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Jean Borgatti Collection

Photographer:
Borgatti, Jean  Search this
Extent:
3617 slides (photographs) (color, 35 mm)
166 contact sheets ((2 binders))
3555 negatives (photographic) (black and white, 35 mm)
4 Notebooks ((1 box))
1 cassette tape ((2 boxes))
25 Film reels (Super 8)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Slides (photographs)
Contact sheets
Negatives (photographic)
Notebooks
Cassette tapes
Film reels
Date:
1971-2003
Summary:
Jean Borgatti's collection dates from 1971 to 2003 and was created in Nigeria and Ghana. Much of the collection documents masquerades, shrines, festivals, market scenes, and ceremonies, and includes images of Urhobo, Uzairue, Ishan (Esan), Etsako, and Otuo peoples.
Scope and Contents:
Jean Borgatti's collection dates from 1971 to 2003 and is comprised of 3,617 slides, 3,625 negatives, 4 negative books, contact prints, an audio cassette, 25 Super 8 film reels, and 23,425 digtial images. The materials primarily document the Urhobo, Uzairue, Ishan (Esan), Etsako, and Otuo peoples.

Much of the collection depicts masquerades, festivals, and ceremonies, including the Aimhi masquerade, Akpele masquerade, Egbemamu masquerade, Egede masquerade, Egu (Egungun) Akachi masquerade, Ekpenike masquerade, Ekuede masquerade, Erelue Masquerade, Gelede performance, Idu masquerade, Igbagu masquerade, Igo masquerade, Igugu Festival, Ihuen Festival, Iyabana night masquerade, Obanagbedor masquerade, Obonodike masquerade, Ogabadi masquerade, Ogumogu performances, Okwema masquerade, Olimi Festival, Omese masquerade, Opha procession, Otsa masquerade, Otuo masquerade, Ugwonor masquerade, Ukpokolo masquerade, and Wanyoke masquerade. There are also images of title-taking ceremonies and paraphernalia, and shrines, including the Aziza, Ikumuku, Ituke, Okailopokai, Oshun, Ugbe Ebo forest shrines.

Images were taken primarily in Nigeria, including in Lagos, Ibadan, Benin City, Auchi, Owan, Ibadan, Idah, Oshogbo, Otukpo, Gombe state, Bauchi State, Benue Plateau State, Ugboha, Akoko-Edo, Ouidah, Bida, and Kano. Borgatti also photographed the Kumase area and Capecoast in Ghana.
Arrangement:
Arranged into 4 series by format. Series 1, 2 and 4 are arranged chronologically and Series 3 is arranged alphabetically.

Series 1: Field Slides, 1971-2003

Series 2: Negatives, 1971-circa 1979

Series 3: Audio and Film Reels, circa 1970s-1982

Series 4: Digital Files, circa 1971-2015
Biographical / Historical:
Art historian and photographer Jean Borgatti's research focuses on cross cultural concepts of art and aesthetics, masquerades and festivals, portraiture, the Black Atlantic, and the continuities and discontinuities in African, African Diaspora, Oceanic and Native American art. An active photographer since at least 1971, she has worked primarily in Benin City, Nigeria and areas in northern Edo State, photographing the Okpella people and other Edo North groups.

Borgatti received her B.A. in Art History from Wellesley College (1966) and both her M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in Art History from UCLA. Since then, she has received fellowships, grants, and awards for research including a Mellon Fellowship in the Humanities (1979-1980), a Sainsbury Institute Fellowship at the University of East Anglia (2005), and two Fulbright fellowships (2002-2004, 2014-2016) for lecturing and conducting research in Nigeria. She was also presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Arts Council of the African Studies Association (2014) for her contributions to the field. She taught African and Native American Art History at Clark University for twenty years and has continued her affiliation with Clark as a visiting scholar and research fellow. Additionally, Borgatti has been a visiting scholar of art history and African studies at Boston University (2010-2016).

