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Guide to the Indivisible: Stories of American Community photographs and project records, 1988-2002 and undated

Abstract

The Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University was established for the study of the documentary process.

The records of the documentary project Indivisible: Stories of American Community span the dates 1988-2002. Through documentary photographs and oral histories, project records, videos, and other materials, the collection documents the social conditions in twelve American communities as well as the history of the project, which explored civil activism, struggle, and change in the following locations: the North Pacific Coast of Alaska; Ithaca, N.Y.; San Francisco, California; Navajo Nation, Arizona and New Mexico; Eau Claire, South Carolina; Delray Beach, Florida; Western North Carolina; Stony Brook, N.Y.; San Juan, Texas; Chicago, Illinois; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; and the Yaak Valley, Montana. The photographers are Dawoud Bey, Bill Burke, Debbie Fleming Caffery, Lucy Capehart, Lynn Davis, Terry Evans, Lauren Greenfield, Joan Liftin, Reagan Louie, Danny Lyon, Sylvia Plachy, and Eli Reed. The project was sponsored by the Center for Documentary Studies of Duke University and the Center for Creative Photography at the University of Arizona, and co-directed by Tom Rankin and Trudi Stack. Acquired as part of the Archive of Documentary Arts at Duke University.

Descriptive Summary

Title
Indivisible: Stories of American Community photographs and project records, 1988-2002 and undated
Creator
Duke University. Center for Documentary Studies.
Extent
14.2 Linear Feet, Approx. 7250 Items
Repository
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University
Location
For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.
Language
English

Collection Overview

The records of the documentary project "Indivisible: Stories of American Community" span the dates 1988-2002, with the bulk of the collection dating from 1999 to 2002, the primary timeframe for the project. Through documentary photographs and oral histories, project records, videos, and other materials, the collection documents the social conditions in twelve American communities as well as the history of the project, which explored civil activism, struggle, and change in the following locations: the North Pacific Coast of Alaska; Ithaca, N.Y.; San Francisco, California; Navajo Nation, Arizona and New Mexico; Eau Claire, South Carolina; Delray Beach, Florida; Western North Carolina; Stony Brook, N.Y.; San Juan, Texas; Chicago, Illinois; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; and the Yaak Valley, Montana. Each project is fully described in its entry in this collection guide. The project co-directors were Tom Rankin of the Center for Documentary Studies and Trudy Wilner Stack of the Center for Creative Photography. The project was also supported by the Pew Charitable Trusts, the NEA, and other agencies.

The photographs in this collection, most of formed part of a traveling exhibit, were taken chiefly during 1999 by twelve well-known documentary and landscape photographers working in partnership with project oral history interviewers. The photographers are Dawoud Bey, Bill Burke, Debbie Fleming Caffery, Lucy Capehart, Lynn Davis, Terry Evans, Lauren Greenfield, Joan Liftin, Reagan Louie, Danny Lyon, Sylvia Plachy, and Eli Reed. Their images capture the experiences of individuals participating in grassroots initiatives addressing American social issues such as housing, immigration (in particular, Haitians in Florida), the natural environment, race relations, youth empowerment, and economic and cultural development, and others.

Also preserved in this collection are detailed oral histories recorded in each community, with audio recordings and transcriptions; information on the traveling exhibit; and materials on other project outcomes, including a hardbound large-format book of the images, a postcard exhibit, a guide for educators, booklets and other publications on community organizing, and radio and television programs. Other files document the establishment of research archives based on the documentary project's output, at Duke, in Arizona, and in each of the twelve communities.

The collection is arranged into two series: Project Files and Photographs. The first houses the interview records, including digital and analog cassette tapes of oral histories, as well as tape lists, logs, and transcripts in both paper and digital formats, and the project files described above. The second series houses the photographic prints, most of which were part of the traveling exhibition and the book. Additional supporting materials found in the Project Files Series include postcards and videocassette tapes from exhibits; a CD-ROM of the 2001 website; field notes in paper and digital format; and other office files generated by the project and its staff, including Tom Rankin, one of the project co-directors. There are also slides of the and biographies of the photographers. Three hundred thirty-nine of the electronic transcripts have been migrated to the electronic records server. A disk directories log and use copies exist. Please contact Research Services staff before coming to use this collection.

Acquired as part of the Archives for Documentary Arts at Duke University.

Administrative Information

A majority of collections are stored off site and must be requested at least 48 business hours in advance for retrieval. Contact Rubenstein Library staff before visiting. Read More »

warning Access Restrictions

Collection is restricted. Images and recorded interviews may be used for non-commercial, public service, or educational purposes. All other requests to copy, reprint, or republish recorded interviews or printed materials must be made in writing to the Center for Documentary Studies. Researchers who wish to use an interview that does not have a release agreement must read and sign a "Research Agreement for Restricted Materials." All quotes must be taken directly from the recorded interviews, not the printed transcripts or logs.

All or portions of this collection may be housed off-site in Duke University's Library Service Center. There may be a 48-hour delay in obtaining these materials.

Also, some of the materials in this collection are not immediately accessible, because they require further processing before use.

Please contact Research Services staff before visiting the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library to use this collection.

warning Use Restrictions

The copyright interests in this collection have not been transferred to Duke University. For more information, consult the copyright section of the Regulations and Procedures of the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library.

