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Online-Katalog

Schon vor Projektbeginn war deutlich, dass die Datenbank und ihr Zugang über OPAC nur über eine einheitliche Softwarelösung zu realisieren sei. Gleichzeitig sollten die am Frobenius-Institut bereits eingeführte und bewährte Software-Programme einbezogen und ausgebaut werden.
Unter dieser Maßgabe erfolgte die Wahl von Faust6 als Datenbanksoftware für die im Aufbau befindliche Bilddatenbank des ethnographischen Bildarchivs. Die Bilddatenbank-Software Faust der Firma Land Software wird bereits seit 1998 mit guten Ergebnissen für das Fotoarchiv des Frobenius-Instituts eingesetzt (Steigerwald 2003). Darüber hinaus erlaubt diese Software die Integration mit weiteren, bereits bestehenden Datenbanken und Zugriffssystemen am Frobenius-Institut. Namentlich der Literatur-, Zeitschriften- und Videodatenbank der Völkerkundlichen Bibliothek.
Der Online-Zugriff auf Faust-Datenbanken wird über die Faust iServer-Software sichergestellt. Diese Schnittstelle wird bereits seit 2004 auf dem institutseigenen Internet-Server eingesetzt und gewährleistet seither den Zugriff externer Nutzer auf den OPAC der Völkerkundlichen Bibliothek

Alle für die Präsentation und Recherche per Browser notwendigen Elemente generiert der Faust iServer aus den Festlegungen, die für die Faust-Datenbank (Bildarchiv) bzw. Lidos-Datenbank (Bibliothek) schon getroffen sind. Jedes einzelne Feld kann für den Online-Betrieb freigegeben oder gesperrt werden. So lassen sich etwa interne Vermerke zur Erfassung und Bearbeitung, die nicht von öffentlichem Belang sind, sperren. Auch einzelne Datensätze („Objekte“), etwa sensible Bilder heiliger und geheimer Rituale, lassen sich ggf. einzeln sperren. Gleiches gilt für ganze Sammlungsbestandteile („Objektkategorien“), die etwa noch in der Bearbeitung befindlich sind.
Der Faust iServer erlaubt damit eine, den Bedürfnissen der Sammlung angepasste OPAC-Oberfläche mit integrierten benutzerfreundlichen Hilfetexten für jedes einzelne Feld der Suchmaske. Die Oberfläche berücksichtigt dabei die Richtlinien der Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI) für Stufe 2. Eine alternative mehrsprachige Benutzerführung für Präsentation und Recherche der Datenbanken (Deutsch und Englisch) ist möglich und vorgesehen. Ebenso lassen sich die mehrsprachigen Sach- und Material-Thesauri (Deutsch und Englisch) nutzen. 

 

Eine alterna­tive mehrsprachige Benutzerführung für Präsentation und Recherche der Datenbanken (Deutsch und Englisch) ist vorgesehen, konnte aber im Projektzeitraum noch nicht realisiert werden. Eingebunden ist ein leichtverständ­licher Hilfe-Text mit Screenshots, der in die Möglichkeiten der Recherche, der Sortierung des Ergebnisses und des Downloads einführt. Für die Online-Recherche in der Faust-Bilddatenbank werden folgende Rechercheinstrumente angeboten:

·         Volltext

·         Geographische Suche (Kontinent, Land, Region, Ort, Ethnische Gruppe)

·         Thesauri (Ethnische Einheiten, Politische Einheiten, Region, Material, Sach-Schlagworte)

·         Erweiterte Suche (Kombination von: Volltext, Land, Ethnische Einheiten, Entstehungs­datum, Expedition, Bildautor, 
      Abgebildete Person und Bildtechnik)

Zusätzlich lassen sich die fünf Thesauri sowie neun Indexlisten browsen:

·         Thesauri: Ethnien, Länder, Regionen, Sach-Schlagworte und Material

·         Indexlisten: Ort, Kontinent, Register-Nr., Expedition, Reiseziel, Bildautor, Bildtechnik, Publikation, Abgebildete Person.

