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Inuit Art, General

Collection Creator:
Franz Bader Gallery  Search this
Container:
Box 13, Folder 7-8
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1977-1984
Collection Restrictions:
This collection is open for research. Access to original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C. Research Center. Researchers interested in accessing audiovisual recordings in this collection must use access copies. 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:
Franz Bader Gallery records, 1925-1995. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
See more items in:
Franz Bader Gallery records
Franz Bader Gallery records / Series 3: Gallery Files
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw95c6dcdb6-5d81-43a9-a583-927cfd55b8c7
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-franbade-ref218

Inuit Art, Publicity

Collection Creator:
Franz Bader Gallery  Search this
Container:
Box 13, Folder 13
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1979-1983
Collection Restrictions:
This collection is open for research. Access to original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C. Research Center. Researchers interested in accessing audiovisual recordings in this collection must use access copies. 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:
Franz Bader Gallery records, 1925-1995. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
See more items in:
Franz Bader Gallery records
Franz Bader Gallery records / Series 3: Gallery Files
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw9fb548b1e-1d0c-4309-a25a-a00a7ad983d0
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-franbade-ref221

Inuit Art, Dorset Fine Arts

Collection Creator:
Franz Bader Gallery  Search this
Container:
Box 13, Folder 11-12
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1982-1985
Collection Restrictions:
This collection is open for research. Access to original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C. Research Center. Researchers interested in accessing audiovisual recordings in this collection must use access copies. 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:
Franz Bader Gallery records, 1925-1995. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
See more items in:
Franz Bader Gallery records
Franz Bader Gallery records / Series 3: Gallery Files
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw99b78d3cc-1225-4a86-a01f-8a5d9b2df7fa
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-franbade-ref220

Inuit Art, Canadian Arctic Producers, Ltd.

Collection Creator:
Franz Bader Gallery  Search this
Container:
Box 13, Folder 9-10
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1971-1985
Collection Restrictions:
This collection is open for research. Access to original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C. Research Center. Researchers interested in accessing audiovisual recordings in this collection must use access copies. 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:
Franz Bader Gallery records, 1925-1995. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
See more items in:
Franz Bader Gallery records
Franz Bader Gallery records / Series 3: Gallery Files
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw92c07050d-5b84-4326-9382-4973d158fd26
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-franbade-ref219

"Shamanic Themes in Inuit Art: A Commentary," Bert Witt

Collection Creator:
The Arctic Circle (Gallery: Los Angeles, Calif.)  Search this
Container:
Box 1, Folder 6
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1979
Collection 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).
Collection 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.
Collection Citation:
Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Collection Title, Box and Folder Number; National Museum of the American Indian Archive Center, Smithsonian Institution.
See more items in:
The Arctic Circle records
The Arctic Circle records / Series 1: Papers
Archival Repository:
National Museum of the American Indian
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/sv4d54be7ce-0a76-47e3-9af8-c6b0b61c1090
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmai-ac-004-ref23

Reference Library

Collection Creator:
The Arctic Circle (Gallery: Los Angeles, Calif.)  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
undated
1967-1987
Scope and Contents:
The reference library subseries includes information gathered by Bert and Ellen Witt on subjects relating to Inuit art. These materials include articles and pamphlets on topics such as artistic mediums, general information on native communities in the Arctic, the developemnt of the Arctic, and miscellaneous materials on Inuit life and culture. This subseries is arranged alphabetically with the miscellaneous material at the end of the subseries.
Collection 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).
Collection 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.
Collection 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, Subseries 2.2
See more items in:
The Arctic Circle records
The Arctic Circle records / Series 2: Reference Materials
Archival Repository:
National Museum of the American Indian
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/sv4a31ac921-b29e-43d6-8046-fb83d11d2f74
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmai-ac-004-ref20

