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Ethel Mary Albert Papers

Creator:
Albert, Ethel Mary, 1918-1989  Search this
Extent:
8.33 Linear Feet (24 boxes)
8 sound tape reels
Culture:
Burundians  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Sound tape reels
Slides (photographs)
Place:
Burundi
Date:
1940s-1960s
Summary:
Ethel M. Albert was an ethnologist whose research focused on communication and speech, and values and ethics. She pursued these themes cross-culturally across a wide spectrum of social classes, ethnic groups and locations. She received a PhD in philosophy from the University of Wisconsin in 1949 and taught a several institutions of higher learning before becoming a faculty member of Northwestern University in 1966. The Ethel Mary Albert papers consist of writings, photographs and sound recordings produced during the course of Albert's ethnological studies as Ford Fellow in Burundi in the late 1950s; field research among the Navaho; and materials related to a later cross cultural study of fatalism.
Scope and Contents:
This collection is mainly comprised of Albert's papers produced in the course of her ethnological studies as Ford Fellow in Burundi in the late 1950s; field research among the Navaho; and materials related to a later cross cultural study of fatalism.

Among her field notes and extensive personal journals produced during her stay in Burundi are collections of Kirundi texts, including fables and stories, many of which were produced in direct cooperation with (and in a few cases authored by) some of her more literate informants. She also collected a wide spectrum of biographies. During her time in Central Africa, she interviewed many people from both major ethnic groups (Tutsi and Hutu) and accumulated photographic portraits of many of her biographical subjects.

Her collection of photographic slides number more than 300. They depict a wide range of the activities of village life (such as traditional dances, dress, children, cows, and agricultural activities) as well as portraits of the King and Queen of Urundi.

Albert also conducted ethnographic fieldwork among the Navaho. From that period, her papers include material relating to a study of values in five cultures; these appear in Vogt and Albert's People of Rimrock (1967).

Another important group of materials consists of manuscripts and notes relating to Albert's study of fatalism. In these notes and manuscripts she relates her previous 5 ethnographic studies to her philosophical knowledge in the production of a cross-cultural study of the values and life ways associated with fatalism, resignation and determinism.

This collection contains many of her completed essays and articles, both published and unpublished. Albert also produced sound recordings related to her field work in Burundi.
Arrangement note:
The collection is arranged in 14 series: (1) Rundi Projects Reports and Journals; (2) Rundi Ethnography; Rough Notes; (3) Rundi Biographies; (4) Rundi Texts; (5) Photographic Slides; (6) Study of Fatalism; (7) Study of Values in Five Cultures; (8) Miscellaneous Notes; (9) Unpublished Writings; (10) Published Articles; (11) Bibliography; (12) Unpublished Drafts of Manuscripts; (13) Miscellany; (14) Sound Recordings
Biographical/Historical note:
Ethel M. Albert was born on March 28, 1918. She received her B.A. from Brooklyn College in 1942 and her M.A. from Columbia University in 1947. She was awarded a PhD in philosophy from the University of Wisconsin in 1949. She taught philosophy at Brooklyn College (1946-1947) and Syracuse University (1949-1952). She later taught speech at the University of California at Berkeley (1958-1966) and anthropology and speech at Northwestern University (1966-1977). From 1958-66, she served as chair of the committee for African Studies (a part of the Institute of International Studies). She was chair of the anthropology department at Northwestern University from 1972-73.

Albert's ethnographic research focused on communication and speech, and values and ethics. She pursued these themes cross-culturally across a wide spectrum of social classes, ethnic groups and locations. She carried out work among the Navaho while serving as a research associate with the Laboratory of Social Relations at Harvard University (1953-1955). As a Ford Foundation fellow (1955-1957), she carried out ethnographic studies of the Tutsi, Hutu and Twa peoples of Burundi, from which she produced numerous notes and writings. Albert died at the age of 71 in October of 1989, in Sarasota, Florida.

Chronology of the life of Ethel Mary Albert

1918 -- Born on the 28th of March in New Britain, CT.; daughter of Zundel and Dorothy (Eisenstadt) Sokolsky

1942 -- Receives her B.A. from Brooklyn College

1947 -- Receives her M.A. from Columbia University

1946-1947 -- Instructor of philosophy at Brooklyn College

1949 -- Awarded a PhD in philosophy from the University of Wisconsin

1949-1952 -- Instructor of philosophy at Syracuse University

1953-1955 -- Research associate with the Laboratory of Social Relations at Harvard University; carries out work among the Navahos

1955-1957 -- Carries out an ethnographic study of the Rundi Culture in central Africa as a Ford Foundation Fellow in the Overseas African Program

1957-1958 -- Fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, Stanford, California

1958-1966 -- Instructor of speech at the University of California at Berkeley

1960,1961 -- Assistant Director for ethnology, National Science Foundation Project on Educational Resources in Anthropology

1963-1965 -- Chairman of committee for African studies (Institute of International Studies), University of California at Berkeley

1964-1965 -- Appointed vice-chairman of the speech department at the University of California at Berkeley

1966-1977 -- Professor of anthropology and speech at Northwestern University

1973 -- Chairman of anthropology and speech department, Northwestern University
Provenance:
These papers were bequeathed to the National Anthropological Archives by Ethel Mary Albert and were accessioned in 1990.
Restrictions:
The Ethel Mary Albert papers are open for reaearch.
Rights:
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Topic:
Ethnologies  Search this
Rundi language  Search this
Genre/Form:
Slides (photographs)
Citation:
Ethel Mary Albert Papers, National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution
Identifier:
NAA.1990-30
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Archival Repository:
National Anthropological Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-naa-1990-30
Additional Online Media:

