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Standing Nude Female Reliquary Figure

Donor Name:
Hirshhorn Museum & Sculpture Garden  Search this
Length - Object:
13.5 cm
Width - Object:
13.5 cm
Height - W/ Base:
57 cm
Culture:
Fang (?)  Search this
Object Type:
Sculpture
Place:
Africa (not certain)
Accession Date:
28 Aug 1992
Collection Date:
1986
Topic:
Ethnology  Search this
Accession Number:
370312
USNM Number:
E428136-0
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Anthropology
Data Source:
NMNH - Anthropology Dept.
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/301cc17c9-a5ec-4a30-a8d8-493b4d1837da
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmnhanthropology_8502477

Standing Nude Female Figure

Donor Name:
Hirshhorn Museum & Sculpture Garden  Search this
Length - Object:
15 cm
Width - Object:
14.5 cm
Height - W/ Base:
48 cm
Culture:
Fang (?)  Search this
Object Type:
Sculpture
Place:
Africa (not certain)
Accession Date:
28 Aug 1992
Collection Date:
1986
Topic:
Ethnology  Search this
Accession Number:
370312
USNM Number:
E428137-0
See more items in:
Anthropology
Data Source:
NMNH - Anthropology Dept.
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/3fa932445-bbe6-4d25-9731-386c088f3ca4
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmnhanthropology_8502478

Fetish Figure

Donor Name:
Hirshhorn Museum & Sculpture Garden  Search this
Length - Object:
89.5 cm
Width - Object:
14 cm
Height - Object:
8 cm
Culture:
Bateke / Teke (?)  Search this
Object Type:
Sculpture
Place:
Brazzaville (not certain), Congo, Republic of (not certain), Africa
Accession Date:
28 Aug 1992
Collection Date:
1966
Topic:
Ethnology  Search this
Accession Number:
370312
USNM Number:
E428156-0
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Anthropology
Data Source:
NMNH - Anthropology Dept.
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/397379d7c-7908-4438-bb14-cd42bf65dea8
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmnhanthropology_8502497

Female Figure

Donor Name:
Hirshhorn Museum & Sculpture Garden  Search this
Length - Object:
80 cm
Width - Object:
11 cm
Height - Object:
10 cm
Culture:
Lobi (?)  Search this
Object Type:
Sculpture
Place:
Not Given, Burkina Faso, Africa
Accession Date:
28 Aug 1992
Collection Date:
1986
Topic:
Ethnology  Search this
Accession Number:
370312
USNM Number:
E428228-0
See more items in:
Anthropology
Data Source:
NMNH - Anthropology Dept.
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/31440af16-2d98-4956-86ab-f575eaec13ad
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmnhanthropology_8502569

Madagascar (Côte Ouest) Groupe de Ramatoa Sakalava

Creator:
Couadou (photographer)  Search this
Extent:
1 Postcard (collotype., b&w, 9 x 14 cm.)
Container:
Volume 1
Culture:
Sakalava (Malagasy people)  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Postcards
Postcards
Picture postcards
Place:
Africa
Madagascar
Date:
ca. 1911
Scope and Contents:
Original caption reads, "Madagascar (West Coast) - Group of Ramatoa Sakalava."
Additional printed text on recto reads: "Couadou, phot., Toulon-sur-Mer."
Original hand-written text on recto, "Amrilam 22/3/11, My dear... A Hachment. I did receive your two postcards and thank you very much. I apologise to you for my long silence. "colonial laziness." Since I could not read your address I am sending this postcard through Alfred. Write to me at greater length, tell me about your present life. Have you renounced your vagabond life across France probably not since your nature always in search of the new is not yet blasé about all the beauty that France contains. As to me my life has hardly changed but it is posiible that in more or less distant future I might make a very interesting triip. You know...that captain Bibault and Vilot left for Tonkin. Someone said "to see Naples and die" but he could have said "see the... and die" it is supposed to be a magnificent land but since I have at this time a fairly good position I shall not leave without being assured of a possition elsewhere. There is therefore nothing as yet decided as to my leaving Madagascar. Am I there for long? Could be in fact that I return next year. Good health."
Local Numbers:
EEPA MG-20-51
Local Note:
temp 66
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original records requires an appointment. Contact Archives staff for more details.
Collection Rights:
Permission to reproduce images from the Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives must be obtained in advance. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
Topic:
Portrait photography -- Africa  Search this
Costume -- Africa  Search this
Textile fabrics  Search this
Hairstyles -- Africa  Search this
Women  Search this
Girls  Search this
Genre/Form:
Picture postcards
Collection Citation:
African Postcard collection, EEPA 1985-014, Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives, National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
EEPA.1985-014, Item EEPA MG 1985-149043
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African Postcard Collection
African Postcard Collection / Series 26: Madagascar (MG)
Archival Repository:
Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives, National Museum of African Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/xo704f88030-3408-4e79-9ad3-a91e9235eac8
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-eepa-1985-014-ref5554

