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Flora S. Kaplan papers

Creator:
Kaplan, Flora S.  Search this
Names:
New York University. Museum Studies Program  Search this
Extent:
134 sound recordings
31.5 Linear feet (72 boxes)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Sound recordings
Correspondence
Field notes
Place:
Mexico
Benin (Nigeria)
Date:
1951-2012, bulk 1969-2012
Summary:
The Flora S. Kaplan papers document her field work, research, and professional activities from 1951-2012 (bulk 1969-2012) and primarily deal with her work as the director and founder of New York University's Museum Studies program and her field work in Benin and Mexico. The collection consists of correspondence, research files, book files, photographs, sound recordings, ephemera, and writings.
Scope and Contents:
The Flora S. Kaplan papers document her field work, research, and professional activities from 1951-2012 (bulk 1969-2012) and primarily deal with her work as the director and founder of New York University's (NYU) Museum Studies program and her field work in Benin, Nigeria and Mexico. The collection consists of correspondence, research files, book files, photographs, sound recordings, ephemera, and writings.

Series 1. Museum Studies contains material related to the administration of NYU's Museum Studies program, Kaplan's participation in professional societies including ICOM (International Council of Museums), AAA (American Anthropological Association), and ACASA (Arts Council of the African Studies Association), and materials dealing with Kaplan's museum studies publications, especially Museums and the Making of "Ourselves": The Role of Objects in National Identity.

Series 2. Benin (Nigeria) consists of materials related to Kaplan's fieldwork in Benin, Nigeria including her tenure as a Fulbright professor at the University of Benin from 1983-1985 and subsequent books, articles, symposia, correspondence and travels to Benin. This includes letters from friends and business associates in Benin, including extensive correspondence with the Oba of Benin, and field notes that span more than 20 years and include interviews, research, and Kaplan's thoughts on her experiences.

Series 3. Mexico consists of materials related to Kaplan's field work in Mexico in the 1970s and subsequent research and writings. This includes original research in support of Kaplan's doctoral thesis, A Mexican Folk Pottery Tradition: Cognition and Style in Material Culture in the Valley of Puebla.
Arrangement:
This collection is arranged in 3 series: Series 1. Museum studies, 1951-2012, bulk 1970-2012; Series 2. Benin (Nigeria), 1969-2012; Series 3. Mexico, 1957-2007, bulk 1969-1998.
Biographical note:
Flora Edouwaye S. Kaplan, anthropologist, is a professor emerita, and founding director (1978-99) of the Museum Studies Program, Faculty of Arts and Sciences, New York University (NYU). She taught Anthropology as a Fulbright professor, (1983-85), University of Benin, Nigeria; and previously taught at Lehman College, CUNY (1970-1976), before arriving at New York University in 1976.

She publishes widely on Benin (Nigeria) and on Mexico, museum politics, art, photography, religion and gender. She holds degrees in anthropology from The Graduate Center, CUNY (Ph.D.), and Columbia University (M.A., archaeology). Dr. Kaplan was on the curatorial staff at the Brooklyn Museum, New York for six years in the Department of Primitive Art and New World Cultures. She was a research associate at the Museum of the American Indian, (1977-87), and was an associate at the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies at NYU for more than 20 years. She co-edited the book series 'Museum Meanings' (Routledge) from 1997-2010 and has been a Board member of the journal 'Museums & Society' (University of Leicester Press) since 2004.

(Biography courtesy of Flora Kaplan's C.V. in Box 3 of this collection)

Chronology

1930 August 28 -- Flora Kaplan born in New York City

1951 -- B.A. degree, Hunter College: English writing major, Anthropology minor

1951-1954 -- Assistant, The Brooklyn Museum of the City of New York, Department of Primitive Art and New World Cultures

1954-1957 -- Acting Curator, The Brooklyn Museum of the City of New York, Department of Primitive Art and New World Cultures

1958 -- M.A. degree, Columbia University, Anthropology

1970-1976 -- Graduate fellow, lecturer: Herbert H. Lehman College of the City University of New York (CUNY), Department of Anthropology

1972-1973, 1977 -- Field work, Mexico

1976 -- Ph.D., The Graduate Center of the City University of New York (CUNY), Social Anthropology

1976-1999 -- Director and founder of the Museum Studies Program, professor of Anthropology, New York University

1977-1987 -- Research associate, Museum of the American Indian

1983-1985 -- Fulbright professor at the University of Benin, Nigeria

1999-present -- Professor emerita of Museum Studies, New York University
Related Materials:
Additional material from Flora S. Kaplan, primarily related to her field work in Mexico, can be located at the National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI) Archive Center: Flora S. Kaplan collection.
Separated Materials:
Two one-half inch video tapes and two 3/4 inch Umatic video tapes were transferred to the Human Studies Film Archive (accession number 2016-008).
Provenance:
These papers were donated to the National Anthropological Archives by Flora S. Kaplan in 2015.
Restrictions:
The Flora S. Kaplan papers are currently closed to researchers due to donor imposed restrictions. Please contact the NAA for further information.
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Topic:
Pottery, Mexican  Search this
Women anthropologists  Search this
Genre/Form:
Sound recordings
Correspondence
Field notes
Citation:
Flora S. Kaplan papers, National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution
Identifier:
NAA.2015-21
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Correspondence

