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Elizabeth Bayley Willis photograph collection of peoples, artifacts, and scenery of Northeastern India

Creator:
Willis, Elizabeth Bayley (collector and photographer)  Search this
Photographer:
Elwin, Verrier  Search this
Pal, Panna  Search this
Pyngrope, R.  Search this
Extent:
33 color slides
1 color postcard
53 Prints (silver gelatin)
Culture:
Khasi (Indic people)  Search this
Mishmi (Indic people)  Search this
Lushai (Asian people)  Search this
Akha (Southeast Asian people)  Search this
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Color slides
Color postcards
Prints
Photographs
Postcards
Place:
Arunāchal Pradesh (India)
Assam (India)
Brahmaputra River Valley
Date:
circa 1950-1965
Scope and Contents note:
Photographs depicting indigenous peoples, antiquities, implements, textile types, and scenery in Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, and other areas of northeastern India. Represented photographers include Elizabeth Bayley Willis, Verrier Elwin, Panna Pal, R. Pyngrope, and other photographers.
Biographical/Historical note:
Elizabeth Bayley Willis (1902-2003) was a scholar of textiles and decorative arts who was affliliated with several museums and galleries including the San Francisco Museum of Art and the Henry Gallery of the University of Washington in Seattle. In 1952, she was appointed to the United Nations Technical Assistance Board, where she focused on marketing of textile and other decorative art products from India to improve economic development; she later worked on similar missions for the UN in Vietnam, Formosa, and Morocco. Willis went to India to consult the Uttar Pradesh government about the development and preservation of crafts and served as an advisor to the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, the Textile Commissioner, and the All India Handloom Board. Between 1957 and 1965, Willis returned to India several times to collect textiles and continue her research on the tribal arts of northeastern India and Bhutan.
Local Call Number(s):
NAA Photo Lot 79-11
Location of Other Archival Materials:
Additional photographs collected by Willis can be found in the National Anthropological Archives in Photo Lot 97.
Willis also donated artifacts to the Department of Anthropology, in accessions 255963, 264169, 268921, 270239, and 279910.
The Special Collections at the University of Washington holds the Elizabeth Bayley Willis Papers, 1933-1988.
Restrictions:
The collection is open for research.

Access to the collection requires an appointment.
Rights:
These photographs cannot be reproduced without permission from the photographers.
Genre/Form:
Photographs
Postcards
Citation:
Photo lot 79-11, Elizabeth Bayley Willis photograph collection of peoples, artifacts, and scenery of Northeastern India, National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution
Identifier:
NAA.PhotoLot.79-11
Archival Repository:
National Anthropological Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-naa-photolot-79-11

Woman Wearing Velvet Jacket from Assam Plains, Earrings And Necklace and Carrying Infant in Sling 1954

Creator:
Pal, Panna  Search this
Physical description:
1 photoprint 009 in x 011 in
Culture:
Mishmi  Search this
Idu  Search this
Type:
Photographs
Date:
1954
Local number:
NAA INV 04449800
See more items in:
Photograph collection ca. 1860s-1960s
Data Source:
National Anthropological Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_57450
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