Madagascar - Tananarive Ramatoa Hova et sa Maramita

Creator:
Couadou (photographer)  Search this
Extent:
1 Postcard (collotype., b&w, 14 x 9 cm.)
Container:
Volume 1
Culture:
Merina (Malagasy people)  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Postcards
Postcards
Picture postcards
Place:
Africa
Madagascar
Madagascar, -- Antananarivo province, -- Antananarivo (Tananarive)
Date:
ca. 1908
Scope and Contents:
Original caption reads, "Madagascar - Tananarive - Ramatoa Hova and Her Maramita."
Additional printed text on recto reads: "Couadou, phot., Toulon-sur-Mer."
Original hand-written text on recto, "I translate: Lady hova and her maid Angèle have styled their hair like her maid, with these thousand and one tresses. 14 July 08."
Local Numbers:
EEPA MG-05-07
Local Note:
temp 109
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original records requires an appointment. Contact Archives staff for more details.
Collection Rights:
Permission to reproduce images from the Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives must be obtained in advance. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
Topic:
Body arts  Search this
Portrait photography -- Africa  Search this
Hairstyles -- Africa  Search this
Body marking -- Africa  Search this
Women  Search this
Genre/Form:
Picture postcards
Collection Citation:
African Postcard collection, EEPA 1985-014, Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives, National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
EEPA.1985-014, Item EEPA MG 1985-149057
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African Postcard Collection
African Postcard Collection / Series 26: Madagascar (MG)
Archival Repository:
Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives, National Museum of African Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/xo74f8db094-b3ee-46ce-b1a5-770170f031fc
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-eepa-1985-014-ref5568

Madagascar - Coiffure des Saintes-Mariennes de Madagascar

Creator:
Couadou (photographer)  Search this
Extent:
1 Postcard (collotype., b&w, 14 x 9 cm.)
Container:
Volume 1
Type:
Archival materials
Postcards
Postcards
Picture postcards
Place:
Africa
Madagascar
Date:
ca. 1910
Scope and Contents:
Original caption reads, "Madagascar - Hairstyle of Saint-Mariennes of Madagascar."
Additional printed text on recto reads: "Couadou, phot., Toulon-sur-Mer."
Local Numbers:
EEPA MG-05-08
Local Note:
temp 110
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original records requires an appointment. Contact Archives staff for more details.
Collection Rights:
Permission to reproduce images from the Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives must be obtained in advance. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
Topic:
Body arts  Search this
Portrait photography -- Africa  Search this
Costume -- Africa  Search this
Body marking -- Africa  Search this
Women  Search this
Genre/Form:
Picture postcards
Collection Citation:
African Postcard collection, EEPA 1985-014, Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives, National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
EEPA.1985-014, Item EEPA MG 1985-149058
See more items in:
African Postcard Collection
African Postcard Collection / Series 26: Madagascar (MG)
Archival Repository:
Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives, National Museum of African Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/xo7cb769932-8e7a-4f9f-a761-47a2b49db164
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-eepa-1985-014-ref5569

"Coiffure Peul" [Peul hairstyle], Conakry, Guinée

Photographer:
Cissé, Diango  Search this
Creator:
Lyna - Paris  Search this
Extent:
1 Postcard (color, 4 x 6 in)
Container:
Binder 5
Culture:
Fulbe (African people)  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Postcards
Postcards
Place:
Guinea
Scope and Contents:
CONAKRY - REP. DE GUINEE[,] Coiffure Peul; EXA [logo]; Lyna [logo]; Reproduction interdite; 543/35. Photographed by Cisse, Diango, photographer (Bamako, Mali). Published by ABEILLE-CARTES - Editions "LYNA-PARIS"[,] 8. rue du Caire - 75002 PARIS - Tél. (1) 42.36.41.28
Series Restrictions:
Use of original records requires an appointment. Contact Archives staff for more details.
Item Rights:
Permission to reproduce images from the Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives must be obtained in advance. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
Topic:
Body arts  Search this
Identifier:
EEPA.2001-001, Item EEPA 2001-001-1193
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Stephen Grant postcards
Stephen Grant postcards / Guinea
Archival Repository:
Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives, National Museum of African Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/xo79d2833f5-3f07-4ea3-a2d3-b93d27210ab5
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-eepa-2001-001-ref2483