Contents of the Collection

Contains a variety of project records: administrative files, tape logs and oral history transcripts, publicity materials, photographer and interviewer biographies, project documentation in the form of slides, and other supporting materials documenting the scope and unfolding of the project and its associated book and traveling exhibit. THere are also audio and video recordings related to interviews and other project-related work.

Images and recorded interviews may be used for non-commercial, public service, or educational purposes. All other requests to copy, reprint, or republish recorded interviews or printed materials must be made in writing to the Center for Documentary Studies. Researchers who wish to use an interview that does not have a release agreement must read and sign a "Research Agreement for Restricted Materials." All quotes must be taken directly from the recorded interviews, not the printed transcripts or logs.

Logs
Box 1
Tape lists
Box 1
Tape lists
Box 2
Postcards
Box 2
Tape lists and transcripts for Delray Beach, Village of Arts and Humanities, Handmade in America, and Proyecto Azteca
Box 3
Tape lists
Box 4
Tape lists and transcripts for Alaska Fishing Communities, and folders of project information for Eau Claire, Handmade in America, Proyecto Azteca, Southwest Youth Collaborative, Village of Arts and Humanities, and Yaak Valley
Box 5
Fact-checking and captions files
Box 5
Tom Rankin files
Box 5
Check-list
Box 5
Postcard captions
Box 5
Book bios
Box 5
Possible volunteers
Box 5
Site-specific concerns
Box 5
Library materials
Box 5
Getting started
Box 5
CHALK (Calif.) transcripts
Box 6
Doula transcripts
Box 6
Dine Bi Iina transcripts (Navajo Nation)
Box 6
Fact checking files
Box 6
Possible community activist sites
Box 6
Give Back: files on process of finding local archives sites after each project
Box 6
Pew Charitable Trust files
Box 7
Radio project/program for Village of Arts and Humanities
Box 7
Project background
Box 7
Guides for educators
Box 7
Tom Rankin files
Box 7
Publicity files (correspondence, resumes, radio programs, proposals, press releases)
Box 7
Give Back (files on finding local archive sites after each project)
Box 8
Video: Talking Cloths: Making Art and Making Community: Village of Arts and Humanity (VHS), 2002

[Technical Services needs to reformat for use copy before use.]

Box 8
Computer Discs: Full Set Community Discs for Main Archive

[These computer disks, Disk001 to Disk024, containing transcripts and some tape logs, have been removed and their contents migrated to the Special Collections server. A disk directories log exists. Contact Research Services staff.]

Box 8
Tape logs and transcripts for Alaska Fishing Communities
Box 9
Community archives files (correspondence, offer letters)
Box 9
Project feedback
Box 10
Zip disk with scanned images of headshots (content of slides?)
Box 10
Press coverage files
Box 10
Tape logs and transcripts for Delray Beach, Handmade in America, Yaak Valley, Eau Claire, Village of Arts and Humanities, and Dine Bi Iina (Navajo Nation)
Box 10
Tape logs and transcripts
Box 11
Publicity files
Box 11
NEA grant file and other grant information
Box 12
Center for Creative Photography file
Box 12
Conferences
Box 12
Contracts and other exhibit files
Box 12
Forms and facts
Box 12
Pew Charitable Trusts files
Box 12
Village of Arts and Humanities project files (captions, articles)
Box 12
Southwest Youth Collaborative
Box 13
Yaak Valley Forest Council
Box 13
Daniel Rothenberg
Box 13
Jeff Whetstone
Box 13
Dan Collison
Box 13
Slides: 35mm color images taken during project; images include portraits of community individuals, of photographers, and other scenes
(approx. 234 items)
Box 14
Documentary photographer and interviewer biographies and other information such as publicity, photographers' past project, and some correspondence
Box 14
Slides: 35mm color images arranged by photographer, and exhibit installation shots
(approx. 200 slides)
Box 14-A
Photographer biographies (cont.)
Box 15
Doula project transcripts
Box 15
Comprehensive files on Doula, Eau Claire, and Navajo projects (field notes, articles, captions, supporting materials for projects)
Box 15
Comprehensive files on Alternatives Credit Union, Handmade in America, Delray Beach, Citizens on Patrol, and CHALK projects (field notes, articles, captions, supporting materials for projects)
Box 16
Comprehensive files on Alaska Fishing Communities and Proyecto Azteca projects (field notes, articles, captions, supporting materials for projects)
Box 17
CDs of contemporary popular Hispanic music (unopened)
Box 17
Proyecto Azteca (NM) transcripts
Box 17
Press packet for Indivisible
Box 17
Tape logs (no transcripts) for all project locations
Box 18
Proyecto Azteca transcripts
Box 18
Outreach, exhibit files
Box 18
Postcard exhibit
Box 18
Launch money
Box 18
Travel
Box 18
VIP lists (invitees)
Box 18
Location interviews
Box 19
Location interviews

[The contents of the computer disks in this box may overlap or be duplicates of the computer disks found in box 8 and migrated to the electronic records server.]

Box 20
Location interviews
Box 21
Location interviews
Box 23
Transcripts

[The contents of the computer disks in this box may overlap or be duplicates of the computer disks found in box 8 and migrated to the electronic records server.]

