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Neighborhood Change project

Creator:
Anacostia Community Museum  Search this
Extent:
10 Photographs (digital, Tiff file, color)
Culture:
African American  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Photographs
Sound recordings
Interviews
Place:
Anacostia (Washington, D.C.)
Barry Farms (Washington, D.C.)
Date:
2014
Scope and Contents:
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.
Restrictions:
Use of the materials requires an appointment. Please contact the archivist at acmarchives@si.edu.
Topic:
Architecture  Search this
Neighborhoods  Search this
Genre/Form:
Photographs
Sound recordings
Interviews
Citation:
Neighborhood Change project, Anacostia Community Museum Archives, Smithsonian Institution
Identifier:
ACMA.01-007.7
Archival Repository:
Anacostia Community Museum Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-acma-01-007-7
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Inspiration: 1961–1989 Exhibition Records

Creator:
Smithsonian Institution. Anacostia Community Museum  Search this
Names:
Anacostia Neighborhood Museum  Search this
District of Columbia Art Association  Search this
Conway, Wallace X., Sr., 1920-  Search this
Dempsey, Richard W., 1909-  Search this
Dorsey, William, 1926-  Search this
Jones, Lois Mailou, 1905-1998  Search this
Pierce, Delilah W., 1904-  Search this
Robinson, Peter L., 1922-  Search this
Extent:
0.84 Linear feet (2 boxes)
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Photographic prints
Slides (photographs)
Catalogs
Correspondence
Exhibition records
Transparencies
Exhibit scripts
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  Search this
African American artists  Search this
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.03-005
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Inspiration: 1961–1989 Exhibition Records
Archival Repository:
Anacostia Community Museum Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-acma-03-005
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Barnett-Aden Collection Exhibition records

Creator:
Barnett-Aden Gallery  Search this
Smithsonian Institution. Anacostia Community Museum  Search this
Names:
Anacostia Neighborhood Museum  Search this
Barnett-Aden Collection  Search this
Corcoran Gallery of Art  Search this
Extent:
1.17 Linear feet (3 boxes)
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Correspondence
Exhibit scripts
Exhibition records
Black-and-white transparencies
Catalogs
Black-and-white photographs
Contact sheets
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  Search this
Museum exhibits  Search this
Art -- Exhibitions  Search this
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.03-010
Archival Repository:
Anacostia Community Museum Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-acma-03-010
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Always there: the African American presence in American quilts exhibition records

Creator:
Smithsonian Institution. Anacostia Community Museum  Search this
Names:
Kentucky Quilt Project  Search this
Benberry, Cuesta  Search this
Extent:
1 Linear foot (1 box)
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Exhibition catalogs
Brochures
Contact sheets
Photographic prints
Exhibition records
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  Search this
Museum exhibits  Search this
Quilts  Search this
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.03-014
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Always there: the African American presence in American quilts exhibition records
Archival Repository:
Anacostia Community Museum Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-acma-03-014
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The Real McCoy: Afro-American invention and innovation exhibition records

Creator:
Smithsonian Institution. Anacostia Community Museum  Search this
Names:
James, Portia P.  Search this
Extent:
3.52 Linear feet (6 boxes)
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Brochures
Exhibit scripts
Contact sheets
Catalogs
Correspondence
Photographic prints
Exhibition records
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  Search this
Museum exhibits  Search this
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.03-026
See more items in:
The Real McCoy: Afro-American invention and innovation, 1619-1930 exhibition records
Archival Repository:
Anacostia Community Museum Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-acma-03-026
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Before freedom came: African American life in the antebellum South exhibition records

Creator:
Smithsonian Institution. Traveling Exhibition Service  Search this
National Museum of American History (U.S.)  Search this
Smithsonian Institution. Anacostia Community Museum  Search this
Names:
Rice, Kym S.  Search this
Extent:
2.42 Linear feet (3 boxes)
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Correspondence
Photographic prints
Color slides
Exhibition records
Contact sheets
Brochures
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  Search this
Museum exhibits  Search this
Genre/Form:
Correspondence
Photographic prints
Color slides
Exhibition records -- 1990-2004
Contact sheets
Brochures
Identifier:
ACMA.03-032
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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-03-032
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Anacostia story: 1608-1930 exhibition records