"Coiffure Peul" [Peul hairstyle], Conakry, Guinée

Photographer:
Cissé, Diango  Search this
Creator:
Lyna - Paris  Search this
Extent:
1 Postcard (color, 4 x 6 in)
Container:
Binder 5
Culture:
Fulbe (African people)  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Postcards
Postcards
Place:
Guinea
Scope and Contents:
CONAKRY - REP. DE GUINEE[,] Coiffure Peul; EXA [logo]; Lyna [logo]; Reproduction interdite; 551/43. Photographed by Cisse, Diango, photographer (Bamako, Mali). Published by ABEILLE-CARTES - Editions "LYNA-PARIS"[,] 8. rue du Caire - 75002 PARIS - Tél. (1) 42.36.41.28
Series Restrictions:
Use of original records requires an appointment. Contact Archives staff for more details.
Item Rights:
Permission to reproduce images from the Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives must be obtained in advance. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
Topic:
Body arts  Search this
Identifier:
EEPA.2001-001, Item EEPA 2001-001-1194
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Stephen Grant postcards
Stephen Grant postcards / Guinea
Archival Repository:
Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives, National Museum of African Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/xo7aa7748cf-4459-4f51-a576-8a9471db79b3
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-eepa-2001-001-ref2484

"Coiffure Peul" [Peul hairstyle], Conakry, Guinée

Photographer:
Cissé, Diango  Search this
Creator:
Lyna - Paris  Search this
Extent:
1 Postcard (color, 4 x 6 in)
Container:
Binder 5
Culture:
Fulbe (African people)  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Postcards
Postcards
Place:
Guinea
Scope and Contents:
CONAKRY - REP. DE GUINEE[,] Coiffure Peul; EXA [logo]; Lyna [logo]; Reproduction interdite; 541/33. Photographed by Cisse, Diango, photographer (Bamako, Mali). Published by ABEILLE-CARTES - Editions "LYNA-PARIS"[,] 8. rue du Caire - 75002 PARIS - Tél. (1) 42.36.41.28
Series Restrictions:
Use of original records requires an appointment. Contact Archives staff for more details.
Item Rights:
Permission to reproduce images from the Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives must be obtained in advance. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
Topic:
Body arts  Search this
Identifier:
EEPA.2001-001, Item EEPA 2001-001-1196
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Stephen Grant postcards
Stephen Grant postcards / Guinea
Archival Repository:
Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives, National Museum of African Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/xo76057b563-fe7c-46d6-93a9-e237d59db696
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-eepa-2001-001-ref2486

Beni Amer boy of northwestern Ethiopia

Creator:
Blair, James P. (photographer)  Search this
Ethiopian Tourism Commission (Addis Ababa)  Search this
Extent:
1 Postcard (halftone., col., 14.5 x 10.5 cm.)
Container:
Volume 1
Culture:
Beni Amer (African people)  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Postcards
Postcards
Picture postcards
Place:
Africa
Ethiopia
Date:
[ca. 1970]
Scope and Contents:
Printed caption on verso reads: "117 - Beni Amer boy of northwestern Ethopia."
Series title on verso reads: "13 Months of Sunshine."
Additional printed text on verso reads: "Photograph: James P. Blair. / © 1965 National Geographic Society. / Produced by Ethiopian Tourism Commission, P.O. Box 2183, Addis Ababa."
Items EEPA ET-20-08 and EEPA ET-20-19 are duplicate postcards.
Local Numbers:
EEPA ET-20-08
General:
Title source: Postcard caption.
Provenance:
Tina Loughran; Donation; FY 1995; EEPA 1995-026
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original records requires an appointment. Contact Archives staff for more details.
Collection Rights:
Permission to reproduce images from the Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives must be obtained in advance. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
Topic:
Portrait photography  Search this
Hairstyles -- Africa  Search this
Children  Search this
Genre/Form:
Picture postcards
Collection Citation:
African Postcard collection, EEPA 1985-014, Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives, National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
EEPA.1985-014, Item EEPA ET 1995-026-0027
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African Postcard Collection
African Postcard Collection / Series 18: Ethiopia (ET)
Archival Repository:
Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives, National Museum of African Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/xo710975653-9631-43b9-8668-d40a1cd0bdcf
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-eepa-1985-014-ref4134

Beni Amer boy of northwestern Ethiopia

Creator:
Blair, James P. (photographer)  Search this
Ethiopian Tourism Commission (Addis Ababa)  Search this
Extent:
1 Postcard (halftone., col., 14.5 x 10.5 cm.)
Container:
Volume 1
Culture:
Beni Amer (African people)  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Postcards
Postcards
Picture postcards
Place:
Africa
Ethiopia
Date:
[ca. 1970]
Scope and Contents:
Printed caption on verso reads: "117 - Beni Amer boy of northwestern Ethopia."
Series title on verso reads: "13 Months of Sunshine."
Additional printed text on verso reads: "Photograph: James P. Blair. / © 1965 National Geographic Society. / Produced by Ethiopian Tourism Commission, P.O. Box 2183, Addis Ababa."
Items EEPA ET-20-08 and EEPA ET-20-19 are duplicate postcards.
Local Numbers:
EEPA ET-20-19
General:
Title source: Postcard caption.
Provenance:
Tina Loughran; Donation; FY 1995; EEPA 1995-026
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original records requires an appointment. Contact Archives staff for more details.
Collection Rights:
Permission to reproduce images from the Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives must be obtained in advance. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
Topic:
Portrait photography  Search this
Hairstyles -- Africa  Search this
Children  Search this
Genre/Form:
Picture postcards
Collection Citation:
African Postcard collection, EEPA 1985-014, Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives, National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
EEPA.1985-014, Item EEPA ET 2006-002-0006
See more items in:
African Postcard Collection
African Postcard Collection / Series 18: Ethiopia (ET)
Archival Repository:
Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives, National Museum of African Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/xo79f70d479-bae4-4a52-a84b-d804c45fa840
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-eepa-1985-014-ref4173

