Introduction The Smithsonian Institution Archives began its Oral History Program in 1973. The purpose of the program is to supplement the written documentation of the Archives' record and manuscript collections with an Oral History Collection, focusing on the history of the Institution, research by its scholars, and contributions of its staff. Program staff conduct interviews with current and retired Smithsonian staff and others who have made significant contributions to the Institution. There are also interviews conducted by researchers or students on topics related to the history of the Smithsonian or the holdings of the Smithsonian Institution Archives. Friedmann was interviewed for the Oral History Program because he made significant scholarly and administrative contributions of the Smithsonian during 28 years of service at the National Museum of Natural History.
Cornell University - Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections
COLLECTION DESCRIPTION Journals (each approximately 220 pages) begun in December 1965 as sketchbooks in art school, which then evolved into daily accounts of his interests, concerns, and activities, including his work and personal relationships, identity, military service (1968-1972), the impact of AIDS, his observations everywhere he traveled, and his career as a museum curator (1972 - continuing).
Writings consisting of manuscripts for his book, GARVEY: THE STORY OF A PIONEER BLACK NATIONALIST; miscellaneous typescript essays and printed articles, 1946-1974; numerous examples of Fax's art such as magazine illustrations and book jackets, 1936-1962; and photocopies of some correspondence. Also, programs, invitations, broadsides, book reviews, and news clippings concerning Fax's career.
Black and white photographs taken by the Dutch art historian and semi-professional photographer Gerard Foekema (1943-), collected by the former Institute for South-Asian Archaeology (University of Amsterdam) in the years 1979-1988, and by the Kern Institute (Leiden University) between 1979 and 1990. The prints depict monuments and sites, townscapes and landscapes photographed in India (Tamil-Nadu, Karnataka, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh) and Myanmar. The main topic is architecture, especially the Hindu temples of Karnataka (South West India).