Creator:
Smithsonian Institution. Anacostia Community Museum  Search this
Names:
Anacostia Community Museum  Search this
Anacostia Neighborhood Museum  Search this
Hutchinson, Louise Daniel  Search this
Extent:
15.25 Linear feet (26 boxes)
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Exhibition catalogs
Maps
Clippings
Photographic prints
Contact sheets
Exhibition records
Correspondence
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  Search this
African American neighborhoods  Search this
Museum exhibits  Search this
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.03-039
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Anacostia story: 1608-1930 exhibition records
Archival Repository:
Anacostia Community Museum Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-acma-03-039
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Gathered visions: selected works by African American women artists exhibition records

Creator:
Smithsonian Institution. Anacostia Community Museum  Search this
Names:
Anacostia Community Museum  Search this
Hall, Robert L., 1950-  Search this
Extent:
1.25 Linear feet (4 boxes)
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Photographic prints
Exhibition records
Correspondence
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:
Use of the materials requires an appointment. Please contact the archivist to make an appointment: ACMarchives@si.edu.
Topic:
Women artists  Search this
Museum exhibits  Search this
African American women artists -- Exhibitions  Search this
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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Gathered visions: selected works by African American women artists exhibition records
Archival Repository:
Anacostia Community Museum Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-acma-03-044
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Lorton Reformatory: beyond time exhibition records

Creator:
Smithsonian Institution. Anacostia Community Museum  Search this
Names:
Anacostia Community Museum  Search this
Anacostia Neighborhood Museum  Search this
Lorton Reformatory  Search this
Extent:
0.1 Linear feet (1 folder)
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Exhibit scripts
Exhibition records
Correspondence
Photographic prints
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  Search this
Museum exhibits  Search this
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.03-053
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Lorton Reformatory: beyond time exhibition records
Archival Repository:
Anacostia Community Museum Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-acma-03-053
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Here, Look at Mine! Exhibition Records

Creator:
Smithsonian Institution. Anacostia Community Museum  Search this
Names:
Anacostia Neighborhood Museum  Search this
Lebby, Larry  Search this
Robinson, John N.  Search this
Extent:
0.9 Linear feet (2 boxes)
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Exhibit scripts
Correspondence
Photographic prints
Transparencies
Exhibition records
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  Search this
Museum exhibits  Search this
African American art -- Exhibitions  Search this
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.03-054
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Here, Look at Mine! Exhibition Records
Archival Repository:
Anacostia Community Museum Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-acma-03-054
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The Rat: Man's Invited Affliction exhibition records

Creator:
Smithsonian Institution. Anacostia Community Museum  Search this
Names:
Anacostia Neighborhood Museum  Search this
Extent:
3 folders
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Photocopies
Exhibit scripts
Contact sheets
Correspondence
Brochures
Place:
Washington (D.C.)
Date:
1969
Summary:
An innovated exhibition exploring contemporary problems of rats in urban areas. The show included a simulated 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  Search this
Rats  Search this
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.03-081
Archival Repository:
Anacostia Community Museum Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-acma-03-081
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Henson Family Papers

Creator:
Henson family  Search this
Names:
Henson family  Search this
Henson, Tobias  Search this
Extent:
0.18 Linear feet (1 box)
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Leaflets
Correspondence
Financial records
Newsletters
Account books
Receipts
Legal documents
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:
Use of the materials requires an appointment. Please contact the archivist to make an appointment: ACMarchives@si.edu.
Topic:
Slavery -- United States  Search this
African American soldiers  Search this
Free blacks  Search this
African Education Society  Search this
American Colonization Society  Search this
Public housing  Search this
Eminent domain  Search this
African American neighborhoods  Search this
Freedmen  Search this
African American families  Search this
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
See more items in:
Henson Family Papers
Archival Repository:
Anacostia Community Museum Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-acma-06-030
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Chester Lee Harris papers