Borgatti has curated a number of exhibitions, including From the Hands of Lawrence Ajanaku (Museum of Cultural History Gallery UCLA and the African American Institute New York, 1979); Likeness and Beyond: Portraits in Africa and the World (with Richard Brilliant and Alan Wardwell), Center for African Art, New York, and the Kimbell Museum, Fort Worth, 1990); Global Africa: Creativity, Continuity and Change in African Art, 2014-2017, and several museum shows in which African works were placed "in conversation" or "face to face" with works from Asia, Europe, and America throughout the Fitchburg Art Museum (2011-2012). Borgatti has published more than twenty articles on African art with such varied topics as masquerades in Edo North (Nigeria), portraiture in world art, the art market, and individual African artists.

Dr. Borgatti is a consulting curator on African and Oceanic Art at the Fitchburg Art Museum (Massachusetts, 2010-present) and a Professor of Art History, Department of Fine and Applied Arts, University of Benin (Nigeria, 2013-2017).
Provenance:
Donated by Jean Borgatti in 2016.
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.

Collection contains images of art and museum objects and exhibitions with copyright restrictions.
Topic:
Ekperi (African people)  Search this
Urhobo (African people)  Search this
Nigeria  Search this
Ghana  Search this
Masquerades  Search this
Citation:
Jean Borgatti Collection, EEPA 2016-007, Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives, National Museum of African, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
EEPA.2016-007
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Archival Repository:
Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives, National Museum of African Art
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An Amugbeme Masquerader dancing in front of a crowd at an Otsa festival, Ugbekpe, Nigeria

Photographer:
Borgatti, Jean  Search this
Collection Photographer:
Borgatti, Jean  Search this
Extent:
1 negatives (photographic) (black and white, 35 mm)
Type:
Archival materials
Negatives (photographic)
Date:
1972
General:
Original Negative Number/Roll/Frame/Negative Book Page/Fieldnote Reference: 72.34.11 / 72.34 / 10 / BK3:14 / Book9:32
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original records requires an appointment. Contact Archives staff for more details.
Collection Rights:
Permission to reproduce images from the Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives must be obtained in advance. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.

Collection contains images of art and museum objects and exhibitions with copyright restrictions.
Topic:
Nigeria  Search this
Collection Citation:
Jean Borgatti Collection, EEPA 2016-007, Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives, National Museum of African, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
EEPA.2016-007, Item EEPA 2016-007-5262
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Jean Borgatti Collection / Series 2: Negatives / Negatives / Ugbekpe
Archival Repository:
Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives, National Museum of African Art
EDAN-URL:
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An Anogiri Odumi Masquerader at an Olimi festival in the Imiamune Quarter, Afokpella, Nigeria

Photographer:
Borgatti, Jean  Search this
Collection Photographer:
Borgatti, Jean  Search this
Extent:
1 negatives (photographic) (black and white, 35 mm)
Type:
Archival materials
Negatives (photographic)
Date:
1973
General:
Original Negative Number/Roll/Frame/Negative Book Page/Fieldnote Reference: 73.10.34 / 73.1 / 33 / B4:26 / Book2:47
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original records requires an appointment. Contact Archives staff for more details.
Collection Rights:
Permission to reproduce images from the Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives must be obtained in advance. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.

Collection contains images of art and museum objects and exhibitions with copyright restrictions.
Topic:
Nigeria  Search this
Collection Citation:
Jean Borgatti Collection, EEPA 2016-007, Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives, National Museum of African, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
EEPA.2016-007, Item EEPA 2016-007-6084
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Jean Borgatti Collection
Jean Borgatti Collection / Series 2: Negatives / Negatives / Afokpella
Archival Repository:
Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives, National Museum of African Art
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A young girl with face paint and a heart necklace, Okpella, Nigeria

Photographer:
Borgatti, Jean  Search this
Collection Photographer:
Borgatti, Jean  Search this
Extent:
1 negatives (photographic) (color, 35 mm)
Type:
Archival materials
Negatives (photographic)
Date:
circa 1973
General:
Original Negative Number/Roll/Frame/Negative Book Page/Fieldnote Reference: unidentified / 73.5 / 35 / N/A / none
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original records requires an appointment. Contact Archives staff for more details.
Collection Rights:
Permission to reproduce images from the Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives must be obtained in advance. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.

