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Old Ways in the New World

Collection Creator:
Smithsonian Institution. Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Introduction:
In the 1970s, more than 90 percent of all Americans recognized themselves as heirs to cultural traditions brought to this country from other parts of the world. The 1975 Old Ways program featured six of the many ethnic groups that have enriched the American mosaic of culture. In the Bicentennial celebration in 1976, more than 30 were expected to participate.

The central theme of the 1975 presentations was celebration. Individuals and groups who serve their communities through singing, dancing, playing music, telling stories, or preparing food for these gatherings were brought to the Festival from ethnic communities in the United States and from their parent nations overseas. The 1975 presentations featured German and Lebanese traditions (June 25-29), and Japanese, Mexican, and Italian traditions (July 2-6).

The German presentation focused on the music, dance and foodways associated with weddings - a celebration that involves whole communities in customs that have been practiced for hundreds of years. German American musicians played traditional wedding music on a combination of instruments: a hammered dulcimer, accordion, trombone, and bass guitar. Other wedding music was performed by a German American brass band from Wisconsin and another from Texas. From Schleswig-Holstein a six-piece band performed wedding dance music, and Bavarian wedding music was played by three musicians from Munich. A brass band and dancers from Baden-Wurtemburg performed wedding music from their region, and wedding foods were demonstrated.

The Lebanese program reflected the diversity of traditional music and dance, urban and village, sacred and secular. An urban cabaret orchestra from Beirut was joined by another from the United States. Each day's activities portrayed a haflah, or Lebanese party with music, song, food, and dance. Dancers from Marjayoun and Mtein, Lebanon, and Springfield, Massachusetts taught Festival visitors the dabke and other village group dances, and the sacred dimension of Lebanese music was shown by vocalists singing choral songs sacred to Lebanese Christians.

A Natsu Matsuri, or summer festival, provided the frame within which Japanese music, dance, crafts and foods were presented. Japanese Americans from communities in Seabrook, New Jersey, New York, Philadelphia, Chicago, and Washington, D.C., together with folk artists from Tokyo and Mihara, a small seacoast city in Hiroshima Prefecture, created festive celebrations daily, culminating in a major Bon Odori in the Plaza on July 5. Crafts related to festivities such as flower arranging and origami were demonstrated, as were calligraphy, kimono-making, cushion-making and kite-making.

In the Italian area, Italian Americans from neighborhoods in the New York metropolitan area joined counterpart participants from Italy in activities traditionally associated with saint's day celebrations, scampagnate, carnivale and other special occasions. Music was of special importance in these presentations, as it has been in the immigration experience. Visitors also heard the cries of street vendors and the sounds of tambourines, bagpipes, scrapers and accordions, instruments native to many regions of Italy. They enjoyed a Sicilian American marionette show and watched and played Italian games.

Mexicans and Mexican Americans shared the stage the second week of the Festival in a program that attempted to trace the roots of those music traditions most popular among Mexican Americans in the United States. Visitors could compare the styles of the mariachi music that now thrives in Mexico and in the United States. The norteño style, a lively, rustic sound that flourished in Texas and spread through parts of the Southwest, was performed by Mexican American musicians and dancers. An ensemble of five performers from southern Veracruz played the harp-dominated jarocho music and executed the complex footwork of the dances.

Program Coordinator for the Old Ways in the New World was Shirley Cherkasky, assisted by Sandra Tussing and Suzanne Cox. Thomas Vennum was ethnomusicologist. An advisory group included Conrad Arensberg, Svatava Pirkova Jakobson, Alan Lomax, and David McAIIester.

The 1975 program was made possible by the American Revolution Bicentennial Administration, Government of Germany, Government of Japan, Japan Foundation, Government of Lebanon, and Government of Mexico.
Fieldworkers:
Anna Lomax, Anthony Shay, Miiko Toelken, Roger Welsch, Ernestine Perrie, Elizabeth Mathias, Ronald Smith, Philip Sonnichsen
Participants:
German

Gretel Gross Trio:

Hans Eibl, 1941-, zither player

Margarete Gross, 1932-, hackbrett player

Gottfried Keck, 1929-, guitar player

Die Holsteiner -- Die HolsteinerGregor Otto, 1928-, leaderKarl-Heinz Kler, 1937-, musicianHans-Joachim Knoof, 1957-, musicianRüdiger König, 1943-, musicianWalter Siwek, 1919-, musicianPaul Gottfried Zulauf, 1943-, musician

Langenschiltach Blaskapelle -- Langenschiltach BlaskapelleG. F. Weber-Benzing, band leaderGudrun Epting, 1957-, dancerHans Epting, dancerMargot Epting, 1956-, dancerWalter Epting, 1933-, dancerMathias Hildbrandt, 1933-, bass tuba playerMathias Kieninger, 1909-, horn playerAndreas Muller, 1948-, dancerBernd Muller, 1958-, dancerDoris Muller, 1956-, dancerAlfred Weisser, 1930-, tenor horn playerGerd Weisser, 1943-, clarinet playerWalter Weisser, 1935-, trumpet playerMrs. Waltraud Weisser, 1957-, dancer

Konrad Kostin, folklorist

Ulrich Tolksdorf, 1938-, folklorist

German American

Alte Kameraden Band, Freistadt, Wisconsin -- Alte Kameraden Band, Freistadt, WisconsinDavid Baumann, baritone, trumpet playerDonald Boehlke, drummerNorman Boehlke, trombone playerRoland Braun, 1924-, clarinet, zither playerMervin Browne, clarinet playerKarl Ebenhoch, dancerElroy Ernst, trombone playerFranklin Evens, drummerEarl Hilgendorf, 1934-, baritone, trumpet, fluegelhorn playerFranklin Klug, bass tuba playerDavid Balsiger, trumpet playerHarold Pipkorn, 1927-, baritone hornLouis W. Rittschof, 1935-1996, clarinet playerHarold Schoessow, 1907-1992, trombone playerElmer Schreiber, 1925-1998, trombone player, singerDonald Silldorff, trumpet playerWilmer Wetzel, trumpet player

Pehl's Oompah Band, Fredericksburg Texas -- Pehl's Oompah Band, Fredericksburg TexasHenry Frantzen, 1907-1994, saxophone playerR.L. Frantzen, trumpet playerAnthony Hartmann, 1915-2001, drummerSidney Henke, 1913-1984, saxophone playerHugo Klaerner, 1908-1982, alto horn playerArthur Klein, 1906-1990, accordion playerAlbert Meier, 1914-1992, bass horn playerFelix Pehl, 1895-1982, trumpet player

Bob Schmer's Polka Play Boys -- Bob Schmer's Polka Play BoysAlbert Fahlbusch, 1925-2005, hammered dulcimer playerRoger Fahlbusch, 1958-, bass guitar playerAndrew M. Gentry, trombone playerRobert H. Schmer, accordion player

Lebanese American

Antoinette Arida, 1951-1997, dancer

Radie Bonemery, dancer

Edward Denny, 1910-1984, dancer

Ali Elhage, 1943-2001, dancer

Ethyl Anna Habib, dancer

Joseph George Habib, dancer

Baha lssa, dancer

Hugo Klaerner

Edmond Lahage, 1936-, dancer

S. Kweilin Nassar (Ms.), dancer

Laurice Peters, singer

Jihad Racy, 1943-, oud, -- buzuk -- , nay & rebab player

Ray Rashid, -- darbukkah -- player

Louis Shelby, 1925-2001, violinist

James Soffan, dancer

Khazma Soffan, dancer

Mr. & Mrs. Mohammed Soffan, dancers

Samira Hadad Tamer, dancer

Ahmad Zebian, dancer

Samir Zebian, dancer

Nazih Zebian, dancer

Japanese American

Minyo Dance Group -- Minyo Dance GroupSusan Matsumoto Brown, minyo dancerDonna Endo, minyo dancerDoris Endo, minyo dancerToshiko Hieshima, minyo dancerElaine Ichikawa, minyo dancerMichi Ichikawa, minyo dancerGrace Kono, 1920-2003, minyo dancerKiyo Kunisada, 1918-2004, minyo dancerSharon Miyata, minyo dancerViolet Mizuki, minyo dancerShizuko Ogawa, minyo dancerPhyllis Taketa, minyo dancer