Collection Creator:
Kaplan, Flora S.  Search this
Container:
Box 13
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1996-1997
Collection Restrictions:
The Flora S. Kaplan papers are currently closed to researchers due to donor imposed restrictions. Please contact the NAA for further information.
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Collection Citation:
Flora S. Kaplan papers, National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution
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Flora S. Kaplan papers / Series 1: Museum studies / 1.2: Correspondence / African Arts magazine:
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National Anthropological Archives
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28

Collection Creator:
Kaplan, Flora S.  Search this
Container:
Box 33
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1995 March 25-April 11
Collection Restrictions:
The Flora S. Kaplan papers are currently closed to researchers due to donor imposed restrictions. Please contact the NAA for further information.
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Collection Citation:
Flora S. Kaplan papers, National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution
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Flora S. Kaplan papers / Series 2: Benin (Nigeria) / 2.2: Field notes
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Correspondence

Collection Creator:
Kaplan, Flora S.  Search this
Container:
Box 28
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1990
Collection Restrictions:
The Flora S. Kaplan papers are currently closed to researchers due to donor imposed restrictions. Please contact the NAA for further information.
Use of archival audiovisual recordings with no duplicate access copy requires advance notice.
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Collection Citation:
Flora S. Kaplan papers, National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution
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Flora S. Kaplan papers / Series 2: Benin (Nigeria) / 2.1: Correspondence / 2.1.2: Oba correspondence
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National Anthropological Archives
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ead_component:sova-naa-2015-21-ref100

Correspondence

Collection Creator:
Kaplan, Flora S.  Search this
Container:
Box 28
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1991
Collection Restrictions:
The Flora S. Kaplan papers are currently closed to researchers due to donor imposed restrictions. Please contact the NAA for further information.
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Collection Citation:
Flora S. Kaplan papers, National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution
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Flora S. Kaplan papers
Flora S. Kaplan papers / Series 2: Benin (Nigeria) / 2.1: Correspondence / 2.1.2: Oba correspondence
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National Anthropological Archives
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Correspondence

Collection Creator:
Kaplan, Flora S.  Search this
Container:
Box 28
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1992
Collection Restrictions:
The Flora S. Kaplan papers are currently closed to researchers due to donor imposed restrictions. Please contact the NAA for further information.
Use of archival audiovisual recordings with no duplicate access copy requires advance notice.
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Collection Citation:
Flora S. Kaplan papers, National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution
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Flora S. Kaplan papers
Flora S. Kaplan papers / Series 2: Benin (Nigeria) / 2.1: Correspondence / 2.1.2: Oba correspondence
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National Anthropological Archives
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Village

Collection Creator:
Kaplan, Flora S.  Search this
Container:
Box 28
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1993
Collection Restrictions:
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Collection Citation:
Flora S. Kaplan papers, National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution
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Flora S. Kaplan papers / Series 2: Benin (Nigeria) / 2.1: Correspondence / 2.1.2: Oba correspondence
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National Anthropological Archives
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Oba's correspondence to Edouwaye

Collection Creator:
Kaplan, Flora S.  Search this
Extent:
2 Folders
Container:
Box 27
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1987-2005
Collection Restrictions:
The Flora S. Kaplan papers are currently closed to researchers due to donor imposed restrictions. Please contact the NAA for further information.
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Collection Citation:
Flora S. Kaplan papers, National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution
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Flora S. Kaplan papers / Series 2: Benin (Nigeria) / 2.1: Correspondence / 2.1.2: Oba correspondence
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National Anthropological Archives
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Correspondence

Collection Creator:
Kaplan, Flora S.  Search this
Container:
Box 28
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1994-1997
Collection Restrictions:
The Flora S. Kaplan papers are currently closed to researchers due to donor imposed restrictions. Please contact the NAA for further information.
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Collection Citation:
Flora S. Kaplan papers, National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution
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Flora S. Kaplan papers / Series 2: Benin (Nigeria) / 2.1: Correspondence / 2.1.2: Oba correspondence
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National Anthropological Archives
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Oba of Benin

Collection Creator:
Kaplan, Flora S.  Search this
Container:
Box 27
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1984-1990
Collection Restrictions:
The Flora S. Kaplan papers are currently closed to researchers due to donor imposed restrictions. Please contact the NAA for further information.
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Collection Citation:
Flora S. Kaplan papers, National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution
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Flora S. Kaplan papers
Flora S. Kaplan papers / Series 2: Benin (Nigeria) / 2.1: Correspondence / 2.1.2: Oba correspondence
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National Anthropological Archives
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Correspondence