Box 23
Transcripts

[Technical Services needs to produce use copies of digital materials before use.]

Box 24
Field notes
Box 24
Location interview recordings
Box 25
Location interview recordings
Box 26

[Original audiovisual materials are closed to use. Use of these materials may require production of listening or viewing copies. Please contact a reference archivist before coming to use this collection.]

"Indivisible Exhibit [TV program?], KVOA, 9/06/1999"
Box 26
"Indivisible Chicago VNR [Video News Report?] with R. Suarez and all B-Roll and photographs, 9/20/00"
Box 26
"Indivisible PSA [Public Service Announcement?] 9/20/2000"
Box 26
"Exhibit 12/14/2001, UNC TV" [running time about 30 minutes?]
Box 26

Prints in various sizes, chiefly in black and white, taken by documentary photographers in project locations: Alaska, Arizona, California, Florida, Illinois, Montana, New Mexico, New York, and Wisconsin. All captions and contextual notes have been taken from the original source. Unless otherwise noted, images were also published in the volume, Indivisible: Stories of American Community, and formed the traveling exhibit by the same name. Each print is prefaced by a unique identification number assigned by the photographers. Arranged in subseries alphabetically by photographer's last name.

Seventeen black and white gelatin silver prints of community organizations and individuals in Chicago, Illinois, with the chief focus on members of the Southwest Youth Collaborative, an effort on the part of faith-based institutions, social service centers, recreational centers, and neighborhood organizations to empower youth and their community in South Chicago neighborhoods.

Danyale, West Englewood Youth and Teen Center, 1999
(two prints)
Box 37 (L2000:040:001a-b)
Aron Hanson, Youth Organizer, Community Justice Initiative, 1999
(5 prints)
Box 37 (L2000:040:002a-b, L2000:040:003, L2000:040:004, L2000:040:005)
Trenton, Greater Lawn Community Youth Network, 1999
Box 37 (L2000:040:006)
Adriana Bartow, Director, Greater Lawn Community Youth Network, 1999
Box 37 (L2000:040:007)
Darrin, West Englewood Youth and Teen Center, 1999
Box 37 (L2000:040:008)
Geoff Banks, Youth Organizer, Community Justice Initiative, 1999
Box 37 (L2000:040:009)
Alma Montes, Staff, Greater Lawn Community Youth Network, 1999
Box 37 (L2000:040:010)
Janette Maldonado, Peer Mentor, Community Justice Initiative, 1999
(2 prints)
Box 37 (L2000:040:011a-b)
Dowua, Greater Lawn Community Youth Network, 1999
Box 37 (L2000:040:012)
Keith Hopkins, Youth Coordinator of Reach Out and Touch, West Englewood Youth and Teen Center, 1999
Box 37 (L2000:040:013)
Sherry Brown, Peer Mentor, West Englewood Youth and Teen Center, 1999
Box 37 (L2000:040:014)

Thirty-one 8x10 and 16x20 black-and-white gelatin silver prints of individuals involved with the Alternatives Credit Union in Ithaca, N.Y. The Credit Union's policies and programs are focused on supporting community-based economic development through access to loans, mortgages, and other financial services for high-risk or low income clients.

Camila Vargas, 1999
Box 44 (L2000:038:001)
Tahila Mintz, 1999
Box 44 (L2000:038:002)
Kenneth Broadwell, 1999
Box 44 (L2000:038:003)
Black Peter Donovan, 1999
Box 44 (L2000:038:004)
Paul Glover, 1999
Box 44 (L2000:038:005)
Joseph Wetmore, 1999
Box 44 (L2000:038:006)
Dennis Montgomery, 1999
Box 44 (L2000:038:007)
Scott Engelhart, 1999
Box 42 (L2000:038:008)
Bill Myers, 1999
Box 42 (L2000:038:009)
Paul Carubia, 1999
Box 42 (L2000:038:010)
Joey Kilmer, 1999

Not in traveling exhibition.

Box 42 (L2000:038:018)
Jeff Furman, 1999
Box 42 (L2000:038:019)
Tim Brown, 1999
Box 42 (L2000:038:020)
Karen Nguyen, 1999
Box 43 (L2000:038:011)
Laberta McGruder, 1999
Box 43 (L2000:038:012)
Amber Boyd, 1999

Not in traveling exhibition.

Box 43 (L2000:038:013)
Leslie Muhlhahn, 1999
Box 43 (L2000:038:014)
Lekeesa Jones, 1999

Not in book or traveling exhibition.

Box 43 (L2000:038:015)
Jenny Ross, 1999

Not in book.