Tachibana Dance Group -- Tachibana Dance GroupSahomi Tachibana, minzoku-buyo dancerToyo Kikuchi, minzoku-buyo dancerEllen Kubo, minzoku-buyo dancerTaeko Okada, minzoku-buyo dancer

Fusako Akahoshi (Ms.), 1906-, zabuton maker

Shingetsu Akahoshi, 1906-2007, calligraphy demonstrator

lddy Asada, mochi-tsuki demonstrator and organizer

Kimie Bond, koto player

Tamae Brockman, koto player

Takeno Dodohara, zabuton maker

Sarah Setsuko Hecht, koto player

Katsuko Lee, ikebana demonstrator

Kyomi Nakamura, mochi-tsuki demonstrator & organizer

Noriko Nakamura, -- cha no yu -- performer

Mitsuko Nakashita, clothing customs demonstrator

Midori Nataka, zabuton maker

Kyoko Okamoto, koto player

Yasuko Sudo, koto player

Kimi Sugiyama, -- cha no yu -- performer

Chizu Takaoka, narrator

Karen Takata, 1955-, origami & ribbon folding demonstrator

James Takemori, judo demonstrator

Harumi Taniguchi, 1902-2001, zabuton demonstrator

Hisano Tazumi, 1898-1999, zabuton demonstrator

Mrs. Sus Uyeda, ikebana demonstrator

Japanese

Yasuto Adachi, dancer

Shiro Chiba, 1936-, dancer

Tsukasa Ezaki, 1929-, dancer

Katsutoshi Hibi, 1944-, dancer

Tadao Kagami, 1939-, dancer

Takaki Kagawa, 1950-, flute, drum player

Setsuko Konishi, 1950-, dancer

Sachio Kuramoto, 1931-, shamisen player

Eiko Kurata, 1949-, dancer

Hideko Mamiya, 1945-, dancer

Kenjiro Maru, 1947-, flutist

Shigeo Mase, 1933-, dancer

Makiko Nakanishi, 1952-, dancer

Miyoko Nozawa, 1919-, dancer

Takae Ohmoto, dancer

Mitsuto Ohshita, dancer

Kinuko Sakakibara, 1935-, dancer

Kimio Sugawara, 1951-, singer, shamisen player

Akio Takahashi, 1933-, dancer

Kozo Yamaji, 1939-, stage director

Hisae Yamamoto, 1945-, dancer

Italian American

Siciliani

Sisto Cominotto, 1904-1982, puppeteer

Angelo Grillo, puppeteer

Ida Grillo, 1905-1994, puppeteer

Joanna Lauria, puppeteer

Vincent Lauria, puppeteer

Ann Manteo, puppeteer

Denise Manteo, puppeteer

Michael Manteo, puppeteer

Miguel Manteo, 1909-1989, puppeteer

Napolitana

Giuseppina D'Andrea, percussionist, singer

Calabrese

Angelo Azzinari, 1916-1983, singer

Annunziata Chimenti, 1917-2006, tambourine player and singer

Annunziato Chimenti, castanet player and singer

Giuseppe DeFranco, 1933-, accordion player

Francesca Feraco, tambourine player and singer

Angelo Gabriele, 1921-2006, accordion player and singer

Angelo Gencarelli, 1920-2004, singer

Vincenzo DeLuca, 1933-1983, bagpipe player

Molisani

Antonio David, drum, castanet player and singer

Vincenzo David, friction drum player

Trentini

Mario Dellao, singer

Guido Endrizzi, 1924-2001, singer

Cornelio Facinelli, singer

Simone Fellin, singer

Louis Flaim, singer

Umberto Flaim, singer

Mexican

Hermanos Fierro -- Hermanos FierroAlejandro Fierro Samuyo, harpistDaniel Ramos Palacio, jarana playerHermo Solis Portela, jarana player

La Danza Azteca -- La Danza AztecaJuan Narranjo González, dancerJulio Narranjo Gonzáles, violinist

Mariachi Udabe -- Mariachi UdabeEzekiel Hernández, violinistRafael Hernández, violinistAntonio Macías, trumpet playerFelix Macías, trumpet playerJosé María Morales, violinistRamiro Morales, guitaristAdana Udave, violinistFilamon Udave, guitarron player

Huicholes -- HuicholesMariano Ríos Díaz, guitaristRufino Ríos Díaz, violinistSantos González Ríos, dancer, craftspersonCrescencio Pérez Robles, dancerCarlos Ríos Rosas, violinistEncarnación Martínez Leguizamo, dancerAngélica Castillo Martínez, dancerJesús Reyes Vargas, harpist
Collection Restrictions:
Access by appointment only. Where a listening copy or viewing copy has been created, this is indicated in the respective inventory; additional materials may be accessible with sufficient advance notice and, in some cases, payment of a processing fee. Older papers are housed at a remote location and may require a minimum of three weeks' advance notice and payment of a retrieval fee. Certain formats such as multi-track audio recordings and EIAJ-1 videoreels (1/2 inch) may not be accessible. Contact the Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections at 202-633-7322 or rinzlerarchives@si.edu for additional information.
Collection Rights:
Copyright and other restrictions may apply. Generally, materials created during a Festival are covered by a release signed by each participant permitting their use for personal and educational purposes; materials created as part of the fieldwork leading to a Festival may be more restricted. We permit and encourage such personal and educational use of those materials provided digitally here, without special permissions. Use of any materials for publication, commercial use, or distribution requires a license from the Archives. Licensing fees may apply in addition to any processing fees.
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Folklife Festival records: 1975 Festival of American Folklife, Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
CFCH.SFF.1975, Series 7
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Archival Repository:
Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-cfch-sff-1975-ref648

Festival Recordings: AFS Centennial Stage: Crossing the Line: Folk-Artist-Folklorist? (Sacks, Jabbour, Wade)

Creator:
Smithsonian Institution. Festival of American Folklife. American Folklore Society Centennial Program 1988 Washington, D.C.  Search this
Artist:
Wade, Stephen  Search this
Sacks, Howard L.  Search this
Jabbour, Alan  Search this
Lloyd, Timothy, 1951-  Search this
Performer:
Wade, Stephen  Search this
Sacks, Howard L.  Search this
Jabbour, Alan  Search this
Collection Creator:
Smithsonian Institution. Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage  Search this
Extent:
1 Sound recording (compact audio cassette)
1 Sound recording (sound-tape reel, analog, 7 in.)
Culture:
Americans  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Sound recordings
Place:
United States
Washington (D.C.)
Ohio
Date:
1988 June 23
Local Numbers:
FP-1988-7RR-0086
Date/Time and Place of an Event Note:
Recorded in: Washington (D.C.), United States, June 23, 1988.
Restrictions:
Restrictions on access. Some duplication is allowed. Use of materials needs permission of the Smithsonian Institution.
Collection Rights:
Copyright and other restrictions may apply. Generally, materials created during a Festival are covered by a release signed by each participant permitting their use for personal and educational purposes; materials created as part of the fieldwork leading to a Festival may be more restricted. We permit and encourage such personal and educational use of those materials provided digitally here, without special permissions. Use of any materials for publication, commercial use, or distribution requires a license from the Archives. Licensing fees may apply in addition to any processing fees.
Topic:
Oral history  Search this
Banjo  Search this
Violin  Search this
Folklore -- Study and teaching  Search this
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Folklife Festival records: 1988 Festival of American Folklife, Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
CFCH.SFF.1988, Item FP-1988-7RR-0086
See more items in:
Smithsonian Folklife Festival records: 1988 Festival of American Folklife
Smithsonian Folklife Festival records: 1988 Festival of American Folklife / Series 2: American Folklore Society Centennial / Audio
Archival Repository:
Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-cfch-sff-1988-ref568