Creator:
Harris, Chester Lee  Search this
Names:
Harris, Lee  Search this
Extent:
1.37 Linear feet (4 boxes)
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Ephemera
Color photographs
Clippings
Brochures
Books
Awards
Memorabilia
Invitations
Newspaper clippings
Programs
Place:
New York (N.Y.)
Date:
circa 1884-2001
bulk 1940-1976
Summary:
The Lee Harris papers, which dates from circa 1884 to 2001 and measures 1.43 linear feet, documents the activities of Chester Lee Harris and his extended family. The papers are comprised of certificates, diplomas, newspaper clippings, memorabilia, books, and photographs.
Scope and Contents note:
This collection documents the activities in the personal life of Chester Lee Harris and his family between 1884 and 2001. The majority of materials contained in this collection are family and travel snapshots. The series of biographical documents and books outline major events in his life, as well as his service in the military and his community.
Arrangement note:
The papers are organized into five series. Folders within series I to IV are arranged alphabetically, while the photographic series is arranged roughly in chronological order. Documents within the folders are organized chronologically.

Series I: Biographical files

Series II: Printed materials

Series III: Career

Series IV: Books

Series V: Photographs

Subseries 5.1: Lee Harris

Subseries 5.2: Family
Biographical/Historical note:
Chester Lee Harris was born in 1940, spending his early years at Hackensack, New Jersey with his parents, Chester and Margaret Harris. His sister Renee Harris was born three years later, after which the family moved to Manhattan, New York. Lee's mother was 16 years old when he was born – documentation on his father, however, is scarce. Margaret later divorced Chester and became married to William Beasley, who died in 1977. Both Lee and Renee graduated Edward W. Stitt Junior high school in New York.

In the early 1960s, Lee was enlisted in the 369th Infantry of the New York Army National Guard, participating in training at Fort Dix and Fort Drum. After his discharge, Lee married Claudette Nourse in 1969, moving into an apartment in the Bronx. He worked as a New York City Transit bus operator until 1994. Their first house was acquired after retirement in Charlotte, North Carolina.

The couple remains active in the community into later years of their life. At the age of fifty, Claudette graduated Bronx Community College of the City University of New York with an Associate's degree in Applied Science. Lee was fifty-nine and Claudette sixty-three when they volunteered at the Citizen's Academy of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department. The two-month program aimed to foster public understanding on the incentives behind police work, in order to correct common misunderstandings. The following year Lee again applied to be a police department volunteer, this time for the Programs for Accessible Living's Parking Patrol Program (P.A.L.). There is no indication of whether he was accepted into this program or not.

Gatherings with his extended family continued after marriage, particularly at Christmas. His grandmother, Henrietta Cephas Brown ("Nana") makes a consistent appearance in family photographs since Lee's birth, indicating their close correspondence. He also made trips with his extended family to locales such as Cape Cod, New Hampshire, and New York City.
Provenance:
The Lee Harris papers were donated to the Anacostia Community Museum in August 2003 by Mr. Chester Lee Harris.
Restrictions:
The collection is open for unrestricted research. Use requires an appointment.
Rights:
The Lee Harris papers are 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:
African Americans -- Employment  Search this
Travel  Search this
African American families  Search this
African American soldiers  Search this
Hackensack (N.J.)  Search this
Genre/Form:
Ephemera
Color photographs
Clippings
Brochures
Books
Awards
Memorabilia
Invitations
Newspaper clippings
Programs
Citation:
The Lee Harris papers, Anacostia Community Museum Archives, Smithsonian Institution, gift of Mr. Chester Lee Harris.
Identifier:
ACMA.06-034
See more items in:
Chester Lee Harris papers
Archival Repository:
Anacostia Community Museum Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-acma-06-034
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Benjamin W. Austin Liberian Autograph Collection

Names:
American Colonization Society  Search this
Cheeseman, Joseph James, 1843-1896  Search this
Extent:
0.06 Linear feet ((1 box) (4 folders))
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Clippings
Correspondence
Lithographs
Signatures (names)
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  Search this
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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Henry Bazemore collection of Frederick Douglass Dwellings photographs