Collection contains images of art and museum objects and exhibitions with copyright restrictions.
Topic:
Nigeria  Search this
Collection Citation:
Jean Borgatti Collection, EEPA 2016-007, Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives, National Museum of African, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
EEPA.2016-007, Item EEPA 2016-007-7163
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Jean Borgatti Collection
Jean Borgatti Collection / Series 2: Negatives / Negatives / Okpella
Archival Repository:
Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives, National Museum of African Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-eepa-2016-007-ref9962

A figure on a title staff from the Edo Collection of the National Museum of Lagos, 69.3.71, Lagos, Nigeria

Photographer:
Borgatti, Jean  Search this
Collection Photographer:
Borgatti, Jean  Search this
Extent:
1 negatives (photographic) (black and white, 35 mm)
Type:
Archival materials
Negatives (photographic)
Date:
1971
General:
Original Negative Number/Roll/Frame/Negative Book Page/Fieldnote Reference: 71.10.3 / 71.1 / 3 / BK1:21 / none
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original records requires an appointment. Contact Archives staff for more details.
Collection Rights:
Permission to reproduce images from the Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives must be obtained in advance. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.

Collection contains images of art and museum objects and exhibitions with copyright restrictions.
Topic:
Nigeria  Search this
Collection Citation:
Jean Borgatti Collection, EEPA 2016-007, Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives, National Museum of African, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
EEPA.2016-007, Item EEPA 2016-007-3924
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Jean Borgatti Collection
Jean Borgatti Collection / Series 2: Negatives / Negatives / Lagos (National Museum)
Archival Repository:
Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives, National Museum of African Art
EDAN-URL:
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Field Slides

Collection Photographer:
Borgatti, Jean  Search this
Extent:
3617 slides (photographs) (color, 35 mm)
Type:
Archival materials
Slides (photographs)
Date:
1971-2003
Scope and Contents:
Borgatti's 35mm color slides form the majority of the physical collection and include images of festivals and masquerades, towns and marketplaces, shrines, houses and art details, staffs and headdresses, museums and museum pieces, title and funeral ceremonies, and portraits. Most of the images were taken in Nigeria, though some are from Ghana.
Arrangement:
Arranged chronologically
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original records requires an appointment. Contact Archives staff for more details.
Collection Rights:
Permission to reproduce images from the Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives must be obtained in advance. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.

Collection contains images of art and museum objects and exhibitions with copyright restrictions.
Collection Citation:
Jean Borgatti Collection, EEPA 2016-007, Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives, National Museum of African, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
EEPA.2016-007, Series 1
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Archival Repository:
Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives, National Museum of African Art
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ead_component:sova-eepa-2016-007-ref1

Audio Cassette and Film Reels

Collection Photographer:
Borgatti, Jean  Search this
Extent:
1 cassette tape (1/4 in.)
25 Film reels (Super 8mm)
Container:
Box 4-5
Type:
Archival materials
Cassette tapes
Film reels
Date:
circa 1970s-1982
Scope and Contents:
Series 3 includes 1 cassette and 25 Super 8 films that primarily depict festivals, including the Olimi, Afok, Otuo, and Iddo Festivals.
Restrictions:
The audio and video in this series has not been digitized and is currently unavailable.
Collection Rights:
Permission to reproduce images from the Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives must be obtained in advance. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.