Insbesondere die hierarchisch tief gestaf­felten Thesauri sind ein mächtiges Rechercheinstrument. Die Thesauri erlauben die polyhierarchische Verknüpfung der einzelnen Schlagworte sowie die Eingabe von Synonymen und Bezeichnungen in anderen Sprachen, die automatisch in die Recherche mitein­bezogen werden. Jedes Ergebnis lässt sich durch neue Suchaufträge weiter eingrenzen. Zur schnel­len Orientierung ist die Anzeige einer größeren Bilderzahl in einer knickbaren Thumbnail-Galerie möglich. Verschiedene Ansichtsmodi erlauben zudem Detailansich­ten der Bilder bis zu einer maximalen Größe von 700 Pixel Breite. Zur Wahrung des Copyrights wird automatisch ein entsprechender Vermerk als Wasserzeichen in der Großbildansicht generiert.

Rechercheergebnisse können nach verschiedenen Kriterien sortiert werden:

·         Geographisch

·         Nach ethnischen Gruppen

·         Nach Register-Nummern

·         Chronologisch

Einzelne Bilder oder auch umfangreichere Rechercheergebnisse mit bis zu 100 Dokumenten lassen sich in einem Sammel- bzw. Download-Korb zusammenstellen und als JPG (ausschließlich Bilder in einer ZIP-Datei) oder als PDF-Datei (integrierte Bild-Text-Ausgabe) herunterladen. Einzelne Datenbank-Dokumente können in die Favoritenliste des Browsers übernom­men werden und sind somit schnell auffindbar. Unter dem Menüpunkt „Themen“ sind mehrere thematisch interessante Suchergebnisse voreingestellt.

Seit Dezember 2009 ist die Bilddatenbank unter der URL https://bildarchiv.frobenius-katalog.de/ online recherchierbar.

 

Literatur:
Steigerwald, Peter (2003), „Zur Einbindung des Bildmaterials in die Archiv-Datenbank des Frobenius-Instituts: Voraussetzungen und bisheriger Verlauf“, in: Andreas Martin (Hg.). Digitale Bilderwelten: Zur elektronischen Erschließung von Bildsammlungen. Leipzig: Thelem Univ.-Verlag, S. 85-92.

How to use the Database

 

A. SUCHEN UND FINDEN

B. ERGEBNIS ANZEIGEN

C. ERGEBNIS HERUNTERLADEN

 

 

A. SUCHEN UND FINDEN

 Neben der Volltextsuche gib es eine Reihe weiterer Suchmöglichkeiten in der Bilddatenbank:
1. Über den Button „Themen“. Hier sind Suchergebnisse zu bestimmten Themen bereits fertig zusammengestellt.

2. Über den Button „Suche“ oder über die Reiter im Suchkasten neben „Volltext“ kommt man zu den erweiterten Recherche-Möglichkeiten wie „Geographisch“, "Suche über Thesauri“ oder „erweiterte Suche“.

In diesen Suchmasken kann man jeweils auf die Suchkategorie (z.B. „Ort“) klicken um eine Liste oder Thesaurus der suchbaren Einträge zu sehen [1]. Über die Pfeile bewegt man sich in der Liste auf und ab. Gezielt lassen sich Begriffe durch Eingabe unter „Gehe zu“ finden [2]. Die Menge der entsprechenden Bilder wird rechts neben dem Suchbegriff in Klammern angezeigt. Ein Klick übernimmt den Begriff ins Suchfeld [3], ein weiterer auf „Start“ führt zum Ergebnis [4].

   

 Verschiedene Suchbegriffe lassen sich mit „und“ bzw. „oder“ kombinieren. Hat man bereits ein Ergebnis und startet einen zweiten Suchlauf, so kann man wählen, ob man im aktuellen Ergebnis oder in der gesamten Datenbank suchen möchte.

  

 

 

Mit Hilfe des Buttons „Listen“ lassen sich vorgegebene Listen und Thesauri tabellarisch anzeigen („browsen“).

