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Item 450
Expedition Report
7/4/1920
2 Pages
Stewart Culin, Brooklyn Museum
Report on a Collecting Trip in England, France, Czechoslovakia, Hungary, Servia, Roumania, & Sweden, 6-11/1920, pp. 9-10, describing Culin's visit to W.O. Oldman, Ethnographical Specimens, London. He details the house at 77 Brixton Hill, crammed full of ethnological specimens. He relates an anecdote about Oldman's narrow escape from bombing during the war and his dealings with Germans before the onset of war. He describes a variety of objects selected, among which were African, including a Dervish cap from Lord Kitchener's collection, an embroidered girdle from Nigeria, three highly embroidered cotton robes from Guinea and a number of specimens of Bushongo palm cloth, and specimens from other cultures.
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Item 451
Expedition Report
7/11/1920
2 Pages
Stewart Culin, Brooklyn Museum
Report on a Collecting Trip in England, France, Czechoslovakia, Hungary, Servia, Roumania, & Sweden, 6-11/1920, pp. 31-32 describing Culin's visit to W.O. Oldman, Ethnographical Specimens, London. On this visit Culin describes African objects and prices from Congo and Lagos, especially masks, and a Coptic kohl. He comments on Mr. Oldman being the source of the objects offered by Mr. Clarke for Culin's proposed exhibition of African art. Many more items from other cultures were described with prices noted.
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Item 452
Expedition Report
6/13/1921
4 Pages
Stewart Culin, Brooklyn Museum
Report on a Collecting Trip in England, France, Czechoslovakia & Hungary, 5-11/1921, pp. 12-15. Culin writes re his visit to the shop D. Arditti and among many items he mentions Algerian embroidery and a Moorish costume worn by Jewish women in Morocco; speaks of the high quality of three seated Bushongo figures in the African collection at the British Museum.
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Item 454
Expedition Report
6/20/1921
1 Page
Stewart Culin, Brooklyn Museum
Report on a Collecting Trip in England, France, Czechoslovakia & Hungary, 5-11/1921, p. 27. Culin visits W.O. Oldman, Ethnographical Specimens, London and after going over the African collection with care surmises that an investment of 200 pounds sterling in a collection would constitute the basis for a very remarkable African exhibiton.
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Item 453
Expedition Report
11/12/1921
2 Pages
Stewart Culin, Brooklyn Museum
Report on a Collecting Trip in England, France, Czechoslovakia & Hungary, 5-11/1921, pp. 240-241. Culin visited W.O. Oldman, Ethnographical Specimens, London to view a very large African collection consisting almost entirely of carved objects from the West Coast. The specimens include images, cups, utensils and similar things of very high quality; weapons have carved handles; Bushongo cups. All the items will be held for Culin's decision. He also writes about objects from other cultures at Oldman's.
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Item 455
Expedition Report
5/19/1922
3 Pages
Stewart Culin, Brooklyn Museum
Report on a Collecting Trip in Spain, Portugal, Hungary, Czechoslovakia & Belgium, 5-7/1922, pp. 3-5. Culin visits W.O. Oldman, Ethnographical Specimens, London, and examines fine carved Benin objects that were reserved for Dr. Gordon of the University Museum for 300 pounds sterling, beyond Culin's means. However, the deal had never been concluded so Culin selected some objects for purchase and some to hold. Culin notes that his purchases were about what he expected except for a carved wooden Nigerian town gate showing a procession in relief of the King, his wives and his guards. His total African purchases came to 195 pounds sterling.
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Item 456
Expedition Report
5/30/1922
3 Pages
Stewart Culin, Brooklyn Museum
Report on a Collecting Trip in Spain, Portugal, Hungary, Czechoslovakia & Belgium, 5-7/1922, pp. 16-18. Culin is directed in Paris to two dealers named Guillaume. The first, H. Guillaume, proves to be mainly a picture dealer with a less than interesting African collection. He then went to Paul Guillaume's shop and found many interesting objects, among which were masks, standing figures, single heads, seats supported by carved figures, carved wooden cups and drum-sticks. Culin relates some conversation about Dr. Gordon of the University Museum, Philadelphia. Culin purchases a stool, a sceptre, an image and a box, 2625 ff total, before leaving Guillaume.
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Item 457
Expedition Report
7/14/1922
4 Pages
Stewart Culin, Brooklyn Museum
Report on a Collecting Trip in Spain, Portugal, Hungary, Czechoslovakia & Belgium, 7-8/1922, pp. 115-118. Culin recounts meeting Mr. A.C. Barnes at Paul Guillaume's place. Barnes mentions having bought a large collection of Negro art from Guillaume and is very enthusiastic about the possibility of lending pieces for the Brooklyn Museum's exhibition of primitive Negro art. Culin purchases a grotesque figure of an antelope, a highly ornamented iron axe and a small wooden seat with ornamented figures, a very fine Bushongo box, a "gorilla" mask, a disk-shaped mask and a carved message stick. On the following day Culin meets again with Barnes at Guillaume's. Barnes reveals that he had spent $76,000 on works of art during his visit in Paris. Barnes reiterates his enthusiasm for Culin's Negro art project. While at lunch with Mr. Guillaume and his "young, rather pretty" wife, Guillaume says that he had been collecting African objects for twelve years and believes he was perhaps the first dealer to do so. Culin surmises that he was selling his collection at great profit, considering the car Guillaume drove.
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Item 458
Expedition Report
7/17/1922
2 Pages
Stewart Culin, Brooklyn Museum
Report on a Collecting Trip in Spain, Portugal, Hungary, Czechoslovakia & Belgium, 7-8/1922, entry pp. 120-121. Culin returns to Guillaume's place to settle his bill before leaving for Budapest. He also lists a number of objects which Guillaume is willing to send on approval or lend to the Museum for the primitive Negro art exhibition: Congo mask, two tall figures of women, another mask, a southern Nigeria fetish, an elephant mask and an antelope mask.
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Item 427
List
1923
3 Pages
W.O. Oldman, W.O. Oldman, Ethnographical Specimens, London
To Stewart Culin, Brooklyn Museum

