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Revisiting the Old Plantation: Reparations, Reconciliation, and Museumizing American Slavery

Author:
Ruffins, Fath Davis  Search this
Editor:
Karp, Ivan  Search this
Kratz, Corinne A.  Search this
Szwaja, Lynn  Search this
Ybarra-Frausto, Tomás  Search this
Object Type:
Smithsonian staff publication
Year:
2006
Citation:
Ruffins, Fath Davis. 2006. "Revisiting the Old Plantation: Reparations, Reconciliation, and Museumizing American Slavery." In Museum Frictions: Public Cultures/Global Transformations
. Karp, Ivan, Kratz, Corinne A., Szwaja, Lynn, and Ybarra-Frausto, Tomás, editors. 394–434. Durham, North Carolina: Duke University Press. https://doi.org/10.2307/j.ctv11cw1hd.25.
Identifier:
108067
DOI:
https://doi.org/10.2307/j.ctv11cw1hd.25
Data source:
Smithsonian Libraries and Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:slasro_108067

Memory in Black and White: Race, Commemoration, and the Post Bellum Landscape by Paul A. Shackel

Author:
Ruffins, Fath Davis  Search this
Object Type:
Smithsonian staff publication
Year:
2007
Citation:
Ruffins, Fath Davis. 2007. [Book review] "Memory in Black and White: Race, Commemoration, and the Post Bellum Landscape by Paul A. Shackel." Visual Anthropology Review, 23, (2), 178–179. https://doi.org/10.1525/var.2007.23.2.177.
Identifier:
108218
DOI:
https://doi.org/10.1525/var.2007.23.2.177
ISSN:
1058-7187
Data source:
Smithsonian Libraries and Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:slasro_108218

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
Photographs
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
Photographs -- Black-and-white photoprints -- 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:

Ruffins, Fath Davis

Collection Creator:
Rinzler, Ralph  Search this
Container:
Box 7 (Series 2)
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1992
Scope and Contents note:
File consists of "Mythos, Memory and History: African American Preservation Efforts, 1820-1990".
Collection Restrictions:
Access to the Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections is by appointment only. Visit our website for more information on scheduling a visit or making a digitization request. Researchers interested in accessing born-digital records or audiovisual recordings in this collection must use access copies.
Collection Rights:
Permission to publish materials from the collection must be requested from the Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections. Please visit our website to learn more about submitting a request. The Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections make no guarantees concerning copyright or other intellectual property restrictions. Other usage conditions may apply; please see the Smithsonian's Terms of Use for more information.
Collection Citation:
Ralph Rinzler papers and audio recordings, Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
CFCH.RINZ, File RINZ_02_007_016
See more items in:
Ralph Rinzler papers and audio recordings
Ralph Rinzler papers and audio recordings / Series 2: Collected Texts
Archival Repository:
Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/bk5690a6e38-01af-40fd-b56d-e64248c2dfd4
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-cfch-rinz-ref905

Reflecting on Ethnic Imagery in the Landscape of Commerce 1945-1976

Author:
Ruffins, Fath Davis  Search this
Editor:
McGovern, Charles  Search this
Object Type:
Smithsonian staff publication
Year:
1998
Citation:
Ruffins, Fath Davis. 1998. Reflecting on Ethnic Imagery in the Landscape of Commerce 1945-1976, McGovern, Charles, editor. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. In Getting and Spending: American and European Consumption in the Twentieth Century.
Identifier:
103087
Data source:
Smithsonian Libraries and Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:slasro_103087

Culture Wars Won and Lost: Ethnic Museums on the Mall: Part Two: The African American Museum on the Mall Project

Author:
Ruffins, Fath Davis  Search this
Object Type:
Smithsonian staff publication
Year:
1998
Citation:
Ruffins, Fath Davis. 1998. "Culture Wars Won and Lost: Ethnic Museums on the Mall: Part Two: The African American Museum on the Mall Project." Radical History Review, (70) 78–101.
Identifier:
103092
Data source:
Smithsonian Libraries and Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:slasro_103092

Telling Our Truth: An Abridged History of African American History

Author:
Ruffins, Fath Davis  Search this
Object Type:
Smithsonian staff publication
Year:
1998
Citation:
Ruffins, Fath Davis. 1998. "Telling Our Truth: An Abridged History of African American History." The Crisis, the Magazine of the NAACP, 105, (1) 22–23.
Identifier:
103093
Data source:
Smithsonian Libraries and Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:slasro_103093

