Photographs relating to archeology, most of which were made by Bureau of American Ethnology photographers and ethnologists. Much of the collection consists of photographs by Cosmos and Victor Mindeleff of Southwest pueblos. Images depict mounds and excavations (including Grant Mound in Pennsylvania and additional mounds in West Virginia, Alabama, Louisiana, and elsewhere); Hopi Sipaulovi village; petroglyphs in Wind River, Wyoming; ancient artifacts; Standing Rock; Tohono O'odham Indians; Canyon de Chelly; and Clear Creek. Photographers represented include John K. Hillers; C. H. Bryan of Mt. Sterling, Kentucky; the Mindeleff brothers; Henry Bascom Collins; L. C. Rennick; J. W. Milner; Hattons Studio in Lansing, Michigan; and a drawing by W. A. Rogers.
Collection may contain images of human remains.
Local Call Number(s):
NAA Photo Lot 28
Location of Other Archival Materials:
William Dinwiddie photographs documenting Papago Indians, previously filed in Photo Lot 28, have been relocated to National Anthropological Archives Photo Lot 89.
Additional Mindeleff photographs can be found in the National Anthropological Archives in Photo Lot 4362, Photo Lot 14, Photo Lot 24, Photo Lot 40, Photo Lot 78, and the BAE historical negatives.
Additional Hillers photographs can be found in the National Anthropological Archives in Photo Lot 14, Photo Lot 24, Photo Lot 40, Photo Lot 143, Photo Lot 83-18, Photo Lot 87-2N, Photo Lot 90-1, Photo Lot 92-46, and the BAE historical negatives.
Additional Collins photographs can be found in the National Anthropological Archives in Photo Lot 24, Photo Lot 82-23, Photo Lot 86-42, Photo Lot 86-43, and Photo Lot 86-59.
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Photograph collection relating to archeology, burial mounds, and the Southwest, 1880s-1920s
Petersburg -- Grant County -- West Virginia -- Archeology
Moorefield -- Hardy County -- West Virginia -- Archeology
Scope and Contents:
Volume 1 consists of main report; Volume 2 consists of appendix A state survey forms and artifact inventories/analysis Petersburg area sites; Volume 3 consists of appendix B state survey forms and artifact inventories/analysis Moorefield area sites
Item in off site storage. Contact archives for information on availability.
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Building upon presentations at recent Festivals, the 1979 American Talkers program brought to the Festival the excitement of a carnival midway, a market, and an auction house. Members of three occupations that employ stylized language and vocal artistry were on hand to sell their products in a pleasing cacophony of musical sounds. Street criers hollered, auctioneers chanted, and carnival pitchmen ballyhooed. A tobacco auction was demonstrated, and audiences could not only listen to some of the finest antique auctioneers demonstrate their skill, but could experience the joy of participating in a real country auction. Carnival pitchmen were identified as among the last oral poets to hold the attention of modern American audiences. Their spiels, handed down from one generation to another, combined rhythm, alliteration, repetition and hyperbole - that is, outrageous exaggeration. The pitch built to a fevered point where the talker "turns the tip" and tries to transform the magic of his talk to ticket sales. Street vendors too were selling their wares at the Festival. Living presentations were complemented by two films: one about callers on the Maine Avenue fish wharf, Mermaids, Frog Legs and Fillets, and one on a livestock auctioneering contest, How Much Wood Could A Woodchuck Chuck.
Fred Foster Bloodgood, 1910-1997, pitchman, Madison, Wisconsin
Randall Johnson, 1919-, eyeglass defogger vendor, Greenville, South Carolina
Walter Kelly, arabber, Baltimore, Maryland
Alton Machen, medicine man, Elizabethton, Tennessee
Bus Mars, 1912-1999, auctioneer, Pawlet, Vermont
Edward Morrow, 1917-2002, auctioneer, Martinsburg, West Virginia
Vincent Ploche, 1905-1980, bootjacker, New York, New York
Bobby Reynolds, pitchman, Fillmore, California
Victor Rhoades, 1918-, auctioneer, Pottstown, Pennsylvania
Tom Walton, 1930-, hot dog vendor, St. Petersburg, Florida
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Smithsonian Folklife Festival records: 1980 Festival of American Folklife, Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections, Smithsonian Institution.