Festival Recordings: AFS Centennial Stage: Crossing the Line: Folk Artist-Folklorist (Brassieur, Licht, Bustin, Hickerson

Creator:
Smithsonian Institution. Festival of American Folklife. American Folklore Society Centennial Program 1988 Washington, D.C.  Search this
Hickerson, Joseph Charles, 1935-  Search this
Artist:
Lloyd, Timothy, 1951-  Search this
Bustin, Dillon  Search this
Licht, Michael S.  Search this
Brassieur, C. Ray (field worker)  Search this
Performer:
Bustin, Dillon  Search this
Licht, Michael S.  Search this
Brassieur, C. Ray (field worker)  Search this
Collection Creator:
Smithsonian Institution. Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage  Search this
Extent:
1 Sound recording (compact audio cassette)
1 Sound recording (sound-tape reel, analog, 7 in.)
Culture:
Americans  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Sound recordings
Place:
United States
Washington (D.C.)
Massachusetts
Louisiana
Date:
1988 June 25
Local Numbers:
FP-1988-7RR-0100
Date/Time and Place of an Event Note:
Recorded in: Washington (D.C.), United States, June 25, 1988.
Restrictions:
Restrictions on access. Some duplication is allowed. Use of materials needs permission of the Smithsonian Institution.
Collection Rights:
Copyright and other restrictions may apply. Generally, materials created during a Festival are covered by a release signed by each participant permitting their use for personal and educational purposes; materials created as part of the fieldwork leading to a Festival may be more restricted. We permit and encourage such personal and educational use of those materials provided digitally here, without special permissions. Use of any materials for publication, commercial use, or distribution requires a license from the Archives. Licensing fees may apply in addition to any processing fees.
Topic:
Oral history  Search this
Folklore -- Study and teaching  Search this
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Folklife Festival records: 1988 Festival of American Folklife, Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
CFCH.SFF.1988, Item FP-1988-7RR-0100
See more items in:
Smithsonian Folklife Festival records: 1988 Festival of American Folklife
Smithsonian Folklife Festival records: 1988 Festival of American Folklife / Series 2: American Folklore Society Centennial / Audio
Archival Repository:
Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-cfch-sff-1988-ref582

Festival Recordings: AFS Centennial Stage: Crossing the Line: Folk Artist-Folklorist (Wade, Hardesty, Sacks)

Creator:
Smithsonian Institution. Festival of American Folklife. American Folklore Society Centennial Program 1988 Washington, D.C.  Search this
Artist:
Wade, Stephen  Search this
Sacks, Howard L.  Search this
Hardesty, Clifford, 1921-  Search this
Lloyd, Timothy, 1951-  Search this
Performer:
Wade, Stephen  Search this
Sacks, Howard L.  Search this
Hardesty, Clifford, 1921-  Search this
Collection Creator:
Smithsonian Institution. Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage  Search this
Extent:
1 Sound recording (compact audio cassette)
1 Sound recording (sound-tape reel, analog, 7 in.)
Culture:
Americans  Search this
Anglo-American  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Sound recordings
Place:
United States
Washington (D.C.)
Ohio
Date:
1988 June 26
Local Numbers:
FP-1988-7RR-0111
General:
Crossing The Line: Folk Artist-Folklorist; Stephen Wade, Clifford Hardesty, Howard Sacks, Tim Lloyd Reel 7 0f 8
Date/Time and Place of an Event Note:
Recorded in: Washington (D.C.), United States, June 26, 1988.
Restrictions:
Restrictions on access. Some duplication is allowed. Use of materials needs permission of the Smithsonian Institution.
Collection Rights:
Copyright and other restrictions may apply. Generally, materials created during a Festival are covered by a release signed by each participant permitting their use for personal and educational purposes; materials created as part of the fieldwork leading to a Festival may be more restricted. We permit and encourage such personal and educational use of those materials provided digitally here, without special permissions. Use of any materials for publication, commercial use, or distribution requires a license from the Archives. Licensing fees may apply in addition to any processing fees.
Topic:
Oral history  Search this
Banjo  Search this
Violin  Search this
Folklore -- Study and teaching  Search this
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Folklife Festival records: 1988 Festival of American Folklife, Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
CFCH.SFF.1988, Item FP-1988-7RR-0111
See more items in:
Smithsonian Folklife Festival records: 1988 Festival of American Folklife
Smithsonian Folklife Festival records: 1988 Festival of American Folklife / Series 2: American Folklore Society Centennial / Audio
Archival Repository:
Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-cfch-sff-1988-ref593

Festival Recordings: AFS Centennial Stage: Personal Politics: Folk Community Members and Folklorists (Kanahele, Hickerson

Creator:
Smithsonian Institution. Festival of American Folklife. American Folklore Society Centennial Program 1988 Washington, D.C.  Search this
Artist:
Green , Rayna, Curator, 1942-  Search this
Cantú, Norma Elia, 1947-  Search this
Gonzales, Teresita  Search this
Martin, Lynn  Search this
Camp, Charles (field worker)  Search this
Pearson, Barry Lee  Search this
Hickerson, Joseph Charles, 1935-  Search this
Kanahele, Pua Kanakaʻole  Search this
Performer:
Green , Rayna, Curator, 1942-  Search this
Cantú, Norma Elia, 1947-  Search this
Martin, Lynn  Search this
Pearson, Barry Lee  Search this
Hickerson, Joseph Charles, 1935-  Search this
Kanahele, Pua Kanakaʻole  Search this
Collection Creator:
Smithsonian Institution. Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage  Search this
Extent:
1 Sound recording (compact audio cassette)
1 Sound recording (sound-tape reel, analog, 7 in.)
Culture:
Americans  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Sound recordings
Place:
United States
Washington (D.C.)
Texas
Laredo (Tex.)
Hawaii
Hilo (Hawaii)
Maryland
Date:
1988 June 30
Track Information:
101 Personal Politics: Folk Community Members and Folklorists / Lynn J. Martin, Norma Elia Cantú, Rayna Green.

102 Crossing the Line: Folk Artist-Folklorist / Barry Lee Pearson, Joseph Charles Hickerson, Pua Kanaka'ole Kanahele.
Local Numbers:
FP-1988-7RR-0130
Date/Time and Place of an Event Note:
Recorded in: Washington (D.C.), United States, June 30, 1988.
Restrictions:
Restrictions on access. Some duplication is allowed. Use of materials needs permission of the Smithsonian Institution.
Collection Rights:
Copyright and other restrictions may apply. Generally, materials created during a Festival are covered by a release signed by each participant permitting their use for personal and educational purposes; materials created as part of the fieldwork leading to a Festival may be more restricted. We permit and encourage such personal and educational use of those materials provided digitally here, without special permissions. Use of any materials for publication, commercial use, or distribution requires a license from the Archives. Licensing fees may apply in addition to any processing fees.
Topic:
Oral history  Search this
Ethics  Search this
Political science  Search this
Folklore -- Study and teaching  Search this
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Folklife Festival records: 1988 Festival of American Folklife, Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
CFCH.SFF.1988, Item FP-1988-7RR-0130
See more items in:
Smithsonian Folklife Festival records: 1988 Festival of American Folklife
Smithsonian Folklife Festival records: 1988 Festival of American Folklife / Series 2: American Folklore Society Centennial / Audio
Archival Repository:
Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-cfch-sff-1988-ref612

