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Eichberger East African Art Collection

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Abstract

Scope and Contents

Biographical Note

Administrative Information

Detailed Description

Eichberger Slides

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Box 3

Box 4

Box 5

Box 6

Box 7

Box 8

Box 9

Box 10

Box 11

Folders 1-24

Folders 1-6

Box 14

Box 15

Box 16

Item 05

Item 58

Item 67

Item 68

Item 69

Item 74

Item 75

Item 91

Item 92

Item 93

Eichberger - East African Art - Electronic Records



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Collection Overview

Title: Eichberger East African Art CollectionAdd to your cart.View associated digital content.

ID: MS/88

Primary Creator: Eichberger, Willis George (1912-1996)

Extent: 20.0 Cubic Feet

Date Acquired: 05/03/2007. More info below under Accruals.

Subjects: bible, Ethiopic language, ge'ez, masks

Languages: English, Amharic, Geez

Abstract

The Eichberger East African Art Collection is over 130 items, mostly from the tourist trade, that were collected in Africa during the 1960's to the 1970s.

Scope and Contents of the Materials

Willis George Eichberger was born in Nebraska in 1912 and died in Texas in 1996.  He attended the University of Nebraska and Iowa State University earning degrees in Agricultural Economics and a PhD in Economics.  He had a long career with the federal government working with the Department of Health, Education and Welfare, ultimately becoming Deputy Chief Economist for HEW.  While there he established the National Economics Division for Water Safety and Pollution.  In the 1960’s he joined the State Department and travelled to East Africa, where he lived for ten years in Ghana West Africa and Ethiopia.  After he retired in 1972, he lived briefly in Valdosta, Georgia, before finally moving to Texas, his last residence.  His wife was Gretchen Eichberger, who predeceased him in 1993; the Eichbergers had two children: a daughter, Erma Cunningham, and a son, Robert Eichberger.  The Eichberger children have added to the additional collection. 

The collection includes wooden masks, carved figures, and wooden tools and implements. It also includes jewelry, leather goods, and textiles.  One of the highlights is the medieval Geeze chant book, written on parchment with wooden covers in a leather case.  There is a small collection of metal coptic crosses as well as framed drawings and paintings. Hundreds of images are also part of this collection, as well as two boxes of printed materials from Ethopia.

Collection Historical Note

Willis George Eichberger was born in Nebraska in 1912 and died in Texas in 1996.  He attended the University of Nebraska and Iowa State University earning degrees in Agricultural Economics and a PhD in Economics.  He had a long career with the federal government working with the Department of Health, Education and Welfare, ultimately becoming Deputy Chief Economist for HEW.  While there he established the National Economics Division for Water Safety and Pollution.  In the 1960’s he joined the State Department and travelled to East Africa, where he lived for ten years in Ghana West Africa and Ethiopia.  After he retired in 1972, he lived briefly in Valdosta, Georgia, before finally moving to Texas, his last residence.  His wife was Gretchen Eichberger, who predeceased him in 1993; the Eichbergers had two children: a daughter, Erma Cunningham, and a son, Robert Eichberger.  The Eichberger children have added to the additional collection.

Biographical Note

Willis George Eichberger, was born in Foster, NE on 8 Nov.

1912. He graduated from high school in Plainview, NE. He attended the

Univ. of NE and graduated in 1940 with B.Sc. degree.

He taught high school in Verdigre, NE from 1940-1947. He worked for the

U.S. Bureau of Reclamation in Ainsworth, NE from 1947-1953. At that

time, he decided to return to college for his Master’s degree. He

graduated for the Univ. of NE in 1954 with an MA degree. He then

attended Iowa State College (now IA State Univ.) at Ames, IA graduating

with a Ph.D. in economics in 1956.

Subsequently he was employed by the USDA in Little Rock, AR and the

Public Health Service in Atlanta, GA and Wash., DC. While in that

capacity, they went to Accra, Ghana, Africa on a United Nations

Study Commission team in 1962 for 3 months. Upon their return, he

applied for employment with the State Dept., Foreign Service section.

He

was accepted and they went to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia for the next

10 years. While in that job, he was the Deputy Director for U.S. AID

(Agency for International Development).

While they were stationed in Africa, they traveled extensively in

Ghana,

Kenya, Ethiopia and other parts of both eastern and western Africa.

The Eichbergers were married on 24 April 1937 in Lincoln, NE. They were

married for 56 years.  Gretchen Merting of Lincoln, NE, died

in 1993 in Baytown, TX. Willis George Eichberger passed away in 1996 in Baytown, TX.

They had two children. A son, Robert was born in 1938, was a career

officer retiring from the US Air Force in 1980. He currently resides

with his wife in Tucson, AZ. A daughter, Erma, born in 1939, was an

executive secretary for many years and currently resides with her

husband in Baytown, TX.

The Eichbergers were residents of Valdosta from 1974 until 1992.

Subject/Index Terms

bible
Ethiopic language
ge'ez
masks

Administrative Information

Repository: Valdosta State University Archives and Special Collections

Accruals: Other items in this collection donated later by son and daughter.  No deed of gift.  Handled by mail.  Gave slides and jewelry and carvings and other items.

Acquisition Source: Blake Pearce

Acquisition Method: Deed of Gift

Appraisal Information: Eichberger East African Art Collection

Related Materials: For more information please see http://archives.valdosta.edu/eichberger/.


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[Series 1: Eichberger Slides, 1960s],
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[Box 2],
[Box 3],
[Box 4],
[Box 5],
[Box 6],
[Box 7],
[Box 8],
[Box 9],
[Box 10],
[Box 11],
[Box 12: Folders 1-24],
[Box 13: Folders 1-6],
[Box 14],
[Box 15],
[Box 16],
[Item 05],
[Item 58],
[Item 67],
[Item 68],
[Item 69],
[Item 74],
[Item 75],
[Item 91],
[Item 92],
[Item 93],
[Electronic Records 1: Eichberger - East African Art - Electronic Records],
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Series 1: Eichberger Slides, 1960sAdd to your cart.View associated digital content.
Large collection of color slides taken by Eichberger in East Africa in the 1960s and 1970s.
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[Box 9],
[Box 10],
[Box 11],
[Box 12: Folders 1-24],
[Box 13: Folders 1-6],
[Box 14],
[Box 15],
[Box 16],
[Item 05],
[Item 58],
[Item 67],
[Item 68],
[Item 69],
[Item 74],
[Item 75],
[Item 91],
[Item 92],
[Item 93],
[Electronic Records 1: Eichberger - East African Art - Electronic Records],
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