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Program of African Studies Records

 Collection
Identifier: 35/13

  • Staff Only
The Program of African Studies Records consist of correspondence, memos, proposals, reports, and related administrative material pertaining to the organization, special projects, and routine activities of the Program of African Studies Office. The files date mainly from the late 1960's and early 1970's.

Dates

  • 1955-1991

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

The administrative records (Boxes 26-41) may be used only with permission of the University Archivist.

This collection is stored off-site and requires 48 hours advance notice for retrieval. Please contact the Northwestern University Archives at archives@northwestern.edu or 847-491-3136 for more information or to schedule an appointment to view the collection.

Extent

60.00 Boxes

Abstract

Northwestern University's Program of African Studies, founded in 1948, was the first program on Africa in the nation and the first multidisciplinary program at Northwestern. Developed by anthropologist Melville J. Herskovits to train a corps of scholars maintaining African interests across disciplinary lines, the Program grew to include core and associated faculty from such diverse disciplines as African-American studies, art history, history and literature of religions, law, management, medicine, music, and technology, as well as anthropology, history, political science, and sociology.
The addition to the Records of the Program of African Studies fills thirty-one boxes and spans the period 1960-1981.

Arrangement Note

The files are arranged alphabetically by subject, and fill 25 boxes. Many of the larger subject files, especially those consisting primarily of correspondence, are organized chronologically.

Method of Acquisition

Most of the Program of African Studies Records were transferred to the Melville J. Herskovits Library of African Studies from the Program offices around 1974. Additional material was added after being separated from the Herskovits and Carter Papers.

Addition The Program of African Studies records were transferred to the University Archives in three separate accessions. The bulk of the records, consisting of forty-eight archival boxes, were received on June 10, 1985 from the Program of African Studies via Hans Panofsky, Curator of the Melville J. Herskovits Library of African Studies (Accession #83-160). The two other accessions were received on November 9, 1983 (Accession #83-160) and February 2, 1984 (Accession #84-27) and were comprised of five archival boxes and two folders, respectively. Both were transferred to the University Archives by the Herskovits Library.

Addition 2 The addition to the Records of the Program of African Studies were transferred to the University Archives by the Africana Library on November 9, 1983, as Accession # 83-160.

Related Materials

Additional material pertaining to the Program of African Studies may be found in the papers of the Program's first two directors, Melville J. Herskovits and Gwendolen M. Carter. The Herskovits Papers are especially valuable, as they document the founding of the Program and its early years.

Separated Materials

One inch of duplicates were discarded.

Addition 2 Four inches of duplicate and extraneous material were discarded.

Processing Information

Lisa B. Williams, July 1982

Addition Jyotika Virdi and Timothy J. Waltz; June-November, 1990.

Addition 2 Rehana Khan, Summer 2006.

Scanned and Reformatted by: Francine Keyes, February 2005
Title
Guide to the Program of African Studies Records
Author
Lisa B. Williams
Date
01/07/1982
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Repository Details

Part of the Northwestern University Archives Repository

Contact:
Deering Library, Room 110
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