  

 

 

Die Listen-Suche ist auch der beste Weg um mit den Thesauri zu arbeiten. Fünf verschiedene Thesauri stehen zur Verfügung. Hier kann man jeweils zwischen zwei verschiedenen Anzeigearten wählen, der alphabetischen und der systematischen (d.h. hierarchischen) [1]. Bei letzterer lässt sich wählen, wie viele der hierarchischen Ebenen angezeigt werden (z.B. 1 = nur die oberste Ebene, 10 = alle Ebenen) [2]. Durch Klicken auf [i] bzw. auf „Detail“ erhält man weitere Erläuterungen zu einzelnen Begriffen (OB = Oberbegriff, BF = Synonyme…) [3]. Die Menge der entsprechenden Bilder wird rechts in Klammern angezeigt, der Klick auf einen Begriff führt zum Ergebnis.

   

 

 

B. ERGEBNIS ANZEIGEN

 Unter dem Button „Ergebnis“ finden sich verschiedene Ansichts-Optionen:

 

Die Standardansicht ist der „Bildkatalog“: links das Kleinbild und rechts eine Kurzfassung der zugehörigen Informationen. Unter „Treffer“ in der Fußzeile lässt sich eingeben, wie viele Bilder jeweils pro Seite angezeigt werden [1]. Die kompletten Bildinformationen werden durch Klicken der Zahl unter dem Bild für eben dieses Bild angezeigt oder für alle Bilder durch Klicken auf „Alle Informationen“ unter dem „Ergebnis"-Button [2].

Zur Großbildanzeige gelangt man durch Klicken des Bildes [3]. Durch Klicken des Favoriten-Symbols [4] kann ein Bild auch in die Favoritenliste des Browsers übernommen und auf Anhieb wiedergefunden werden.

  

 

 

Weitere Ansichtsoptionen sind die Kleinbildliste [1] und die Bildliste [2]:

 

 

 

Das Ergebnis (bis max. 2000 Einträge) lässt sich nach verschiedenen Kriterien sortieren:

  

 

 

C. ERGEBNIS HERUNTERLADEN

Durch Klicken des Korb-Symbols wird ein Bild für den Download vorgemerkt [1]. Mehrere Bilder eines Ergebnisses lassen sich per Eingabe der Bildnummern in der Fußzeile (z.B. 1-20) vormerken [2].Durch Klicken des Buttons „Korb“ gelangt man in den Download-Bereich [3].

 

 

 

Im Download-Bereich werden alle Bilder im Korb angezeigt. Einzelne Bilder lassen sich durch Klick auf das X entfernen [1]. Zwei Download-Formate stehen zur Verfügung: einmal alle Bildinformationen mit Kleinbild als PDF-Datei [2] oder die Großbildansichten als JPGs in einer ZIP-Datei [3]. Ein Klick auf „Ausgabe vorbereiten“ leitet den Download im gewählten Format ein [4].

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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About the image database


The Frobenius Institute’s online image database consists of 100,000 images produced between 1830 and the 1960s mainly during numerous expeditions mainly to Africa, but also to Oceania, Australia, Europe and South America. The holdings have two different levels of indexation and range of metadata:

1) The photo archive (about 60,000 images). Digitization of these images has been undertaken by the photographic department of the Frobenius Institute, mainly by producing scans of the small prints contained in over a hundred large photo catalogues. Most of these images have yet to be indexed and described thoroughly. In most cases better quality pictures can be obtained by using the available negatives.

2) The ethnographic pictorial archive and the rock art archive (together about 40,000 images) consist of 80% illustrations (watercolour, pencil, ink etc.) and of 20% b/w vintage photographic prints. In the years 2006 to 2009 these images were digitized and to a great extend described and indexed with financial support from the German Research Foundation (DFG).

The image's metadata are mainly in German language.

Enter the image database.

Photo Archive

The photo archive consists mainly of pictures taken by scholars (anthropologists) and other participants in the various expeditions and research trips undertaken between 1904 and the 1980s. By and large it consists of black and white photographs.
 Since most of the original negatives (in various conditions) have been saved, the main body of the archive can be regarded as an archive of negatives. Likewise, prints of most pictures exist and are ordered for each expedition in both chronological and regional catalogues, each picture being accompanied by a short description. The catalogues can be viewed by appointment. There are plans to make copies on electronic equipment.