Gallery Files

Collection Creator:
Franz Bader Gallery  Search this
Extent:
1.6 Linear feet (Boxes 1, 12-13)
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1953-1993
Scope and Contents:
Files in the series include exhibition records for the gallery's annual Christmas exhibition and Washington Area Artists, donations, consignment and loan records, artwork and artist address lists, employee records, files on bark paintings and Inuit art, and vendor files. Correspondence to Bader comes from artists represented by the Franz Bader Gallery, the Smithsonian Institution National Collection of Fine Art, the U.S. Information Agency, the Chancellor of Arts and Letters in Bader's native Austria recognizing Bader's cultural contributions overseas, and a few German-language letters. Other correspondence is with galleries and museums regarding exhibitions, clients, vendors, and some personal letters with friends. Also included is a file for the Whyte Bookshop and Gallery, Inc.
Collection Restrictions:
This collection is open for research. Access to original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C. Research Center. Researchers interested in accessing audiovisual recordings in this collection must use access copies. 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:
Franz Bader Gallery records, 1925-1995. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.franbade, Series 3
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Franz Bader Gallery records
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw94abf11de-9b32-439a-bf06-397478f208f2
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-franbade-ref1

Conversations: Inuit Identities and Vitalization

Creator:
Smithsonian Arctic Studies Center Alaska  Search this
Type:
Lectures
YouTube Videos
Uploaded:
2021-06-14T22:19:11.000Z
YouTube Category:
Education  Search this
Topic:
Arctic Studies;Alaska;Alaska Natives;Native Art;Indigenous Art  Search this
See more by:
Smithsonian Arctic Studies Center Alaska channel
Data Source:
Smithsonian Arctic Studies Center Alaska
YouTube Channel:
Smithsonian Arctic Studies Center Alaska channel
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:yt_lZNcsUmlHKI

Conversations: Activating Inuit Art Sovereignty

Creator:
Smithsonian Arctic Studies Center Alaska  Search this
Type:
Conversations and talks
YouTube Videos
Uploaded:
2021-12-01T21:38:14.000Z
YouTube Category:
Education  Search this
Topic:
Arctic Studies;Alaska;Alaska Natives;Native Art;Indigenous Art  Search this
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Smithsonian Arctic Studies Center Alaska channel
Data Source:
Smithsonian Arctic Studies Center Alaska
YouTube Channel:
Smithsonian Arctic Studies Center Alaska channel
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:yt_y7QzF6xequE

A Different Lens

Creator:
National Museum of the American Indian  Search this
Type:
YouTube Videos
Uploaded:
2022-02-03T20:41:06.000Z
YouTube Category:
Education  Search this
Topic:
Native Americans;American Indians  Search this
See more by:
SmithsonianNMAI
Data Source:
National Museum of the American Indian
YouTube Channel:
SmithsonianNMAI
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:yt_fjHQCGA6tCQ

Conversations: Music within Inuit Cultures and Languages

Creator:
Smithsonian Arctic Studies Center Alaska  Search this
Type:
Lectures
YouTube Videos
Uploaded:
2021-11-17T03:13:54.000Z
YouTube Category:
Education  Search this
Topic:
Arctic Studies;Alaska;Alaska Natives;Native Art;Indigenous Art  Search this
See more by:
Smithsonian Arctic Studies Center Alaska channel
Data Source:
Smithsonian Arctic Studies Center Alaska
YouTube Channel:
Smithsonian Arctic Studies Center Alaska channel
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:yt_9SRzN4J67EE

Conversations: Challenges to Inuit Art Sovereignty

Creator:
Smithsonian Arctic Studies Center Alaska  Search this
Type:
Conversations and talks
YouTube Videos
Uploaded:
2022-01-05T01:41:46.000Z
YouTube Category:
Education  Search this
Topic:
Arctic Studies;Alaska;Alaska Natives;Native Art;Indigenous Art  Search this
See more by:
Smithsonian Arctic Studies Center Alaska channel
Data Source:
Smithsonian Arctic Studies Center Alaska
YouTube Channel:
Smithsonian Arctic Studies Center Alaska channel
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:yt_Vuic6Toek_k

