Yale University Art Gallery
African Art Collection

“The Beri-Nyana, or men’s devil of Western Liberia (The Bundu of Sierra Leone),” Harry Hamilton Johnston, Liberia (2 vols.), London: Hutchinson & Co., 1906, Pl. 410. James J. Ross Archive of African Images, no. 329.

Web address http://artgallery.yale.edu/pages/collection/permanent/pc_african_over.php
Location1111 Chapel Street, New Haven
HoursCall for information
Access policyBy appointment only
ContactElizabeth Solak
Email addresselizabeth.solak@yale.edu
Number of photographsMore than 300,000
Date range1940s–present
Geographic coverage

Africa, especially West Africa (Sierra Leone, Guinea)


Frederick John Lamp; Guy van Rijn; William B. Fagg; Labelle Prussin; thousands others


Photographic holdings record the history of objects in the Yale University Art Gallery, including:

—Yale University Art Gallery-van Rijn Archive of African Art (170,000 digital images online)
—James J. Ross Archive of African Images (5,000 digital images online of African art from 1600 to 1920)
—Approx. 50,000 prints of African art corresponding to the Yale–van Rijn Archive
—Frederick Lamp Archive of Art from Sierra Leone and Guinea (approx. 75,000 prints)
—W. B. Fagg Photographic Archives (3,000 digital images on CD-ROM of West African art and context)
—William Brill Archive (approx. 300 prints of Brill’s African art collection, with documentation)
—Labelle Prussin collection of African architecture (approx. 200 slides, mixed originals and duplicates)
—D’mba Performance Research Project (approx. 5,000 digital images taken in Guinea in 2007 and 2008 by a team of seven researchers)
—African art in private collections never made public

Materials include contextual photographs taken in Africa by scholars; largely personal collections of black-and-white and color slides from 1970s to the present; curatorial files on objects in the collection and by culture.

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