There are about 70,000 photographs. A large portion of these derive from the various African expeditions and research trips. The rest are distributed between Oceania (Australia, New Guinea), South America (Bolivia, Venezuela), Europe and Asia. In addition, part of the picture archive of the Frobenius Institute has been photographed for duplication. This mainly concerns duplications from the ethnographic picture archive (drawings, water colours, paintings etc.) and the archive of reproductions of rock paintings.

In a smaller slide collection are slides which have been made from negatives, as well as original colour slides collected on research trips which have taken place since the 1950s. A major section consists of photos from Ethiopia, besides which there are also motifs from North Africa, West Africa, South America, New Guinea and India. However, the slide collection has been ordered only partially. Since the Institute has its own photographic department, most photographic work can be done in the Institute: a price list is available. Most of the images are accessible through an online database.

Visits are possible upon appointment.

Contact: Peter Steigerwald

 

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Rock Art Archive

The Frobenius Institute was one of the earliest research institutions for rock art in the world. With its 8,300 copies of rock art from Africa, Oceania, Australia and Europe, the Institute holds one of the largest and most extensive documentary collections of this form of art. The significance of this archive lies particularly with the age of the copies - they were produced between 1912 and the 1960s - and the (regional) comprehensiveness of the materials. In many cases the copies produced by the members of the Institute are now the only remaining documentation of certain rock art sites, as the original sites have since been destroyed.

zeichner1Leo Frobenius considered "rock art" to be not only an early form of art, but literally a form of primeval or primordial cultural "document", which in his view said more about "culture" than any historical or archaeological record. His interest in rock art began to materialise during his early travels in Mali, during his "expedition" of 1907-9 to what was then known as "Western Sudan", where he also took some photographs. Later, while travelling in the Atlas Saharien and South Africa, among other places, he regularly employed painters and illustrators to copy rock art on site. His original and more restricted focus on African rock art was later extended and came to include original sized tracings, drawings, paintings and photographs of rock art from Norway, France, Italy, Spain, New Guinea and Australia: altogether 8,300 copies, the largest of which measure up to 2.70 x 10.50 metres.

fba 1622Before WW II parts of the rock art collection were exhibited both within and outside Germany. The exhibitions in Paris, Brussels, Amsterdam, Zurich and New York appeared to have been quite celebrated events and to have inspired the work of certain contemporary artists. After a successful exhibition in the New York Museum of Modern Art in 1937, the rock art copies toured 31 locations in the rest of the United States. As in Europe these exhibitions provided visitors with an opportunity to experience a truly unusual form of art at first hand.

In 2006, the German Research Foundation (DFG) allocated funding to the Institute for the digitisation and cataloging of the pictorial archive materials (including the Rock Art Archive), which are now accessible via an online database.

In the last years, art works from the Rock Art Archive were shown in a number of exhibitions.

Contact: Dr. Richard Kuba

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Ethnographic Pictorial Archive

bildarchiv bild456 webOne of the Frobenius Institute's most valuable collections, the Ethnographic Pictorial Archive, consists of approximately 30,000 historical illustrations produced between the first half of the nineteenth and the early second half of the twentieth century. Worldwide in scope, but with a clear regional focus on Africa, Oceania and indigenous Australia, the archive provides a unique documentation of local material cultures and the arts.
Between 1904 and 1935 Leo Frobenius undertook twelve 'expeditions' (as they were commonly called) to Africa. Painters, photographers and illustrators travelled with him, including some well-known artists, for instance, Carl Arriens, Hans Martin Lemme and Fritz Nansen.
The expeditions' explicit goal was to collect ethnographic and historical 'data' (materialised in paintings, drawings and photographs, ethnographic objects and records of oral traditions), and to produce on-site copies (tracings, drawings, and photographs) of rock art. These materials were to serve Frobenius's project to establish an 'artistic documentary of world history', as well as being proof for his 'theory of cultural morphology', whichfrom an academic point of view was even then highly idiosyncratic and is now long out-dated.
After Frobenius's death in 1938, members of the institute (laymen as well as as professional anthropologists) continued the collecting, documentation and research trips. Until 1956, the Institute undertook sixteen further expeditions expanding the previous regional focus on Africa to Oceania, Australia, South America and India. 


