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The W.A. Whitten Collection, 1962-1991
Scope and Content
The W.A. Whitten Collection spans the period from 1962-1991 and is organized into
Printed Materials series contains the sub-series
All items are organized alphabetically by the author’s last name. If an author is
unavailable, the title is used instead.
includes books and articles from newspapers, magazines, and
journals published in Liberia or
covering topics pertinent to Liberian culture or history. Dates span 1964-1991. The
sub-series contains an economic survey from 1962, some of William Tolbert’s
presidential papers, and education reports. The sub-series spans 1962-1983.
include an annual report, commencement exercises, and a student
tribute program to President Tubman, all from the
Audiovisual series contains two sub-series:
Open Reel Tape and
Open Reel Tape
sub-series contains 11 reels of open reel tapes with recorded town meetings and
music from Liberian villages. Dates span 1965-1977.
Tapes are numbered and arranged as received by Whitten. There
are 669 color transparencies that have been digitized and are available through the
University Image Collections Online. These slides are largely images
of Liberian villages and include topics such as village life, parades and
processions, town landscapes, dancers, musicians, agricultural facilities, art and
handicrafts, village leaders, and rituals. Images span 1961-1978.
Artifacts series includes physical objects brought
back from Liberia by Willie and Lucille Whitten. Examples of objects include
textiles, tools, musical instruments, masks, and decorative carvings. These
artifacts are cataloged and stored by the Mathers Museum of
World Cultures at Indiana University. The dates of these
objects are unknown. They are arranged alphabetically according to subject, with
descriptions and sub-categories provided by Whitten.