Collection contains images of art and museum objects and exhibitions with copyright restrictions.
Collection Citation:
Jean Borgatti Collection, EEPA 2016-007, Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives, National Museum of African, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
EEPA.2016-007, Series 4
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Archival Repository:
Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives, National Museum of African Art
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Imiakebu

Collection Photographer:
Borgatti, Jean  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original records requires an appointment. Contact Archives staff for more details.
Collection Rights:
Permission to reproduce images from the Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives must be obtained in advance. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.

Collection contains images of art and museum objects and exhibitions with copyright restrictions.
Collection Citation:
Jean Borgatti Collection, EEPA 2016-007, Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives, National Museum of African, Smithsonian Institution.
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Jean Borgatti Collection
Jean Borgatti Collection / Series 2: Negatives / Negatives
Archival Repository:
Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives, National Museum of African Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-eepa-2016-007-ref10000

Itsukwi

Collection Photographer:
Borgatti, Jean  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original records requires an appointment. Contact Archives staff for more details.
Collection Rights:
Permission to reproduce images from the Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives must be obtained in advance. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.

Collection contains images of art and museum objects and exhibitions with copyright restrictions.
Collection Citation:
Jean Borgatti Collection, EEPA 2016-007, Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives, National Museum of African, Smithsonian Institution.
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Jean Borgatti Collection
Jean Borgatti Collection / Series 2: Negatives / Negatives
Archival Repository:
Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives, National Museum of African Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-eepa-2016-007-ref10001

Okpekpe

Collection Photographer:
Borgatti, Jean  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original records requires an appointment. Contact Archives staff for more details.
Collection Rights:
Permission to reproduce images from the Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives must be obtained in advance. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.

Collection contains images of art and museum objects and exhibitions with copyright restrictions.
Collection Citation:
Jean Borgatti Collection, EEPA 2016-007, Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives, National Museum of African, Smithsonian Institution.
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Jean Borgatti Collection
Jean Borgatti Collection / Series 2: Negatives / Negatives
Archival Repository:
Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives, National Museum of African Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-eepa-2016-007-ref10002

Agenbode

Collection Photographer:
Borgatti, Jean  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original records requires an appointment. Contact Archives staff for more details.
Collection Rights:
Permission to reproduce images from the Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives must be obtained in advance. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.

Collection contains images of art and museum objects and exhibitions with copyright restrictions.
Collection Citation:
Jean Borgatti Collection, EEPA 2016-007, Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives, National Museum of African, Smithsonian Institution.
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Jean Borgatti Collection
Jean Borgatti Collection / Series 2: Negatives / Negatives
Archival Repository:
Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives, National Museum of African Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-eepa-2016-007-ref10003

Iviabua

Collection Photographer:
Borgatti, Jean  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original records requires an appointment. Contact Archives staff for more details.
Collection Rights:
Permission to reproduce images from the Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives must be obtained in advance. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.

Collection contains images of art and museum objects and exhibitions with copyright restrictions.
Collection Citation:
Jean Borgatti Collection, EEPA 2016-007, Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives, National Museum of African, Smithsonian Institution.
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Jean Borgatti Collection
Jean Borgatti Collection / Series 2: Negatives / Negatives
Archival Repository:
Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives, National Museum of African Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-eepa-2016-007-ref10004

Aigyere

Collection Photographer:
Borgatti, Jean  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original records requires an appointment. Contact Archives staff for more details.
Collection Rights:
Permission to reproduce images from the Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives must be obtained in advance. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.

Collection contains images of art and museum objects and exhibitions with copyright restrictions.
Collection Citation:
Jean Borgatti Collection, EEPA 2016-007, Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives, National Museum of African, Smithsonian Institution.
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Jean Borgatti Collection
Jean Borgatti Collection / Series 2: Negatives / Negatives
Archival Repository:
Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives, National Museum of African Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-eepa-2016-007-ref10005

Edegbe

Collection Photographer:
Borgatti, Jean  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original records requires an appointment. Contact Archives staff for more details.
Collection Rights:
Permission to reproduce images from the Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives must be obtained in advance. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.