Festival Recordings: AFS Centennial Stage: Crossing the Line: Folk Artist-Folklorist (Ancelet, Cantu, March, Boyer)

Creator:
Smithsonian Institution. Festival of American Folklife. American Folklore Society Centennial Program 1988 Washington, D.C.  Search this
Artist:
Ancelet, Barry Jean  Search this
Cantú, Norma Elia, 1947-  Search this
March, Richard, 1946- (field worker)  Search this
Boyer, Horace Clarence, 1935-  Search this
Performer:
Cantú, Norma Elia, 1947-  Search this
March, Richard, 1946- (field worker)  Search this
Boyer, Horace Clarence, 1935-  Search this
Collection Creator:
Smithsonian Institution. Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage  Search this
Extent:
1 Sound recording (compact audio cassette)
1 Sound recording (sound-tape reel, analog, 7 in.)
Culture:
Americans  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Sound recordings
Place:
United States
Washington (D.C.)
Texas
Laredo (Tex.)
Wisconsin
Massachusetts
Date:
1988 July 2
Contents:
CROSSING THE LINE: FOLK ARTIST-FOLKLORIST; BARRY JEAN ANCELET, NORMA CANTU, RICHARD MARCH, HORACE BOYER REEL 3 0F 9
Local Numbers:
FP-1988-7RR-0142
Date/Time and Place of an Event Note:
Recorded in: Washington (D.C.), United States, July 2, 1988.
Restrictions:
Restrictions on access. Some duplication is allowed. Use of materials needs permission of the Smithsonian Institution.
Collection Rights:
Copyright and other restrictions may apply. Generally, materials created during a Festival are covered by a release signed by each participant permitting their use for personal and educational purposes; materials created as part of the fieldwork leading to a Festival may be more restricted. We permit and encourage such personal and educational use of those materials provided digitally here, without special permissions. Use of any materials for publication, commercial use, or distribution requires a license from the Archives. Licensing fees may apply in addition to any processing fees.
Topic:
Oral history  Search this
Polka (Dance)  Search this
Folklore -- Study and teaching  Search this
Fire extinction  Search this
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Folklife Festival records: 1988 Festival of American Folklife, Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
CFCH.SFF.1988, Item FP-1988-7RR-0142
See more items in:
Smithsonian Folklife Festival records: 1988 Festival of American Folklife
Smithsonian Folklife Festival records: 1988 Festival of American Folklife / Series 2: American Folklore Society Centennial / Audio
Archival Repository:
Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-cfch-sff-1988-ref624

Grandma Moses

Artist:
Kristin Helberg, born 1948  Search this
Sitter:
Anna Mary Robertson Moses, 7 Sep 1860 - 13 Dec 1961  Search this
Medium:
Acrylic on canvas attached to board
Dimensions:
Stretcher: 50.8 x 40.6cm (20 x 16")
Frame: 62.9 x 52.7 x 3.2cm (24 3/4 x 20 3/4 x 1 1/4")
Type:
Painting
Place:
United States\Maryland\Baltimore
Date:
1996
Topic:
Home Furnishings\Furniture\Seating\Chair  Search this
Home Furnishings\Furniture\Table  Search this
Architecture\Window  Search this
Interior\Domestic  Search this
Artist's Effects\Palette  Search this
Artist's Effects\Paintbrush  Search this
Artist's Effects\Paint jar  Search this
Home Furnishings\Curtain  Search this
Anna Mary Robertson Moses: Female  Search this
Anna Mary Robertson Moses: Literature\Writer  Search this
Anna Mary Robertson Moses: Visual Arts\Artist\Painter  Search this
Portrait  Search this
Credit Line:
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; gift of Kristin Helberg
Object number:
NPG.2011.57
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
Copyright:
©1996 Kristin Helberg
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National Portrait Gallery Collection
Data Source:
National Portrait Gallery
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/sm453660a04-cf7f-4b11-b5ef-87ec469f71ec
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:npg_NPG.2011.57

Lucinda Bunnen photographs of Nellie Mae Rowe, 1971

Creator:
Bunnen, Lucinda W.  Search this
Bunnen, Lucinda W.  Search this
Subject:
Rowe, Nellie Mae  Search this
Topic:
African American artists  Search this
Women artists  Search this
Women photographers  Search this
Women sculptors  Search this
Self-taught artists--Georgia--Atlanta  Search this
Folk artists  Search this
Theme:
Women  Search this
African American  Search this
Lives of American Artists  Search this
Audio - Visual  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)7174
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)209311
AAA_collcode_bunnluci
Theme:
Women
African American
Lives of American Artists
Audio - Visual
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_209311

Festival Recordings: Narrative Stage: Conserving American Indian Culture: Various

Creator:
Smithsonian Institution. Festival of American Folklife. Cultural Conservation Program 1985 Washington, D.C.  Search this
Collection Creator:
Smithsonian Institution. Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage  Search this
Extent:
1 Sound recording (sound tape reel)
1 Item (sound-tape reel, analog, 7 in.)
Type:
Archival materials
Sound recordings
Place:
United States
Washington (D.C.)
Date:
1985 July 3
Local Numbers:
FP-1985-7RR-0413
Publication, Distribution, Etc. (Imprint):
United States Cultural Conservation Program 1985
Date/Time and Place of an Event Note:
Recorded in: Washington (D.C.), United States, July 3, 1985.
Restrictions:
Restrictions on access. Some duplication is allowed. Use of materials needs permission of the Smithsonian Institution.
Collection Rights:
Copyright and other restrictions may apply. Generally, materials created during a Festival are covered by a release signed by each participant permitting their use for personal and educational purposes; materials created as part of the fieldwork leading to a Festival may be more restricted. We permit and encourage such personal and educational use of those materials provided digitally here, without special permissions. Use of any materials for publication, commercial use, or distribution requires a license from the Archives. Licensing fees may apply in addition to any processing fees.
Topic:
Oral history  Search this
Narratives  Search this
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Folklife Festival records: 1985 Festival of American Folklife, Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
CFCH.SFF.1985, Item FP-1985-7RR-0413
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Festival Recordings: Narrative Stage: Cowboys continued: Native American & Hawaiian Music: NEA Folk Arts Program: Kmhmu

Creator:
Smithsonian Institution. Festival of American Folklife. Cultural Conservation Program 1985 Washington, D.C.  Search this
Collection Creator:
Smithsonian Institution. Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage  Search this
Extent:
1 Sound recording (sound tape reel)
1 Item (sound-tape reel, analog, 7 in.)
Type:
Archival materials
Sound recordings
Place:
United States
Washington (D.C.)
Date:
1985 July 7
Local Numbers:
FP-1985-7RR-0431
Publication, Distribution, Etc. (Imprint):
United States Cultural Conservation Program 1985
Date/Time and Place of an Event Note:
Recorded in: Washington (D.C.), United States, July 7, 1985.
Restrictions:
Restrictions on access. Some duplication is allowed. Use of materials needs permission of the Smithsonian Institution.
Collection Rights:
Copyright and other restrictions may apply. Generally, materials created during a Festival are covered by a release signed by each participant permitting their use for personal and educational purposes; materials created as part of the fieldwork leading to a Festival may be more restricted. We permit and encourage such personal and educational use of those materials provided digitally here, without special permissions. Use of any materials for publication, commercial use, or distribution requires a license from the Archives. Licensing fees may apply in addition to any processing fees.
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Folklife Festival records: 1985 Festival of American Folklife, Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
CFCH.SFF.1985, Item FP-1985-7RR-0431
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Smithsonian Folklife Festival records: 1985 Festival of American Folklife
Smithsonian Folklife Festival records: 1985 Festival of American Folklife / Series 2: Cultural Conservation / 2.1: Fieldwork
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Mela! An Indian Fair

Collection Creator:
Smithsonian Institution. Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Introduction:
Mela! An Indian Fair on the National Mall sought to provide a culturally appropriate setting for a variety of Indian ritual, performance, craft, commercial, aesthetic, and culinary traditions. Presenting the skills of more than 60 folk artists, craftspeople, and cultural specialists from India and the Indian American community in a temporary bazaar replete with Indian handicrafts and cuisine, this program offered visitors a unique opportunity to experience and participate in Indian culture.