List: "Collection of Ancient Benin: Carvings Made by the Late Tucker Esq."; descriptions of 23 objects offered for 385 pounds sterling.
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Item 66
List
1923
2 Pages
the American Express Company Inc.
To Stewart Culin, Brooklyn Museum

List of quantities and full description of goods from Poncelet, including containers used for packing.
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Item 187
List
5/4/1923
1 Page
Stewart Culin, Brooklyn Museum
List of items from Africa, China, Persia, North American Indian, Russia, and South America.
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Item 463
Expedition Report
9/2/1923
2 Pages
Stewart Culin, Brooklyn Museum
Report on a Collecting Trip in Scotland, England, France, Czechoslovakia & Hungary, 6-9/1927, pp. 71-72. Culin purchases objects from Oldman in London: a man's cotton cap from the Sudan; a leather covered cap and a fine wooden mask for use in the sacrifice of a girl, with a brief description of the ritual, both from the Menshi (Ibu) of northern Nigeria; two masks from the Abukuela (Dahomey); two finely ornamented Ashanti leather caps; a number of objects from other cultures. Culin mentions a number of other items from a Dahomey collection, which were offered to a German collector.
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Item 368
List
9/23/1923
1 Page
Stewart Culin, Brooklyn Museum
To T.A. Joyce, British Museum

List describing photographs of three objects which were sent to Capt. Joyce for publication.
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Item 459
Expedition Report
10/25/1923
3 Pages
Stewart Culin, Brooklyn Museum
Report on a Collecting Trip in Germany, Czechoslovakia, Hungary, Austria, Belgium, France & England, 6-11/1923, pp. 181-183. Culin meets Clive Bell at Guillaume's in Paris. They observe Guillaume's collection , which is enlarged from Culin's previous visit in 1922, but containing nothing new in type, except a mask painted bright red and a standing Bushongo figure. In their discussion of the possibilities for the Barnes Foundation, Culin expresses a negative view of the outcome. The following morning Culin brings Mrs. Culin's African watercolors for Guillaume to view. He has a good opinion and suggests several first-class venues in Paris where they might be shown, one of which is in concert with a showing of African art at the Museum of Decorative Arts. They would not be interested in purchasing Mrs. Culin's pictures, however, Guillaume states. Culin rejects these possibilities and proposes the pictures be shown at Guillaume's. He agrees and they settle on costs including the prices for the pictures. Later, over lunch, Culin reasons that "smartness" is what people are willing to pay for and realizes in that regard the American Indian is a better inspiration than Negro sculptures, especially the masked dancers of the Pueblos.
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Item 411
Text
4/14/1925
2 Pages
Stewart Culin, Brooklyn Museum
Text annotated: "written for Opportunity, published by the National Urban League" article on the creative arts of Negroes.
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Item 460
Expedition Report
6/24/1926
3 Pages
Stewart Culin, Brooklyn Museum
Report on a Collecting Trip in Scotland, England, France, Czechoslovakia & Germany, 6-9/1926, pp. 20-22. On a visit to Oldman's in London, Culin lists a large number of items of interest, with prices, from a wide range of cultures, including African objects of Ashanti, Dahomey, Ibo and Benin origin.
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Item 461
Expedition Report
9/5/1926
2 Pages
Stewart Culin, Brooklyn Museum
Report on a Collecting Trip in Scotland, England, France, Czechoslovakia & Germany, 6-9/1926, pp. 139-140. Culin visits the British Museum's Ethnographic Hall and laments the lack of care taken, with objects crammed into dusty cases with no plan. However, he does note a carved wooden seat like one he bought from Oldman and shows interest in some Congo objects collected by Torday. He sees several object types from the Bushongo, Dahomey and Congo that are absent from the Brooklyn Museum collection. Culin has some reflective thoughts about his ill treatment by Dr. Maes in 1923, which he thinks may have been a jealous reaction to the Primitive Negro Art exhibition.
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Item 355
List
9/14/1926
1 Page
W.O. Oldman, W.O. Oldman, Ethnographical Specimens, London
To Stewart Culin, Brooklyn Museum

List of specimens selected by Dr. Culin, 30 Aug 1926; includes descriptions of objects and prices.
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Item 356
List, oversize
9/14/1926
2 Pages
W.O. Oldman, W.O. Oldman, Ethnographical Specimens, London
To Stewart Culin, Brooklyn Museum

To Dr. Stewart Culin: Rough list of objects with prices, noted 24 June & 30 Aug 26 (1926); includes descriptions of objects.
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Item 362
Program
4/15/1927
3 Pages
Town Hall, New York
To Stewart Culin, Brooklyn Museum

Illustrated program: "Paul Robeson and Lawrence Brown In a Program of Negro Folk Music (Spirituals and Seculars) For the Benefit of the Harlem Museum of African Art."
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Item 462
Expedition Report
6/16/1927
2 Pages
Stewart Culin, Brooklyn Museum
Report on a Collecting Trip in Scotland, England, France, Czechoslovakia & Hungary, 6-9/1927, pp. 8-9. Culin visits Oldman in London and mentions Oldman's offer to a German customer of a Yosula post, Dahomey drum and Benin bronze. Culin offers 55 pounds sterling for the bronze if Oldman's deal falls through. Culin expresses an interest in a drum from Nigeria and then speaks about objects from other cultures in Oldman's shop.
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