 600p 0504 d100 20061011 01 korrThe Pictorial Archive consists of the three separate collections:
•    The actual Pictorial Collection, with its approximately 6,250 watercolour and gouache paintings, charcoal, red chalk and pen-and-ink drawings, and some b/w photographs. The collection contains some extraordinary examples of West and East African architectural drawings, such as detailed ground plans, sketches of façades and charts of villages and towns, as well as paintings and illustrations by indigenous artists from the respective regions.
•    The so-called Pictorial Register, with more than 15,000 small ethnographic and rock art illustrations (mainly pen-and-ink, crayon and red chalk drawings), providing comprehensive documentation of material culture and symbolic representations ranging from musical instruments to bodily decorations. The voluminous 'Ethnographic Register' is arranged in the fashion of the 'French Encyclopaedist' or 'Empirist' tradition and provides some outstanding and rare, sometimes even exclusive documentation of local culture not recorded elsewhere.
•    The so-called Special Collection, consisting of six small but valuable collections, for instance, some of the 'Africa-paintings' by nineteenth-century travellers Georg Schweinfurth, Hyacinthe Hecquard and Johann Martin Bernatz. 


 600p 0439 d100 20061011 01 korrIn 2006, the German Research Foundation (DFG) allocated funding to the Institute for the digitisation and cataloging of the Pictorial Archive materials (including the Rock Art Archive) which, by 2009, will be accessible via a database and an online catalogue (see Digitisation and Cataloging of the Frobenius Institute's Pictorial Archive).

Contact: Dr. Richard Kuba

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Legacies

 

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The archival holdings are partly accessible through an online database (in German language). Other parts of the archive may be searched through index lists and some parts are still to be accessed. The following lists shows how far the holdings have been indexed up till now. Also part of this archive are several extensive card registers.

Visits to the archive are possible after previous notice. The documents may be seen in the Ethnological Library during the usual opening hours,

Please contact: Dr. Richard Kuba

 

 

Legacies in alphabetical order:

Hermann Baumann (* Freiburg i. Br. 9.2.1902, † München 30.6.1972)

  • Anthropologist
  • Professor in Vienna (1939-1945) and Munich (1955-1972)
  • Several field trips to Angola between 1930 and 1972
  • Extent and type of legecy: slides, notebooks and other documents concerning Hermann Baumann's research in Angola in 1954; manuscripts concerning the history and ethnography of Angola
  • Accessibility: by means of a basic catalogue

Karl H. Bisping († 2007)

  • Lawyer
  • Extent and type of legacy: private archive on Africa with special reference  to Ghana consisting of books, posters, sound recordings and grey literature from the 1960s to the 1990s)
  • Accessibility: by means of a catalogue

Archive of the German Anthropological  Association (from 1946 ongoing)

  • Since the foundation of the GAA the files have not always been kept thoroughly, there are substantial gaps in the records
  • Extent and type of legacy: About 20 meters of shelving
  • Accessibility: The early decades are partly processed through an electronic database

Herta von Dechend (* 5.10.1915, † 23.4.2001)

  • Ethnologist and archaeological astronomer
  • High-school teacher at the Institut für Geschichte der Naturwissenschaften, Frankfurt/M. (1943-1980)
  • Extent and type of legacy: about forty removal boxes
  • Accessibility: partly processed in the form of an electronic database

Leo Frobenius (* Berlin 29.6.1873, † Biganzolo 9.8.1938)

  • Ethnologist, founder of the Africa Archive, 1889, and Director of the Research Institute for Cultural Morphology, 1926-1938
  • Extent and type of legacy: around 250 archive boxes containing diaries, draft manuscripts, lectures, notebooks and letters
  • Accessibility: mostly processed in the form of an electronic database

Eike Haberland (* 18.5.1924, † 6.6.1992)

  • Director of the Frobenius Institute from 1968 to 1992
  • Field trips between 1950 and 1992 in Ethiopia, New Guinea, Burkina Faso
  • Extent of legacy: 7 boxes containing letters, manuscripts, photographs, collections
  • Accessibility: mostly processed in the form of an electronic database

Karin Hahn-Hissink (* 4.11.1907, † 23.5.1981)

