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Andrew and Martha Ruch photographs

Photographer:
Ruch Family  Search this
Extent:
326 photographic prints (dupe prints, 8 x 10 in. )
211 photographic prints ((1 vol.) + papers., black & white, 8 x 13 cm. or smaller.)
115 lantern slides (hand colored, 6 x 9 cm.)
Container:
Item 115
Volume 1
Volume 2
Volume 2
Box 1
Box 2
Culture:
Kikuyu (African people)  Search this
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Lantern slides
Black-and-white photographs
Photographic prints
Place:
Africa
Mount Kilimanjaro (Tanzania)
Mozambique
Mount Kenya (Kenya)
Mombasa (Kenya)
Kikuyu (Kenya)
Kenya
Suez Canal (Egypt)
Port Said (Egypt)
Cairo (Egypt)
Egypt
Date:
between 1922-1925
Summary:
Photographs taken and lantern slides collected by Andrew and Martha Ruch to document their experiences as missionaries in Africa during the 1920s. The photographs document Andrew and Martha Ruch's missionary work and their activities among the Kikuyu people. Places shown include Cairo, Egypt; the Mediterranean Sea; a beach in Mombasa, Kenya; Mount Kilimanjaro, Tanzania; Port Said, Egypt and the Suez Canal. Activities depicted include building houses, carrying loads such as grass (for thatching), luggage, water and wood; cooking; drying skins; grinding millet; pounding sugar cane and selling items from boats to ship passagers. Ceremonies included are baptisms and church ceremonies. Portraits of people include Christian converts; chiefs, children; families; Muhia, Ruchs' assistant; the Ruches; and warriors. Many of the portraits document African clothing, ornaments, scarification and weapons. Architectural images include building materials, grain bins, houses (including Ruch's home), mosques, museums in Cairo, pyramids, railroads, temples in Egypt and villages. Boats, motorcycles and ships are also pictured. Nature scenes of landscapes and animals vary greatly and include mountains, trails, rivers, vegetation, waterfalls as well as birds, camels, cattle, donkeys, lizards and a lion.
Arrangement note:
Images indexed by negative number.
Biographical/Historical note:
Andrew H. Ruch, 1899-1966, missionary and pastor; graduate of the Moody Bible Institute, 1921, received ThD from Webster University, 1930. Martha W. Ruch, 1898-1989, wife of Andrew Ruch, graduate of the Moody Bible Institute, 1922.After Martha Ruch graduated from Moody in 1922, they married and left for Africa. They set up a mission in a Kikuyu Reserve in Ruiru, Kenya, and worked there until 1925, when they returned to the United States. Andrew Ruch spent most of his life as a pastor in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
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.
Genre/Form:
Lantern slides
Black-and-white photographs
Photographic prints
Identifier:
EEPA.1991-013
Archival Repository:
Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives, National Museum of African Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-eepa-1991-013

Dance shield : Kikuyu, Kenya, early 20th century

Author:
Maina, Stanley J  Search this
Smithsonian Libraries African Art Index Project DSI  Search this
Type:
Articles
Place:
Kenya
Date:
1996
Topic:
Kikuyu shields (Armor))  Search this
Shields  Search this
Call number:
N7380 .A245 1996
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_832711

Dance shield, Kikuyu, Kenya, early 20th century

Author:
Maina, Stanley J  Search this
Smithsonian Libraries African Art Index Project DSI  Search this
Type:
Articles
Place:
Kenya
Date:
1995
Topic:
Shields  Search this
Kikuyu shields (Armor)  Search this
Call number:
N7380 .A245 1995
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_514810

News clippings from the Times, giving a description of Fort Smith, Kikuyu, 19 December 1892 and reporting that Captain Nelson was ill

Author:
Nelson, Robert Henry 1853-1892  Search this
Russell E. Train Africana Collection (Smithsonian Libraries) DSI  Search this
Subject:
Nelson, Robert Henry 1853-1892  Search this
Physical description:
2 items ; 13.25 x 11 in. or smaller
Type:
Manuscripts
Clippings (information artifacts)
Place:
Fort Smith (Kikuyu, Kenya)
Date:
1892
1892-1893
[1892-1893]
Call number:
NelN003
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1044915

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