Primary Source Report- CJ

  1. Ota Bengi
    1. Bain News Service, Ota Bengi, between ca.  and 1916 1915, 1 negative : glass ;, 5 x 7 in. or smaller., between ca.  and 1916 1915, Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA,
    1. This is a photo of Otabenga standing in front of a tree holding a baby chimpanzee and a walking stick taken in the Zoo. An analysis of this photos will illicit valuable insights regarding the gaze with which he was looked upon at the zoo. This is will also provide a more visual context of what her looked like.
    1. race, colonization, african american, global
  • Map of the Bronx Zoo in 1907
    • This is a map of the zoo as it was when Otabenga was held there. This map will contribute to an understanding of what the zoo was like at the time. This image opens the possibility to do a comparison of the experience of being on the grounds then and now as I address legacy and afterlife in the conclusion of my piece.
    • race, colonization, african american, global
  • Zoological Society Bulletin
    • This is a monthly bulletin released by the zoo. This section was written by Hornaday, the founder and director of the Bronx Zoo. This section alerts readers to Otabenga’s exhibit. Providing a description of him alongside the other zoological animals. A textual analysis of his characterization of Otabenga could provide insights into Hornaday’s feelings regarding the exhibition of a person.
    • race, colonization, african american, global
  • Letter to Samuel Verner
    • The is a letter from William Hornaday to Samuel Verner requesting that he come pick up Otabenga. He describes Otabenga has being increasingly unmanageable and dangerous and the public as increasingly fussy regarding the exhibit. A textual analysis of these letter can provide a better sense of how Hornaday was reacting to the negative press surrounding the exhibit.
    • race, colonization, african american, global
  • The African Pygmies
    • Samuel Verner, Otabenga’s trafficker, wrote about often travels to the Congo and the time he has spent with ‘African Pygmies’ in popular magazines. This piece will offer valuable insights into how the people of the congo were regarded by Verner and readers of the various magazines he was published in.
    • race, colonization, african american, global