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Native American Architecture

Collection Creator:
Smithsonian Institution. Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Introduction:
In the third year of collaboration between the Folklife Festival and the Department of Energy, attention turned to Native American architecture. In recent years, a new interest in native American dwellings had begun to focus on their energy efficient features as well as the symbolism of traditional Indian structures. For example, experiments comparing the energy efficiency of the tipi with a modern American home indicated that on freezing winter nights the Indian lived at a similar comfort level. Their hardwood-burning fires warmed the tipi at a comparable efficiency level to oil heated furnaces, because the space required for each person was a tenth the area non-Indians were accustomed to.

Indian communities in the late 1970s were experiencing a revival of old house building. The Wichita of central Oklahoma had resumed building the distinctive beehive-shaped houses of red cedar ribs that had seemed to be lost a half-century ago. In Northwestern California the Hupa had been reconstructing their traditional cedar plank houses on the sites of three old rancheria (or village) locations. Both the Hupa family house and the slightly smaller men's sweat house belonged to the oldest architectural tradition in North America, the pit house. Here earth serves as excellent insulation, walling the four-foot deep excavations where the Hupa once warmed themselves during the damp winter and cooled themselves throughout the baking summer.

Visitors entering the Indian lodges built at the Festival could notice the skillful use of available materials. These home traditions perpetuated practical adaptations to climate; also, they indicated the human impulse to invest the immediate environment with spiritual meaning.

Diana Parker served as Energy Exhibit Coordinator, with Gary Floyd as Technical Coordinator.
Participants:
Doris Kicking Woman, tipi painter, Browning, Montana

George Kicking Woman, tipi painter, Browning, Montana

Molly Kicking Woman, tipi painter, Browning, Montana

Ernest Doyebi, 1920-2004, arbor and windbreak builder, Anadarko, Oklahoma

Billy Evans Horse, arbor and windbreak builder, Carnegie, Oklahoma

Alonzo Chalepah, arbor and windbreak builder, Carnegie, Oklahoma

Roy Cypress, chickee builder, Ochopee, Florida

Irene Cypress, chickee builder, Ochopee, Florida

Ted Cypress, chickee builder, Ochopee, Florida

Rachel Cypress, chickee builder, Ochopee, Florida
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: 1979 Festival of American Folklife, Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
CFCH.SFF.1979, Series 7
See more items in:
Smithsonian Folklife Festival records: 1979 Festival of American Folklife
Archival Repository:
Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections
EDAN-URL:
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[Trade catalogs from Economy Portable Building Co.]

Variant company name:
Est. 1922 ; Modern American Home (?)  Search this
Company Name:
Economy Portable Building Co.  Search this
Notes content:
Portable buildings ; farm and town buildings ; homes
Includes:
Trade catalog
Black and white images
Physical description:
6 pieces; 1 box
Language:
English
Type of material:
Trade catalogs
Trade literature
Place:
West Chicago, Illinois, United States
Date:
1900s
Topic (Romaine term):
Architectural designs and building materials  Search this
Farm equipment and supplies (including dairy and poultry equipment)  Search this
Topic:
"Decoration and ornament, Architectural"  Search this
Architectural design  Search this
Building materials  Search this
Dairying  Search this
Farm equipment  Search this
Record ID:
SILNMAHTL_14370
Location:
Trade Literature at the American History Museum Library
Collection:
Smithsonian Libraries Trade Literature Collections
Data source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:SILNMAHTL_14370

Phyllis Diller’s Gag File

Manufacturer:
Art Steel Company, Inc.  Search this
Maker:
Diller, Phyllis  Search this
Art Steel Company, Inc.  Search this
Physical Description:
steel (overall material)
paper (overall material)
ink (overall material)
adhesive (overall material)
Measurements:
overall: 48 in x 40 in x 17 1/4 in; 121.92 cm x 101.6 cm x 43.815 cm
Object Name:
file
Place made:
United States: New York, New York City
Date made:
ca 1962 - 1994
Subject:
Humor  Search this
Comedians  Search this
Credit Line:
Gift of Phyllis Diller
ID Number:
2003.0289.01.01
Accession number:
2003.0289
Catalog number:
2003.0289.01.01
See more items in:
Cultural and Community Life: Entertainment
Popular Entertainment
Phyllis Diller
Data Source:
National Museum of American History
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746ab-40b6-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_1218385
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[Trade catalogs from Garlinghouse Co., Inc.]