  • Acting Director of the Research Institute for Cultural Morphology, 1940-1945
  • Researcher at the Museum of Anthropology
  • Field trips between 1934 and 1963 (sometimes with Frobenius) to Transjordan, Libya, Bolivia, Mexico
  • Extent of legacy: eleven boxes with diaries, letters, manuscripts, personal documents, collections
  • Accessibility: mostly processed in the form of an electronic database

Adolf Ellegard Jensen (* 1.1.1899, † 20.5.1965)

  • Director of the Research Institute for Cultural Morphology, 1923-39; of the Frobenius Institute 1946-65
  • Field trips between 1928 and 1955 to South Africa, Libya, Ethiopia and the Moluccas
  • Extent and type of legacy: some fifty archive boxes containing correspondence, manuscripts, notebooks, diaries, drawings and sketches
  • Accessibility: mostly processed in the form of an electronic database

Friedrich Rudolf Lehmann (* 13.4.1887, † 12.6.1969)

  • Ethnology and religious studies scholar
  • Extent and type of legacy: seven boxes containing letters, manuscripts, notes, photographs, collections, cards, lectures
  • Accessibility: by means of a basic catalogue

Carola Lentz (* 21.4.1954)

Joachim Moebus (* 24.4.1928, † 4.4.2001)

  • Relligion studies scholar, sociologist, ethnologist
  • Professor at the Free University of Berlin (FB Philosophie und Sozialwissenschaften 1973-1976, FB Politik- und Sozialwissenschaften 1977-1993)
  • Extent and type of legacy: about ten archive boxes containing manuscripts of lectures and articles, notes and extracts
  • Accessibility: mostly processed in the form of an electronic database

Heiko Möhle (* 24.1.1962, † 14.10.2010)

  • Historian and activist
  • Coordinator of the SFB 520 "Umbrüche in afrikanischen Gesellschaften" (1999-2003), general manager Eine Welt Netzwerk Hamburg
  • Extent and type of legacy: about five metres of shelving with research documents on the colonial history of Cameroon and copies of historical documents from Cameroonian archves
  • Accessibility: this legacy has not yet been accessed
Carl August Schmitz (*4.8.1920, † 17.11.1966
  • Cultural anthropologist and director of the Frobenius Institute from 1966 to 1968
  • 1956-57 research in New Guinea, from 1960 curator und later director of the ethnographic museum in Basel
  • Extent and type of legacy: abouit 10 meter of files
  • Accessibility: this legacy has not yet been accessed

Rüdiger Schott (* 10.12.1927, † 7.12.2012)

  • Cultural anthropologist and folklorist
  • Professor at the University of Münster
  • Extended fieldeork starting from the 1960s in northern Ghana (Bulsa) and later in souther Burkina Faso (Lyela)
  • Extent and type of legacy: some 70 cartons containing research documents and field journals, about 18.000 slides hundreds of audio cassettes and a few Super 8-Films
  • Accessibility: this legacy has not yet been accessed

László Vajda (* Budapest 3.2.1923, † München 14.11.2010)

  • Cultural Anthropologist
  • Professor at the Ludwig-Maximilian University, Munich
  • Extent and type of legacy: Card file containing some 800.000 index cards about comparative mythology as well as a few unpublished documents
  • Accessibility: by means of an index list not yet digitized.

Administrative Archive of the Frobenius Institute (from March 1944 ongoing)

  • The Administrative Archive contains administrative files originating in the  Institute's secretariat or that were stored here. Other administrative documents were destroyed in an air raid on Frankfurt in March 1944.
  • Type of archive: correspondence, minutes, financial files, personnel files (restricted), etc.
  • Extent: around eight hundred 800 folders on an about 70 metres of shelving
  • Accessibility: There is a basic folder list. The Institute's cosrrespondence from 1944 to the 1970s has been accessed through electronic database

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Conditions and fees for ordering images

Handling fee for high resolution TIF or JPG files 
1 - 5 € 24,00
6 - 15 € 20,00
> 16 ask conditions
   
Production of a data DVD, including postage 
  - Germany €  7,00
  - Europe €  9,00
  - rest of the world € 11,00
   
Production of an interpositive as a master for scanning (applies only to FoA negatives not yet copied as an interpositive) 
  - negative sizes up to 9x12     € 24,00
  - negative size 13x18     € 36,00

 

Copyright fees

No copyright fees are normally imposed on materials supplied for scientific or educational uses. For any commercial uses, the net tariffs of VG-Bild-Kunst apply.