Conversations: Queer Inuit Art

Creator:
Smithsonian Arctic Studies Center Alaska  Search this
Type:
Lectures
YouTube Videos
Uploaded:
2021-05-31T01:40:30.000Z
YouTube Category:
Education  Search this
Topic:
Arctic Studies;Alaska;Alaska Natives;Native Art;Indigenous Art  Search this
See more by:
Smithsonian Arctic Studies Center Alaska channel
Data Source:
Smithsonian Arctic Studies Center Alaska
YouTube Channel:
Smithsonian Arctic Studies Center Alaska channel
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:yt__SlEIkTCJ8M

Conversations: Learning Across Generations and Back

Creator:
Smithsonian Arctic Studies Center Alaska  Search this
Type:
Lectures
YouTube Videos
Uploaded:
2021-11-17T02:28:50.000Z
YouTube Category:
Education  Search this
Topic:
Arctic Studies;Alaska;Alaska Natives;Native Art;Indigenous Art  Search this
See more by:
Smithsonian Arctic Studies Center Alaska channel
Data Source:
Smithsonian Arctic Studies Center Alaska
YouTube Channel:
Smithsonian Arctic Studies Center Alaska channel
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:yt_eaT7tYX8oSE

Inuit Art

Collection Creator:
Arwin Galleries (Detroit, Mich.)  Search this
Container:
Box 1, Folder 11
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1976-1980
Collection Restrictions:
This collection is open for research. Access to original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C. Research Center.

Researchers interested in accessing audiovisual recordings in this collection must use access copies. 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:
Arwin Galleries records, 1948-1981. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
See more items in:
Arwin Galleries records
Arwin Galleries records / Series 1: Administrative Records / 1.1: Alphabetical Files
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw94c602231-f19b-419a-89bd-694b65fd5402
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-arwigall-ref32

Festival Recordings: Narrative Stage: Balladry continued: Conserving American Indian Culture

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:
sound tape reel
1 Item (sound-tape reel, analog, 7 in.)
Type:
Archival materials
Place:
United States
Washington (D.C.)
Date:
1985 June 26
Local Numbers:
FP-1985-7RR-0397
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, June 26, 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-0397
See more items in:
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
Archival Repository:
Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/bk553522190-52c6-48f3-a4a0-634f545f2255
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-cfch-sff-1985-ref1219
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Oral history interview with George Fedoroff, 1980 July 8-1981 Jan. 21

Interviewee:
Fedoroff, George W., 1906-2001  Search this
Interviewer:
Brown, Robert F  Search this
Subject:
Society of Independent Artists (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Type:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Topic:
Inuit art  Search this
Decorative arts -- Alaska  Search this
Native American artists  Search this
Artisans -- Interviews  Search this
Handicraft  Search this
Theme:
Craft  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)13169
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)211995
AAA_collcode_fedoro80
Theme:
Craft
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_211995
Online Media:

Oral history interview with George Fedoroff

Interviewee:
Fedoroff, George W., 1906-  Search this
Interviewer:
Brown, Robert F.  Search this
Names:
Society of Independent Artists (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Extent:
3 Items (sound files Sound recording, digital, wav file)
53 Pages (Transcript)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Pages
Sound recordings
Interviews
Date:
1980 July 8-1981 Jan. 21
Scope and Contents:
An interview with George Fedoroff conducted 1980 July 8-1981 Jan. 21, by Robert F. Brown, for the Archives of American Art.
Fedoroff speaks of his childhood, his experiences as a refugee during the Russian Revolution, his training as a painter in Paris, his association with the Society of Independent Artists in Boston and with artists and actors on Cape Cod, his development of education in Alaska with the Bureau of Indian Affairs, and his designs in wood.
Biographical / Historical:
George Fedoroff (1906-2001) was a craftsman and crafts administrator in Brewster, Mass.
Provenance:
This interview is part of the Archives of American Art Oral History Program, started in 1958 to document the history of the visual arts in the United States, primarily through interviews with artists, historians, dealers, critics and others.
Occupation:
Arts administrators -- Interviews  Search this
Topic:
Inuit art  Search this
Decorative arts -- Alaska  Search this
Native American artists  Search this
Artisans -- Interviews  Search this
Handicraft  Search this
Genre/Form:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Identifier:
AAA.fedoro80
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw98369e4a9-4e91-4b1c-a91a-6469bece2906
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-fedoro80
Online Media:

