One hallmark of the American experience captured in the Museum's collections is the nation's broad diversity of religious faiths. Artifacts range from Thomas Jefferson's Bible to a huge "Sunstone" sculpture carved for a Mormon temple in Illinois in 1844 to a household shrine from the home of a Pueblo Indian in the 1990s. Furniture, musical instruments, clothing, cooking ware, and thousands of prints and figures in the collections have all played roles in the religious lives of Americans. The most comprehensive collections include artifacts from Jewish and Christian European Americans, Catholic Latinos, Protestant Arab Americans, Buddhist and Christian Asian Pacific Americans, and Protestant African Americans. One notable group is the Vidal Collection of carved figures known as santos and other folk religious material from the practice of Santeria in Puerto Rico.
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- Eleanor Dickinson, artist, produced several exhibits as well as a book on Pentecostal worship in the South entitled "Revival!" She documented Pentecostal and Baptist ceremonies using videotape, audiotape, line drawings and velvet painting.
- Videotapes of Pentecostal ceremonies, such as snake handling, laying on of hands, baptisms, foot washing, casting out of devils, dancing in ecstasy; a video interview with Brother Harrison Mayes at his home in Middleburg, Kentucky; and an audiotape of revival meetings.
- Videotape # 1: Ampex U-Matic cassette: Interview with Brother Harrison Mayes, 1977, copy recorded 4/5/86?
- Videotape # 3 : "Revival," 1977, a recording in 3 sections: (1) serpent handlers, 30 min.; (2) healing and casting out devils, 20 min.; (3) Appalachian music, 10 min.
- Audiotape : 7" open reel, 1800 ft., 1-7/8 IPS, 6 hrs. playing time, quarter track stereo. 100 selections from tapes of Suthern Pentecostal and Baptist revival meetings in eastern Tennessee, eastern Kentucky, and West Virginia, 1968-1973.
- Cite as
- Eleanor Dickinson Pentecostal Videotape and Audiotape Collection, 1967-1977, Archives Center, National Museum of American History. Gift of the artist
- Dickinson, Eleanor 1931-
- Mayes, Harrison
- Community Life, Div. of, NMAH, SI
- Data Source
- Archives Center - NMAH