Photographs, 1968-2021

Scope and content:

Series contains photographs in a variety of formats, including negatives, slides, and prints, as well as digital scans of images created by Celeste and Reggie Hodges. Photographs were taken by the Hodges in Sierra Leone, largely in the late 1960s through the mid-1970s. Images depict artwork, carvings, beading, cloth-making and patterns, hairstyles, architecture, and local culture and fashion in upcountry villages near Freetown. There are also images documenting medical care, fishing and agriculture, sacred rituals and community ceremonies, educational facilities and practices, and local community leaders and chiefs. There are many portraits, some which have names included. The Hodges note that "Sierra Leone has a rich culture of devil masquerades. We included photos of these devils: Bundu, Falui, Gbeni, Goboi, Nafoli, and Rainbow."


There is 1 box and 1 oversize folder of physical photographs, which exist as prints, slides, or negatives. All photographs have been titled and numbered by the Hodges. Refer to the Container Instances to find which format exists for each title and locate the image in the box (or oversize folder).


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Access note. Some materials in this collection are electronic records that may need to be reformatted. Access copies of electronic records require special equipment. Contact Research Services for access.

Access restricted. Original negatives are closed to use except by curator permission. All original negatives have been scanned and digital access copies are available for request.

Access note. Collection contains fragile audiovisual formats which may need to be reformatted before use. Contact Research Services for access.

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