Variant company name:
for the Modern American Home project  Search this
Company Name:
Garlinghouse Co., Inc.  Search this
Related companies:
Garlinghouse Inc. ; Garlinghouse Publications ; L.F. Garlinghouse Co., Inc.  Search this
Notes content:
Custom home designs and floor plans ; publishing company ; UNIQUE ; after World War I, Garlinghouse was publishing its collection of home plans and marketing books and brochures to lumber dealers across the nation. Lumber dealers then distributed the publications to prospective builders to win their business while Garlinghouse sold the blueprints. After World War II, the swell in demand for home plans prompted the company to sell its publications directly to consumers. The company specialized for a time in plans for bungalow style homes ; Soon Garlinghouse was publishing books and magazines on Southern homes, cottages, vacation homes, duplexes, garage apartment homes, and Cape Cod-style homes (many of the suburbs built just after World War II were populated with Capes: Levittown, on New York’s Long Island, for example. But the ranch house became the dominant plan sold by Garlinghouse after World War II. A fairly extensive history of the company can be found at: http://familyhomeplans.com/document_display.cfm?document_id=12 1985 catalog ; 139 traditional home plans...this comprises the uncataloged portion.
Includes:
Trade catalog
Black and white images
Color images
Physical description:
6 pieces; 1 box
Language:
English
Type of material:
Trade catalogs
Trade literature
Place:
Topeka, Kansas, United States
Date:
1900s
Topic (Romaine term):
Architectural designs and building materials  Search this
Business services (advertising; marketing; organizational management; etc.)  Search this
Topic:
"Decoration and ornament, Architectural"  Search this
Advertising  Search this
Architectural design  Search this
Building materials  Search this
Business  Search this
Commerce  Search this
Marketing  Search this
Record ID:
SILNMAHTL_17697
Location:
Trade Literature at the American History Museum Library
Collection:
Smithsonian Libraries Trade Literature Collections
Data source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:SILNMAHTL_17697

[Trade catalogs from Kirsch Co.]

Variant company name:
Modern American home  Search this
Company Name:
Kirsch Co.  Search this
Notes content:
"How to drape your windows", includes cornices, polls, drapery hooks, rods, etc.
Includes:
Trade catalog
Black and white images
Color images
Physical description:
1 piece; 1 box
Language:
English
Type of material:
Trade catalogs
Trade literature
Place:
Sturgis, Michigan, United States
Date:
1900s
Topic (Romaine term):
Architectural designs and building materials  Search this
Furniture and furnishings  Search this
Topic:
"Decoration and ornament, Architectural"  Search this
Architectural design  Search this
Building materials  Search this
Furniture industry and trade  Search this
House furnishings  Search this
Interior decoration  Search this
Record ID:
SILNMAHTL_10463
Location:
Trade Literature at the American History Museum Library
Collection:
Smithsonian Libraries Trade Literature Collections
Data source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:SILNMAHTL_10463

[Trade catalogs from Celotex Co.]

Variant company name:
"Modern American Home"  Search this
Company Name:
Celotex Co.  Search this
Notes content:
OVERSIZE ; Celotex structural insulation ; unique fanciful testimonials to product's effectiveness
Includes:
Trade catalog and photographs
Black and white images
Color images
Physical description:
1 piece; 1 box
Language:
English
Type of material:
Trade catalogs
Trade literature
Place:
Chicago, Illinois, United States
Date:
1900s
Topic (Romaine term):
Architectural designs and building materials  Search this
Topic:
"Decoration and ornament, Architectural"  Search this
Architectural design  Search this
Building materials  Search this
Record ID:
SILNMAHTL_10159
Location:
Trade Literature at the American History Museum Library
Collection:
Smithsonian Libraries Trade Literature Collections
Data source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:SILNMAHTL_10159

[Trade catalogs from Andersen Corp.]

Variant company name:
"Modern American Home"  Search this
Company Name:
Andersen Corp.  Search this
Notes content:
Andersen windows and doors : windows (angle bay, awning, basement, bow, casement, gliding, picture, pressure sealed, utility), doors (gliding, prefinished), frames (barn, casement, cellar, door, double hung, garage, window), frame mouldings, sash locks, window glass. Windowalls...this comprises the uncataloged portion.
Includes:
Trade catalog
Black and white images
Physical description:
1 piece; 1 box
Language:
English
Type of material:
Trade catalogs
Trade literature
Place:
Bayport, Minnesota, United States
Date:
1900s
Topic (Romaine term):
Architectural designs and building materials  Search this
Topic:
"Decoration and ornament, Architectural"  Search this
Architectural design  Search this
Building materials  Search this
Record ID:
SILNMAHTL_10140
Location:
Trade Literature at the American History Museum Library
Collection:
Smithsonian Libraries Trade Literature Collections
Data source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:SILNMAHTL_10140

[Trade catalogs from Congoleum-Nairn Inc.]