Agency history, 1982-

Creator:
National Museum of American History (U.S.) Archives Center  Search this
Subject:
Fleckner, John A. 1941-  Search this
Harding, Robert S (Robert Steven) 1944-  Search this
Crew, Spencer R. 1949-  Search this
Haberstich, David  Search this
Richardson, Deborra A  Search this
Orr, Craig  Search this
Dreyfus, Carol  Search this
Odom, Jane H  Search this
Humphrys, Barbara  Search this
Graskowiak, Marilyn F  Search this
Ruffins, Fath Davis  Search this
Horton, Robert  Search this
Williams, Patricia L  Search this
Shay, Wendy Ann 1955-  Search this
Minnick, Mimi  Search this
Schwartz, Scott W  Search this
Kuebler, Ann  Search this
Jackson, Reuben  Search this
Strange, Susan B  Search this
Keen, Cathy  Search this
Peterson, Kay  Search this
Hursey, Joe  Search this
Broussard Simmons, Vanessa  Search this
Daniela Z. Jiménez María  Search this
Oswald, Alison L  Search this
Robinson, Franklin A., Jr. 1959-  Search this
Type:
Mixed archival materials
Date:
1982
1982-
Topic:
Museum archives  Search this
Archivists  Search this
Local number:
SIA AH00253
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_222963

Woman's African-style Headwrap

Used by:
Ruffins, Fath Davis  Search this
Maker:
Ruffins, Fath Davis  Search this
Physical Description:
cotton (overall material)
Measurements:
overall: 46 in; 116.84 cm
Object Name:
headwrap
Made in:
United States: District of Columbia, Washington
Used in:
United States: District of Columbia, Washington
Date made:
1972-1984
Subject:
African American  Search this
Related Publication:
Kendrick, Kathleen M. and Peter C. Liebhold. Smithsonian Treasures of American History
National Museum of American History. Treasures of American History online exhibition
Related Web Publication:
http://americanhistory.si.edu/treasures
Credit Line:
Gift of Fath Davis Ruffins
ID Number:
1992.0456.001
Accession number:
1992.0456
Catalog number:
1992.0456.001
See more items in:
Home and Community Life: Costume
Clothing & Accessories
Cultures & Communities
National Treasures exhibit
Textiles
Data Source:
National Museum of American History
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746a8-9688-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_1006937

Grassroots Museums & the Changing Landscape of the Public Humanities

Author:
Ruffins, Fath Davis  Search this
Object Type:
Smithsonian staff publication
Year:
2022
Citation:
Ruffins, Fath Davis. 2022. "Grassroots Museums & the Changing Landscape of the Public Humanities." Daedalus, 151, (3) 108–123. https://doi.org/10.1162/daed_a_01932.
Identifier:
166437
DOI:
https://doi.org/10.1162/daed_a_01932
ISSN:
0011-5266
Data source:
Smithsonian Libraries and Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:slasro_166437

coat

User:
Ruffins, Fath Davis  Search this
Measurements:
center back: 43 1/2 in; 110.49 cm
Object Name:
Coat
Object Type:
Outerwear
Woman
Coat
Place made:
Nepal
Made in:
Nepal
Purchased in:
Nepal
Date made:
1968-1978
Credit Line:
Gift of Faith Davis Ruffins
ID Number:
1996.0158.001
See more items in:
Home and Community Life: Costume
Data Source:
National Museum of American History
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746a6-7e23-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_765373

dress, 1-piece

Maker:
Ruffins, Fath Davis  Search this
Measurements:
overall center back: 45 1/2 in; 115.57 cm
Object Name:
Dress, 1-Piece
Date made:
1972-1984
Subject:
African American  Search this
Credit Line:
Fath Davis Ruffins
ID Number:
1989.0175.001
See more items in:
Home and Community Life: Costume
Data Source:
National Museum of American History
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746b4-abfc-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_1000844

shirt

Maker:
Ruffins, Fath Davis  Search this
Measurements:
overall: flat: 30 1/2 in x 38 in; 77.47 cm x 96.52 cm
Object Name:
Shirt
Other Terms:
Shirt; Upper Body; Main Dress; Male
Worn:
United States: Massachusetts, Cambridge
Date made:
1972
Credit Line:
Gift of Fath Davis Ruffins
ID Number:
1984.0826.03
Accession number:
1984.0826
Catalog number:
1984.0826.03
See more items in:
Home and Community Life: Costume
Data Source:
National Museum of American History
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746b4-66b7-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_373614