Box 43 (L2000:038:016)
Emme Edmunds, 1999
Box 43 (L2000:038:017)
Bathroom of Don Ruff and Barbara Brazill's owner-built, Alternatives-financed home, 1999
Box 15 (L2000:038:021)
Metalsmith and blacksmith Durand Van Doren, owns Durand's Forge and is an Alternatives business member, 1999
Box 15 (L2000:038:022)
Alternatives member Steven E. Valloney and Charlotte Rosen at the Sunrise Yoga Center, which Valloney owns, 1999
Box 15 (L2000:038:023)
Justin Armstrong, a Cayuga Wooden Boatworks employee, 1999
Box 15 (L2000:038:024)
Home of Zan Gerrity and Inge Alexander outside Ithaca in Slaterville Springs, New York, 1999
Box 15 (L2000:038:025)
Sisay Sisouphone, proprietor of Sticky Rice restaurant and catering service, is a beneficiary of the Community Enterprise Opportunities program at Alternatives, 1999
Box 15 (L2000:038:026)
Rob Root, Dave Engasser, and Matt Lee of Cascadilla Tree Care, an Alternatives business member, 1999
Box 15 (L2000:038:027)
Jonathan Kline, Alternatives member and owner of Black Ash Baskets, 1999

Not in traveling exhibition.

Box 15 (L2000:038:028)
Raina White at RIBS [Recycle Ithaca's Bicycles], a community bicycle repair shop that is a business member of the credit union, 1999

Not in book.

Box 15 (L2000:038:029)
Rick Dobson, owner of Danby Motors, an Alternatives business member, 1999
Box 15 (L2000:038:030)
Alternatives-financed Long Point Winery building under construction, 1999
Box 15 (L2000:038:031)

Twenty-one 20x24" black-and-white gelatin silver prints of communities and individuals in the western North Carolina mountains involved with "Handmade in America," a cooperative of craftsmen and craftswomen designed to promote self-suffiency and locally-based economic development.

Madison County Courthouse, Marshall, North Carolina, July 4, 1999
Box 33 (L2000:056:001)
Woodrow Lail, Marshall, North Carolina, in Penland's Store, 1999
Box 33 (L2000:056:002)
Bakersville Baptist Church, 1999
Box 33 (L2000:056:003)
Penlands', Marshall, NC, 1999
Box 33 (L2000:056:004)
Police Chief Denny Goforth and Justin Jones, Rock Cafe, Marshall, North Carolina, 1999
Box 33 (L2000:056:005)
Stella Riddles' 14 four-leaf clovers, 1999
Box 33 (L2000:056:006)
Bakersville Barber and Gun shop, Bakersville, NC, 1999
Box 33 (L2000:056:007)
True Love, Marshall, North Carolina, 1999
Box 33 (L2000:056:008)
Davitus Gosnell, July 4, 1999
Box 33 (L2000:056:009)
"The Depot," 1999
Box 33 (L2000:056:010)
Rodeo clown Randy Wilson, Marshall, North Carolina, 1999
Box 33 (L2000:056:011)
Love Gunther, Gunther Town, NC, 1999
Box 33 (L2000:056:012)
Ryan, 1999
Box 33 (L2000:056:013)
Davitus, July 4, 1999
Box 33 (L2000:056:014)
Prayer and Preparation, Marshall, NC, July 4, 1999
Box 33 (L2000:056:015)
Amerady Cantrell's hummingbird beans, Shelton Laurel, North Carolina, 1999
Box 33 (L2000:056:016)
The dreaded door, Marshall, North Carolina, 1999
Box 33 (L2000:056:017)
Stacy Lee Wilson, volunteer fireman, Marshall, North Carolina, 1999
Box 33 (L2000:056:018)
Carolina For Sale, Spruce Pine, North Carolina, 1999
Box 33 (L2000:056:019)
Penland's store, Marshall, North Carolina, 1999
Box 33 (L2000:056:020)
Praying before bull riding, North Carolina, 1999
Box 33 (L2000:056:021)

Sixteen chromogenic prints of Native American individuals and their historic-breed animals, in their Navajo Nation communities in New Mexico and Arizona.

Tony Vanderveer at home, near Haystack Mountain, New Mexico, 1999
Box 29 (L2000:059:001)
Interior, Sarah Natani's hogan with rugs woven by Sarah, Table Mesa near Shiprock, New Mexico, 1999
Box 29 (L2000:059:002)
Sarah Natani in her sheep corral, Table Mesa near Shiprock, New Mexico, 1999
Box 29 (L2000:059:003)
Sheep near Polacca, Arizona, 1999
Box 29 (L2000:059:004)
Sarah Natani's sheep heading out to pasture, Table Mesa near Shiprock, New Mexico, 1999
Box 29 (L2000:059:005)
Three Churro rams, Navajo Sheep Project's herd, Bloomfield, New Mexico, 1999
Box 29 (L2000:059:006)
Mary Oskie in front of her log cabin near Ganado, Arizona, 1999
Box 29 (L2000:059:007)
Untitled, [spinning wool into yarn] 1999
Box 29  (L2000:059:008)
Marlene Benally and Al Largo, Begay Ranch kitchen, Jeddito Island, Navajo Nation, Arizona, 1999
Box 29 (L2000:059:009)
Mountain sheep pictograph near Bluff, Utah, 1999
Box 29 (L2000:059:010)
Mutton case, in a traditional Navajo meat store, Farmington, New Mexico, 1999
Box 29 (L2000:059:011)
Lena Benally, a member of Diné bí' íína's board of directors, and her grandson, Donnie, Begay Ranch, Jeddito Island, Navajo Nation, Arizona, 1999
Box 29 (L2000:059:012)
Sarah Natani holding a newborn lamb, Table Mesa, near Shiprock, New Mexico, 1999
Box 29 (L2000:059:013)
Sheep and bucket near Polacca, Arizona, 1999
Box 29 (L2000:059:014)
Interior, Begay Ranch, Jeddito Island, Navajo Nation, Arizona, 1999
Box 29 (L2000:059:015)
Untitled [five dogs], 1999
Box 29 (L2000:059:016)

Twenty-one 11x14" toned black and white silver gelatin prints of Alaskan landscapes and fishing communities, documenting change and struggle in the community members' lives.