Dar-es-Salaam Swahili Woman

Creator:
A. C. Gomes & Son  Search this
Extent:
1 Postcard (b&w, 14 x 8.9 cm.)
Type:
Archival materials
Postcards
Place:
Africa
Tanzania
Date:
c. 1910
Scope and Contents:
Additional Text on verso reads: "A. C. Gomes & Son, Art Photographers, Dar-es-salaam. (copyright)."
General:
Title source: Postcard caption.
Image indexed by catalogue number or subject.
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original records requires an appointment. Contact Archives staff for more details.
Collection Rights:
Permission to reproduce images from the Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives must be obtained in advance. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
Topic:
Portraits  Search this
Hairstyles -- Africa  Search this
Body arts  Search this
Jewelry  Search this
Genre/Form:
Postcards
Collection Citation:
African Postcard collection, EEPA 1985-014, Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives, National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
EEPA.1985-014, Item EEPA TZ 1996-006-037
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African Postcard Collection
African Postcard Collection / Series 43: Tanzania and Zanzibar (TZ)
Archival Repository:
Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives, National Museum of African Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/xo73e439c39-8455-4f62-b56f-f562977163c6
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-eepa-1985-014-ref8093

Arthur Pope photographic album

Photographer:
Pope, Arthur.  Search this
Extent:
57 Photographic prints (Photograph album)
Container:
Item EEPA.2007-004
Culture:
Luba (African people)  Search this
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Photographic prints
Albums
Photographs
Place:
Africa
Congo (Democratic Republic)
Belgian Congo
Date:
circa 1899-1900
Summary:
This album contains 57 photographic prints, dating from circa 1899-1900, depicting the indigenous peoples of the Belgian Congo (later known as Zaire and presently known as the Democratic Republic of the Congo). Subjects depicted include costumes, body arts (hairstyles and scarification), funerary rituals, weavers and blacksmiths. Culture groups represented in the collection include the Kasai, Kwango and Luba peoples.
Arrangement note:
Organization reflects the original order of the prints in the album.
Biographical/Historical note:
Arthur Pope was a Canadian commercial agent who traveled extensively in the Congo, investigating the rubber trade. Pope was also a celebrated athlete and hockey player who won the broadsword fencing competition at the Chicago World's Fair in 1895.
General note:
Title provided by EEPA staff.
Restrictions:
Use of original records requires an appointment. Contact Archives staff for more details.
Rights:
Permission to reproduce images from the Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives must be obtained in advance. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
Occupation:
Blacksmiths  Search this
Weavers  Search this
Topic:
Body arts  Search this
Funeral rites and ceremonies  Search this
Clothing and dress -- Africa  Search this
Scarification (Body marking)  Search this
Hairstyles -- Africa  Search this
Genre/Form:
Albums
Photographic prints
Photographs
Citation:
Arthur Pope Photographic Album, Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives, National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
EEPA.2007-004
Archival Repository:
Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives, National Museum of African Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/xo72c9fc998-245f-49fa-a6fa-bb1e41b0dc62
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-eepa-2007-004

Nathaniel Mathis Collection of Barbering and Beauty Culture

Creator:
Mathis, Nathaniel, 1946- (barber, motivational speaker)  Search this
Interviewer:
Ruffins, Fath Davis  Search this
Extent:
5.5 Cubic feet (18 boxes, 1 oversize folder)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Awards
Certificates
Correspondence
Interviews
Oral history
Black-and-white photographic prints
Videotapes
Place:
Washington (D.C.) -- Small business -- 20th century
Date:
1946-2004
bulk 1970-2004
Summary:
Nathaniel Mathis is a Washington, D.C., hairstylist, inventor, motivational speaker, and entrepreneur. His papers document his business life and community involvement.
Scope and Contents:
The collection documents the work of a hairstylist, inventor, entrepreneur, and public figure whose career reflects significant changes in the African American community in the later 20th century. It is rich in visual imagery created by and for this community. Business papers, correspondence, publicity, photographs, awards and certificates documenting Mathis's work as a highly regarded barber and hairstylist in Washington, D.C., and as member of the D.C. Board of Barbering and Cosmetology are included. Business papers offer insight into the workings of a small privately-owned business. Numerous publicity items and photographs offer evidence of African American style and fashion in New York and Washington, D.C., from the late 1960s through today. Additional material documents Mathis's activities as a community activist, motivational speaker and distance runner. The collection also includes photographs, oral history interviews, and audio-visual materials.
Arrangement:
The collection is arranged into ten series.

