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Philip L. Ravenhill papers

Creator:
Timyan, Judith  Search this
Extent:
1.7 Linear feet (4 document boxes and 5 sound recordings plus 1 map folder )
Culture:
Wan (African People)  Search this
Baule (African people)  Search this
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Place:
Ivory Coast
Date:
1953-1979
bulk 1970-1973
Summary:
These papers of Philip L. Ravenhill primarily document the period during which he was a graduate student at the New School for Social Research and contain his field research on the Wan and neighboring groups in the Ivory Coast. There are also some some research files of Judith Timyan, whom Ravenhill was married to at the time.
Scope and Content Note:
The papers of Philip L. Ravenhill primarily document the period during which he was a graduate student at the New School for Social Research. The collection contains his field research on the Wan, including linguistic notes and notebooks with interlinear translations of Wan folktales and proverbs; archival and bibliographic research; field recordings; and a draft of his dissertation. The collection also contains his research on neighboring groups in the Ivory Coast, including the Baule, as well as some research files of Judith Timyan, whom Ravenhill was married to at the time. Additional materials includes correspondence, course papers and exams, grant applications, and maps.
Arrangement:
Folders are arranged in alphabetical order. The sound recordings are at the end.
Biographical Note:
Philip L. Ravenhill was the chief curator of the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of African Art, where he worked from 1987 until his death in 1997. He was born in 1945 in Bath, England. He earned his bachelor's degree in philosophy from Nyack College (1968) and his Ph.D. in anthropology from the New School for Social Research (1976), where he studied under Thomas O. Beidelman. As a doctoral student, he conducted field research on the Wan in the central Ivory Coast. He had initially intended to study interethnic relations between the Wan and the Baule. Due to a flood that forced many of the Baule villages to relocate, Ravenhill focused his research on the social organization of the Wan. Prior to joining the Smithsonian, he was a senior research fellow at the International African Institute in London and project director of the West African Museums Project in Abidjan, Ivory Coast.

Source Consulted

Cotter, Holland. 1997. Philip L. Ravenhill, 52, Expert On the Art and Culture of Africa. The New York Times, October 16. http://www.nytimes.com/1997/10/16/arts/philip-l-ravenhill-52-expert-on-the-art-and-culture-of-africa.html (accessed April 5, 2012).
Related Collections:
Philip L. Ravenhill's curatorial records are at the Smithsonian Institution Archives. The Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives of the National Museum of African Art holds photographs from Ravenhill's research trip to Mali in 1989.
Provenance:
These papers were donated to the National Anthropological Archives by his former wife, Judith Timyan.
Restrictions:
No restrictions on access.
Rights:
Contact repository for terms of use.
Topic:
Linguistics  Search this
Language and languages -- Documentation  Search this
Citation:
Philip L. Ravenhill papers, National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution
Identifier:
NAA.2010-25
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Archival Repository:
National Anthropological Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-naa-2010-25
Online Media:

Masks with double status : the goli mask / Alain-Michel Boyer

Author:
Boyer, Alain-Michel 1949-  Search this
Smithsonian Libraries African Art Index Project DSI  Search this
Type:
Articles
Date:
2011
Topic:
Goli (Masquerade)  Search this
Wan masquerades  Search this
Wan horned masks  Search this
Wan zoomorphic masks (Costume)  Search this
Wan face masks  Search this
Wan masquerade performance  Search this
Rites and ceremonies  Search this
Call number:
GN655.I9 B6913 2011
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1103409

Sacred and secret masks / Alain-Michel Boyer

Author:
Boyer, Alain-Michel 1949-  Search this
Smithsonian Libraries African Art Index Project DSI  Search this
Type:
Articles
Date:
2011
Topic:
Rites and ceremonies  Search this
Wan (African people)--Funeral customs and rites  Search this
Wan masquerades  Search this
Wan secrecy  Search this
Wan masquerade performance  Search this
Call number:
GN655.I9 B6913 2011
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1103410

An African triptych : on the interpretation of three parts and the whole / by Ph. L. Ravenhill. Traduction et commentaires / par Vincent Bouloré ; sous la direction de Jean-Louis Paudrat

