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Ivor L. Miller Papers

 Collection
Identifier: MA.00166

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of research notes, audio and video recordings (including some transcripts), photographs, articles and other materials documenting the scholarly work of Ivor L. Miller in cultural studies of the African Diaspora, resulting from field research for three books: A 1997 study of Yoruba culture in West Africa and Cuba with Professor Wande Abimbola called Ifá Will Mend Our Broken World; a 2002 study of graffiti writers called Aerosol Kingdom: Subway Painters of New York City; a 2009 study of the history of the Cuban Abakuá mutual-aid society and its sources in Nigeria and Cameroon.

Dates

  • 1900-2015
  • Majority of material found within 1990-2005

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

Portions of the Ivor Miller Papers are restricted for research use as indicated in the finding aid. Particularly fragile items may also be restricted for preservation purposes.

Conditions Governing Use

Requests for permission to publish material from the Ivor Miller Papers should be directed to the Archives and Special Collections. It is the responsibility of the researcher to identify and satisfy the holders of all copyrights.

Biographical / Historical

Dr. Ivor L. Miller is a cultural historian specializing in the African Diaspora in the Caribbean and the Americas. He is a graduate of Hampshire College (B.A., 1985), Yale University (M.A., African American Studies) and Northwestern University (Ph.D, 1995). He has been a Scholar in Residence at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, at the Institute for Research in the African Diaspora in the Americas and the Caribbean (IRADAC) at the City College of New York, and a Visiting Professor at the Center for Black Diaspora at DePaul University, a Fulbright Scholar to Nigeria (2009-2011), and a Senior Fellow at the National Museum of African Art at the Smithsonian Institution (2011-2012). Dr. Miller was a Copeland Fellow at Amherst College in 2002. His 1995 doctoral dissertation was a study of the Santería religion in Cuban society and its influences in the U.S. He has traveled extensively in West Africa, South America and the Caribbean, particularly in Cuba, where he did research from 1991-2016, conducting interviews, recording video and taking photographs. In addition to numerous articles in scholarly journals, Dr. Miller's publications include Ifá Will Mend Our Broken World: Thoughts on Yorùbá Religion and Culture in Africa and the Diaspora with Professor Wande Abimbola (AIM, 1997), and Aerosol Kingdom: Subway Painters of New York City (University Press of Mississippi, 2002), and Voice of the Leopard: African Secret Societies and Cuba (University Press of Mississippi, 2009 and reprinted in 2011 in Lagos, Nigeria by the Center for Black and African Arts and Civilization (CBAAC).

Extent

11.5 Linear feet (2 records storage boxes, 12 tape storage boxes, 1 archives box, 1 oversize flat box, 1 wrapped package, 6 record album storage boxes)

Language of Materials

English

Spanish; Castilian

Efik

Abstract

Research materials documenting the scholarly work of Ivor L. Miller in cultural studies of the African Diaspora, resulting from field research for three books: A 1997 study of Yoruba culture in West Africa and Cuba with Professor Wande Abimbola called Ifá Will Mend Our Broken World; a 2002 study of graffiti writers called Aerosol Kingdom: Subway Painters of New York City; a 2009 study of the history of the Cuban Abakuá mutual-aid society and its sources in Nigeria and Cameroon.

Arrangement

This collection is organized into four series:
  1. Series 1: Aerosol Kingdom: Subway Painters of New York City, 1974-2005 (bulk 1990-2003)
  2. Series 2: Research Materials on Cuba and Abakuá, 1900-2015 (bulk 1975-2005)
  3. Series 3: Audio and Video Recordings, 1991-2003
  4. Series 4: Other Research Projects, 1990-1997

Related Materials

  1. Ivor L. Miller Collection of Nigerian and Cuban Musical Recordings. Amherst College Archives and Special Collections.
  2. International Graffiti Times archive, 1970-2000. Collection Number: 8067. Cornell University Archives.

Processing Information

The collection has developed incrementally through donations by Ivor Miller over the years 2002-2016. Future additions are expected. Much of the information in this finding aid comes from notes written by Ivor Miller himself at the time of donation.

Creator

Status
Completed
Author
Ivor L. Miller and Peter A. Nelson.
Date
2007
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin

Repository Details

Part of the Amherst College Archives and Special Collections Repository

Contact:
Amherst College Archives & Special Collections
Robert Frost Library
61 Quadrangle Drive
Amherst MA 01002-5000
(413) 542-2299