Bob Storrs and his House, Unalaska, Aleutians, 1999
(3 prints)
Box 37 (L2000:008:001 a-c)
Landscape of Unalaska; Walter Tellman; Walter and Brenda Tellman in Their Boat, Aleutians, 1999
(3 prints)
Box 37 (L2000:008:002 a-c)
Volcano from Eric's Boat, Sitka, Alaska, 1999
Box 37 (L2000:008:003)
Little Priest Rock, Sitka, 1999
Box 37 (L2000:008:004)
USS Northwestern (bombed in WWII), Dutch Harbor, Aleutians, 1999
Box 37 (L2000:008:006)
Russian Orthodox Cathedral of the Holy Ascension, built 1826, rebuilt 1853-1858, existing church 1890- , Unalaska, Aleutians, 1999
Box 37 (L2000:008:007)
Halibut, Sitka, Alaska, 1999
Box 37 (L2000:008:009)
Nets, Sitka, Alaska, 1999

Not in in book or traveling exhibition.

Box 37 (L2000:008:011)
Theo Grutter, Sitka, 1999

Not in traveling exhibition.

Box 37 (L2000:008:012)
House of a Subsistence Fisherman, Kogwonton Street, Sitka, 1999

Not in traveling exhibition.

Box 37 (L2000:008:013)
Tramp Steamer, Unalaska, Aleutians, 1999

Not in traveling exhibition.

Box 37 (L2000:008:014)
Large Marge's Dog, World War II Bunker, Dutch Harbor, Aleutians, 1999

Not in traveling exhibition.

Box 37 (L2000:008:015)
Joe Shaishnifkoff, Dutch Harbor, Aleutians, 1999

Not in traveling exhibition.

Box 37 (L2000:008:016)
Theo Grutter's Son, Ivan, Sitka, 1999

Not in traveling exhibition.

Box 37 (L2000:008:017)
Seafood Processing Plant Worker, Sitka, 1999

Not in traveling exhibition.

Box 37 (L2000:008:018)
Halibut, Sitka, 1999

Not in traveling exhibition.

Box 37 (L2000:008:019)
World War II Bunker, Dutch Harbor, Aleutians, 1999

Not in book. Variant image in traveling exhibition.

Box 37 (L2000:008:020)

Nineteen 16x20, 20x24, and 24x24" chromogenic prints of Yaak Valley, Montana landscapes, and loggers and other individuals, documenting change and social and environmental concerns in their communities.

Oyster and Clam Benefit for the School Given by Yaak River Tavern, Yaak, Montana, June 1999
Box 31 (L2000:023:002)
Mary, Ken, and Chiena Burggraf, Yaak, Montana, June 1999

Not in book.

Box 31 (L2000:023:004)
Crash Karuzas, logger, Yaak, Montana, June 1999
Box 31 (L2000:023:014)
Jesse Sedler, Yaak, Montana, June 1999

Not in book or traveling exhibition.

Box 31 (L2000:023:015)
Jesse Sedler, horse logger, Yaak, Montana, June 1999
Box 31 (L2000:023:016)
Pete Creek Road, Yaak Valley, Montana, June 1999
Box 32 (L2000:023:005)
Haakon, Aaron and Shirley Karuzas, Yaak, Montana, June 21, 1999
Box 32 (L2000:023:006)
Jesse Sedler and Strider, Yaak, Montana, June 1999

Not in book.

Box 32 (L2000:023:007)
Linda Stehlik's Cabin, Yaak, Montana, February 1999
Box 32 (L2000:023:008)
Reuben Kneller at his sawmill, Yaak, Montana, June 1999
Box 32 (L2000:023:009)
Zeita Mae Romeiko, Yaak, Montana, June 1999

Not in traveling exhibition.

Box 32 (L2000:023:010)
Camille, Cherith, Cassia, and Cedar Leidigh, Yaak, Montana, June 1999
Box 32 (L2000:023:011)
Logged Area, Yaak Vicinity, Montana, February 1999
Box 32 (L2000:023:012)
Robyn King and Jimmy Martin, Yaak, Montana, February 1999
Box 32 (L2000:023:013)
Summer Solstice Evening Sky over Karuzas' Home, Yaak Valley, Montana, 1999

Not in book.

Box 32 (L2000:023:017)
Roadless Area, Yaak Valley, Montana, February 1999
(2 prints)
Box 38 (L2000:023:001a-b)
Top of Hensley Hill, Yaak, Montana, June 1999 (2 prints)
(2 prints)
Box 38 (L2000:023:003 a-b)

Twenty-six 13x20 and 16x20" Cibachrome prints of individuals in the San Francisco neighborhood of Bayview/Hunter's Point. Many of the young people in these portraits are Youthline "listeners," who support a social network and gateway to youth services for teens in the area.