Variant company name:
"Modern American Home"  Search this
Company Name:
Congoleum-Nairn Inc.  Search this
Notes content:
samples of linoleum styles and types in multiple colors ; rugs ; asphalt tiles ; Nairn linoleum, Congowall coverings ; "Scriber" publication (Vol. 19, No. 1, Jan. 1954)
Includes:
Trade catalog and samples
Black and white images
Color images
Types of samples:
patterns and how they'd look installed
Physical description:
2 pieces; 2 boxes
Language:
English
Type of material:
Trade catalogs
Trade literature
Place:
Kearny, New Jersey, United States
Date:
1900s
Topic (Romaine term):
Architectural designs and building materials  Search this
Furniture and furnishings  Search this
Topic:
"Decoration and ornament, Architectural"  Search this
Architectural design  Search this
Building materials  Search this
Furniture industry and trade  Search this
House furnishings  Search this
Interior decoration  Search this
Record ID:
SILNMAHTL_10194
Location:
Trade Literature at the American History Museum Library
Collection:
Smithsonian Libraries Trade Literature Collections
Data source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:SILNMAHTL_10194

[Trade catalogs from Fort Wayne Electric Works]

Variant company name:
"Modern American Home"  Search this
Company Name:
Fort Wayne Electric Works  Search this
Notes content:
1904 catalog on Summer Comforts ; "Wood" fan motors
Includes:
Trade catalog
Black and white images
Physical description:
2 pieces; 1 box
Language:
English
Type of material:
Trade catalogs
Trade literature
Place:
Ft. Wayne, Indiana, United States
Date:
1900s
Topic (Romaine term):
Heating; ventilation and air conditioning  Search this
Topic:
Air conditioning  Search this
Heating  Search this
Heating and ventilation industry  Search this
Ventilation  Search this
Record ID:
SILNMAHTL_10226
Location:
Trade Literature at the American History Museum Library
Collection:
Smithsonian Libraries Trade Literature Collections
Data source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:SILNMAHTL_10226

[Trade catalogs from Philip Cass Co.]

Variant company name:
"Modern American Home"  Search this
Company Name:
Philip Cass Co.  Search this
Notes content:
wholesale electrical supplies and lighting fixtures ; lamp shades and parts ; radio tubes
Includes:
Trade catalog and photographs
Black and white images
Color images
Physical description:
1 piece; 1 box
Language:
English
Type of material:
Trade catalogs
Trade literature
Place:
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Date:
1900s
Topic (Romaine term):
Electrical apparatus and equipment  Search this
Appliances (household)  Search this
Radios and radio equipment  Search this
Topic:
Electric apparatus and appliances  Search this
Household appliances  Search this
Radio supplies industry  Search this
Record ID:
SILNMAHTL_10158
Location:
Trade Literature at the American History Museum Library
Collection:
Smithsonian Libraries Trade Literature Collections
Data source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:SILNMAHTL_10158

[Trade catalogs from Home Builder's Catalog Co.]

Variant company name:
Modern American home  Search this
Company Name:
Home Builder's Catalog Co.  Search this
Notes content:
Reference work for building contractors and home owners ; designs and plans for the home building branch of the construction industry
Includes:
Trade catalog
Black and white images
Color images
Physical description:
1 piece; 1 box
Language:
English
Type of material:
Trade catalogs
Trade literature
Place:
Chicago, Illinois, United States
Date:
1900s
Topic (Romaine term):
Heating; ventilation and air conditioning  Search this
Paint; varnishes; adhesives; coatings; etc.  Search this
Architectural designs and building materials  Search this
Refrigeration and ice-making equipment  Search this
Electrical apparatus and equipment  Search this
Plumbing supplies and fixtures  Search this
Topic:
"Decoration and ornament, Architectural"  Search this
Adhesives  Search this
Air conditioning  Search this
Architectural design  Search this
Building materials  Search this
Electric apparatus and appliances  Search this
Heating  Search this
Heating and ventilation industry  Search this
Ice -- Manufacture  Search this
Paint industry and trade  Search this
Plumbing equipment industry  Search this
Plumbing fixtures  Search this
Refrigeration and refrigerating machinery  Search this
Ventilation  Search this
Record ID:
SILNMAHTL_10237
Location:
Trade Literature at the American History Museum Library
Collection:
Smithsonian Libraries Trade Literature Collections
Data source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:SILNMAHTL_10237