Creator:
Bazemore, Henry  Search this
Extent:
0.42 Linear feet ((1 box))
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Photographic prints
Photographs
Place:
Anacostia (Washington, D.C.)
Date:
circa 1940s
Summary:
The collection, dated circa 1940s and measuring .42 linear feet, documents the lives and activities of the residents of the Frederick Douglass Dwellings. The collection is comprised of black-and-white photographs.
Biographical/Historical note:
Built as temporary housing for World War II workers, the Frederick Douglass Dwellings were located on land previously owned by Tobias Henson, a former slave, who, after purchasing his freedom and that of his family, purchased and developed a 24-acre tract called The Ridge. Henson added to his landholdings and by the 1870s his family was the principal landholder in the black community of Stantontown; they remained on the land until the 1940s, when the federal government condemned the community to build the Frederick Douglass Dwellings. Deemed uninhabitable in 1998 and left vacant, the Frederick Douglass Dwellings were demolished in 2000 to make way for a new mixed-income community.
Restrictions:
Use of materials requires an appointment. Please contact the archivist to make an appointment: ACMarchives@si.edu.
Topic:
Public housing  Search this
African American neighborhoods  Search this
African Americans -- Social life and customs  Search this
African Americans  Search this
Genre/Form:
Photographic prints
Photographs
Citation:
Henry Bazemore collection of Frederick Douglass Dwellings photographs, Anacostia Community Museum Archives, Smithsonian Institution, gift of Henry Bazemore.
Identifier:
ACMA.06-067
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Henry Bazemore collection of Frederick Douglass Dwellings photographs
Archival Repository:
Anacostia Community Museum Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-acma-06-067
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Hector Bazy Manuscript

Creator:
Bazy, Hector, 1851-  Search this
Extent:
30 Pages
11 Photographs
Typescript documents
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Pages
Photographs
Manuscripts
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  Search this
Autobiography  Search this
Genre/Form:
Photographs
Manuscripts
Citation:
Hector Bazy Manuscript, Anacostia Community Museum Archives, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
ACMA.06-125
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Hector Bazy Manuscript
Archival Repository:
Anacostia Community Museum Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-acma-06-125
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Ethiopia Photograph Album

Extent:
269 Photographic prints (1 box, 1 album; black & white, 12 x 16 cm. )
Container:
Box 1
Culture:
Afar (African people)  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Photographic prints
Black-and-white photographs
Black-and-white negatives
Place:
Africa
Ethiopia
Date:
1936-1941
Summary:
This collection includes one photographic album containing 269 silver gelatin black and white prints (12 x 16 cm.) and dates from 1936-1941. The photographs were taken in northern Ethiopia, and possibly Somalia. The images highlight peoples including the Danakil and Afar, dress, adornments, coiffures, churches, and historical residence, among other subjects.
Scope and Contents:
This collection includes one photographic album containing 269 silver gelatin black and white prints (12 x 16 cm.) and dates from 1936-1941. The photographs were taken in northern Ethiopia (Afar region) and possibly Somalia, and may have been produced by Italian military members during the occupation and war with Ethiopia. The images largely depict groups and portraits of African peoples, including the Danakil and Afar, scenic views, soldiers, vernacular architecture, churches, and towns. Many photographs depict animals, including lions, camels, warthogs, wildebeest, porcupines, hyenas, baboons, cheetahs, snakes, and ostriches. Of particular note are photos of an Ethiopian priest with a cross, an Ethiopian horseman with a shield, and clergy in full ceremonial attire.
Arrangement note:
Original album order maintained.
Historical note:
Unknown photographer. The album was likely compiled by Italian military officers around the beginning of World War II. At the time, Italy had colonies in Libya and Italian East Africa (now Libya). The cover of the album reads: "FONDAZIONE DELL IX IMPERO ANNO XIV MAGGIO", which translates to "Foundation of the Ninth Empire year 14 May"
Restrictions:
Use of original records requires an appointment. Contact Archives staff for more details.
Rights:
Permission to reproduce images from the Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives must be obtained in advance. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
Topic:
Animals -- Africa  Search this
Vernacular architecture  Search this
Religious processions -- Ethiopia  Search this
Genre/Form:
Photographic prints
Black-and-white photographs
Black-and-white negatives
Citation:
Ethiopia Photograph Album, EEPA 1995-019, Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives, National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
EEPA.1995-019
Archival Repository:
Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives, National Museum of African Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-eepa-1995-019
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Uganda Photographic Album