Series 1: Biographical Information and Activities, 1946-2001, undated

Series 2: Beauty Business Documents and Advertising, 1969-2002, undated

Series 3: Publicity, 1963-2002

Series 4: Washington, D.C. Barbering and Cosmetology Boards, 1966-1997, undated

Series 5: Correspondence, 1967-2002, undated

Series 6: Awards and Certificates, 1969-2001, undated

Series 7: Photographs, 1966-1989, undated

Series 8: Video Materials, 1983-2002, undated

Series 9: Audio Tapes, 1998-2004, undated

Series 10: Memorabilia, 1992-1998, undated
Biographical / Historical:
"Nat Mathis (b. 1946) is a native Washingtonian. He is a man of many talents and measures his success in many ways: innovative hairstylist, entrepreneur, inventor, community activist, motivational speaker and distance runner. Mathis opened his first barber shop in 1969. He is the winner of many national and international hairstyling awards and competitions and was the first African American to win the International Hair Styling competition in Cairo, Egypt in 1981. Mathis was among the first African American hairstylists to embrace and popularize the Afro and, later, cornrows -- hairstyles which many view as expressions of black empowerment. Mathis himself seldom expresses a political ideology of hair, but by 1970, Nat was known among his many satisfied clients and peers as "the Bush Doctor" for his expertise in Afro style and maintenance. He has styled hair for many celebrities; made numerous television appearances; and has been a stylist for several productions at the Kennedy Center, and for two major motion pictures, including Nixon, for which he re-created period hairstyles. He is active in community affairs, gives motivational speeches throughout the Washington, D.C., area, and is particularly interested in mentoring young people. He currently operates a barber shop adjacent to his home in Capitol Heights, Maryland."

*Biographical information provided by Nat Mathis's Official Website, "A Man of Many Talents." http://www.natmathis.com (accessed 02 August, 2006).
Separated Materials:
Mr. Mathis donated three of his patented barbering vests (See Accession # 1998.0114) to the Division of Home and Community Life (now Division of Cultural and Community Life).
Provenance:
Collection donated to the Archives Center, National Museum of American History by Nathaniel Mathis on April 9, 1998.
Restrictions:
The copllection is open for research.

Physical Access: Researchers must handle unprotected photographs with gloves.

Technical Access: Series 8, Video materials and Series 9, Audiotapes may not be used by researchers unless reference and viewing copies are made available.
Rights:
Copyright held by the Smithsonian Institution. Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Reproduction permission from Archives Center: fees for commercial use. The Archives Center does not own rights to the patent, trademark or any related interest in the artifacts.
Topic:
African American barbers  Search this
African American beauty operators  Search this
Barbers  Search this
Barbering  Search this
Barbershops -- Equipment and supplies -- 1970-2000 -- Washington (D.C)  Search this
Beauty culture  Search this
Hair  Search this
Hairdressing of African Americans -- 1970-2000 -- Washington (D.C.)  Search this
Inventors  Search this
Motivation -- Public speaking -- 1970-2000  Search this
Public speaking -- 1970-2000  Search this
Genre/Form:
Awards
Certificates
Correspondence -- 1970-2000
Interviews -- 1980-2000
Interviews -- 2000-2010
Oral history -- 1990-2000
Black-and-white photographic prints -- Silver gelatin -- 1950-2000
Videotapes
Citation:
Nathaniel Mathis Collection of Barbering and Beauty Culture, Archives Center, National Museum of American History
Identifier:
NMAH.AC.0641
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Nathaniel Mathis Collection of Barbering and Beauty Culture
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ep8c5b4bd0f-53cd-4a97-b4ba-930fe65c5330
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nmah-ac-0641
Online Media:

Marilyn Houlberg Nigeria collection

Photographer:
Houlberg, Marilyn  Search this
Extent:
6567 Slides (photographs) (11 Binders, color)
14 Documents (1 Binder)
1,946 Slides (Color, 35 mm)
Culture:
Yoruba (African people)  Search this
Nigerians  Search this
Tuaregs  Search this
Fulani  Search this
Nuba  Search this
Igbo (African people)  Search this
Turkana  Search this
Pokot  Search this
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Slides (photographs)
Documents
Slides
Color slides
Photographic prints
Photographs
Place:
Nigeria
Africa
Lagos (Nigeria)
Date:
1961-circa 2005
Summary:
The collection consists of 8,515 color slides taken by Dr. Marilyn Houlberg during various field studies among the Yoruba in southwest Nigeria between 1961 and circa 2007. The images depict Yoruba art and culture with a special focus on artisans, art objects, body arts, costume, festivals, hairstyles, indigenous photography, weaving and textiles. Cultural events depicted include Balufon festivals, Egungun and Gelede masquerades, social events (weddings, christenings, funerals), and religious ceremonies (initiation and animal sacrifice). Also included are various scenes of daily life, architecture, food preparation, markets, portraits and landscapes. Houlberg extensively documented Yoruba artists in the process of creating their art, including carvers Yesufu Ejigboye, Runshewe, and Lamidi Fakeye, as well as the final pieces themselves. Houlberg documentated art in situ, such as Yoruba house posts, shrines, wall art and wood doors and art objects, including Gelede masks, Ibeji (twin) and Eshu figures, Osanyin staffs, and Ogboni and Shango shrines. Manuscript and printed materials, including Houlberg's resume, thesis, and numerous published articles are also available in this collection.
Scope and Contents note:
This 6,567 slide collection documents Houlberg's studies in Southwestern Nigeria spanning from 1961 to circa 2005. In 2015, Houlberg donated an additional 1,948 color slides to the Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives. These slides have been added to the EEPA 2005-002 finding aid, bringing the total to 8,515 slides.