[Trade catalogs from Consolidated Gas Co. of New York]

Variant company name:
"Modern American Home" (?)  Search this
Company Name:
Consolidated Gas Co. of New York  Search this
Notes content:
Booklets promoting the use of gas appliances aimed at the "modern housewife." Gas boilers. "Observations of the total solar eclipse."
Includes:
Trade catalog
Black and white images
Color images
Physical description:
9 pieces; 1 box
Language:
English
Type of material:
Trade catalogs
Trade literature
Place:
New York, New York, United States
Date:
1900s
Topic (Romaine term):
Appliances (household)  Search this
Fuel (includes oil; petroleum; gas; coal; etc.)  Search this
Business services (advertising; marketing; organizational management; etc.)  Search this
Furnaces and boilers  Search this
Topic:
Boilers  Search this
Coal  Search this
Fuel  Search this
Furnaces  Search this
Household appliances  Search this
Petroleum  Search this
Record ID:
SILNMAHTL_11148
Location:
Trade Literature at the American History Museum Library
Collection:
Smithsonian Libraries Trade Literature Collections
Data source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:SILNMAHTL_11148

Solid silver in the modern American home : showing the new trends in silver usage as developed by modern decorators

Author:
International Silver Company  Search this
Physical description:
10, [30] p. : ill. ; 28 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1923
[c1923]
Topic:
Silverware  Search this
Call number:
NK7230.I6X 1923
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_312305

Country and suburban homes of the Prairie School period : with 424 photographs and floor plans / by Hermann Valentin von Holst

Author:
Von Holst, H. V (Hermann Valentin) 1874-1955  Search this
Physical description:
108 p. of plates : ill. ; 31 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
United States
Date:
1982
1913
Topic:
Country homes--Designs and plans  Search this
Suburban homes--Designs and plans  Search this
Prairie school (Architecture)--Designs and plans  Search this
Call number:
NA7561 .V66 1982X
NA7561.V66 1982X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_151668

Hooked rugs : encounters in American modern art, craft and design / Cynthia Fowler

Author:
Fowler, Cynthia (Cynthia A.)  Search this
Physical description:
xiv, 195 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
United States
Date:
2013
20th century
Topic:
Rugs, Hooked--History  Search this
Modernism (Art)  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1016058

[Trade catalogs from Curtis Companies, Inc.]

Variant company name:
Modern American Home  Search this
Company Name:
Curtis Companies, Inc.  Search this
Related companies:
Curtis Bros. & Co., Clinton, IA; Curtis & Yale Co., Wausau, WI; Curtis Door & Sash Co., Chicago, IL; Curtis Sash & Door Co., Sioux City, IA; Curtis, Towle & Paine Co., Lincoln, NE and Topeka, KS; Curtis-Yale-Purvis Co., Minneapolis, MN.  Search this
Notes content:
Woodwork for the home: windows; front doors; interior doors; stairways and stairwork; cabinet work; colonnades ; unique ; nice color illustrations of interiors circa 1920's
Includes:
Trade catalog
Black and white images
Color images
Physical description:
4 pieces; 3 boxes
Language:
English
Type of material:
Trade catalogs
Trade literature
Place:
Clinton, Iowa, United States
Date:
1900s
Topic (Romaine term):
Furniture and furnishings  Search this
Topic:
Furniture industry and trade  Search this
House furnishings  Search this
Interior decoration  Search this
Record ID:
SILNMAHTL_12476
Location:
Trade Literature at the American History Museum Library
Collection:
Smithsonian Libraries Trade Literature Collections
Data source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:SILNMAHTL_12476

[Trade catalogs from A. L. Diament & Co.]

Variant company name:
Established 1885 ; Philadelphia, PA ; Chicago, IL ; Modern American Home (?) ;  Search this
Company Name:
A. L. Diament & Co.  Search this
Notes content:
Fabrics ; wallcoverings ; murals ; wallpaper ; decorative printed papers for the home.
Includes:
Trade catalog
Black and white images
Physical description:
5 pieces; 1 box
Language:
English
Type of material:
Trade catalogs
Trade literature
Place:
New York, New York, United States
Date:
1900s
Topic (Romaine term):
Furniture and furnishings  Search this
Textiles and textile machinery  Search this
Topic:
Furniture industry and trade  Search this
House furnishings  Search this
Interior decoration  Search this
Textile fabrics  Search this
Textile machinery industry  Search this
Record ID:
SILNMAHTL_12670
Location:
Trade Literature at the American History Museum Library
Collection:
Smithsonian Libraries Trade Literature Collections
Data source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:SILNMAHTL_12670

[Trade catalogs from Aladdin Co.]