[Trade catalogs on tire gauges, tire tools, and accessories]

Author:
Fowler-Pem Company  Search this
Smithsonian Libraries American History Trade Literature Collection DSI  Search this
Physical description:
<1> v. : ill
Type:
Catalogs
Trade catalogs
Date:
1938
1938-
Topic:
Tires, Rubber--Equipment and supplies--Catalogs  Search this
Tire pressure gages  Search this
Fowler (Brand name)  Search this
Call number:
47827
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_468460

Essai de grammaire rundi, par A. E. Meeussen

Author:
Meeussen, A. E  Search this
Physical description:
236 p. 27 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1959
Topic:
Rundi language--Grammar  Search this
Call number:
PL8611.1.M4X 1959
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_349927

Grammaire kirundi / par Le P. F. Ménard

Author:
Ménard, F  Search this
Physical description:
515 p. ; 18 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1934
Topic:
Rundi language  Search this
Call number:
PL8611 .M53 1934
PL8611.M53 1934
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_397979

Guide de conversation kirundi / par F. Ménard

Author:
Ménard, F  Search this
Physical description:
507 p. ; 15 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1910
Topic:
Rundi language--Conversation and phrase books--French  Search this
Call number:
PL8611 .M53 1910
PL8611.M53 1910
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_398114

Ubuhǐnga kāmá = Art traditionnel rundi

Author:
Académie rundi  Search this
Physical description:
xvi p., 112 p. of plates : chiefly ill. (some col.) ; 27 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
Burundi
Date:
1970
1979
197-?]
Topic:
Decorative arts  Search this
Art, Rundi  Search this
Call number:
NK1086.6.B8U28 1970zX
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_169031

Dictionnaire français-kirundi, kirundi-français / par Le R.P. Henri Bonneau

Author:
Bonneau, Henri r.p  Search this
Physical description:
xi, 315 p. ; 21 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1950
Topic:
French language--Dictionaries--Rundi  Search this
Rundi language--Dictionaries--French  Search this
Call number:
PL8611.4 .B71 1950
PL8611.4.B71 1950
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_403848

Guide de conversation Rundi / par F. Ménard ; revu et accentué par A. Nijs

Author:
Ménard, F  Search this
Nijs, A  Search this
Physical description:
285 p. ; 16 x 21 cm
Type:
Conversation and phrase books
Date:
1981
Topic:
Rundi language--French  Search this
Call number:
PL8611 .M46 1981
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_829599

Kirundi, basic course. Based on Kirundi texts and exercises provided by Raymond Setukuru, Terence Nsanze and Daniel Nicimpaye. Organized and edited by: Earl W. Stevick

Author:
Foreign Service Institute (U.S.)  Search this
Stevick, Earl W  Search this
Physical description:
lxi, 526 p. map. 27 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1965
1965]
Topic:
Rundi language  Search this
Call number:
PL8611 .U5X
PL8611.U5X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_41301

Le mode et les avatars de transmission de la poesie dynastique rwandaise

Author:
Rugamba, Sipiriyani  Search this
Smithsonian Libraries African Art Index Project DSI  Search this
Type:
Articles
Date:
1986
Topic:
Epic poetry, Rundi  Search this
Folklore  Search this
Call number:
DT16.B2 M97
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_550901

Poésie dynastique du Rwanda traditionnel / Ita Gassel

Author:
Gassel, Ita  Search this
Smithsonian Libraries African Art Index Project DSI  Search this
Type:
Articles
Date:
1968
Topic:
Epic poetry, Tutsi  Search this
Call number:
N1 .A258
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_596438

La métallurgie traditionnelle au Burundi : techniques et croyances / par Georges Celis et Emmanuel Nzikobanyanka

Author:
Celis, Georges  Search this
Nzikobanyanka, Emmanuel  Search this
Physical description:
xii, 214 p. : ill. ; 27 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
Burundi
Date:
1976
[1976]
Topic:
Industries  Search this
Metallurgy--History  Search this
Industries, Primitive  Search this
Call number:
GN654.A4 T3322 no. 25
GN654.A4T3322 no. 25
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_199422

Burundi [sound recording] : music from the heart of Africa

Title:
Music from the heart of Africa
Author:
Coter, Giuseppe com  Search this
Physical description:
1 sound disc : digital ; 4 3/4 in
Type:
Sound recordings
Place:
Burundi
Date:
2002
1974
[2002], p1974
Topic:
Folk music  Search this
Folk songs  Search this
Music  Search this
Call number:
disc 000769
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1000190

L'Arbre-mémoire : traditions orales du Burundi / études réunies et présentées par L. Ndoricimpa et Cl. Guillet

Author:
Ndoricimpa, L (Léonidas)  Search this
Guillet, Claude  Search this
Physical description:
249 p., [8] leaves of plates : ill., maps ; 24 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
Burundi
Date:
1984
C1984
Topic:
Folklore  Search this
Ethnology  Search this
Tales  Search this
History  Search this
Social life and customs  Search this
Call number:
GR356.582.R8A73 1984X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_442563

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