dress, 1-piece

Maker:
Ruffins, Fath Davis  Search this
Object Name:
Dress, 1-Piece
Other Terms:
Dress, 1-Piece; Entire Body; Main Dress; Female
Date made:
1969 - 1970
Credit Line:
Gift of Fath Davis Ruffins
ID Number:
1984.0826.01
Accession number:
1984.0826
Catalog number:
1984.0826.01
See more items in:
Home and Community Life: Costume
Data Source:
National Museum of American History
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746a1-8f51-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_373624

dress, 1-piece

Maker:
Ruffins, Fath Davis  Search this
Object Name:
Dress, 1-Piece
Other Terms:
Dress, 1-Piece; Entire Body; Main Dress; Female
Worn:
United States: Massachusetts, Cambridge
Date made:
1972
Credit Line:
Gift of Fath Davis Ruffins
ID Number:
1984.0826.04
Accession number:
1984.0826
Catalog number:
1984.0826.04
See more items in:
Home and Community Life: Costume
Data Source:
National Museum of American History
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746a1-8f54-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_373627

Building Homes for Black History: Museum Founders, Founding Directors, and Pioneers, 1915–95

Author:
Ruffins, Fath Davis  Search this
Object Type:
Smithsonian staff publication
Electronic document
Year:
2018
Citation:
Ruffins, Fath Davis. 2018. Building Homes for Black History: Museum Founders, Founding Directors, and Pioneers, 1915–95. The Public Historian, 40(3): 13-43. doi:10.1525/tph.2018.40.3.13
Topic:
American History  Search this
Data source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:SILSRO_150659

Contesting the Nation, 1900–1965

Author:
Ruffins, Fath Davis  Search this
Salazar-Porzio, Margaret  Search this
Safranek, Lauren  Search this
Troyano, Joan Fragaszy  Search this
Object Type:
Smithsonian staff publication
Electronic document
Year:
2017
Citation:
Ruffins, Fath Davis. 2017. Contesting the Nation, 1900–1965. In: Salazar-Porzio, Margaret, Troyano, Joan Fragaszy and Safranek, Lauren, Many Voices, One Nation: Material Culture Reflections on Race and Migration in the United States. Washington, D.C: Smithsonian Institution Scholarly Press,(Smithsonian Contributions to Knowledge) pp.137-164.
Topic:
American History  Search this
Data source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:SILSRO_142956

Revisiting the Old Plantation: Reparations, Reconciliation, and Museumizing American Slavery

Author:
Ruffins, Fath Davis  Search this
Karp, Ivan  Search this
Kratz, Corinne A.  Search this
Szwaja, Lynn  Search this
Ybarra-Frausto, Tomás  Search this
Object Type:
Smithsonian staff publication
Electronic document
Year:
2006
Citation:
Ruffins, Fath Davis. 2006. Revisiting the Old Plantation: Reparations, Reconciliation, and Museumizing American Slavery. In: Karp, Ivan, Kratz, Corinne A., Szwaja, Lynn and Ybarra-Frausto, Tomás, Museum Frictions: Public Cultures/Global Transformations
.
Durham, North Carolina: Duke University Press,() pp.394-434.
Topic:
American History  Search this
Data source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:SILSRO_108067

Student-Led Black material Culture 1968--A Curator's Thoughts

Author:
Ruffins, Fath Davis  Search this
Object Type:
Smithsonian staff publication
Electronic document
Year:
2015
Citation:
Ruffins, Fath Davis. 2015. Student-Led Black material Culture 1968--A Curator's Thoughts. Kalfou: A Journal of Comparative and Relational Ethnic Studies, 2(1): 148-159. doi:10.15367/kf.v2i1.59
Topic:
American History  Search this
Data source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:SILSRO_136897

A Faithful Witness: Afro-American Public History in Historical Perspective, 1828-1984

Author:
Ruffins, Fath Davis  Search this
Stewart, Jeffrey C.  Search this
Benson, Susann Porter  Search this
Brier, S.  Search this
Rosenzweig, R.  Search this
Object Type:
Smithsonian staff publication
Electronic document
Year:
1986
Citation:
Stewart, Jeffrey C. and Ruffins, Fath Davis. 1986. A Faithful Witness: Afro-American Public History in Historical Perspective, 1828-1984. In: Benson, Susann Porter, Brier, S. and Rosenzweig, R., Presenting the Past: Essays on History and the Public. Philadelphia: Temple University Press,() pp.307-336.
Topic:
American History  Search this
Data source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:SILSRO_108241

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