Ile Ife Films, Inc.

Detail of a mural in Ile Ife Park, Village of the Arts, Philadelphia
The Ile Ife Black Humanitarian Center for the Arts & Humanities

The original home of
The Arthur Hall Collection
Now a special collection in the Temple University Libraries
And supporting African and African American projects in the arts as

A 501(c)(3) arts organization incorporated in 1995
Founded by

Arthur Hall
(1934 - 2000)

Arthur Hall
BBWms photo (1977)

Arthur Hall
The Legacy

Arthur was an original genius.
Whatever this collection will be,
it will serve to show those young people
coming through just the kind of heritage
they have before them.

Historical Marker at 2544 Germantown Avenue in Philadelphia

The Arthur Hall Collection
Original materials in The Arthur Hall Collection
have been moved to the
Special Collections Research Center
Temple University Libraries
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

The SCRC was closed in March 2020 due to the Corona Virus Pandemic.
Acquisition of the collection is scheduled to resume in September 2021.

As materials in the collection become accessible through the SCRC
links will be provided on this website.

Moving the Arthur Hall Collection from Maine to Philadelphia (video)

Duplicate digital copies of the films and videos in the collection, including digital
Preservation Masters, are also maintained in a geographically remote location by
Ile Ife Films in Maine.

Arthur Hall & Bruce Williams at Woodland Camps, Belgrade Lakes, Maine
during the production of Snake Dance Teacher Dance (1977)

Ile Ife Films channels posted online
(with some overlaps)
Arthur Hall Collection Films and Videos (28 videos)
Abbott Meader Collection Films (22 videos)
Bruce Williams Collection Films and Videos (26 videos)
Arthur Hall Collection Interviews and Oral Histories (18 videos)
Arthur Hall Collection Archive of Videotapes (43 videos)

The Durbar for the Asantehene - the King of the Ashanti Nation in Ghana
Arthur Hall (Nana Afo) in the center flanked by Elizabeth Roberts and
Nana Korantemaa Ayeboafo and other members the Afro-American Dance Ensemble
who were the invited guests of the Ghanaian Ambassador to the USA.

History of Ile Ife Films, Directors, Reports, Contact
Composite Fiancial Statement, 2008 - 2019
2018 Annual Report / 2019 Annual Report / 2020 Annual Report

Elizabeth Roberts

Elizabeth Roberts was an original member of the Afro-American Dance Ensemble.
She created most of the costumes for the company, and before her passing,
donated over 4,300 color slides to the Arthur Hall Collection
all of which are now in the SCRC in Philadelphia.

The River Spirit and the Mermaid (1989)
By Barbara Bullock (Private Collection)

Africa in the Arts of Philadelphia
Bullock, Searles, and Twins Seven-Seven

February 2, 2020 - May 7, 2020
Woodmere Art Museum
9201 Germantown Avenue
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

See especially the Digital Catalogue, which draws from materials in the
Arthur Hall Collection and includes an interview with Karen Warrington.

Dancers Ione Nash and Betty Alridge

Arthur Hall Obatala
by Bruce Williams et al (2018 digital video, 20:00)
Composed from 16mm and 8mm film and videotapes preserved with digital masters for
the Arthur Hall Collection by Ile Ife Films, the footage spans 23 years, from
Ray Hartung's ILE IFE House of Love (1973)
to the ILE IFE Philadelphia Maine concerts (1995).
This 2018 "Winter Solstice Iteration" premiered at the
University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology,
December 8, 2018.

Ruth Mills and Barbara Kinney perform Obatala for the filming of
ILE IFE (House of Love)
by Ray Hartung et al (1973, 16mm, 25:23)

What Arthur Hall does may be called dance,
but it is also a kind of culture‐making
rarely seen and sorely needed.

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Dance Conga with Arthur Hall and Penny Vaden.
"... she was a principal dancer along with Karen, Carol, and Vangie,
when I first came to the center in 1968. Her mate was George Cannon, a man of small
stature, but he was a Master on the Bata Drums. They are both deceased, but I can
still see him in my mind's eye, drumming along with Farel, James Corry, Bobby Artis,
Jojo on cowbell, and Obaka on shekere," writes Barbara Kinney. (April 2018)

The Arthur Hall Afro American Dance Ensemble Alumni

Arthur Hall Collection Finding Aid
with a link to the AHC moving image database

More Arthur Hall Collection Materials

More about ILE IFE Films
Early web pages
History - Mission Statement - 2018 Annual Report
Digital Archive Project
November 2011

Archive of original 35mm color slides by Ken Abendschein
now in the SCRC, Temple University Libraries
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Arthur Hall Collection Photo Albums on Facebook

Honor Roll of Donors and Contributors
Index of subdirectories | Bibliography

IFA Board

Contact us

Last Updated
October 2021

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A new counter was started 9/22/2007 with 32,831 visits through 1/6/2020
when we stopped counting.

The original website was rescued by webmaster James Williams in 2001
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