A mela, or Indian fair, is a large gathering of people who temporarily come together at a culturally appropriate time and place. Melas usually occur at the intersections of trade routes, river banks or confluences. The specific fairground often has a rich history and is frequently associated with the deeds of a god, goddess, or local hero. The time of the fair is set by the movements of sun, moon, planets, and stars in accord with one of the various solar and lunar calendars that mark time in India.

The Mela program on the Mall was really a fair within a fair. It was a composite mela, compressing both space and time to present selectively only a few of India's many traditions. Just as a mela would in India, the program encouraged visitors to learn about and participate in Indian culture. The structures on the Mall were built largely with natural and handcrafted materials from India, while the site itself was designed to reflect indigenous Indian concepts. The Learning Center tent housed the various ritual activities associated with some Indian festivals: a puja, or worship ceremony to Ganesha, the elephant-headed son of Shiva and remover of obstacles, was exhibited in order to impart to visitors a sense of Hindu household and temple ritual; kolam floor painting from Tamil Nadu was also demonstrated, as through such an art, space is sacralized and made ready to receive the presence of the deity. Also in the Learning Center were artisans who built the bamboo and paper structures for the Hindu Dassehra and the Muslim Muharram celebrations.

The rest of the site was organized according to the five elements of Hindu metaphysics and their corresponding senses: sound, touch, sight, taste, and smell. Song and dance could be found in the sound sections, as activities associated with space or ether, the most subtle of the elements. In the touch area, associated with the element air, were the acrobats, jugglers, kite maker, clothing and stalls for fans. In the sight section were numerous stalls offering items of brass, terra cotta, wood, leather and stone - all associated with the element fire and the notion of form. Roaming through this section were the magicians and impersonators to challenge the eye. The taste section featured food, snacks and beverages, while the fragrances of India were evident in the flower, incense and essence stalls.

Aditi: A Celebration of Life

In observance of the year-long Festival of India, the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History featured an exhibition of 1,500 objects of Indian folk art, as well as 40 artisans and performers demonstrating their traditional arts. Throughout the sections of the exhibition, objects associated with the particular stage of the life cycle were presented together with the folk artists who gave them meaning - the dancers, singers, musicians, puppeteers, painters, potters, jugglers, and acrobats of India. The juxtaposition of artists from diverse regions of the country with objects of varied temporal and geographic provenance suggested thematic unities as well as continuities of form and function. The exhibition ran June 4-July 28, 1985.

Richard Kurin served as Mela Program Coordinator, with Rajeev Sethi as Program Advisor.

Mela! An Indian Fair was made possible through the generous support of The Handicrafts and Handlooms Export Corporation Ltd. of India, The Ashok Group of Hotels (India Tourism Development Corporation), and Coromandel Fertilizers Ltd. of India, an Indo-U.S. venture.
Consultants and fieldworkers:
Consultants

M. N. Deshpande, Nazir Jairazbhoy, Karine Schomer

Fieldworkers

Probir Guha, Nazir Jairazbhoy, Richard Kurin, Narpat Singh Rathore, Brian Silver, Gordon Thompson
Presenters:
Charles Capwell, Nazir Jairazbhoy, Karine Schomer, Brian Silver, Ken Swift, Gordon Thompson
Participants:
Crafts

Jamil Ahmed, Ravana statue maker, Uttar Pradesh

Buddha Chacha, potter, Gujarat

Bablu Kumar Dey, shola pith toy maker, West Bengal

Bharatbhai Karsanbhai, carpenter, Gujarat

Bal Mukand, Ravana statue maker, Uttar Pradesh

Rupaji Narayani, tailor, Gujarat

Mansukhbhai Panchal, carpenter, Gujarat

Habib-ur-Rehman, taziya tomb replica maker, Delhi

Baldev Sah, bangle maker, Bihar

Chanda Sahib, kite maker, Uttar Pradesh

Abdul Shakur, taziya tomb replica maker, Delhi

Gopal Singh, Ravana statue maker, Uttar Pradesh

Kumar Swami Siva, garland maker, Tamil Nadu

Yash Pal Sondhi, trick photographer, Delhi

Subhash Sutradhar, Durga icon maker, West Bengal

Tarapado Sutradhar, Durga icon maker, West Bengal

Performance

Ramdu Aiyar, -- ghatam -- (drum) player, Tamil Nadu

Jiten Badhayakar, -- dhak -- (drum) player, West Bengal

Bajjo Bai, balance acts performer, Maharashtra

Hira Bai, tightrope walker, Maharashtra

Sangita Bai, contortionist, Maharashtra

Bala Bhatt, puppeteer, Rajasthan

Harish Bhatt, musician, puppeteer, Rajasthan

Ramesh Bhatt, musician, puppeteer, Rajasthan

Kartika Nandi Das, Baul singer, West Bengal

Bablu Ganguli, folk theater actor, West Bengal

Gurmukh Bahrupiya (impersonator), Haryana

Jamil Khan, nagara (drum) player, Delhi

Krishan Bahrupiya (impersonator), Haryana

Sangita Kumari, contortionist, spinning acts performer, Rajasthan

Shyam Lal, dhol (drum) player, Delhi

Ashok Mukherjee, folk theater actor, West Bengal

Anjani Putra, juggler, Andhra Pradesh

Nasib Shah, magician, Uttar Pradesh

Shyam, singer, West Bengal

Mehar Ban Singh, high bar performer, Uttar Pradesh

Indian-American

Anand Mohan, 1922-, Ganesha puja presentation, Laurelton, New York

Crafts

Pichammal Nagarajan, 1936-, kolam floor painter, Rockville, Maryland

Deepi Singh, mehndi hand painter, Tarzana, California

Performance

Dandia, raas & -- garba -- , Gujarati song & dance -- Dandia, raas & garba, Gujarati song & danceAshok Bhatt, singer, Lisle, IllinoisSudha Bhatt, dancer, Lisle, IllinoisDarshana Desai, dancer, Chicago, IllinoisKamlesh Desai, harmonium (pump organ) player, Chicago, IllinoisKetu Katrak, dancer, Washington, D.C.Urmila Purohit, dancer, Studio City, CaliforniaParul Shah, dancer, Madison, WisconsinVarsha Shah, dancer, Montebello, CaliforniaMedha Yodh, dancer, Los Angeles, CaliforniaNiyati Yodh, dancer, New York, New York

Ganga, folk songs of Bengal & Northeast India -- Ganga, folk songs of Bengal & Northeast IndiaBhola Banerjee, 1934-2000, tanpura (drum) player, Potomac, MarylandSanjay Mishra, 1954-, sitar player Baltimore, MarylandBroto Roy, 1957-, tabla (drum) player, Falls Church, VirginiaHita Brata Roy, 1927-, dotara (lute) player, Falls Church, VirginiaKrishnakali Roy, 1955-, ghunghru (bells player), Falls Church,VirginiaMinati Basu Roy, 1931-1995, anandalhari (percussion) player, Falls Church, Virginia

