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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:
Large portions of this collection are digitized, and while these materials are being prepared for public access through this finding aid, researchers can request digital copies by contacting the Rinzler Archives at rinzlerarchives@si.edu or (202) 633-7322.
Collection Rights:
Copyright restrictions apply. Contact archives staff for 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

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
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
Topic:
American History  Search this
Data source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:SILSRO_142956

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
Topic:
American History  Search this
Data source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:SILSRO_136897

Mythos, Memory, and History: African American Preservation Efforts 1820-1990

Author:
Ruffins, Fath Davis  Search this
Karp, Ivan  Search this
Kreamer, Christine Mullen  Search this
Lavine, Steven  Search this
Object Type:
Smithsonian staff publication
Electronic document
Year:
1992
Topic:
American History  Search this
Data source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:SILSRO_108065

The Paradox of Preservation: Gullah Language, Culture and Imagery

Author:
Ruffins, Fath Davis  Search this
Rosengarten, Theodore  Search this
Schildkrout, Enid  Search this
Rosengarten, Dale  Search this
Object Type:
Smithsonian staff publication
Electronic document
Year:
2008
Topic:
American History  Search this
Data source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:SILSRO_108066

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
Topic:
American History  Search this
Data source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:SILSRO_108067

Money Makes a Difference: The Impact of Rising Prices on African American Collecting Since 1968

Author:
Ruffins, Fath Davis  Search this
Object Type:
Smithsonian staff publication
Electronic document
Year:
2007
Topic:
American History  Search this
Data source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:SILSRO_108212

Four African American Women on the National Landscape

Author:
Ruffins, Fath Davis  Search this
DuBrow, Gail Lee  Search this
Goodman, J. B.  Search this
Object Type:
Smithsonian staff publication
Electronic document
Year:
2003
Topic:
American History  Search this
Data source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:SILSRO_108217

Memory in Black and White: Race, Commemoration, and the Post Bellum Landscape

Author:
Ruffins, Fath Davis  Search this
Object Type:
Smithsonian staff publication
Electronic document
Year:
2007
Topic:
American History  Search this
Data source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:SILSRO_108218

Culture Wars Won and Lost: Ethnic Museums on the Mall, Part I: The National Holocaust Museum and the National Museum of the American Indian

Author:
Ruffins, Fath Davis  Search this
Object Type:
Smithsonian staff publication
Electronic document
Year:
1997
Topic:
American History  Search this
Data source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:SILSRO_108233

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
Topic:
American History  Search this
Data source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:SILSRO_108241

Sites of Memory, Sites of Struggle: The "Materials" of History

Author:
Ruffins, Fath Davis  Search this
Brown, E. B.  Search this
Holt, Thomas  Search this
Object Type:
Smithsonian staff publication
Electronic document
Year:
2000
Topic:
American History  Search this
Data source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:SILSRO_108243

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

Author:
Ruffins, Fath Davis  Search this
McGovern, Charles  Search this
Object Type:
Smithsonian staff publication
Electronic document
Year:
1998
Topic:
American History  Search this
Data source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:SILSRO_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
Electronic document
Year:
1998
Topic:
American History  Search this
Data source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:SILSRO_103092

Telling Our Truth: An Abridged History of African American History

Author:
Ruffins, Fath Davis  Search this
Object Type:
Smithsonian staff publication
Electronic document
Year:
1998
Topic:
American History  Search this
Data source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:SILSRO_103093

Ruffins, Fath Davis

Container:
Box 18 of 19
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 594, Smithsonian Institution. Office of Telecommunications, Production Records
See more items in:
Production Records
Production Records / Box 18
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-sia-faru0594-refidd1e6156

Agency history, 1983-

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
1983-
Topic:
Museum archives  Search this
Archivists  Search this
Local number:
SIA AH00253
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_222963

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
See more items in:
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:

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:
Cultural 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

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