Collection Creator:
Kaplan, Flora S.  Search this
Container:
Box 28
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1989
Collection Restrictions:
The Flora S. Kaplan papers are currently closed to researchers due to donor imposed restrictions. Please contact the NAA for further information.
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Collection Citation:
Flora S. Kaplan papers, National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution
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Flora S. Kaplan papers
Flora S. Kaplan papers / Series 2: Benin (Nigeria) / 2.1: Correspondence / 2.1.2: Oba correspondence
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ead_component:sova-naa-2015-21-ref107

Correspondence

Collection Creator:
Kaplan, Flora S.  Search this
Container:
Box 27
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1988
Collection Restrictions:
The Flora S. Kaplan papers are currently closed to researchers due to donor imposed restrictions. Please contact the NAA for further information.
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Collection Citation:
Flora S. Kaplan papers, National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution
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Flora S. Kaplan papers
Flora S. Kaplan papers / Series 2: Benin (Nigeria) / 2.1: Correspondence / 2.1.2: Oba correspondence
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Oba, et. al.

Collection Creator:
Kaplan, Flora S.  Search this
Container:
Box 28
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1999-2010
Collection Restrictions:
The Flora S. Kaplan papers are currently closed to researchers due to donor imposed restrictions. Please contact the NAA for further information.
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Collection Citation:
Flora S. Kaplan papers, National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution
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Flora S. Kaplan papers
Flora S. Kaplan papers / Series 2: Benin (Nigeria) / 2.1: Correspondence / 2.1.2: Oba correspondence
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National Anthropological Archives
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6

Collection Creator:
Kaplan, Flora S.  Search this
Container:
Box 30
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1984 September 21-1985 January 27
Collection Restrictions:
The Flora S. Kaplan papers are currently closed to researchers due to donor imposed restrictions. Please contact the NAA for further information.
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Collection Citation:
Flora S. Kaplan papers, National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution
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Flora S. Kaplan papers
Flora S. Kaplan papers / Series 2: Benin (Nigeria) / 2.2: Field notes
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ead_component:sova-naa-2015-21-ref11

Correspondence

Collection Creator:
Kaplan, Flora S.  Search this
Container:
Box 27
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1987
Collection Restrictions:
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Collection Citation:
Flora S. Kaplan papers, National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution
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Flora S. Kaplan papers
Flora S. Kaplan papers / Series 2: Benin (Nigeria) / 2.1: Correspondence / 2.1.2: Oba correspondence
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National Anthropological Archives
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Correspondence

Collection Creator:
Kaplan, Flora S.  Search this
Container:
Box 27
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1986
Collection Restrictions:
The Flora S. Kaplan papers are currently closed to researchers due to donor imposed restrictions. Please contact the NAA for further information.
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Collection Citation:
Flora S. Kaplan papers, National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution
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Flora S. Kaplan papers
Flora S. Kaplan papers / Series 2: Benin (Nigeria) / 2.1: Correspondence / 2.1.2: Oba correspondence
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National Anthropological Archives
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ead_component:sova-naa-2015-21-ref111

Correspondence

Collection Creator:
Kaplan, Flora S.  Search this
Container:
Box 27
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1985
Collection Restrictions:
The Flora S. Kaplan papers are currently closed to researchers due to donor imposed restrictions. Please contact the NAA for further information.
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Collection Citation:
Flora S. Kaplan papers, National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution
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Flora S. Kaplan papers
Flora S. Kaplan papers / Series 2: Benin (Nigeria) / 2.1: Correspondence / 2.1.2: Oba correspondence
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ead_component:sova-naa-2015-21-ref112

Correspondence

Collection Creator:
Kaplan, Flora S.  Search this
Container:
Box 27
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1983-1984
Collection Restrictions:
The Flora S. Kaplan papers are currently closed to researchers due to donor imposed restrictions. Please contact the NAA for further information.
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Collection Citation:
Flora S. Kaplan papers, National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution
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Flora S. Kaplan papers
Flora S. Kaplan papers / Series 2: Benin (Nigeria) / 2.1: Correspondence / 2.1.2: Oba correspondence
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National Anthropological Archives
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ead_component:sova-naa-2015-21-ref113

Benin Oba: Addresses by Oba

Collection Creator:
Kaplan, Flora S.  Search this
Container:
Box 28
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1998-2009
Collection Restrictions:
The Flora S. Kaplan papers are currently closed to researchers due to donor imposed restrictions. Please contact the NAA for further information.
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Collection Citation:
Flora S. Kaplan papers, National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution
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Flora S. Kaplan papers
Flora S. Kaplan papers / Series 2: Benin (Nigeria) / 2.1: Correspondence / 2.1.2: Oba correspondence
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National Anthropological Archives
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ead_component:sova-naa-2015-21-ref114

From Ambrose Osawe

Collection Creator:
Kaplan, Flora S.  Search this
Container:
Box 27
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
2012
Collection Restrictions:
The Flora S. Kaplan papers are currently closed to researchers due to donor imposed restrictions. Please contact the NAA for further information.
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Collection Citation:
Flora S. Kaplan papers, National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution
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Flora S. Kaplan papers / Series 2: Benin (Nigeria) / 2.1: Correspondence / 2.1.1: General
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