Giddha Punjabi Song & Dance -- Giddha Punjabi Song & DanceNeeru Bains, 1963-, singer, Huntington Beach, CaliforniaKiren Chauhan, singer, Cerritos, CaliforniaRoina Dargan, 1976-, dancer, Anaheim, CaliforniaSoina Dargan, 1972-, dancer, Anaheim, CaliforniaNeeti Dewan, 1967-, dancer, Northridge, CaliforniaLeena Gill, 1970-, dancer, Fountain Valley, CaliforniaNeetu Malhotra, 1962-, dancer, Northridge, CaliforniaPramod Nanda, 1936-, dancer, Oklahoma City, OklahomaRachna Singh, 1971-, dancer, Tarzana, CaliforniaSawaran K. Wasu, dhol (drum) player, Tarzana, California
Collection Restrictions:
Access by appointment only. Where a listening copy or viewing copy has been created, this is indicated in the respective inventory; additional materials may be accessible with sufficient advance notice and, in some cases, payment of a processing fee. Older papers are housed at a remote location and may require a minimum of three weeks' advance notice and payment of a retrieval fee. Certain formats such as multi-track audio recordings and EIAJ-1 videoreels (1/2 inch) may not be accessible. Contact the Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections at 202-633-7322 or rinzlerarchives@si.edu for additional information.
Collection Rights:
Copyright and other restrictions may apply. Generally, materials created during a Festival are covered by a release signed by each participant permitting their use for personal and educational purposes; materials created as part of the fieldwork leading to a Festival may be more restricted. We permit and encourage such personal and educational use of those materials provided digitally here, without special permissions. Use of any materials for publication, commercial use, or distribution requires a license from the Archives. Licensing fees may apply in addition to any processing fees.
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Folklife Festival records: 1985 Festival of American Folklife, Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
CFCH.SFF.1985, Series 4
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Archival Repository:
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Clippings- "Folk Music More than a Song"

Collection Creator:
Asch, Moses  Search this
Distler, Marian, 1919-1964  Search this
Folkways Records  Search this
Container:
Box 6
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1976
Scope and Contents note:
File consists of photocopies from the original book including a variety of encyclopedic entries for folk artists and groups.
Collection Restrictions:
Access by appointment only. Contact the Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections at rinzlerarchives@si.edu or (202) 633-7322 for additional information.
Collection Rights:
Copyright restrictions apply. Contact archives staff for additional information.
Collection Citation:
Moses and Frances Asch Collection, Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections, Smithsonian Institution.
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Moses and Frances Asch Collection / Series 6: Biographical Materials / Gary Kenton
Archival Repository:
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Correspondence- Green, Gary

Collection Creator:
Asch, Moses  Search this
Distler, Marian, 1919-1964  Search this
Folkways Records  Search this
Container:
Box 6
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1982-1983
Scope and Contents note:
File consists of a pamphlet, correspondence discussing issue w/booking and relations with Bread & Roses Coffee Shop in Baltimore, MD, and publications such as a copy of "Happy Birthday Bread & Roses 2" featuring Green as well as other prominent folk artists.
Collection Restrictions:
Access by appointment only. Contact the Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections at rinzlerarchives@si.edu or (202) 633-7322 for additional information.
Collection Rights:
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Collection Citation:
Moses and Frances Asch Collection, Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections, Smithsonian Institution.
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Dorothy C. Miller papers

Creator:
Miller, Dorothy Canning, 1904-2003  Search this
Names:
Betty Parsons Gallery  Search this
Chase Manhattan Bank -- Art collections  Search this
Federal Art Project  Search this
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden  Search this
Mark Rothko Foundation  Search this
Municipal Art Exhibition (1st : 1934 : New York, N.Y.)  Search this
PepsiCo, Inc.  Search this
Port Authority of New York and New Jersey -- Art collections  Search this
Rockefeller University  Search this
Smith College -- Students  Search this
Smith College. Museum of Art  Search this
World Trade Center (New York, N.Y.) -- Art collections  Search this
Asher, Elise, 1914-  Search this
Barr, Alfred H., Jr., 1902-1981  Search this
Bontecou, Lee, 1931-  Search this
Byars, James Lee  Search this
Cahill, Holger, 1887-1960  Search this
Calder, Alexander, 1898-1976  Search this
Canady, John  Search this
Charlton, Maryette  Search this
Christo, 1935-  Search this
Chryssa, 1933-  Search this
Coggeshall, Calvert, 1907-1990  Search this
Copley, Alfred L.  Search this
Davis, Stuart, 1892-1964  Search this
DeFeo, Jay, 1929-1989  Search this
Feininger, Lyonel, 1871-1956  Search this
Feitelson, Lorser, 1898-1978  Search this
Gorky, Arshile, 1904-1948  Search this
Guggenheim, Peggy, 1898-  Search this
Hartigan, Grace  Search this
Hicks, Edward, 1780-1849  Search this
Horwitt, Will  Search this
Johns, Jasper, 1930-  Search this
Karpel, Bernard, 1911-1986  Search this
Levy, Julien  Search this
Mather, Eleanore Price, 1910-  Search this
Matisse, Pierre, 1900-1989  Search this
Nevelson, Louise, 1899-1988  Search this
Newman, Barnett, 1905-1970  Search this
Noguchi, Isamu, 1904-1988  Search this
O'Keeffe, Georgia , 1887-1986  Search this
Pereira, I. Rice (Irene Rice), 1902-1971  Search this
Picasso, Pablo, 1881-1973  Search this
Rauschenberg, Robert, 1925-2008  Search this
Reinhardt, Ad, 1913-1967  Search this
Rockefeller, Nelson A. (Nelson Aldrich), 1908-1979 -- Art collections  Search this
Rothko, Mark, 1903-1970  Search this
Sage, Kay  Search this
Scharf, William, 1927-  Search this
Sheeler, Charles, 1883-1965  Search this
Sterne, Hedda, 1910-2011  Search this
Still, Clyfford, 1904-1980  Search this
Extent:
34.6 Linear feet
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Photographs
Sketches
Christmas cards
Drawings
Date:
1853-2013
bulk 1920-1996
Summary:
The papers of contemporary and folk art curator, historian, and consultant Dorothy C. Miller measure 34.6 linear feet and date from 1853-2013, with the bulk of the material dating from 1920 to 1996. The papers primarily concern Miller's private art consulting work outside of her curatorial work at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. Found are scattered biographical materials, extensive correspondence and subject files, and project files for her art consulting work for the Rockefeller family, Rockefeller University, Chase Manhattan Bank, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, the World Trade Center, and other miscellaneous corporate and private clients. Miller's work as a trustee and committee member of various public and private boards and commissions is also represented here. Additionally, the papers contain Miller's research files on Edward Hicks and folk art, and a small number of files of her husband Holger Cahill about his work as Director of the Federal Art Project. There is a scattered documentation of Miller's early curatorial work with Holger Cahill on the First Municipal Art Exhibition (1934) held at the RCA Building in Rockefeller Center. Also found is Dorothy Miller's collection of artists' Christmas cards and photographs of Miller and others. An addition to the papers includes biographical material; family papers; correspondence; professional files; art collection and client files; printed material; and photographic material. While a small number professional files are included, the majority of the addition relates to her personal life, including correspondence with her husband Holger Cahill, and files pertaining to her personal art collection.
Scope and Content Note:
The papers of contemporary and folk art curator, historian, and consultant Dorothy C. Miller measure 34.6 linear feet and date from 1853-2013, with the bulk of the material dating from 1920 to 1996. The papers primarily concern Miller's art consulting work outside of her curatorial work at the Museum of Modern Art in New York city. Found are scattered biographical materials, extensive correspondence and subject files, and project files for her art consulting work for the Rockefeller family, Rockefeller University, Chase Manhattan Bank, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, and other miscellaneous corporate and private clients. Her work as a trustee and committee member of various public and private boards and commissions is also represented here. Additionally, the papers contain Miller's research files on Edward Hicks and folk art, and a small number of files related to Miller's husband Holger Cahill and his work as Director of the Federal Art Project. There is important documentation of Miller's early curatorial work with Holger Cahill on the First Municipal Art Exhibition (1934) held at the RCA Building in Rockefeller Center. Artwork includes scattered sketches and drawings enclosed with correspondence and original Christmas cards sent to Miller by various artists. Photographs of Miller date from 1926 - circa 1950.