Company Name:
Aladdin Co.  Search this
Related companies:
Aladdin Redi-Cut Homes ; North American Construction Co.  Search this
Notes content:
"Modern American Home" ; heavily illustrated, also include "Homecraft" furniture, built-in fixtures, e.g. cabinets, arches, buffets, summer cottage kits, and plumbing, heating, and lighting fixtures. Models generally have specifications and floor layouts, and catalogs include testimonials ; see also: "Standard of Living," by Marina Moskowitz ; this book has an entire chapter on mail-order homes, and deals extensively with Aladdin, including illustrations.
Includes:
Trade catalog, price lists, photographs and histories
Black and white images
Color images
Physical description:
5 pieces; 1 box
Language:
English
Type of material:
Trade catalogs
Trade literature
Place:
Bay City, Michigan, United States
Date:
1900s
Topic (Romaine term):
Heating; ventilation and air conditioning  Search this
Plumbing supplies and fixtures  Search this
Topic:
Air conditioning  Search this
Heating  Search this
Heating and ventilation industry  Search this
Plumbing equipment industry  Search this
Plumbing fixtures  Search this
Ventilation  Search this
Record ID:
SILNMAHTL_10129
Location:
Trade Literature at the American History Museum Library
Collection:
Smithsonian Libraries Trade Literature Collections
Data source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:SILNMAHTL_10129

[Trade catalogs from Homasote Co.]

Variant company name:
Modern American home  Search this
Company Name:
Homasote Co.  Search this
Notes content:
Tomorrow's homes
Includes:
Trade catalog and photographs
Black and white images
Physical description:
1 piece; 1 box
Language:
English
Type of material:
Trade catalogs
Trade literature
Place:
Trenton, New Jersey, United States
Date:
1900s
Topic (Romaine term):
Architectural designs and building materials  Search this
Topic:
"Decoration and ornament, Architectural"  Search this
Architectural design  Search this
Building materials  Search this
Record ID:
SILNMAHTL_10236
Location:
Trade Literature at the American History Museum Library
Collection:
Smithsonian Libraries Trade Literature Collections
Data source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:SILNMAHTL_10236

[Trade catalogs from Chicago House Wrecking Co.]

Variant company name:
Use in "Modern American Home" ?  Search this
Company Name:
Chicago House Wrecking Co.  Search this
Related companies:
Harris Brothers  Search this
Notes content:
Large catalog entitled "The Price Wrecker" selling everything from air pressure systems to groceries to windmills ; they secured the contract to demolish the Columbian Exposition structures . Sometime in the early 1900's, they began offering house plans and selling the material and lumber to construct these. In 1913, the company name was changed to Harris Brothers, and they published their first catalog of pre-cut homes in 1912. The company remained in business until 1960, moving to Wisconsin, where they produced doors and windows. Harris apparently stopped selling homes during the depression. Harris, Leo. "Wrecking to Save: The Chicago House Wrecking Company." Journal of the West 38:4(October 1999):65-74. Russian immigrant Moses Harris established a successful salvage business that reused materials from world's fairs. His companies included the Chicago House Wrecking Company and the Columbia Exposition Salvage Company in which he pioneered techniques for preserving historical materials by reusing them.(from SIL website: Revisiting the World's Fairs and International Expositions)
Includes:
Trade catalog and price lists
Black and white images
Physical description:
3 pieces; 2 boxes
Language:
English
Type of material:
Trade catalogs
Trade literature
Place:
Chicago, Illinois, United States
Date range:
1800s-1900s
Topic (Romaine term):
Architectural designs and building materials  Search this
Department store; dry goods and mail order catalogs  Search this
Hardware and hand tools  Search this
Topic:
"Decoration and ornament, Architectural"  Search this
Architectural design  Search this
Building materials  Search this
Commercial catalogs  Search this
Department stores  Search this
Dry-goods  Search this
Hardware  Search this
Tools  Search this
Record ID:
SILNMAHTL_10761
Location:
Trade Literature at the American History Museum Library
Collection:
Smithsonian Libraries Trade Literature Collections
Data source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:SILNMAHTL_10761

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