The collection primarily includes photos of people, including the Ogboni, Pokot, Yoruba, Turkana and Igbo, shrines, festivals and rituals, art objects, and artists. A particular strength of the collection are photos of Balufon festivals, Egungun and Gelede masquerades, social events (weddings, christenings, funerals), and religious ceremonies (initiation and animal sacrifice). Also included are various scenes of daily life, architecture, food preparation, markets, portraits and landscapes. Houlberg mostly photographed in Ilishan, Ikenne, Ilara, Shagamu, Lagos, Ijebu-Ode, and Egbe.

Houlberg extensively documented Yoruba artists in the process of creating their art, including carvers Yesufu Ejigboye, Runshewe, and Lamidi Fakeye, as well as the final pieces themselves. Houlberg documentated art in situ, such as Yoruba house posts, shrines, wall art, wood doors and art objects, including Gelede masks, Ibeji (twin) and Eshu figures, Osanyin staffs, and Ogboni and Shango shrines. Several Yoruba art forms, including photography, scarification tattoos, and textiles (both cloth and dress), are represented in the collection. Additionally, there are numerous slides of Yoruba hairstyles, many of which she published in her article, Social Hair: Tradition and Change in Yoruba Hairstyles in Southwestern Nigeria.

Yoruba ritual specialists, such as Ife-olu Solaru, Olufunke, and Yesufu Ejigboye, appear frequently throughout the collection. Houlberg documented her many stays with these individuals over the years.

There is also one binder of manuscript and printed materials, including Houlberg's resume, thesis, and numerous published articles.
Arrangement note:
The collection is organized into 29 series according to subject. The series descriptions correspond with particular subjects used in Houlberg's teaching and lectures, and based on donor's notes. All slides were kept in the order in which they were donated.

Series 1: African Hairstyles, circa 1973-1994 (Binder 1; 212 slides)

Series 2: Egungun Festival, 1961-circa 1988 (Binder 1; 362 slides)

Series 3: Gelede, circa 1969-circa 1989 (Binder 2; 301 slides)

Series 4: Ibeji Twins, circa 1969-circa 1990 (Binders 2-3; 854 slides)

Series 5: Ogboni Art Objects and Shrines, circa 1969-circa 1982 (Binder 4; 92 slides)

Series 6: Art Objects Depicting Ogun, circa 1969-circa 1983 (Binder 4; 56 slides)

Series 7: Olojufoforo Art and Festivities, circa 1968-circa 1975 (Binder 4; 21 slides)

Series 8: Yoruba People, Architecture, and Art, circa 1969-circa 1985 (Binder 4; 260 slides)

Series 9: Carving, Art Objects and Artists, and Scenes of Daily Life, circa 1973-circa 1988 (Binder 4; 201 slides)

Series 10: Yoruba Art, circa 1971-circa 1983 (Binder 5; 49 slides)

Series 11: Yoruba Textiles, circa 1973-circa 1983 (Binder 5; 84 slides)

Series 12: Yoruba, Miscellaneous, circa 1967-circa 1989 (Binder 5; 251 slides)

Series 13: African Art, Textiles People, and Dwellings, circa 1963-circa 1983 (Binder 6; 58 slides)

Series 14: Ibo Mbari and Igbo Peoples and Artwork, circa 1967-circa 1985 (Binder 6; 212 slides)

Series 15: Art and Ceremonies, circa 1967-circa 1991 (Binder 6; 493 slides)

Series 16: Body Arts, Nuba People (Sudan) and Fulani and Bororo People (Niger), circa 1973-circa 1979 (Binder 7; 64 slides)

Series 17: People, Scenic Views and Animals of Kenya, Sudan, Angola, and Ghana, circa 1972-circa 1985 (Binder 7; 168 slides)

Series 18: Peoples and Arts of Ghana, Mali, and the Ivory Coast, circa 1966-circa 1992 (Binder 7; 406 slides)

Series 19: Published Maps and Photos, circa 1968-circa 1985 (Binder 8; 70 slides)

Series 20: Nigerian Masks and Art Objects, circa 1967-circa 1978 (Binder 8; 396 slides)