Karen Cortez (on right), age 17, 1999

She does a pop dance routine outside her apartment with her "sister" Jessica Ramos and her friend Michelle Lawrence as her grandmother and aunt watch them from the window. Karen was raised by her grandmother (who speaks no English) and her father, after her mother abandoned her as a child to return to her native El Salvador.

Box 29 (L2000:047:014)
Bayview/Hunter's Point Apartment, 1999

There is a constant activity of drug transactions outside the window of Ayana and Asante's impeccably clean apartment in Bayview-Hunters Point. Ayana and her friend joke about the boys who sell "copa," the name of a hair gel product the girls use as a code word for crack. Bay View is the poorest neighborhood in San Francisco and Mamie Matthews has always been very active in the community. The drug dealers know Mamie and her family and, out of respect, do not loiter directly in front of her building.

Box 29 (L2000:047:017)
Youthline listener Asante Matthews, age 21, 1999

She does her mother's hair in their apartment in Bayview-Hunters Point as the family prepares for church on Sunday. Asante's mother Mamie has seven children of her own and four foster children. Ayana and Asante help their mother care for the children but will be leaving for college in Atlanta in the fall. They are the first in their large family to attend a four-year college. Enter scope/content note.

Box 29 (L2000:047:019)
Violeta Perez, 21, and her sister Massiel Perez, 15, at The Limited in the Stonestown Galleria shopping mall, shopping for clothes for her cousin's quinceañera, 1999

Not in book or traveling exhibition.

Box 29 (L2000:047:020)
Molly Katzman, 17, tries on clothes in the Express dressing room at the mall in the suburb of Corte Madera, 1999

Not in book or traveling exhibition.

Box 29 (L2000:047:021)
Josh Farr, age 19, sits with his mother Rosa Robinson at the San Francisco airport before leaving for a trip to Houston that precedes his going away to college, 1999

Rosa says she always cries when Josh leaves. He is an only child and she a single mother so they both await with trepidation his imminent departure for the University of Wisconsin where he has received a full scholarship and will be the only African American student in his program.

Box 29 (L2000:047:022)
Listener Evelyn Lock, age 17, plays dominoes during a slow period on shift at Youthline, 1999

Not in book or traveling exhibition.

Box 29 (L2000:047:024)
Youthline listener Karen Cortez, 17, on her graduation day from Balboa High School, 1999

She has been admitted to the University of California at Santa Barbara on a scholarship and will be the first person in her family to atten a four-year college.

Box 34 (L2000:047:002)
Youthline listener Nina Rudnick, age 17, in her bedroom in Berkeley, gets paged by her boyfriend, 1999

Not in book.

Box 34 (L2000:047:006)
Listener Suemyra Shah, age 17, a political activist and University of California at Berkeley student, protests cuts in the Ethnic Studies department at Santa Clara University, 1999

She was one of the leaders of the successful U.C. Berkeley protests on the same issue for which students had hunger strikes and mounted tent cities.

Box 34 (L2000:047:007)
Youthline listeners pose for a group portrait at Expressly Portraits at the Stonestown Galleria shopping mall, 1999

Many listeners socialize together and two of them who are leaving for college wanted a picture of their Youthline friends to bring with them.

Box 34 (L2000:047:010)
Listener Violeta Perez, age 19, fills out a questionnaire during a call, 1999

Every caller remains anonymous but gets asked a standard set of informational questions during the course of their call.

Box 34 (L2000:047:015)
Youthline listener Violeta Perez, age 19, talks on her cell phone during a shopping spree at the Stonestown Galleria shopping mall, 1999
Box 34 (L2000:047:016)
Listener Ruth Barajas, age 18, in a meeting at Youthline, 1999
Box 35 (L2000:047:004)
Karen Cortez, age 17, gets her brow pierced at Body Manipulations, 1999

She goes to the piercing studio planning on a tongue-pierce but after being told that her tongue is the wrong shape, ends up getting a brow pierce like her sister instead. Enter scope/content note.

Box 34 (L2000:047:008)
Ruth Barajas, age 18, talks to her boyfriend during her shift at Youthline, 1999

The Youthline listeners say that many of the support calls they get are about relationships.

Box 34 (L2000:047:011)
Youthline listener Ed King, age 21, has a barbecue with his close friend in a San Francisco suburb. They throw lighter fluid on the barbecue to raise the flames higher, 1999
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Listeners Ayana and Asante Matthews (on left), age 21, in their "street soldiers academic preparation class for girls and women" at the Omega Boys and Girls Club, 1999

They listen as girls describe times in their life during which they were scared. Ayana describes a time when she and Asante were attacked in their car at a stoplight. One girl describes having a baby as a teenager. Another girl is afraid of kids at school with guns. Another reveals her fear that there is a contract on her life.Enter scope/content note.

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William Walker, age 19, eats Cheetos during a Youthline meeting during which listeners prepare an outreach presentation, 1999
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Nina Rudnick's backpack, 1999

Not in book.