[Appropriating the Primitive: Canadian & Alaskan Inuit Art…]

Collection Creator:
Sturtevant, William C.  Search this
Container:
Box 251
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1988
Collection Restrictions:
Files containing Sturtevant's students' grades have been restricted, as have his students' and colleagues' grant and fellowships applications. Restricted files were separated and placed at the end of their respective series in boxes 87, 264, 322, 389-394, 435-436, 448, 468, and 483. For preservation reasons, his computer files are also restricted. Seminole sound recordings are restricted. Access to the William C. Sturtevant Papers requires an apointment.
Collection Rights:
Contact the repository for terms of use.
Collection Citation:
William C. Sturtevant papers, National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution
See more items in:
William C. Sturtevant papers
William C. Sturtevant papers / Series 2: Research Files / 2.13: Miscellaneous—Native Americans
Archival Repository:
National Anthropological Archives
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/nw3b46023a8-5a29-4fca-8b79-4be1438c9465
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-naa-2008-24-ref7749

Edmund Snow Carpenter papers

Creator:
Carpenter, Edmund, 1922-2011  Search this
Names:
De Menil, Adelaide  Search this
Flaherty, Robert Joseph, 1884-1951  Search this
Heye, George G. (George Gustav), 1874-1957  Search this
McLuhan, Marshall, 1911-1980  Search this
Schuster, Carl, 1904-1969  Search this
Extent:
26.25 Linear feet
Culture:
Arctic peoples  Search this
Iglulingmiut Inuit (Iglulik/Iglulirmiut Eskimo)  Search this
Inuit  Search this
Inuit -- Canada  Search this
Inuit -- Greenland  Search this
Iroquois  Search this
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Place:
Canada
Greenland
New Guinea (Territory)
Papua New Guinea
Date:
circa 1938-2011
Summary:
Edmund Snow Carpenter (1922-2011) was an archaeologist and visual anthropologist who worked extensively with the indigenous peoples of the Canadian Arctic as well as Papua New Guinea. With his colleague and close collaborator Marshall McLuhan (1911-1980), he laid the groundwork for modern media theory. Carpenter is also known for his work as an ethnographic filmmaker and as a collector of Paleo-Eskimo art. The Papers of Edmund Carpenter, circa 1938-2011, document the research interests and projects undertaken by Carpenter in the fields of cultural anthropology, ethnographic filmmaking, media theory, archaeology, and indigenous art.
Scope and Contents:
The papers of Edmund Carpenter, 1940-2011, document the research interests and projects undertaken by Carpenter in the fields of cultural anthropology, ethnographic filmmaking, media theory, archaeology, and indigenous art. Specific research projects and interests documented are: his 1950s fieldwork among the Aivilik Inuit in the Canadian Arctic as well as his studies into Inuit concepts of space, time, and geography; his partnership and collaboration with media theorist Marshall McLuhan and his ethnographic studies of Papua New Guinean tribal communities; his early-career archaeological digs at Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) burial mounds in Sugar Run, Pennsylvania, as well as later archaeological interest in Arctic peoples, Siberia, and the Norwegian artifact dubbed the "Norse Penny"; his reflections on the disciplines of anthropology and media studies; his editing and completion of the work of art historian Carl Schuster at the Museum der Kulturen (Museum of Ethnology) in Basel, Switzerland; his editing of The Story of Comock the Eskimo, as told to Robert Flaherty; and his museum exhibitions compiled on the topics of surrealist and tribal art. The collection also documents Carpenter's correspondence with fellow scholars, ethnographers, filmmakers, and colleagues; his published writings; and elements of his personal life, such as obituaries and personal photographs.

