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The W.A. Whitten Collection, 1962-1991


Series: Audiovisual

Subseries: Open Reel Tapes

Reel 1: Town Meeting

1 open reel tape; 7 inches; 3 3/4 ips

  • Side A Tape Counter (0-end) Lawalazu – Town Meeting #1 – March 16, 1965, 61 min.
  • Side B Blank Recording of Lawalazu Town Meeting discussing the impact of the road being built through the Voinjama province linking Lawalazu to other villages and Monrovia. Town improvements, such as the creation of a clinic and larger schools, farming conditions, and ways for getting more girls to attend school are also discussed. Meeting is led by Willie A. Whitten and the Lawalazu Chief, with assistance from interpreter James K. Kimmah

Includes nine pages of the meeting transcript text copied from Whitten’s dissertation. Also includes a diagram and list of participants in the meeting and photocopies of correspondence between Whitten, Lofa County Superintendent Robert H. Kennedy, Bandie Chief Kollie, Kissie Chief Taylor, and P.C.V. Bob Sable discussing plans for scheduling the meeting.

See color transparencies # for images of the Lawalazu and Borkezar sessions


Reel 2: Town Meetings and Interviews

1 open reel tape; 7 inches; 1 7/8 ips

  • Side A Tape Counter (1-367) – Town Meeting #2: Bazagizia – April 9, 1965, 62 min. Tape Counter (367-end) – Town Meeting #3: Ngokorhun – May 18, 1965, 63 min.
  • Side B Tape Counter (1-339) – Interview #1: Chief Jigbeh – June 15, 1965, 58 min. Tape Counter (340-end) – Interview #2: Elder Akoi – June 2, 1965, 67 min. Bazagazia town meeting discusses town improvements and sanitation, solutions to farming problems, and the need for a health clinic and furniture in schools. Also discusses different levels of town leadership. Meeting is led by W.A.Whitten in dialogue with the Bazagazia Chief and Interpreter Gabriel Gizzie. Ngokorhun town meeting discusses teachers and the state of education in the town, the need for sturdier school buildings, and other improvement needed in town. These improvements include more land for agricultural development and a school kitchen for feeding students. The meeting is led by Ernest Carmo and W.A. Whitten, with James K. Kimmah as interpreter. Chief Jigbeh from Lawalazu, Voinjama District, Lofa County interviewed by W.A. Whitten with James Kimmah as interpreter. This interview was part of research being conducted by the Lofa County Education Office. It sought specific information about social and economic conditions of tribal people in the Voinjama District. A major focus of this interview was on the past and present role of town meetings in traditional life in the county. Elder Akoi from the town of Voinjama, Lofa County interviewed by W.A. Whitten with James Kimmah as interpreter. This interview was part of research being conducted by the Lofa County Education Office. It sought specific information about social and economic conditions of traditional people in the Voinjama District. The focus of this interview was on activities and changes that occurred in tribal living during the lifetime and experience of the interviewee.

Includes transcripts of Bazagazia and Ngokorhun town meetings and highlights of the interviews with Chief Jigbeh and Elder Akoi


Reel 3: Town Meeting

1 open reel tape; 7 inches;3 3/4 ips

  • Side A Tape Counter (0-end) – Town Meeting #4: Zawadamai – May 15, 1965, 105 min.
  • Side B Tape Counter (0-end) – Town Meeting continued with interview and music at end School vegetable gardens, first-aid in the schools, the benefits of education and trained teachers in the village, and the need for a road through town are discussed. Meeting is led by Earnest Carmo, Adult education Supervisor for Lofa County, and W.A. Whitten, USAID Education Advisor, with assistance from interpreter James K. Kimmah.

Includes Zawadamai Town Meeting Transcript, fifteen pages of text copied from W.A. Whitten’s dissertation


Reel 4: Town Meeting

1 open reel; 7 inches;3 3/4 ips

  • Side ATape Counter (0-end) – Town Meeting #5: Korwahun – March 18, 1965, 61 min.
  • Side BTape Counter (0-end) – Town meeting continued Meeting designed to offer education officials the opportunity to discuss key problems and needs of local town people in the Kolahun area. Topics discussed include schools, roads, health clinics, and a possible hospital. Meeting led by W.A. Whitten and Paramount Chief of the Bandi Tribe, Thomas Kollie.

Reel 5: County Adult Education Workshop #1

1 open reel tape; 7 inches;1 7/8 ips

  • Side A Tape Counter (1-984) – Voinjama Workshop – March 26-27, 1965, 132 min.
  • Side BBlank Workshop provides hands on in-service training for Fundamental Education (FE) workers assigned to teach in remote towns and villages in Lofa County. Supervised by Ernest Carmo with assistance from Raymond B. Jallah, W.A. Whitten, and other Peace Corps volunteers.