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Karen Cortez holds her 14-year old cousin's new baby in the apartment she shares with her father, brother and grandmother on her 18th birthday. Her other cousin, Jessica Ramos, talks on the phone to her boyfriend, 1999
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Listener Aya Cash, age 17, takes a support call from an anonymous youth during her shift at Youthline, 1999
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Violeta Perez, age 21, hugs her boyfriend who has been confined to a wheelchair since he was shot in an incident of gang violence, 1999
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Youthline listener Ruth Barajas, age 18, role-plays a "support" telephone call with a student during a community outreach event in Bayview-Hunters Point, a poor neighborhood in San Francisco, 1999
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Youthline listener Aya Cash, age 17, in her basement room in the house she shares with her mother, a poet, 1999

Aya, an aspiring actress, gets ready for school, looking for books and other necessities under piles of clothes and teenage artifacts.

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Ayana Matthews, 17, talks to her sister on the phone outside their apartment in Bayview-Hunters Point, 1999
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Eighteen 16x20" black-and-white gelatin silver prints of African Americans and Haitian Americans and their communities in Delray Beach, Florida. They are involved with several volunteer organizations to provide community policing, assist immigrants, and promote cultural understanding.

Swinton Avenue, Delray, Florida, Haitian Quarter, 1999

Not in book.

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Interior, Haitian American home, 1999
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The Beach at Night, 1999

Not in traveling exhibition.

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Daughter of one of the dancers rehearsing for Haitian Flag Day ceremonies, 1999
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Fourth of July picnic, 1999
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Backyard, Sunday morning, 1999
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Robert Augustin and his baby sister, 1999

Not in traveling exhibition.

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Near Delray Beach, Florida, 1999
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Fremiaud Basse holds photo of his fiancé, who drowned along with forty other Haitians when their boat capsized twelve miles off Florida shore, near Delray, 1999
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Fourth of July church picnic, near Delray Beach, Florida, 1999
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Delray Beach, Florida, 1999

Not in book or traveling exhibition.

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Haitian patrol volunteer Wilner Athouriste, 1999
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MAD DADS, an antidrug and volunteer street-patrol group, Delray, 1999

Not in traveling exhibition.

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Restaurant Chez Zette, 1999
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Good Friday Procession; a particularly mournful event this year, coming soon after the drowning of forty Haitians on boats making for Delray, 1999
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Member of the storefront congregation of Adner Elmon, 1999
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Haitian apartment, Delray, 1999
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Palm Beach County Stockade Correctional Facility, 1999
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Sixteen 20x24 and 30x38 chromogenic prints of individuals in north Philadelphia involved with the Village of Arts and Humanities, a community effort focused on reclaiming declining neighborhoods through educational programs, the arts, and community-based social services.

Casey Ayers (with blindfold) and Raheem Wilson play pin-the-tail-on-the-donkey during a baby shower given for a teen mom at the Village, 1999
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An after-school art class, 1999
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Mosaic sculpture in Ile Ife Park, by Joseph "Jo Jo" Williams and James "Big Man" Maxton, 1999
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Angel Alley murals designed by Lily Yeh: "Angel Alley" (left) mosaic created by James "Big Man" Maxton and "Angel Eyes" (right) mosaic created by Carolyn Overholt and Brother Mohammed, 1999
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Bahia Beasley and a woman tie ribbons on newly planted trees, 1999
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Village staff members Sally Hammerman and Andres Chamorro performing with puppets on Earth Day, 1999
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Inlaid tile and stone floor of Meditation Park, 1999
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James "Big Man" Maxton at home, 1999
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Long View of the Village's Tree Farm, 1999

Not in book.

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Casey Ayers and Ora Eldridge at a teen group meeting, 1999
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Boy playing hide-and-seek in Ile Ife Park, 1999

Not in traveling exhibition.

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Kitchen and entertainment center in a house being rehabilitated by the Village, 1999
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Neighborhood resident Davore Henderson playing guitar, 1999
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Lily Yeh works with a neighborhood boy in Fairhill Park, Cumberland and Tenth, 1999
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"Magical Garden" tile mural designed by Lily Yeh, Warnock Street, 1999
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Girls playing on Germantown Avenue, 1999
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Twenty 11x14 and 16x20" Cibachrome and black-and-white gelatin silver prints of Texan farmworkers and their communities near the Mexican border. Founded by the Farmworker's Union in 1991 to provide decent and affordable housing for farmworkers and their families, Proyecto Azteca benefits these community members, who also volunteer for building projects.

The Valley. Elissa Villareal, Benito Castillo and Heidy Rios Aleman at the All Valley Flea Market dance, 1999
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A historic marker for the spot "where American blood was shed on American soil," along with murals from Mission, and the Farm Workers Union hall in Pharr, 1999

In 1847 Congressman Abraham Lincoln declared that "the spot" was not, nor never had been part of Texas or the United States, and therefore could not justify an invasion of Mexico. This unpopular sentiment ruined his political career for the next decade.

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A farm worker, Rolando Garcia, sings into an onion, with the bus schedule out of McAllen, 1999
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Homes and interiors at Colonia Jessups with Lauro Pérez preparing lunch at the Proyecto Azteca site, 1999
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María Lopez at home in a colonia near Alamo, Texas, 1999
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At the All Valley Flea Market Dance, 1999

Not in book.

