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||Janet Stanley, Librarian
|Internet Catalog Address:
||telnet to siris.si.edu or http://www.siris.si.edu/.
|Hours of Service:
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|Open to the public:
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- Reference Policy:
- Telephone and mail reference questions are accepted
- Borrowing Privileges:
- Limited to staff and Smithsonian fellows. The general public
may borrow through interlibrary loan in their local public library
or their university library.
- CIRLA, FEDLINK. Holdings are listed in OCLC.
- Background Note:
- See information in first Smithsonian Libraries entry.
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- Books and monographs:
- The collection holds approximately 1,000 books, primarily 20th
century imprints. Subject emphases include African religions,
including works on indigenous belief systems and practices; syncretic
religious movements; Christianity and Islam in Africa; Afro-Brazilian
cults; Santerķa; Vodun and other African religions in the New
The online catalog covers these collections.
- Periodicals and newspapers:
- Approximately 50 journals. Religion is covered as one of many
topics in African studies periodicals. The Library is currently
working on an analytical index to these collections and has already
entered over 10,000 records in the SIRIS catalog. The journal
collection mirrors the subject areas found in the monograph collection.
- Unknown quantity of microform. Highlights include the missionary
archives on microfilm, including Church Missionary Society, American
Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions, Basel Mission. These
are primarily 19th and 20th century records.
- Vertical files:
- Approximately 20 files with 20th century dates. The strengths
of this collection are in African religions, including works on
indigenous belief systems and practices; syncretic religious movements;
Christianity and Islam in Africa; Afro-Brazilian cults; Santerķa;
Vodun and other African religions in the New World. Formats include
offprints, pamphlets, brochures, and newspaper clippings.
File folders are arranged by subjects. Contents are selectively
indexed in the online catalog.
African religions; African religions in the Americas; Ancestors--Religious
aspects; Christian art--Africa; Christianity--Africa; Cults--Africa;
Ethiopian Orthodox Church; Funeral rites and ceremonies--Africa; Islam--Africa;
Islamic architecture--Africa; Islamic art--Africa; Magic--Africa;
Masquerades--Africa; Missions and missionaries--Africa; Monasticism
and religious orders--Ethiopia; Monasticism and religious orders,
Coptic; Mythology; New religious movements; Religion in art--Africa;
Religious art--Africa; Ritual--Africa; Santerķa; Shrines--Africa;
Spiritual healing--Africa; Witchcraft
Catalog of the Library of the National Museum of African
Art Branch of the Smithsonian Institution Libraries. 2 v.
Boston, MA: G. K. Hall, 1991.
Stanley, Janet L. The Arts of Africa: An Annotated Bibliography.
Atlanta: African Studies Association Press for the Smithsonian Institution
Libraries, 1990- [Volume 1 began 1986-1987].