Series 21: Yoruba Festivals, People, and Art in Nigeria, circa 1967-circa 1988 (Binders 8-9; 128 slides)

Series 22: Yoruba Photography and Textiles, circa 1975-circa 1983 (Binder 9; 54 slides)

Series 23: Ife-Olu, Ilishan, circa 1980-circa 1988 (Binder 9; 87 slides)

Series 24: Yoruba Festivals, People, Hairstyles, Ibeji Objects, Eshu Figures, and Oya and Orishala Priests, Priestesses, and Shrines, circa 1966-circa 1988 (Binder 9; 168 slides)

Series 25: Shango, circa 1970-circa 1983 (Binder 10, 162 slides)

Series 26: Ara Festival, 1975 (Binder 10; 174 slides)

Series 27: Ceremonies and Festivals, Portraits, Art and Ceremonial Objects, Domestic and Market Scenes, circa 1969-circa 2005 (Binders 10-11; 759 slides)

Series 28: Yoruba Art Objects, and Domestic, Work, and Festival Scenes, circa 1971-circa 1983 (Binder 11; 104 slides)

Series 29: Manuscript and Printed Materials, 1973-circa 2005 (Binder 12)
Biographical/Historical note:
Artist, anthropologist, and art historian Dr. Marilyn Hammersley Houlberg was born in Chicago, Illinois, in 1939. Houlberg received an Associate of Arts degree from Wright Junior College (1959) and a BFA from the University of Chicago (1963). After graduating, she traveled to North Africa and explored Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Libya, and Egypt. In 1964, Houlberg researched Haitian art, religion, and indigenous photography in Haiti and in 1965 was awarded a scholarship for graduate study from the University of Chicago. There she completed her MAT in Art History in 1967. Following graduation, Houlberg worked at the Nigerian Museum in Lagos, where she documented Yoruba sculpture, masquerades, religion, body art, and indigenous photography.

She began her teaching career at the University of Chicago as a lecturer on African art and African civilization, working there from 1971 to 1973. At the University of London, Houlberg earned a Masters in Anthropology, producing the thesis Yoruba Twin Sculpture and Ritual (1973). She also extensively photographed her travels abroad in Yorubaland. Between 1974 and 1990, Houlberg taught at the University of Chicago, Columbia College, Kalamazoo College, and Northwestern University. From 1974 to 2008 she continued teaching at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, lecturing on Yoruba art and ritual in West Africa and the New World, and the art and ritual of Vodou in Haiti.

Houlberg has lectured worldwide at numerous museums and symposiums since 1972, including in Lagos, Nigeria; Jacmel, Haiti; Toronto, Canada; Salvador, Bahia, Brazil; and Cologne, Germany. Her essays have been published in several issues of African Arts. Some of Houlberg's significant publications include Arts of the Water Spirits of Haitian Vodou, in Sacred Waters: Arts for Mami Wata and Other Divinities in Africa and the Diaspora (2008) and Water Spirits of Haitian Vodou: Lasiren, Queen of Mermaids, in Mami-Wata: Arts for Water Spirits in Africa and the African-Atlantic World (2008). The exhibition Mami-Wata at the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art (2009) featured her photographs.
Provenance:
Marilyn Houlberg, 733 West 18th St., Chicago, IL 60616, Donation, 20050320, 2005-0002
Restrictions:
Use of original records requires an appointment. Contact Archives staff for more details.
Rights:
Permission to reproduce images from the Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives must be obtained in advance. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
Occupation:
Weavers  Search this
Artists  Search this
Topic:
Shrines  Search this
Masks  Search this
Domestic scenes  Search this
Egúngún (Cult)  Search this
Ethnology -- Nigeria  Search this
Gelede (Yoruba rite)  Search this
Hairstyles -- Africa  Search this
Rites and ceremonies -- Africa  Search this
Clothing and dress -- Africa  Search this
Marketplaces  Search this
Masquerades  Search this
Ere ibeji  Search this
Works of art in situ  Search this
Art, African  Search this
Vernacular architecture  Search this
Festivals  Search this
Genre/Form:
Color slides
Photographic prints
Photographs
Citation:
Marilyn Houlberg Nigeria Collection, EEPA 2005-002, Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives, National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
EEPA.2005-002
See more items in:
Marilyn Houlberg Nigeria collection
Archival Repository:
Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives, National Museum of African Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/xo729173a75-b645-455f-b66b-ae08d0d2102e
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-eepa-2005-002

Our own selves / Nadine Ijewere ; text by Lynette Nylander and Nadine Ijewere

Author:
Ijewere, Nadine  Search this
Subject:
Ijewere, Nadine Catalogs  Search this
Physical description:
191 pages
Type:
Books
Place:
Great Britain
Topic:
Women photographers--Calalogs  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1154001