Collector:
Robins, D.C. Major  Search this
Robins, D.C. Major  Search this
Extent:
43 gelatin silver prints (1 album, black & white, 12 x 16.5 cm. or smaller)
Container:
Item 26
Box 1
Culture:
Acholi (African people) -- Uganda  Search this
Teso (African people)  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
gelatin silver prints
Photographic prints
Place:
Africa
Uganda
Date:
between 1920-1935
Summary:
Album is comprised of photographs taken in and around Patiko, a settlement of the Acholi peoples (also known as Gan) in Uganda, and among the Teso peoples of Uganda. The images depict architectural features, general appearance of both Acholi and Teso, and in some instances activities and rituals. Photographer unknown.
Scope and Contents:
The album is comprised of photographs taken in and around Patiko, a settlement of the Acholi peoples (also known as Gan) in Uganda, and among the Teso peoples of Uganda, including at Lake Nagero and in the Guru Guru Hills. The images depict architectural features, the general appearance of both Acholi and Teso, and in some instances rituals and activities, including digging for water, watering cattle, threshing grain, mending a hoe, hunting and dancing. Additionally, there are several images of individuals wearing ornaments including brass rings, beaded headdresses and metal armbands.
Arrangement note:
In order as printed in album.
Biographical / Historical:
The album was compiled by Major D.C. Robins, who served in British East Africa during the 1920s and 1930s.

Photographer is unknown.
Restrictions:
Use of original records requires an appointment. Contact Archives staff for more details.
Rights:
Permission to reproduce images from the Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives must be obtained in advance. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
Genre/Form:
Photographic prints
Citation:
Uganda Photographic Album, EEPA 1999-003, Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives, National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
EEPA.1999-003
Archival Repository:
Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives, National Museum of African Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-eepa-1999-003
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Everett Edward Thompson Lantern Slides

Creator:
Thompson, Everett Edward, 1876-1962  Search this
Names:
Kuhn, Irene  Search this
Extent:
151 lantern slides (approximate number: 151 Items)
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Lantern slides
Lecture notes
Photographs
Place:
Indonesia -- description and travel
East Indies
Java
Indonesia
Malaysia
Date:
1899-1962
Summary:
The papers, 1899-1962, of editor, lexicographer, author, and lecturer Everett Edward Thompson (1876-1962) primarily document his 1905 trip to Indonesia and subsequent lectures delivered from 1913-1919 and 1956. Portions of the papers are photocopies. Included are obituaries; a portrait photograph dated 1899; portions of a travel journal; announcements, notes, and 132 glass stereopticons assembled in preparation for lectures on Indonesia; a letter; printed material and clippings related to language and the Webster-Merriam dictionaries; and a handwritten copy of Irene Kuhn's 1961 news article on the early history of U.S. field teaching in the Philippines.
Scope and Contents:
The papers, 1899-1962, of editor, lexicographer, author, and lecturer Everett Edward Thompson (1876-1962) primarily document his 1905 trip to Indonesia and subsequent lectures delivered from 1913-1919 and 1956. Portions of the papers are photocopies. Included are obituaries; a portrait photograph dated 1899; portions of a travel journal; announcements, notes, and 132 glass stereopticons assembled in preparation for lectures on Indonesia; a letter; printed material and clippings related to language and the Webster-Merriam dictionaries; and a handwritten copy of Irene Kuhn's 1961 news article on the early history of U.S. field teaching in the Philippines. Total: 151 items
Arrangement note:
Series 1: -- Biographical Data