Includes list of workshop highlights.


Reel 6: County Adult Education Workshop #2

1 open reel tape; 7 inch;1 7/8 ips

  • Side A Tape Counter (0-654) – County Supervisors Workshop – March 26-27, 1965, 178 min.
  • Side B Blank Workshop provides hands on in-service training for Fundamental Education (FE) workers assigned to teach in remote towns and villages in Lofa County. Supervised by Ernest Carmo with assistance from Raymond B. Jallah, W.A. Whitten, and other Peace Corps volunteers.

Includes list of workshop highlights. Reel #6 is a continuation of the workshop proceedings begun on Tape #5


Reel 7: Lofa School Supervisors Meeting

1 open reel tape; 7 inches; 1 7/8 & 3 ¾ ips

  • Side A Tape Counter (1-376 at 1 7/8 ips) – Supervisors Workshop – March 12-13, 1965 , 153 min. Tape Counter (377-800 at 3 ¾ ips)
  • Side BTape Counter (0-end at 3 ¾ ips) This was a regular meeting of Lofa County school supervisors to review and plan the county school program. Status and problem reports were discussed, acted on and/or referred to the Ministry of Education (MOE). Meeting chaired by Raymond B. Jallah, Lofa County Supervisor of Schools, and attended by W.A. Whitten, USAID Lofa County Education Advisor. District school supervisors were also in attendance.

Includes list of Supervisors Meeting Highlights.


Reel 8: President Tubman Inauguration

1 open reel tape; 5 inches; 3 3/4 ips

  • Side ATape Counter (1-633) – Tubman inauguration speech on ELWA Radio – Jan. 1, 1968, 57 min.
  • Side BTape Counter (1-570) – Speech continued with procession at the end Tubman's final inauguration address as president of Liberia, recorded from a radio broadcast. The recording starts several minutes into the speech and proceeds through the remainder. It includes radio commentator excerpts and continues through the formal procession after the speech.

Includes written comments on the Tubman Address.


Reel 9: Voinjama High School Graduation

1 open reel tape; 7 inches; 3 3/4 ips

  • Side A Tape Counter (1-end) – Graduation Exercises ELWA Radio – Dec. 12, 1977 (Guest Speaker – W.A. Whitten, USAID HRD Officer), 54 min.
  • Side BBlank Speech entitled, “Travelers on the road to higher heights” presented by W.A. Whitten to graduates of the Voinjama High School in 1977. Recorded off of a radio broadcast.

Includes transcript of commencement address and comments on the commencement program.


Reel 10: Lofa County Music – Voinjama District

1 open reel tape; 7 inches; 3 3/4 ips

  • Side A Tape Counter (1-1127) – 13 Selections from Lawalazu Town – March 16, 1965
  • Side B Tape Counter (1-139) – 4 Selections from Betijima Town – March 17, 1965 Tape includes examples of traditional music from the Voinjama District. Examples of songs for grand occasions or processions, songs of praise to the chief, work songs, and songs about daily labor tasks are included.

Includes commentary on music selections.


Reel 11: Lofa County Music

1 open reel tape; 7 inches; 3 3/4 ips

  • Side ATape Counter (1-398) – 5 Selections, Salayea, Zorzor District (Kpelle) – January 28, 1965 Tape Counter (399-956) – 4 Selections, Shello, Kolahun District (Kissi) – January 20, 1965
  • Side BTape Counter (1-867) – 6 Selections, Zorzor, (Zaza Loma) – January 28, 1965 Tape includes a Kpelle horn and drum group, Kissi music sung during farming and labor, and Loma songs about the problems, successes, and anxieties of modern change, such as the Firestone Rubber Plantation.

Includes commentary on music selections.


Subseries: Color Transparencies

The Willie A. and Lucille S. Whitten Photography Collection contains nearly 700 images reproduced from slides taken during the Whittens’ stays in Liberia in the 1960s and 1970s. A native of Mississippi, Mr. Whitten first traveled to Liberia in 1963 on a United States Agency for International Development (USAID) project while completing his graduate studies in adult education. Whitten conducted research for his doctoral dissertation in Lofa County, receiving a Doctorate in Education from Indiana University in 1966. He continued as a USAID education officer in Liberia during the late 1960s. He returned to Liberia in the late 1970s and early 1980s, before and after the violent overthrow of the William Tolbert presidency in the military coup led by Samuel Doe in 1980. The collection includes photographs of the Liberian towns and schools Whitten visited in his USAID work, photographs of Liberian government and cultural events, and family photographs.
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