Scattered biographical material mostly concerns Miller's education at Smith College and awards and honorary degrees that she received. Extensive correspondence and subject files document her professional and personal relationships with family, friends, colleagues, museums, art dealers and artists, as well as her research interests. Individual files may contain a mix of correspondence with, as well as about, the person or subject, compiled research documents, printed materials, and scattered photographs. Files are found for Lewin Alcopley, Alfred Barr, Betty Parsons Gallery, Cahill family members, Lee Bontecou, James Byars, Holger Cahill, Alexander Calder, Christo, Chryssa, Calvert Coggeshall, John Canaday, Maryette Charlton, Stuart Davis, Jay DeFeo, Lorser Feitelson, Arshile Gorky, Peggy Guggenheim, Grace Hartigan, Will Horwitt, Jasper Johns, Julien Levy, Pierre Matisse, Louise Nevelson, Barnett Newman, Isamu Nauchi, Georgia O'Keeffe, Pablo Picasso, Robert Rauschenberg, Ad Reinhardt, Kay Sage, Charles Sheeler, Hedda Sterne, travel, Clyfford Still, William Scharf, among many others.

Detailed records of Miller's art consulting and advisory work for the Rockefeller family include correspondence with Nelson A. Rockefeller and David Rockefeller about building their personal collections of contemporary and folk art, meeting notes and minutes, research notes and writings, and printed materials. The largest group of records concerns the writing and publication of The Nelson A. Rockefeller Collection: Masterpieces of Modern Art. Miller's curatorial work for David Rockefeller and the Rockefeller University's Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Hall art collection is documented in Series 4 through curatorial files, correspondence, printed materials, photographs and slides, artists files, and design records.

Series 5 contains files relating to Miller's work as the first art consutant to the Chase Manhattan Bank and the building of the corporation's extensive collection of contemporary art. There is a draft of Miller's text for the bank's published catalog, Art At Work: Chase Manhattan Bank Collection. A smaller set of records is found in Series 6 documenting Miller's work on the Art Committee of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, including files about selecting artwork for the World Trade Center during the early 1970s. Files concerning Miller's advisory work with additional public and private clients, boards, and commissions are arranged in Series 7 and 8 and concern the Amstar Corporation, Fidelity International Bank, First National Bank of Tampa, First National City Bank, Inmont Corporation, Pepsico, United Mutual Savings Bank, the Empire State Plaza Art Commission, the Hancock Shaker Village, the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, the Mark Rothko Foundation, the Museum of American Folk Art, and the Smith College Museum of Art.

Miller's papers include a small group of files relating to the WPA Federal Art Project (FAP)created by her husband Holger Cahill when he was director of the FAP, Holger Cahill. A small series is devoted to Miller's work with Eleanore Price Mather researching and writing Edward Hicks: His Peaceable Kingdom and Other Paintings. A series of general research files contain miscellaneous research notes and photographs related to Miller's interests in early American art and folk art. Series 12 contains important documentation of Miller's early curatorial work with Holger Cahill on the First Municipal Art Exhibition (1934) held at the RCA Building in Rockefeller Center.

Works of art are primarily in the form of Christmas cards sent to Miller by various artists including Elise Asher, Lyonel Feininger, Bernard Karpel, and Irene Rice Pereira. A small group of photographs includes photographs of Miller from 1926-circa 1950 and a few photographs of others.

The addition includes biographical material; family papers; correspondence; professional files; art collection and client files; printed material; and photographic material. While a small number of professional files are found here, the majority of material relates to Miller's personal life, including correspondence with her husband Holger Cahill, and files pertaining to her personal art collection. Scattered correspondence, inventories, research, and notes created by curator and donor of the papers, Wendy Jeffers, are found throughout the collection. These materials date from the 1980s-2000s.
Arrangement:
The collection is arranged as 15 series:

Missing Title

Series 1: Biographical Material, 1917-1986 (Box 1; 0.3 linear ft.)

Series 2: Correspondence and Subject Files, circa 1912-1992 (Boxes 1-8, OV 27; 7.2 linear ft.)

Series 3: Rockefeller Family Art Collections, circa 1949-1985 (Boxes 8-12, 25; 3.9 linear ft.)

Series 4: Rockefeller University Collection, 1923-1984 (Boxes 12-13, OV 27; 1.0 linear ft.)

Series 5: Chase Manhattan Bank Collection, 1959-circa 1985 (Boxes 13-14, 26; 1.4 linear ft.)

Series 6: Port Authority of New York and New Jersey Art Committee, circa 1965-1987 (Boxes 14-15, OV 27; 0.8 linear ft.)

Series 7: Other Corporate and Private Clients, 1968-1984 (Boxes 15-16; 1.3 linear ft.)

Series 8: Other Boards, Committees and Commissions, 1925, 1949-1985 (Boxes 16-20; 3.6 linear ft.)

Series 9: Works Project Administration Federal Art Project Files, 1935-1979 (Box 20, OV 27; 0.5 linear ft.)

Series 10: Edward Hicks Catalog, 1934-1984 (Boxes 20-22; 1.5 linear ft.)

Series 11: Research Files, 1930s-1980 (Boxes 22-23; 0.8 linear ft.)

Series 12: Exhibition Files, 1932-1986 (Box 23; 0.6 linear ft.)

Series 13: Works of Art, circa 1924-circa 1982 (Boxes 23-25; 1.5 linear ft.)

Series 14: Photographs, 1926-circa 1970s (Boxes 24-25; 0.3 linear ft.)

Series 15: Addition to the Dorothy C. Miller Papers, 1853-2003, bulk 1920-1996 (Boxes 28-38, OVs 39-41; 9.9 linear ft.)
Biographical Note:
Dorothy Canning Miller (1904-2003) worked in New York City as a highly influential curator of contemporary and folk art at the Museum of Modern Art and as the first curator of the museum. Later, she was the primary art consultant for Nelson A. Rockefeller, the Rockefeller family, Rockefeller University, Chase Manhattan Bank, and the Port Authority of and New Jersey. Dorothy Miller was also married to Holger Cahill, director of the WPA Federal Art Project.

Dorothy C. Miller was born in Hopedale, Massachusetts in 1904 and received her Bachelor of Arts from Smith College in 1925. She was first introduced to modern art through classes at the Newark Museum taught by John Cotton Dana and Holger Cahill. Miller joined the curatorial staff of the Newark Museum in 1926. The museum was one of the first to organize exhibitions of American folk art, American Primitives (1930-1931) and American Folk Sculpture (1931-1932). Miller worked with Cahill and others on the exhibition and developed a life-long interest in folk art.

After four years at the Newark Museum, Miller moved to New York city, hoping to get involved with the newly opened Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and, likely, to be with Holger Cahill, with whom she lived with on 8th Street prior to their marriage in 1938. Between 1930 and 1932 she took odd jobs and worked with Mrs. Henry Lang cataloging, researching and installing Lang's collection of Native American art Lang donated to the Montclair Art Museum. At the same time, Holger Cahill was serving as Acting Director of the Museum of Modern Art during an absence of Director Alfred H. Barr. In 1932, Cahill asked Miller to assist him with curating the American Painting and Sculpture, 1862-1932 exhibition at MoMA, and together they also curated the First Municipal Art Exhibition, 1934 at the Rockefeller Center.

In 1934, Barr hired Miller as his assistant and one year later appointed her as MoMA's first curator. Miller spent the next 35 years organizing many of this country's most important exhibitions of contemporary art and building personal relationships with new artists and photographers, as well as the collections of MoMA. Miller retired from MOMA in 1969 and focused more on her art consulting work begun in the late 1950s.

