and Central America
Date:
1978
Classification:
Documents and Published Materials
Topic:
African American
Activism
Gender
Health
Identity
Men
Social reform
United States--History--1969-2001
Credit Line:
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture
Object number:
2012.114.4
Rights:
No Known Copyright Restrictions
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National Museum of African American History and Culture Collection
Exhibition:
A Changing America: 1968 and Beyond
On View:
NMAAHC (1400 Constitution Ave NW), National Mall Location, Concourse 1, C1 053
Data Source:
National Museum of African American History and Culture

Pinback button promoting the arrival of the National African American Museum

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Manufactured by:
Unidentified
Subject of:
Smithsonian Institution, American, founded 1846
Owned by:
Jan Bailey, American, 1942 - 2010
Medium:
ink on paper with metal and plastic
Dimensions:
H x W: 2 1/8 × 2 1/8 × 3/8 in. (5.4 × 5.4 × 1 cm)
Type:
buttons (information artifacts)
Place depicted:
Washington, District of Columbia, United States, North and Central America
Date:
ca.1995
Topic:
African American
Associations and institutions
Local and regional
Politics (Practical)
Credit Line:
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture
Object number:
2013.201.1.54
Rights:
No Known Copyright Restrictions
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National Museum of African American History and Culture Collection
Exhibition:
A Changing America: 1968 and Beyond
On View:
NMAAHC (1400 Constitution Ave NW), National Mall Location, Concourse 1, C1 053
Data Source:
National Museum of African American History and Culture

African American Art Curator Talk

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Creator:
Smithsonian American Art Museum
Type:
Youtube videos
Uploaded:
2012-08-01T23:55:46.000Z
Video Title:
African American Art Curator Talk
Description:
Virginia Mecklenburg, senior curator, explores the work of Jacob Lawrence, Norman Lewis, Lois Mailou Jones, Melvin Edwards, and other artists featured in the exhibition African American Art: Harlem Renaissance, Civil Rights Era, and Beyond. These artists participated in ongoing dialogues about art, black identity, and individual rights that engaged American society in the twentieth century. Using documentary realism, painterly expressionism, and the postmodern assemblage of found objects, they rewrote American history and its art.
Views:
6,183
Video Duration:
49 min 11 sec
Topic:
Art, American
Youtube Category:
Education
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americanartmuseum
YouTube Channel:
americanartmuseum
Data Source:
Smithsonian American Art Museum

[African American porcelain doll]

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Previous Owner:
Griffith, Jacqueline
Medium:
porcelain, cloth, paint
National Origin:
American
Type:
doll
Description:
African American porcelain doll with blue plaid dress and pink slip.
Previous owner Jacqueliine Griffith was the only child of Delaphine Griffith. Delaphine was the only child of Sarah Thomas. Mother and daughter were very close. However, Jacqueline Griffith was quite private and reserved, therefore little is known about the family, her private life or the collection.l
June P. Brown is the executor of Jacqueline Griffith's estate.
Accession Number:
1995.0008.0017
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Jacqueline Griffith Collection
Anacostia Community Museum Collection
Data Source:
Anacostia Community Museum
Additional Online Media:

Black Wings: African American Pioneers

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Creator:
National Air and Space Museum
Type:
Youtube videos
Uploaded:
2011-08-31T20:11:25.000Z
Video Title:
Black Wings: African American Pioneers
Description:
Aeronautics curator Von Hardesty discusses the updated Black Wings exhibit in the "Barron Hilton Pioneers of Flight Gallery," offering a perspective on African American pioneer aviators, past and present. This informal gallery talk was recorded on February 9, 2011 as part of the National Air and Space Museum's "Ask an Expert" lecture series. "Ask an Expert" lectures are presented weekly at the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC and biweekly at the Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, VA. For more information & schedule, see http://www.nasm.si.edu/askanexpert/
Views:
2,205
Video Duration:
14 min 40 sec
Topic:
Aeronautics;Flight;Space Sciences
Youtube Category:
Education
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airandspace
YouTube Channel:
airandspace
Data Source:
National Air and Space Museum

[African American porcelain doll]

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Previous Owner:
Griffith, Jacqueline
Medium:
plastic, cloth, yarn, paint
National Origin:
American
Type:
Doll
Description:
Small African American porcelain doll with yarn black hair, moveable head, arms and legs, in beige dress and white slip.
Previous owner Jacqueliine Griffith was the only child of Delaphine Griffith. Delaphine was the only child of Sarah Thomas. Mother and daughter were very close. However, Jacqueline Griffith was quite private and reserved, therefore little is known about the family, her private life or the collection.l
June P. Brown is the executor of Jacqueline Griffith's estate.
Accession Number:
1995.0008.0004
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Jacqueline Griffith Collection
Anacostia Community Museum Collection
Data Source:
Anacostia Community Museum
Additional Online Media:

Reproduction African-American Banjo

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Maker:
Klinger, Robert
Physical Description:
wood (part material)
metal (part material)
Measurements:
overall: 31 in x 10 in x 3 1/2 in; 78.74 cm x 25.4 cm x 8.89 cm
overall: 31 1/4 in x 10 1/4 in x 3 3/8 in; 79.375 cm x 26.035 cm x 8.5725 cm
Object Name:
banjo
Place made:
United States: District of Columbia, Washington
Date made:
1981
Description (Brief):
This banjo was made by Robert Klinger in Washington, D.C. in 1981. The banjo is a reproduction of an African-American banjo (catalog number 1990.0164.01) that was made in the shop of the National Museum of American History’s conservation lab.
Location:
Currently not on view
Subject:
Music & Musical Instruments
Banjos
ID Number:
1981.3019.01
Nonaccession number:
1981.3019
Catalog number:
1981.3019.01
See more items in:
Culture and the Arts: Musical Instruments
Banjos
Data Source:
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Additional Online Media:

"Save Our African American Treasures" in Charleston, S.C

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Author:
Barnes, Michael R
Subject:
Conwill, Kinshasha Holman
Bunch, Lonnie G
National Museum of African American History and Culture
Save Our African American Treasures Program
Physical description:
Number of Images: 1 Color: Color; Size: 5w x 4.68h ; Type of Image: Event; Medium: Photographic print
Type:
Event
Place:
United States
South Carolina
Date:
May 30, 2009
Category:
Historic Images of the Smithsonian
Summary:
Participants in the "Save Our African American Treasures" program held in May 2009 in Charleston, South Carolina. "Treasures" is a national outreach program presented by the National Museum of African American History and Culture to ensure the preservation of African American history. Looking on (center rear) are NMAAHC Director Lonnie Bunch and Congressman James Clyburn (DSC), and Deputy Director Kinshasha Holman Conwill stands at right. Visitors are learning how to preserve artifacts.
Contained within:
National Museum of African American History and Culture (website)
Contact information:
Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Archives, 600 Maryland Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20024-2520, SIHistory@si.edu
Topic:
African Americans--History
Women
Legislators
Artifacts
African Americans
Public programs
Standard number:
SOAT-BurkeHS__02221
Restrictions:
No restrictions
Data Source:
Smithsonian Archives - History Div

Center for African American History and Culture Audiovisual Records 1992-1998

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Creator:
Anacostia Museum and Center for African American History and Culture
Subject:
Anacostia Community Museum
Anacostia Museum and Center for African American History and Culture
Physical description:
3 linear feet (3 boxes)
1 VHS 1/2" video recording
1 DAT sound recording
6 microcassette sound recordings
80 audio cassette sound recordings
Culture:
African American
Type:
Video recordings
Collection descriptions
Sound recordings
Date:
1992
1992-1998
Summary:
This collection contains audiovisul documentation of the work conducted by the Center for African American History and Culture. It includes sound and video recordings of interviews, programs, and exhibit-related materials created before the Center for African American and Culture merged with the Anacostia Community Museum.
Cite as:
Center for African American History and Culture Audiovisual Records, Anacostia Community Museum Archives, Smithsonian Institution
Topic:
African American history
Local number:
ACMA AV09-014
Restrictions:
Use of the materials requires an appointment. Some items are not accessible due to obsolete format and playback machinery restrictions. Please contact the archivist at acmarchives@si.edu
Data Source:
Anacostia Community Museum Archives

First House Resolution for African American Monument 12/12/1916

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Subject:
Dyer, Leonidas Carstarphen 1871-1957
United States Congress House
National Museum of African American History and Culture
United States Congress
Place:
Mall, The (Washington, D.C.)
Date:
12 December 1916
Category:
Chronology of Smithsonian History
Notes:
Brooks, LeRonn P. "Past/ Present/ Future Memory, Legislation, and the National Museum of African American History and Culture." Calloloo 30, no. 4 (May/June 2015): 711-28. doi:https://muse.jhu.edu/article/609825.
Summary:
Congressman Leonidas C. Dyer of Missouri introduces the first bill (HR18721) for a memorial on the National Mall for African American soldiers who fought in the Civil War and the First World War. This marks the beginning of the quest for a national museum dedicated to the history and culture of African Americans, ultimatley leading to the establishment of the National Museum of African American history and Culture, which opened in 2016
Contact information:
Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Institution Archives, 600 Maryland Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20024-2520, SIHistory@si.edu
Topic:
African Americans
Legislation
Museums--History
Legislative histories
African Americans--History
Museums--Law and legislation
Data Source:
Smithsonian Archives - History Div

African American Museums Association Audiovisual Records 1978-1995 1978-1979

view African American Museums Association Audiovisual Records 1978-1995 1978-1979 digital asset number 1
Creator:
Anacostia Community Museum
African American Museums Association
Subject:
Anacostia Community Museum
Anacostia Neighborhood Museum
Anacostia Museum and Center for African American History and Culture
Physical description:
.2 linear feet
71 audio cassette sound recordings
4 microcassette sound recordings
Culture:
African American
Type:
Museum records
Collection descriptions
Conferences
Sound recordings
Date:
1978
1978-1995
1978-1979
Summary:
This collection contains audio recordings of meetings and conferences led by the African American Museums Association (AAMA). It includes recordings of AAMA events from the years 1978-1995, with the majority being created in 1978 and 1979.
Cite as:
African American Museums Association Audiovisual Records, Anacostia Community Museum Archives, Smithsonian Institution
Local number:
ACMA AV09-019
Restrictions:
Use of the materials requires an appointment. Some items are not accessible due to obsolete format and playback machinery restrictions. Please contact the archivist at acmarchives@si.edu
Data Source:
Anacostia Community Museum Archives

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