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    The Arctic Circle records 1967-1987
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    Arctic Circle (Gallery: Los Angeles, Calif.)
    The Arctic Circle records 1967-1987
    Phy. Description: 
    1.6 linear feet
    624 photographic slides
    152 photographic prints
    Digital Reference: 
    Finding Aid
    Bio / His Notes: 
    The Arctic Circle was founded in Los Angeles in 1970 as a private art gallery devoted entirely to the exhibition and sale of scuplture and graphicarts by Inuit artists of the Canadian Arctic. The gallery was created and founded by Bert and Ellen Witt and run out of their home on North La Jolla Avenue in Los Angeles, California. Between 1970 and the late 1980's approximately six to eight exhibitions were mounted on themes illustrative of Native life in the Canadian Arctic. Bert Witt, sometimes accompanied by his wife Ellen and son Tony, traveled extensively in the Canadian Arctic where he visited many Inuit communities and formed personal aquaintances with native artists. Through the Artic Circle, Witt supported the Arctic co-operative movement by purchasing art through co-ops in each settlement he visited or through the co-op distribution points for the Northwest Territories and Arctic Quebec.
    The Arctic Circle records include materials gathered by Bert and Ellen Witt for their private gallery of Inuit art, The Arctic Circle. These materials include, information about Native artists such as George Arluk, Karoo Ashevak, Peter Pitseolk and Pudlo Pudlat, which is organized by community; reference material organized topically; slides from the gallery's annual print collections as well as photographs of scupltures and textiles displayed in the gallery. Much of the reference material used by the gallery pertains to native communities in the Nunavet Territory of Canada, such as Cape Dorset and Baker Lake as well as other small communities throughout the Northwest Territiories. Additionally photographs taken by Bert and Ellen Witt's son Tony during a trip to Canada in 1973 are included in this collection.
    This collection is arranged into three series: Series 1: Papers, 1971-1980, Series 2: Reference Materials, 1967-1987, Subseries 2A: Artists Listed by Community, 1971-1984, undated, Subseries 2B: Reference Library, 1967-1987, undated, Series 3: Photographs, 1971-1987, Subseries 3A: Gallery Objects, 1979-1987, Subseries 3B: Witt Family Arctic Trip, 1973, Subseries 3C: Other Photos, 1971, 1975
    Donated by Bert and Ellen Witt in 2001. An additional three photographs were donated by Bert Witt in 2004.
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    Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Collection Title, Box and Folder Number; National Museum of the American Indian Archive Center, Smithsonian Institution.
    Researchers must contact the NMAI Archives for an appointment to access the collection. Contact information below.
    Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. Permission to publish or broadbast materials from the collection must be requested from National Museum of the American Indian Archive Center. Please submit a written request to
    Inuit (Canadian Eskimo)
    Art galleries, Commercial -- California -- Los Angeles
    Inuit art -- 20th century -- Exhibitions.
    Subject - Geographical: 
    Arctic regions -- Photographs
    Baker Lake (Nunavut)
    Cape Dorset (Nunavut)
    Arluk, George, 1949-
    Ashevak, Karoo, 1940-
    Pitseolak, Peter, 1902-1973
    Pudlo, 1916-1992
    Arctic Circle (Gallery: Los Angeles, Calif.)
    Form / Genre: 
    Slides (photographs)
    Repository Loc: 
    National Museum of the American Indian Archives, Cultural Resources Center, 4220 Silver Hill Road, Suitland, Maryland 20746. (tel: 301-238-1400, fax: 301-238-3038, email:
    Local Number: 
    Witt, Bert
    Witt, Ellen 1917-2007
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