If any of our images are reproduced either in print form (book or article) or on storage media (CD, DVD, film), the user will provide the Frobenius Institute with a copy, unsolicited and free of charge.

 

For the photographic collection (index numbers FoA), please contact:

Peter Steigerwald

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Tel: +49 (0)69 798 33212

For the ethnographic pictorial archive and the rock art archive (index numbers EBA, FBA, KBA, PBA), please contact:

Dr. Richard Kuba

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Tel: +49 (0)69 798 33056

 

Ethnographic Collection

Dr. Holger Jebens is in charge of the ethnographic collection of the Frobenius-Institute. Today the collection consists of some 6,000 objects, mostly in the area of the day-to-day culture of African societies (ca. 5,300 objects).

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Regions that are strongly represented are Ethiopia (ca. 1,200), Burkina Faso (ca. 1,200), Nigeria (ca. 600), Ghana (ca. 400) and Togo (ca. 390). Thus the most extensive single collections come from the ethnic groups of the Hadiya (Seyfarth 1970), Lobi, Bobo and Bwaba (Schneider and Weingarten 1984, 1990), Kanuri, Guduf and Lamaang (Cyffer and Wolf 1969), Ashanti (Reis and Ritz 1984) and Bassar (Hahn 1988-89). Documentation of the ceramic production of these ethnic groups by the ethnographic collection of the Frobenius Institute is more complete than in the case of any other institution.

The holdings of the collection can be traced back above all to the collecting policy and scholarly interests of the fourth director of the Frobenius Institute, Eike Haberland. Research projects whose concern it was to understand and document African cultures, among other things by means of their material inventories, formed the context for the collection in many ways.

In recent years, the collection has been systematically increased by objects from Nigeria, Brazil, Indonesia and Papua New Guinea, which, in different ways, bear witness to local ways of confronting global transformation processes. Included in these objects are, among other things, a "Mercedes bed" and the inventory (enamel and plastic vessels, four-poster bed) of a "women's room", an Umbanda altar, a Harley Davidson made out of rattan, and a series of dance masks made partly out of "modern" materials.

In most cases the collectors are employees of the Institute and students who are dealing with different areas of "material culture" in their dissertations.

The collection is conceived as a study collection. Although the Frobenius Institute does not possess any exhibition space itself, attempts are being made to make the collection available to a wider public through special exhibitions and loans.

The collection is accessible to scholars and students in the first instance. Practicals can be conducted in accordance with interests and qualifications. Viewing and academic study are possible in consultation with the custodian of the collection.

 

Image database

At present nearly 110,000 pictures (photographs, watercolours, ink drawings etc.) are available for research. The pictures, which emerged between 1830 and 1964, show prehistoric rock drawings, portraits, landscapes, architecture and material culture. Most originate from research expeditions undertaken by colleagues of the Institute in the first half of the 20th century in Africa, Australia, Indonesia and South America.

Between 2006 and 2009, and with financial support from the German Research Partnership (DFG), the ethnographic picture archive and the rock art archive (altogether ca. 40,000 pictures) were extensively and systematically digitalised, and their contents widely examined.

Besides the picture archive, the digitization of a photo archive (with approximately 70,000 pictures) has been underway for some time through the Institute's photo department. Photos are being scanned using a small format for the photo catalogues. A detailed analysis of the contents of this collection has not yet been possible.

Both archives are accessible in our online picture database. We look forward to comments, critiques, or suggestions and will consider / respond to them as quickly as possible.

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Contact: Dr. Richard Kuba, Kuba[at]em.uni-frankfurt.de, phone: +49 (0)69 79833056

 

Here you can get assistance on how to use of the picture database, how to order a picture, and information on the DFG project "Digitalization and analysis of the ethnographic picture collection of the Frobenius Institute".

 

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