Collection contains images of art and museum objects and exhibitions with copyright restrictions.
Collection Citation:
Jean Borgatti Collection, EEPA 2016-007, Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives, National Museum of African, Smithsonian Institution.
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Jean Borgatti Collection
Jean Borgatti Collection / Series 2: Negatives / Negatives
Archival Repository:
Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives, National Museum of African Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-eepa-2016-007-ref10006

Nigeria (specific city unidentified)

Collection Photographer:
Borgatti, Jean  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original records requires an appointment. Contact Archives staff for more details.
Collection Rights:
Permission to reproduce images from the Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives must be obtained in advance. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.

Collection contains images of art and museum objects and exhibitions with copyright restrictions.
Collection Citation:
Jean Borgatti Collection, EEPA 2016-007, Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives, National Museum of African, Smithsonian Institution.
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Jean Borgatti Collection
Jean Borgatti Collection / Series 2: Negatives / Negatives
Archival Repository:
Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives, National Museum of African Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-eepa-2016-007-ref10007

Iddo

Collection Photographer:
Borgatti, Jean  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original records requires an appointment. Contact Archives staff for more details.
Collection Rights:
Permission to reproduce images from the Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives must be obtained in advance. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.

Collection contains images of art and museum objects and exhibitions with copyright restrictions.
Collection Citation:
Jean Borgatti Collection, EEPA 2016-007, Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives, National Museum of African, Smithsonian Institution.
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Jean Borgatti Collection
Jean Borgatti Collection / Series 2: Negatives / Negatives
Archival Repository:
Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives, National Museum of African Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-eepa-2016-007-ref10008

Ogbido

Collection Photographer:
Borgatti, Jean  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original records requires an appointment. Contact Archives staff for more details.
Collection Rights:
Permission to reproduce images from the Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives must be obtained in advance. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.

Collection contains images of art and museum objects and exhibitions with copyright restrictions.
Collection Citation:
Jean Borgatti Collection, EEPA 2016-007, Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives, National Museum of African, Smithsonian Institution.
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Jean Borgatti Collection
Jean Borgatti Collection / Series 2: Negatives / Negatives
Archival Repository:
Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives, National Museum of African Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-eepa-2016-007-ref10009

Iluoke

Collection Photographer:
Borgatti, Jean  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original records requires an appointment. Contact Archives staff for more details.
Collection Rights:
Permission to reproduce images from the Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives must be obtained in advance. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.

Collection contains images of art and museum objects and exhibitions with copyright restrictions.
Collection Citation:
Jean Borgatti Collection, EEPA 2016-007, Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives, National Museum of African, Smithsonian Institution.
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Jean Borgatti Collection
Jean Borgatti Collection / Series 2: Negatives / Negatives
Archival Repository:
Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives, National Museum of African Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-eepa-2016-007-ref10010

Osomegbe

Collection Photographer:
Borgatti, Jean  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original records requires an appointment. Contact Archives staff for more details.
Collection Rights:
Permission to reproduce images from the Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives must be obtained in advance. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.

Collection contains images of art and museum objects and exhibitions with copyright restrictions.
Collection Citation:
Jean Borgatti Collection, EEPA 2016-007, Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives, National Museum of African, Smithsonian Institution.
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Jean Borgatti Collection
Jean Borgatti Collection / Series 2: Negatives / Negatives
Archival Repository:
Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives, National Museum of African Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-eepa-2016-007-ref10011

Iviukhua

Collection Photographer:
Borgatti, Jean  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original records requires an appointment. Contact Archives staff for more details.
Collection Rights:
Permission to reproduce images from the Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives must be obtained in advance. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.

Collection contains images of art and museum objects and exhibitions with copyright restrictions.
Collection Citation:
Jean Borgatti Collection, EEPA 2016-007, Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives, National Museum of African, Smithsonian Institution.
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Jean Borgatti Collection
Jean Borgatti Collection / Series 2: Negatives / Negatives
Archival Repository:
Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives, National Museum of African Art
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