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Abstract Biographical materials relating to Melville J. Herskovits fill one archival box and include obituaries, news clippings, Northwestern news releases, correspondence pertaining to university matters, Northwestern faculty information, conference programs, a statement Herskovits gave before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee (for the report, drafts, and research materials, see series 35/6, box 99-102), and reprints of Herskovits' scholarly articles. The material is arranged in chronological...
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,...
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,...