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Records of the Africana Library

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Identifier: 9/1/15

Melville J. Herskovits (1895-1963) Papers

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Identifier: 35/6
Abstract Anthropologist Melville Jean Herskovits presided over the creation of the department of anthropology at Northwestern University in 1938. In 1961, Northwestern appointed Herskovits to the Chair of African Studies, the first such position in the United States. The Melville J. Herskovits Papers document Herskovits' career during a period of very rapid growth of both anthropology and African studies. The bulk of the collection consists of professional correspondence and manuscripts of publications,...

Interdepartmental Seminar on Africa. Seminar Reports

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Identifier: 35/27
Abstract The Reports, which fill one box and span the years 1949-1958, record meetings of the Interdepartmental Seminar on Africa (known briefly in 1951 as the Seminar on Modern Africa and in 1955 as the Interdepartmental Seminar on Contemporary Africa). Topics include those dealing with Africa as a whole, and with specific issues such as geography, colonialism, economics, urban development, education, science and religion.

Vernon McKay (1912-1988) Papers

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Identifier: 008
Abstract Fundamentally a research file, the collection mainly consists of printed materials, government documents, seminar papers, research data, reports, broadsides, and newsclippings collected by McKay during his career as a scholar, teacher, administrator, and employee of the United States Department of State.

Alexander Nekam (1905-1982) Papers

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Identifier: 17/3
Abstract Alexander Nekam was a professor of law at Northwestern University from 1957 until his retirement in 1974. His main research interests were the emergence and development of the conflicts-of-law approach, conflicts sensitivities in African customary law, and the emotional basis of legal values. He twice received grants to do field work in East Africa. The Alexander Nekam Papers consist of course materials, which include syllabi, outlines, reading notes and other items relating to African and...

Program of African Studies Lecture Series Audiotapes

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Identifier: 75/35/1
Abstract The Northwestern University Archives’ audiotapes from Program of African Studies lectures date from the period 1965-1974. They include recordings from the Monday Night Lecture Series, which sponsored speakers to visit Northwestern’s Africa House and speak on some topic relating to Africa. Speakers ranged from academics to political figures to authors and artists and included members of Northwestern faculty and staff as well as faculty from other major universities and colleges around the world....

Program of African Studies Records

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Identifier: 35/13
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,...