Materials in this collection include artifact and burial records; correspondence; drawings and illustrations; essays; interviews and oral histories; inventories and catalogues; manuscripts and drafts, and fragments of drafts; maps; memoranda and meeting minutes; notes, notebooks, and data analysis; obituaries and memorials; photographic prints, slides, and negatives, including personal photographs and portraits; proposals and plans for museum exhibits; reports; resumes and bibliographies; reviews; and sound recordings on CD-Rs and audio cassettes. Additional materials include books and book chapters; journal copies and journal excerpts; magazine, newspaper, and article clippings and excerpts; museum and gallery catalogues, brochures, and guides; pamphlets; and reprints. A portion of the material collected here consist of consolidated research into specific topics, gathered from archival repositories, museums, correspondence, and published works. This material consists of research reprints and archival reference photocopies and photographic prints from various repositories.

Items worthy of special mention in this collection include: annotated draft chapters from Marshall McLuhan's seminal work on media theory, Understanding Media: The Extensions of Man (Series 2); a 1957 letter from e. e. cummings to Carpenter, written in verse (Series 3); an undated thank-you note addressed to "Sadie" from Helen Keller (Series 3); and a transcript of an interview of Carpenter by his former student, Harald Prins (Series 2).
Arrangement:
The collection is organized into the following 6 series:

Series 1. Fieldwork and drafts, 1940-2011 (bulk 1940-1959)

Series 2. Research and project files, 1940-2011

Series 3. Correspondence, circa 1938-2011

Series 4. Publications and lectures, circa 1942-circa 2006

Series 5. Personal, 1942-2011

Series 6. Writings by others, 1960-2009, undated
Biographical Note:
Edmund Snow Carpenter (1922-2011) was an archaeologist and visual anthropologist who worked extensively with the indigenous peoples of the Canadian Arctic and Papua New Guinea. With his colleague and close collaborator Marshall McLuhan (1911-1980), he laid the groundwork for modern media theory. Carpenter is also known for his work as an ethnographic filmmaker and as a collector of Paleo-Eskimo art.

Born in 1922 in Rochester, New York, Edmund (nicknamed "Ted") Carpenter served in the U.S. Marine Corps during World War II before receiving his Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania in 1950 under Frank Speck for work on Iroquoian prehistoric archaeology. Carpenter began teaching at the University of Toronto in 1948 while simultaneously working as a programmer for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC). In the 1950s, he undertook fieldwork in the Canadian Arctic among the Aivilik (an Inuit Igloolik subgroup). This fieldwork resulted in several publications in the field of cultural anthropology, including Time/Space Concepts of the Aivilik (1955), Anerca (1959), and Eskimo (1959, republished as Eskimo Realities in 1973).

Also in the 1950s, Carpenter began a working relationship with media theorist Marshall McLuhan. Together, they received a Ford Foundation grant (1953-1955) for an interdisciplinary media research project into the impact of mass communications and mass media on culture change. Carpenter and McLuhan's partnership resulted in the Seminar on Culture and Communication (1953-1959) and the journal series Explorations. In 1957, Carpenter was the founding chair in the interdisciplinary program "Anthropology and Art" at San Fernando Valley State College (now California State University, Northridge). There, he collaborated with Bess Lomax Hawes and other colleagues in the production of several ethnographic films, including Georgia Sea Island Singers about Gullah (or Geechee) songs and dances. During this period, Carpenter worked with McLuhan on the latter's seminal book Understanding Media: The Extensions of Man (1964). The article published as "Fashion is Language" in Harper's Bazaar under McLuhan's name (1968) was actually written by Carpenter. It was later published in book form under Carpenter's name, with the title They Became What They Beheld (1970).