Man with Coiled and Top-Knot Hairstyle and Bead Choker

Collection Creator:
Smithsonian Institution. Department of Anthropology. Division of Physical Anthropology  Search this
Hrdlička, Aleš, 1869-1943  Search this
Extent:
1 Photomechanical print (004 in x 006 in)
Culture:
Cameroon  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Photomechanical prints
Photographs
Date:
undated
Local Numbers:
NAA INV.07036202
Local Note:
Photo Published in The Illustrated London News, Aug 21, 1937.
Black and white photomechanical print
Place:
Cameroon
Genre/Form:
Photographs
See more items in:
Division of Physical Anthropology Photograph Collection
Division of Physical Anthropology Photograph Collection / Subjects / Apes / General
Archival Repository:
National Anthropological Archives
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/nw369632cd1-145a-4c6b-b6d2-90fcec43a352
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-naa-photolot-8-ref1209

Congo Français Femmes "Sanghos."

Extent:
1 Postcard (collotype., b&w, 14 x 9 cm.)
Container:
Volume 1
Type:
Archival materials
Postcards
Postcards
Place:
Africa
Congo (Brazzaville)
Date:
[ca. 1909]
Scope and Contents:
Printed caption on recto reads: "Congo Français. Femmes 'Sanghos'."
Translated caption reads: "French Congo. 'Sangho' women."
Postmarked postage stamps on recto, manuscript message and address on verso.
This picture was taken by Auguste Béchaud ca. 1909 in a Sango village nearby Mobaye in the Oubangui River. Two Sangho women wear typical scarifications on their abdomen, chest and arms. They both have hair garmented with beads called bayaka. [Provided by Juan Fandos-Ruis and Didier Carité] [Sources: Bradshaw, Richard and Juan Fandos-Rius, "Béchaud, Augustee (1874-1912)" in Historical Dictionary of the Central African Republic, 111. Lanham, Maryland: Rowman & Littlefield, New Editions 2016. Carité, Didier, Auguste Béchaud, photographe-soldat en Afrique centrale 1909-1912, 2009.]
Local Numbers:
EEPA CF-20-10
Provenance:
JCB: Jean Charles Blanc; Paris, France; Purchase; 1992.
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original records requires an appointment. Contact Archives staff for more details.
Collection Rights:
Permission to reproduce images from the Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives must be obtained in advance. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
Topic:
Portrait photography  Search this
Body arts  Search this
Costume  Search this
Hairstyles -- Africa  Search this
Genre/Form:
Postcards
Collection Citation:
African Postcard collection, EEPA 1985-014, Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives, National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
EEPA.1985-014, Item EEPA CF 1985-140678
See more items in:
African Postcard Collection
African Postcard Collection / Series 12: Congo Français (CF)
Archival Repository:
Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives, National Museum of African Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/xo7931fc890-4420-4b34-9822-8029533d95dd
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-eepa-1985-014-ref2076

Congo Francais Coiffure de femme Boubou

Photographer:
Béchaud, Auguste, 1874-1912  Search this
Extent:
1 Postcard (collotype., b&w, 14 x 8.8 cm.)
Container:
Volume 1
Type:
Archival materials
Postcards
Postcards
Picture postcards
Place:
Africa
Congo (Brazzaville)
Central African Republic
Date:
ca. 1909
Scope and Contents:
Printed text on recto reads: "Congo Francais. Coiffure de femme Boubou."
Translated caption reads: "French Congo. Boubou woman's hairstyle."
Manuscript message and address on verso. Postmark on verso. Postmarked postage stamp on recto.
This picture was taken by Auguste Béchaud ca. 1909 in a Ngbugu village nearby Mobaye in the Oubangui River. The woman has her hair garmented with beads called bayaka and her loincloth is a leather belt. [Provided by Juan Fandos-Ruis and Didier Carité] [Sources: Bradshaw, Richard and Juan Fandos-Rius, "Béchaud, Augustee (1874-1912)" in Historical Dictionary of the Central African Republic, 111. Lanham, Maryland: Rowman & Littlefield, New Editions 2016. Carité, Didier, Auguste Béchaud, photographe-soldat en Afrique centrale 1909-1912, 2009.]
Local Numbers:
EEPA CX-05-01
General:
Title source: Postcard caption.
Provenance:
JCB: Jean Charles Blanc; Paris, France; Purchase.
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original records requires an appointment. Contact Archives staff for more details.
Collection Rights:
Permission to reproduce images from the Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives must be obtained in advance. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
Topic:
Body arts  Search this
Hairstyles -- Africa  Search this
Costume -- Africa  Search this
Genre/Form:
Picture postcards
Collection Citation:
African Postcard collection, EEPA 1985-014, Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives, National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
EEPA.1985-014, Item EEPA CX 2011-001-0448
See more items in:
African Postcard Collection
African Postcard Collection / Series 9: Central African Republic (CX)
Archival Repository:
Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives, National Museum of African Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/xo7eea52f8e-64ee-4110-b015-cbd32be157c2
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-eepa-1985-014-ref3752

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