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The Arctic Circle records

Creator:
The Arctic Circle (Gallery: Los Angeles, Calif.)  Search this
Source:
Witt, Ellen, 1917-2007  Search this
Witt, Bert  Search this
Names:
Arluk, George, 1949-  Search this
Ashevak, Karoo, 1940-  Search this
Pitseolak, Peter, 1902-1973  Search this
Pudlo, 1916-1992  Search this
Former owner:
Witt, Bert  Search this
Witt, Ellen, 1917-2007  Search this
Extent:
634 Slides (photographs)
152 Photographs
1.6 Linear feet
Culture:
Inuit (Canadian Eskimo)  Search this
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Slides (photographs)
Photographs
Articles
Slides
Brochures
Clippings
Place:
Arctic Region -- photographs
Cape Dorset (Nunavut)
Baker Lake (Nunavut)
Date:
1967-1987
bulk 1971-1986
Summary:
The Arctic Circle records include materials gathered by Bert and Ellen Witt for their private gallery of Inuit art The Arctic Circle. These materials include native artists information which is organized by community, reference material organized topically, slides from the gallery's annual print collections as well as photographs of scupltures and textiles displayed in the gallery. Much of the reference material used by the gallery pertains to native communities in the Nunavet Territory of Canada such as Cape Dorset and Baker Lake as well as other small communities throughout the Northwest Territiories. Additionally photographs taken by Bert and Ellen Witt's son Tony during a trip to Canada in 1973 are included in this collection.
Scope and Contents:
The Arctic Circle records include materials gathered by Bert and Ellen Witt for their private gallery of Inuit art The Arctic Circle. These materials include native artists information which is organized by community, reference material organized topically, slides from the gallery's annual print collections as well as photographs of scupltures and textiles displayed in the gallery. Much of the reference material used by the gallery pertains to native communities in the Nunavet Territory of Canada such as Cape Dorset and Baker Lake as well as other small communities throughout the Northwest Territiories. Additionally photographs taken by Bert and Ellen Witt's son Tony during a trip to Canada in 1973 are included in this collection.
Arrangement:
This collection is arranged into three series: Series 1: Papers, 1971-1980, Series 2: Reference Materials, 1967-1987, Subseries 2.1: Artists Listed by Community, 1971-1984, undated, Subseries 2.2: Reference Library, 1967-1987, undated, Series 3: Photographs, 1971-1987, Subseries 3.1: Gallery Objects, 1979-1987, Subseries 3.2: Witt Family Arctic Trip, 1973, Subseries 3.3: Other Photos, 1971, 1975

Series 1: Papers, 1971-1980

Series 2: Reference Materials, 1967-1987

Subseries 2A: Artists Listed by Community, 1971-1984, undated

Subseries 2B: Reference Library, 1967-1987, undated

Series 3: Photographs, 1971-1987

Subseries 3A: Gallery Objects, 1979-1987

Subseries 3B: Witt Family Arctic Trip, 1973

Subseries 3C: Other Photos, 1971, 1975
Biographical / Historical:
The Arctic Circle was founded in Los Angeles in 1970 as a private art gallery devoted entirely to the exhibition and sale of scupltures and graphics by Inuit artists of the Canadian arctic. Between 1970 and the late 1980's approximately six to eight exhibitions were mounted on themes illustrative of native life in the Canadian arctic. The gallery was created and founded by Bert and Ellen Witt and run out of their home on North La Jolla Avenue in Los Angeles, California. Bert Witt, sometimes accompanied by his wife Ellen and son Tony, traveled extensively in the Canadian arctic visiting many Inuit communities and forming personal aquaintances with native artists. Through the Artic Circle, Witt supported the Arctic co-operative movement by purchasing art through co-ops in each settlement he visited or through the co-op distribution points for the Northwest Territories and Arctic Quebec.
Provenance:
The archival material in this collection accompanied a donation to NMAI by Bert and Ellen Witt in 2001 that included sculptures, drawings, prints and textiles. An additional three photographs were donated by Bert Witt in 2004.
Restrictions:
Access to NMAI Archive Center collections is by appointment only, Monday - Friday, 9:30 am - 4:30 pm. Please contact the archives to make an appointment (phone: 301-238-1400, email: nmaiarchives@si.edu).
Rights:
Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. Permission to publish or broadbast materials from the collection must be requested from National Museum of the American Indian Archive Center. Please submit a written request to nmaiarchives@si.edu.
Topic:
Inuit art -- 20th century -- Exhibitions  Search this
Art galleries, Commercial -- California -- Los Angeles  Search this
Genre/Form:
Photographs
Articles
Slides
Brochures
Clippings
Citation:
Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Collection Title, Box and Folder Number; National Museum of the American Indian Archive Center, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
NMAI.AC.004
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The Arctic Circle records
Archival Repository:
National Museum of the American Indian
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nmai-ac-004

[Karoo Ashevak : miscellaneous uncataloged material]

Author:
Ashevak, Karoo 1940-  Search this
Smithsonian Libraries Art and Artist Files Collection DSI  Search this
Subject:
Ashevak, Karoo 1940-  Search this
Type:
Books
Vertical files
Artist files
Call number:
AAF--Ashevak, Karoo
Restrictions & Rights:
Photocopies of items in the folder(s) are available upon request, subject to fees and other current copyright guidelines for reproduction.
FOLDER(S) DO NOT CIRCUATE. FOLDERS MUST BE CONSULTED ON SITE
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_673409

Karoo Ashevak : Winnipeg Art Gallery, March 30 to June 5, 1977 / exhibition organization and publication text by Jean Blodgett

Author:
Ashevak, Karoo 1940-  Search this
Blodgett, Jean 1945-  Search this
Winnipeg Art Gallery  Search this
Subject:
Ashevak, Karoo 1940-  Search this
Physical description:
[24] p., [26] leaves of plates : ill ; 28 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Place:
Canada
Date:
1977
C1977
Topic:
Inuit art  Search this
Indian art  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_829480

Karoo Ashevak, 1940-1974 : sculpture : April 6-16, 1977, opening Wednesday, April 6, 8-10 p.m

Author:
Ashevak, Karoo 1940-  Search this
Upstairs Gallery (Man.)  Search this
Subject:
Ashevak, Karoo 1940-  Search this
Physical description:
[8] p. : ill. ; 21 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Place:
Canada
Date:
1977
Topic:
Inuit art  Search this
Inuit artists  Search this
Bone carving  Search this
Call number:
E99.E7 A84 1977
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_569892

Spirits : fifteen whalebone carvings / Karoo Ashevak

Author:
Ashevak, Karoo 1940-  Search this
Subject:
Ashevak, Karoo 1940-  Search this
Physical description:
1 v. (chiefly ill.) : ports. ; 25 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
Canada
Date:
1973
[1973]
Topic:
Inuit art  Search this
Inuit artists  Search this
Bone carving  Search this
Call number:
E99.E7 A844 1973
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_985534

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