Title:
Triptyque africain : de l'interprétation des trois parties et du tout
Traduction et commentaires
Author:
Bouloré, Vincent  Search this
Author:
Ravenhill, Philip L African triptych  Search this
Ravenhill, Philip L African triptych French  Search this
Physical description:
114 leaves, 9 unnumbered leaves of illustrations : illustrations, facsimiles ; 30 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
Côte d'Ivoire
Date:
1989
Topic:
Masks  Search this
Masquerades  Search this
Arts, Ivoirian  Search this
Rites and ceremonies  Search this
Goli (Masquerade)  Search this
Art and society  Search this
Wan masquerades  Search this
Wan symbolic color  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1025501

On the Wan, the Mona and the Koyaka of Côte d'Ivoire : the sacred, the secret / Alain-Michel Boyer ; introduced by Jean Paul Barbier-Mueller

Title:
Sacred, the secret
On the Wan of Côte d'Ivoire
Author:
Boyer, Alain-Michel 1949-  Search this
Fondation culturelle Musée Barbier-Mueller  Search this
Physical description:
175 pages : illustrations (chiefly color), color maps ; 24 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
Côte d'Ivoire
Date:
2011
Topic:
Ethnology  Search this
Wan (African people)--Social life and customs  Search this
Wan (African people)--Religion  Search this
Koyaga (African people)--Social life and customs  Search this
Koyaga (African people)--Religion  Search this
Mwan (African people)--Social life and customs  Search this
Mwan (African people)--Religion  Search this
Ivory Coast - Ethno-anthropology  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1083762

The interpretation of symbolism in Wan female initiation

Author:
Ravenhill, Philip L  Search this
Smithsonian Libraries African Art Index Project DSI  Search this
Type:
Articles
Date:
1978
Topic:
Women, Wan  Search this
Rites and ceremonies  Search this
Wan women's initiation  Search this
Call number:
DT1.A1 A258
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_749882

L'economie d'auto-subsistance Wan face au développement cotonnier / Philip L. Ravenhill

Author:
Ravenhill, Philip L  Search this
Université d'Abidjan Institut d'ethnosociologie  Search this
Compagnie ivorienne pour le développement des textiles (Ivory Coast)  Search this
Physical description:
87 p. : ill., map ; 30 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
Côte d'Ivoire
Côte d'Ivoire.
Date:
1978
Topic:
Ethnology  Search this
Agriculture  Search this
Cotton farmers  Search this
Call number:
GN655.I9 R25 1978
GN655.I9 R25 1978
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_340892

Les Wan, Mona et Koyaka de Côte d'Ivoire : le sacré, le secret / Alain-Michel Boyer ; préface de Jean Paul Barbier-Mueller

Author:
Boyer, Alain-Michel 1949-  Search this
Fondation culturelle Musée Barbier-Mueller  Search this
Physical description:
175 pages : color illustrations, map ; 24 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
Côte d'Ivoire
Date:
2011
Topic:
Ethnology  Search this
Wan (African people)--Social life and customs  Search this
Koyaga (African people)--Social life and customs  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1006001

Qui sont les Wan? / Philip L. Ravenhill

Author:
Ravenhill, Philip L  Search this
Smithsonian Libraries African Art Index Project DSI  Search this
Type:
Articles
Place:
Côte d'Ivoire
Date:
1979
Topic:
Wan (African people)--History  Search this
Ethnology  Search this
Ethnohistory  Search this
Call number:
DT1 .G588
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1043593

Qui sont les Wan? / Philip L. Ravenhill

Author:
Ravenhill, Philip L  Search this
Smithsonian Libraries African Art Index Project DSI  Search this
Physical description:
p. 47-73
Type:
Books
Place:
Côte d'Ivoire
Date:
1979
Topic:
Wan (African people)--History  Search this
Ethnohistory  Search this
Ethnology  Search this
Call number:
VF-- Cote d'Ivoire
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_940108

The Do masquerade of the Wan : comparative identities of spirit powers / Philip M. Ravenhill

Author:
Ravenhill, Philip L  Search this
Smithsonian Libraries African Art Index Project DSI  Search this
Physical description:
[13] leaves : ill
Type:
Manuscripts
Place:
Côte d'Ivoire
Date:
1990
[ca. 1990]
Topic:
Do (Masquerade)  Search this
Goli (Masquerade)  Search this
Wan masquerades  Search this
Wan horizontal masks  Search this
Masquerades  Search this
Call number:
VF-- Masks & Masquerades--Côte d'Ivoire
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_987468

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