Series 2: -- Portrait Photograph

Series 3: -- Travel Journal

Series 4: -- Lecture notes and announcements

Series 5: -- Letter

Series 6: -- Printed Matter

Series 7: -- Lantern Slides
Biographical Information:
Editor, lexicographer, author, and lecturer Everett Edward Thompson was born in Springfield, Massachusetts in1876. He received an A.B. degree from Amherst College in 1899. From 1901-1905 Thompson fufilled an appointment to a government teaching position in the Philippines. In 1905 he traveled from Manila to Singapore, and then to Burma, India, Ceylon, Java, the Straits Settlements, and Japan. From 1905 to 1909 he was part of the editorial staff of the G&C Merriam Company, publisher of the Webster-Merriam dictionaries, Springfield, Massachusetts. In 1907 he married Emily Lecretia Bettes and two years later in 1909 received an M.A. from Amherst College where he wrote a thesis on, "The Spanish Element in the English Language." From 1910-1920 Thomspon served as editor of foreign language textbooks, American Book Company, New York City. In 1920 he received honorary doctor of letters (Litt. D) from Syracuse University. That same year Thompson rejoined the Webster dictionary editorial staff of G&C Merriam Company, Springfield, Massachusetts where he remained until 1949. Everett Edward Thompson died 1962 March 24 in Springfield, Massachusetts.

1876 June 20 -- Born in Springfield, Massachusetts

1899 -- Received A.B. degree from Amherst College

1901-1905 -- Appointed government teaching position in the Philippines

1905 -- Traveled from Manila to Singapore, and then to Burma, India, Ceylon, Java, the Straits Settlements, and Japan

1905-1909 -- Joined editorial staff of the G&C Merriam Company, publisher of the Webster-Merriam dictionaries, Springfield, Massachusetts

1907 -- Married Emily Lecretia Bettes

1909 -- Received M.A. from Amherst College. Thesis on, "The Spanish Element in the English Language."

1910-1920 -- Editor of foreign language textbooks, American Book Company, New York City

1913 -- Birth of son Ronald

1920 -- Received honorary doctor of letters (Litt. D) from Syracuse University

1920-1949 -- Re-joined the Webster dictionary editorial staff of G&C Merriam Company, Springfield, Massachusetts

1962 March 24 -- Died in Springfield, Massachusetts
Provenance:
The collection was donated to the Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives by Everett Edward Thompson's son, Ronald Thompson, in 1991.
Restrictions:
Access is by appointment only, Monday through Thursday 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Please contact the Archives to make an appointment: AVRreference@si.edu.
Rights:
No restrictions on use.
Topic:
Royalty, Netherlands  Search this
Genre/Form:
Lecture notes
Photographs
Citation:
Everett Edward Thompson Papers. Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives. Smithsonian Institution, Washington D.C. Gift of Ronald Thompson, 1991.
Identifier:
FSA.A1991.05
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Everett Edward Thompson Lantern Slides
Archival Repository:
Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-fsa-a1991-05
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Digitization and Documentation in North American Collections: A History in Interviews

Creator:
Greene, Candace S.  Search this
Turner, Hannah  Search this
Extent:
0.2 Megabytes (1 PDF)
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Megabytes
Date:
2015
Content Description:
This project was intended to document some major institutional changes and challenges in cataloging and digitizing material culture in anthropological collections that have taken place over the past 30-50 years of museum practice. The project was initiated in 2015 by Dr. Candace Greene, who was concerned that the operational history of digitization in museum anthropological collections in North America was not well recorded. Much of this information was at risk of being lost or forgotten, and it was important to capture some of the institutional memory concerning the creation of electronic catalogs, from early database development to digital photographs to online access. Dr. Hannah Turner, whose research focuses on museum informational practices, was contracted to carry out interviews to gather oral history. This record includes: Museum of Anthropology at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada (interviewee: Ann Stevenson); Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto, Canada (interviewee: Barb Rice); American Philosophical Society, Philadelphia, USA (interviewee: Brian Carpenter); American Museum of Natural History, New York, USA (interviewee: John Hansen); National Museum of the American Indian, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, USA (interviewee: DucPhong Nguyen); Phoebe A Hearst Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, Berkeley, USA. (interviewee: Michael Black).
Identifier:
NAA.2019-09
Archival Repository:
National Anthropological Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-naa-2019-09
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