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Thomas Weir photographs

Photographer:
Weir, Thomas  Search this
Names:
Tubman, William V.S., 1895-1971  Search this
Extent:
48 photographic prints ((1 v.), black & white, 8 x 10 in.)
2,330 slides (photographs) ((2 v.), color)
Container:
Volume 1
Volume 2
Volume 3
Culture:
Kru (African people)  Search this
Bassa (Liberian and Sierra Leone people)  Search this
Vai (African people)  Search this
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Color slides
Photographic prints
Black-and-white photographs
Picture postcards
Place:
Monrovia (Liberia)
Liberia
Africa
Date:
1960-1966
Summary:
Photographs taken by Thomas Weir in Liberia to document Liberian culture, 1960-1966. The photographs document the architecture, arts, events and peoples of Liberia, particularly the Bassa, Kru and Vai. Activities documented include blacksmithing, ivory carving, the making of a dugout canoe, pottery, market vending and basket and cloth weaving. Architectural images include government ministries, hospitals, schools and numerous street scenes in Monrovia, as well as Bassa houses and villages. Art works depicted include paintings on houses and signs, as well as paintings, sculptures and textiles created as tourist art. Events documented include official government ceremonies with staged indigenous dances; rituals in villages such as young members of the female sande society returning from the initiation camp; and visits by foreign heads of state such as Queen Elizabeth II and Josip Broz Tito of Yoguslavia. Liberians portrayed include President William V.S. Tubman and the people of Monrovia and other towns.
Arrangement note:
Images indexed by negative number.
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:
Color slides
Photographic prints
Black-and-white photographs
Picture postcards
Identifier:
EEPA.1987-001
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Thomas Weir photographs
Archival Repository:
Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives, National Museum of African Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-eepa-1987-001

Firestone Tire and Rubber Company study collection

Creator:
Firestone Tire and Rubber Company  Search this
Names:
Firestone Tire and Rubber Company  Search this
Barclay, Edwin James, 1882-1955  Search this
Davis, Benjamin O., Sr., 1880-1970  Search this
Firestone, Harvey S., 1898-1973  Search this
Tubman, William V.S., 1895-1971  Search this
Extent:
5 photographic prints (black and white , 8 x 10 inches.)
Container:
Item 5
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Photos
Black-and-white photographs
Photographs
Photographic prints
Place:
United States -- Officials and employees
Akron (Ohio)
Date:
1943 May 31
Summary:
This study collection contains five 8 x 10 inch black and white publicity photographs, dated May 31, 1943, of Liberian officials, U.S. State Department representatives, and Firestone Tire & Rubber Co. personnel, taken as they toured the company's war production plants in Ohio. Each photograph has complete typewritten documentation tipped to the back. Includes images of President Edwin Barclay and President-elect William V.S. Tubman of Liberia, Brig. Gen. Benjamin O. Davis and Harvey S. Firestone, Jr.
Arrangement note:
Arranged by Firestone negative file number.
Biographical/Historical note:
On May 31, 1942, President Edwin Barclay of Liberia, President-elect William V.S. Tubman, Brigadier General Benjamin O. Davis (then the highest ranking African American officer in the American Armed Forces) and State Department representatives toured the war production plants of the Firestone Tire and Rubber Company in Akron, Ohio. President Barclay and his delegation came to Akron from Washington, D.C., where they had been guests of President Roosevelt.

In 1926, the Firestone Rubber Company obtained a concession from the Liberian government which gave it the right to lease up to 1 million acres--roughly 4% of the entire country--for 99 years. With this leased land, Firestone created the world's largest rubber plantation at Harbel, Liberia. Exportation of rubber from the new Firestone plantations began in 1934 and rubber quickly became the backbone of the Liberian economy. When Malaysia fell to the Japanese during World War II, the Firestone plantation in Liberia became a main supplier of rubber for Allied forces.
General note:
Title provided by EEPA staff.
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.
Topic:
Presidents -- Liberia  Search this
Factories  Search this
Defense industries  Search this
Genre/Form:
Black-and-white photographs
Photographs
Photographic prints
Citation:
Firestone Tire and Rubber Company Study Collection, Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives, National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
EEPA.2008-013
Archival Repository:
Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives, National Museum of African Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-eepa-2008-013

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