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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

Peter Pitseolak's escape from death / drawings and story by Peter Pitseolak ; introduced and edited by Dorothy Eber

Author:
Pitseolak, Peter 1902-1973  Search this
Eber, Dorothy  Search this
Subject:
Pitseolak, Peter 1902-1973  Search this
Physical description:
[48] p. : col. ill. ; 18 x 21 cm
Type:
Biography
Juvenile literature
Place:
Nunavut
Baffin Island
Date:
1977
C1977
Topic:
Inuit  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_726618

People from our side : an Inuit record of Seekooseelak, the land of the people of Cape Dorset, Baffin Island : a life story with photographs / by Peter Pitseolak ; an oral biography by Dorothy Eber

Author:
Pitseolak, Peter 1902-1973  Search this
Eber, Dorothy  Search this
Subject:
Pitseolak, Peter 1902-1973  Search this
Physical description:
159 p. : ill. ; 27 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
Nunavut
Baffin Island
Date:
1975
C1975
Topic:
Inuit  Search this
Inuit--Biography  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_547803

People from our side : an Eskimo life story in words and photographs : an Inuit record of Seekooseelak, the land of the people of Cape Dorset, Baffin Island / Peter Pitseolak and Dorothy Eber ; [translator, Ann Meekitjuk Hanson ; interpreters for interviews, Ann Hanson ... et al.]

Author:
Pitseolak, Peter 1902-1973  Search this
Eber, Dorothy  Search this
Subject:
Pitseolak, Peter 1902-1973  Search this
Physical description:
159 p. : ill. ; 27 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
Canada
Baffin Island
Date:
1977
[1977] c1945
Topic:
Eskimos  Search this
Eskimos--Biography  Search this
Call number:
E99.E7P535 1977X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_95010

People from our side : a life story with photographs / by Peter Pitseolak ; and oral biography by Dorothy Harley Eber ; [translation of Peter Pitseolak's manuscript, Ann Hanson]

Author:
Pitseolak, Peter 1902-1973  Search this
Eber, Dorothy  Search this
Subject:
Pitseolak, Peter 1902-1973  Search this
Physical description:
163 p. : ill., map ; 28 cm
Type:
Biography
Place:
Nunavut
Baffin Island
Baffin Island (Nunavut)
Date:
1993
1975
C1993
Topic:
Inuit  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_917083

Peter Pitseolak's escape from death / drawings and story by Peter Pitseolak ; introduced and edited by Dorothy Eber

Author:
Pitseolak, Peter 1902-1973  Search this
Eber, Dorothy  Search this
Subject:
Pitseolak, Peter 1902-1973  Search this
Physical description:
[47] p. : col. ill. ; 19 x 22 cm
Type:
Biography
Juvenile literature
Place:
Nunavut
Baffin Island
Canada, Northern
Date:
1977
C1977
Topic:
Inuit  Search this
Eskimos  Search this
Adventure and adventurers  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_956689

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