Dorothy Miller's most notable client was Nelson A. Rockefeller. She assisted and advised Rockefeller as he acquired a vast personal collection of modern art - some of which was later donated to MoMA. Just prior to her retirement, Miller organized a large exhibition of Rockefeller's collection. The exhibition catalog written by Miller was the basis for the book she worked on with Rockefeller up until and following his death in 1979, ultimately published as The Nelson A. Rockefeller Collection: Masterpieces of Modern Art. In the preface, Rockefeller credited Miller with being one of the four people to whom he was indebted "for the understanding and endless joy I have found in the collecting of modern art in all forms."

Miller also served as the primary art consultant for projects to furnish federal spaces, including Henry Kissinger's State Department office suite, and the official Vice-Presidential residence at the Admiral's House in Washington D.C.

In 1959 Miller was invited to join the art collection committee of the Chase Manhattan Bank and served on the committee until the mid-1980s, contributing her expertise to the development of one of this country's oldest and largest corporate collections of modern and contemporary art.

Miller was also an advisor to other members of the Rockefeller family, including David Rockefeller, and assisted with developing the art collections of Rockefeller Institute/University. From 1960 through the late 1980s Miller was a member of the art committee for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (PANJY) and was responsible for selecting much of the artwork for the World Trade Center in the 1970s. She served on numerous boards and commissions, including the Hancock Shaker Village, the Smithsonian Institution's Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, the Empire State Plaza in Albany, Smith College Museum of Art, and the Museum of American Folk Art. She also became a member of the Mark Rothko Foundation Board of Directors after the litigation following Rothko's death between Rothko's executors and his daughter.

In the mid-1970s Miller assisted the Whitney Museum of American with planning an exhibition and supporting catalog of the work of folk artist Edward Hicks. Although the exhibition and catalog were only partially realized in 1980, Miller and Eleanore Price Mather compiled and published a book on Hicks, Edward Hicks: His Peaceable Kingdoms and Other Paintings, published in 1983.

In 1982-1983 Miller received the Art Dealers Association Special Award, an honorary degree from Williams College, and the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture governor's award. In 1984 she was named honorary trustee of the Museum of Modern Art. In 1985 the Smith College Museum of Art honored her important contributions to museum connoisseurship with the exhibition Dorothy C. Miller: With An Eye to American Art.

Dorothy Miller died in 2003 at the age of 99 at her home in Greenwich, New York.
Related Material:
The Archives of American Art holds two oral history interviews with Dorothy C. Miller. The first was conducted by Paul Cummings between May 26, 1970 and September 28, 1971, and details Miller's life from childhood up to, and including, her years at the Museum of Modern Art. The second was conducted by Avis Berman on May 14, 1981 and covers Miller's relationships with Mark Rothko and Clyfford Still. Also found among the holdings of the Archives are the papers of Holger Cahill, Dorothy Miller's husband and colleague.

The Museum of Modern Art Achives holds Dorothy Miller's papers related to her curatorial work at the museum.
Provenance:
The collection was donated by Dorothy C. Miller via Wendy Jeffers between 1986 and 1997, and Reid White, Executor of Miller's estate, in 2004. Two subsequent additions were donated by Wendy Jeffers in 2014 and 2015.
Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment.
Rights:
The Archives of American Art makes its archival collections available for non-commercial, educational and personal use unless restricted by copyright and/or donor restrictions, including but not limited to access and publication restrictions. AAA makes no representations concerning such rights and restrictions and it is the user's responsibility to determine whether rights or restrictions exist and to obtain any necessary permission to access, use, reproduce and publish the collections. Please refer to the Smithsonian's Terms of Use for additional information.
Occupation:
Art historians -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Topic:
Artists -- United States  Search this
Art, Modern -- 20th century  Search this
Art, Modern -- 20th century -- Exhibitions  Search this
Art museum curators -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Corporations -- Private collections  Search this
Art -- Private collections  Search this
Folk art  Search this
Genre/Form:
Photographs
Sketches
Christmas cards
Drawings
Citation:
Dorothy C. Miller papers, 1853-2013, bulk 1920-1996. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.milldoro
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Dorothy C. Miller papers
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-milldoro
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Manuscripts and Published Articles

Collection Creator:
McCausland, Elizabeth, 1899-1965  Search this
Container:
Box 22, Folder 18
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1938
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C. Research Center. Contact Reference Services for more information.
Collection Rights:
The Archives of American Art makes its archival collections available for non-commercial, educational and personal use unless restricted by copyright and/or donor restrictions, including but not limited to access and publication restrictions. AAA makes no representations concerning such rights and restrictions and it is the user's responsibility to determine whether rights or restrictions exist and to obtain any necessary permission to access, use, reproduce and publish the collections. Please refer to the Smithsonian's Terms of Use for additional information.
Collection Citation:
Elizabeth McCausland papers, 1838-1995, bulk 1920-1960. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
See more items in:
Elizabeth McCausland papers
Elizabeth McCausland papers / Series 7: Other Research and Writing Files / 7.2: Lewis Hine
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-mccaeliz-ref801
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Angel Callañaupa: Honoring Pachamama through Painting

Creator:
Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage  Search this
Type:
Conversations and talks
YouTube Videos
Uploaded:
2015-07-20T20:45:39.000Z
YouTube Category:
Travel & Events  Search this
Topic:
Cultural property  Search this
See more by:
smithsonianfolklife
Data Source:
Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
YouTube Channel:
smithsonianfolklife
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:yt_V32MZCF9uPo

Papers relating to Norman Scott "Butch" Quinn, 1982-1985

Creator:
Quinn, Frederick, 1939-  Search this
Quinn, Frederick, 1939-  Search this
Subject:
Quinn, Norman Scott  Search this
Type:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Theme:
Lives of American Artists  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)6500
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)215711
AAA_collcode_quinfred
Theme:
Lives of American Artists
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_215711

Reel Conversations

Designer:
Paula Scher, American, b. 1948  Search this
Medium:
Offset lithograph on paper
Dimensions:
23 x 32.8 cm (9 1/16 x 12 15/16 in.)
Type:
graphic design
Book cover
Object Name:
Book cover
Made in:
USA
Date:
1991
Credit Line:
Gift of Steven Heller
Accession Number:
1996-74-181
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
See more items in:
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum Collection
Drawings, Prints, and Graphic Design Department
Data Source:
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/kq434d2bc03-5aa8-4138-806f-56729000b129
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:chndm_1996-74-181
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Talking Heads: And She Was

Design Director:
Tibor Kalman, American, b. Hungary, 1949–1999  Search this
Artist:
Howard Finster  Search this
Firm:
M&Co, New York, New York, USA, 1979–1992  Search this
Medium:
Offset lithography
Dimensions:
31.2 x 31.2 cm (12 5/16 x 12 5/16 in.)
Type:
graphic design
Album Cover
Object Name:
Album Cover
Place:
USA
Date:
1985
Credit Line:
Gift of Tibor Kalman/ M & Co.
Accession Number:
1993-151-76
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
See more items in:
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum Collection
Drawings, Prints, and Graphic Design Department
Data Source:
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/kq413310e18-6d6e-4080-be00-3b9ffe9be6c5
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:chndm_1993-151-76

Ernest Archer Smith (1896-1993)- storyteller/ folk artist interviewed in Fort Meyers, Florida on December 7, 1975 by Mack McCormick [sound recording]

Creator:
Regional American Program 1976  Search this
Field worker:
McCormick, Mack  Search this
Artist:
Smith, Ernest Archer 1896-1993  Search this
Physical description:
1 sound cassette : analog
Type:
Musical sound recordings
Local number:
FP-1975-CT-z-492
Restrictions & Rights:
Restrictions on access. SI Permission
See more items in:
Smithsonian Folklife Festival records, 1967-2010 228797
Data Source:
Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_355235

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