Smithsonian Institution. Program in African American Culture Search this
Box 25, Folder 22
2001 February 2-3
Scope and Contents:
Annual national observance of African American history month. The 2001 conference explored the Black experience in the American West and its impact on African American culture and the national and cultural history of the United States. Scholars at the conference presented papers on a variety of themes relating to African Americans and the West, ranging from buffalo soldiers and Black cowboys to race relations in Los Angeles. The conference also looked at the cultural contributions that blacks brought to the West, evidenced through literature, theatre, film, and music. It took place over the course of four days in the Carmichael Auditorium and the Information Age Theater of the Smithsonian Institution. The program was sponsored by the Program in African American Culture of the Smithsonian Institution and cosponsored by the California African American Museum, the Center for African American Studies, University of California- Los Angeles, the Irving Caesar Lifetime Trust Partnership of the Library of Congress and the Smithsonian Institution, the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra, Midwest Express Airlines, and Pacific Bell.
Blake Allmendinger, Ph.D., professor of English, University of California, Los Angeles
David N. Baker, Ph.D., distinguished professor of music and chairman of the jazz department, Indiana University School of Music, Bloomington
Albert S. Broussard, Ph.D., professor of history and holder of the Elton P. Lewis Faculty Fellowship, Texas A&M University
Lonnie G. Bunch III, president of the Chicago Historical Society, past associate director for curatorial affairs, National Museum of American History (NMAH)
Sumi Cho, Ph.D., associate professor, College of Law, DePaul University
Bettye J. Gardner, Ph.D., professor of history, Coppin State University
Juan Gómez-Quiñones, Ph.D., professor of history and former director of the Chicano Studies Research Center, University of California, Los Angeles, California
William W. Gwaltney, chief of interpretation at Rocky Mountain National Park, Estes Park, Colorado
Gerald Horne, Ph.D., professor of history, African and Afro-American studies, and communications, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Patricia Nelson Limerick, Ph.D., historian of the American West with a particular interest in ethnic and environmental history
Rick Moss, curator of history, California African American Museum, Los Angeles, California
Cornel Pewewardy, Ph.D., assistant professor of teaching and leadership, School of Education, University of Kansas
Harry Robinson, Ph.D., president and CEO, African American Museum, Dallas, Texas
Beverly Robinson, Ph.D., professor, School of Theater, Film, and Television,
University of California, Los Angeles
Fath Davis Ruffins, historian, National Museum of American History (NMAH)
Frank N. Schubert, Ph.D., chief of joint operational history, Joint History Office, Office of the Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff
Michael N. Searles, assistant professor of history, Augusta State University
Alonzo N. Smith, Ph.D., research historian, National Museum of American History (NMAH); and adjunct professor of African American history, Montgomery College
Paul W. Stewart, founder of the Black American West Museum, Denver, Colorado
Rowena Stewart, D.H., executive director of the Museums at 18th and Vine
Quintard Taylor, Ph.D., Scott and Dorothy Bullitt professor of American history, University of Washington
The American Jazz Museum All-Stars
Saxophone- Ahmad Alaadeen
Trumpet/ Flügelhorn- Stan Kessler
Trombone- Tim Perryman
Saxophone- Gerald Dunn
Bass- Tyrone Clark
Violin- Claude "Fiddler" Williams
Pianist- Chris Clarke
Drummer- Mike Warren
Vocalist- Kevin Mahogany
Vocalist- Ida McBeth
Saxophone- Bobby Watson
The Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra
Saxophone- Charlie Young
Trumpet- Tom Williams
Brass- James King
Vibes- Chuck Redd
Drums- Ken Kimery
Vocalist- James Zimmerman
Living History Interpreters
M. Sargent Lee N. Coffee, Jr.- interpreted Sargent Emmanuel Stance, a Buffalo Soldier Medal of Honor recipient
William Grimette interpreted Estebanico, an early explorer of the Southwest
Sandra Kamusikiri, Ph.D., interpreted Biddy Mason, an entrepreneur and early urban pioneer in Los Angeles
Kimberly Kelly interpreted Mary Ellen Pleasant, a civil rights activist and businesswoman in early San Francisco
Michael N. Searles interpreted "Cowboy Mike" a composite historical figure
Program number AC408.114.
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Scrapbook entitled "Our Wild Indians in Peace and War: Surveys, Expeditions, Mining and Scenery of the Great West," compiled by James E. Taylor, possibly as a source for his own illustrations.
Scope and Contents:
Scrapbook entitled "Our Wild Indians in Peace and War: Surveys, Expeditions, Mining and Scenery of the Great West," compiled by James E. Taylor, possibly as a source for his own illustrations. The album includes photographs (mostly albumen with three tintypes), newsclippings, wood engravings, and lithographs, some of which are reproductions of Taylor's own illustrations and paintings. Photographs depict American Indians, US Army soldiers and scouts, historical sites, forts, and scenery. Some were made on expeditions, including the Hayden and Powell surveys, and created from published stereographs. Many of Taylor's illustrations are signed, and some are inscribed with dates and "N. Y." The scrapbook also includes clippings from newspapers and other written sources relating to illustrations and photographs in the album.
James E. Taylor (1839-1901) was an artist-correspondent for Leslie's Illustrated Weekly Newspaper from 1863-1883. Born in Cincinatti, Ohio, he graduated from Notre Dame University by the age of sixteen. Taylor enlisted in the 10th New York Infantry in 1861 and the next year was hired by Leslie's Illustrated newspaper as a "Special Artist" and war correspondent. In 1864 he covered the Shenandoah Valley campaign, and was later one of the illustrator-correspondents at the 1867 treaty negotiations at Medicine Lodge, Kansas. He soon earned the moniker "Indian Artist" because of his vast number of drawings of American Indians. In 1883 Taylor retired from Leslie's to work as a freelance illustrator. Colonel Richard Irving Dodge used Taylor's drawings to illustrate his memoir, "Our Wild Indians: Thirty-three Years' Personal Experience among the Red Men of the Great West" (1882).
Local Call Number(s):
NAA Photo Lot 4605
The National Anthropolgical Archives holds additional photographs by photographers represented in this collection (including original negatives for some of these prints), particularly in Photo Lot 24, Photo Lot 37, Photo Lot 60, Photo Lot 87.
Additional photographs by Whitney, Gardner, and Barry held in National Anthropological Archives Photo Lot 80-18.
Julian Vannerson and James E. McClees photographs held in National Anthropological Archives Photo Lot 4286.
Pywell photographs held in National Anthropological Archives Photo Lot 4498.
O'Sullivan photographs held in National Anthropological Archives Photo lot 4501.
Additional Hillers photographs held in National Anthropological Archives Photo Lot 83-18 and Photo Lot 87-2N.
Donated or transferred by John Witthoft from the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, April 14, 1961.