In 1969, Carpenter took a research professorship at the University of Papua and New Guinea sponsored by the government of Australia. Alongside photographer Adelaide De Menil (whom he would later marry), he applied many of the ideas about media literacy and culture change to indigenous communities of Papua New Guinea. These activities led to developments in the field of media ecology, as well as the publication of Carpenter's best-known work, Oh, What a Blow the Phantom Gave Me! (1976).

Carpenter taught intermittently at various universities throughout his career, including Fordham University, the University of California-Santa Cruz, Adelphi University, Harvard University's Center for Visual Anthropology, the New School for Social Research, and New York University. He spent eight years associated with the Museum of Ethnology in Basel, Switzerland (1973-1981), editing art historian Carl Schuster's research.

In addition to his teaching and research, Carpenter, with his wife Adelaide De Menil, collected tribal art, eventually amassing the largest private collection of Paleo-Eskimo art in the United States. In the 1990s and early 2000s, Carpenter curated various exhibitions on art and visual culture, including the Menil Collection's Witness to a Surrealist Vision and the Musée du Quai Branly's Upside Down (later reconstructed at the Menil Collection). In later years, Carpenter resumed his archaeological interest in Arctic peoples, researching and collaborating on the Zhokhov Island Mesolithic site in the Russian Arctic with Russian scientists from the Institute for the History of Material Culture and archaeologists from the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of Natural History.

Carpenter died on July 1, 2011 at his home in New York.

Sources consulted:

"Edmund Snow Carpenter." https://edmundsnowcarpenter.com/about

Grimes, William. "Edmund Carpenter, Archaeologist and Anthropologist, Dies at 88." The New York Times. 2011 July 7. https://www.nytimes.com

Prins, Harald E. L. and John Bishop. "Edmund Carpenter: Explorations in Media and Anthropology." Visual Anthropology Review 17:2 (Fall-Winter 2001-2002): 110-140.

Chronology

1922 September 2 -- Born in Rochester, New York

circa 1940-1941 -- Archaeological field work, Sugar Run mounds, Pennsylvania

1942-1946 -- Served in the United States Marine Corps

1948-1957 -- Anthropology Department, University of Toronto

circa 1950 -- Began work for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC)

1950 -- Ph.D. University of Pennsylvania (Anthropology)

1950s -- Fieldwork among the Aivilik Inuit

1953-1959 -- Ran the Seminar on Culture and Communication with Marshall McLuhan

1957-1967 -- "Anthropology and Art" program at San Fernando Valley State College (California State University, Northridge)

1967-1968 -- Schwitzer Chair, Fordham University (with Marshall McLuhan)

1968-1969 -- Carnegie Chair in Anthropology, University of California, Santa Cruz

1969-1970 -- Research Professor, University of Papua and New Guinea

1973-1981 -- Associated with the Museum of Ethnology in Basel, Switzerland for Carl Schuster papers project

circa 1989-2005 -- Collaboration regarding Zhokov Island archaeological site

2011 July 1 -- Died in East Hampton, New York
Separated Materials:
Film and video recordings are retained by the Human Studies Film Archives (HSFA) as the Edmund Carpenter-Adelaide de Menil Collection (HSFA 2004-04).
Provenance:
The Edmund Snow Carpenter papers were donated to the National Anthropological Archives in 2017 by Adelaide de Menil on behalf of the Rock Foundation.
Restrictions:
The Edmund Snow Carpenter papers are open for research.

Use of archival audiovisual recordings with no duplicate access copy requires advance notice. Please contact the archives for information on availability of access copies of audiovisual recordings. Original audiovisual material in the Human Studies Film Archives may not be played.

Digital media in the collection is restricted for preservation reasons.

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Citation:
Edmund Snow Carpenter papers, National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution
Identifier:
NAA.2017-27
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Archival Repository:
National Anthropological Archives
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/nw3d15a171a-af5d-4b66-914f-55bc819d7b76
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-naa-2017-27
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