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Martha Rángel harvesting onions near Mercedes. Ms. Rángel carries her immigration papers in her back pocket in case she has to show them to INS workers, 1999
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Aristeo Orta, a construction worker at Proyecto Azteca, 1999
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Noe Galindo, Colonia Jessups, near Monte Alto, 1999
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Farm worker in a field near Monte Alto, 1999

Not in book or traveling exhibition.

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The dance hall, All Valley Flea Market, 1999
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Epifanio Morales at Proyecto Azteca, 1999
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Taco stand, downtown McAllen, 1999

Not in book.

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Roberto Rodríguez's family near Edinburg, 1999
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Pay phone, San Juan, Texas, 1999
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Family at the flea market, Pharr, Texas, 1999
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Farm worker, a regular at the All Valley Flea Market dance, cutting cabbage, 1999
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At the All Valley Flea Market Dance, 1999

Not in traveling exhibition.

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Farmers clear an onion field near Monte Alto, 1999

Not in traveling exhibition.

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Route 281, the Military Highway, 1999

The horizon shows the Rio Grande River, established as the border with Mexico after the War of 1848.

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Fourteen 16x20 and 20x24" gelatin silver prints documenting the training and work of community doulas and midwives in Ithaca, N.Y., and the families who benefit from their support before, during, and after childbirth.

Jacqueline Shepard and another student in their doula class train for labor support through role-playing, 1999
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Doula Jacqueline Shepard caring for Sunshin Gordon, 1999
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Jacqueline Shepard in her brother's backyard holds up portraits of her role models, her mother and her sister, 1999
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Lise Golub, at a postpartum visit, delights in Olivia Gordon, a baby whose birth she recently attended as a doula mentor, 1999
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Robert Gordon holds his new baby, Olivia, before she is taken to the nursery, 1999
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Olivia studies her father, Robert Gordon, minutes after being born, 1999
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Sunshin, Robert and Olivia Gordon pose for their first formal family portrait, 1999
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Jane Arnold, midwife, attends Sunshin and Robert Gordon hours before the birth of their first child, 1999
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Robert Gordon holds Sunshin as first-time doula Jacqueline Shepard adds support, 1999
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Sunshin Gordon resting between contractions, 1999
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Robert attending to Sunshin Gordon during a wave of pain, 1999
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Sunshin Gordon is comforted by the hands of midwife Jane Arnold and doula Jacqueline Shepard, 1999
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Robert and Sunshin Gordon hold their new firstborn, Olivia, 1999
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Jane Arnold, midwife, hands Sunshin and Robert Gordon their new baby, Olivia, 1999
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Eighteen 16x20" framed gelatin silver prints of community volunteers and their friends in Eau Claire, South Carolina.

Leroy Moss, a community worker and activist who is blind, at the recreational center that is named in his honor, 1999
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Reverend Wiley Cooper teaching children about the many portrayals of Jesus, 1999
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Scott Trent Jr., former president of the Eau Claire Community Council, looking at graffiti on the Norfolk-Southern railroad trestle on North Main Street, 1999
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Henry Hopkins, local organizer and executive director of the Eau Claire Community council, at a meeting on the prevention of violence, 1999
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An Eau Claire street at dusk, 1999
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Rhett Anders, current Eau Claire Community Council president and real estate agent, in front of a historic local property, 1999
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Fran Potter, a member of the zoning board and former president of the Eau Claire Community Council
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Reverend Wylie Cooper of Shalom and volunteers help rehabilitate the home of an elderly resident, 1999
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Lee Bolton and a Shalom member do yard work as part of their housing rehabilitation effort with the Eau Claire Community of Shalom, 1999
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Church members at Wesley United Methodist Church prior to a baptism service, 1999
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Rotary Club Meeting, 1999
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Toliver's Mane Event barbershop, 1999
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Men's Breakfast Group leaving College Place United Methodist Church, where they have met for over fifty years, 1999
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A local senior artist hands a bouquet she made to a visitor, 1999
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The South Carolina National Guard participates in a local parade in an Eau Claire neighborhood, 1999
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Playing baseball at a trailer park on Fairfield Road, 1999
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Columbia chief of police Charles Austin, Sr. baptizes Brandon Hawkins at Central Baptist Church, 1999
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Scott Trent Jr. has lived in the same house in Eau Claire for nineteen years, 1999
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Historical Note

The Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University was established for the study of the documentary process. "Indivisible: Stories of American Community" was a national documentary project which took place primarily during 1999-2001, and was sponsored by the Center for Documentary Studies in partnership with the Center for Creative Photography at the University of Arizona. The project captured the experiences of individuals participating in grassroots community organizations and activism in twelve American communities at the end of the 20th century.

Subject Headings

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], "Indivisible: Stories of American Community" photographs and project records, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library.

Provenance

The "Indivisible: Stories of American Community" photographs and project records were received by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library in 2002,2006, 2008, and 2011.

Processing Information

Processed by Ruth E. Bryan, Karen Glynn, Paula Jeannet Mangiafico, and Matthew Warren.

Completed February 10, 2003. Additions made in 2008 and 2012.

Acessions described in this finding aid: 2002-0230, 2006-0064, 2012-0090.

Encoded by Joshua A. Kaiser and Paula Jeannet Mangiafico.

This finding aid is NCEAD compliant.