Africana Archival collections

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Photo by Andrew Campbell
[Hon. Miss Susan E. Hicks-Beach album from the Winterton Collection of East African photographs]

Archival and manuscript collections in the Herskovits Library include personal papers, photographs, records, and microforms.

Please note that languages books, vertical file, rare books, posters archival and manuscript materials and photographs are available for consultation Monday-Friday, 8:30am – 4:45pm only.  Advance appointments, especially for those using these resources for the first time, are strongly encouraged.

View our guidelines for use of Africana special materials

Manuscript Collections
Collection Number Title of Collection Span Dates # of Boxes
Africana Manuscripts 1 Abdullah Abdurahman Family Papers 1906-1962
7
Africana Manuscripts 2 Alexander Hepple Papers 1937-1964
15
Africana Manuscripts 3 Vernon Anderson Papers 1921-1980
2
Africana Manuscripts 4 Leo Kuper Papers 1952-1966
21
Africana Manuscripts 5 Lavinia Scott Papers 1930-1959
4
*Africana Manuscripts 6 Melville J. Herskovits Papers 1906-1963
187
*Africana Manuscripts 6/1 Melville J. Herskovits Biographical Materials 1920-1996
1
Africana Manuscripts 7 African Studies Association Papers 1957-1980
50
Africana Manuscripts 8 Vernon McKay Papers 1935-1977
121
Africana Manuscripts 9 Claude Barnett Research Collection 1950-1970
41
*Africana Manuscripts 10 Gwendolen M. Carter Papers (82 Scrapbooks) 1915-1977
180
*Africana Manuscripts 11 Africana Curriculum Project Records 1965-1968
17
Africana Manuscripts 12 Clignet-Swegen African Data Printouts 1965-1975
35
*Africana Manuscripts 13 Program of African Studies Records 1955-1983
25
Africana Manuscripts 14 American Committee to Keep Biafra Alive Records 1966-1980
2
Africana Manuscripts 15 Black Sash Papers 1928-1963
4
Africana Manuscripts 16 (Vacant)    
*Africana Manuscripts 17 Dennis Brutus Papers 1946-1977
8
Africana Manuscripts 18 (Vacant)    
*Africana Manuscripts 19 Economic Survey of Liberia Records 1956-1962
8
*Africana Manuscripts 20 David Jolly Papers 1945-1966
2
Africana Manuscripts 21 Edward Roux Clipping Scrapbook Collection 1941-1964
4
Africana Manuscripts 22 Toward Freedom Newsletter Records 1937-1975
7
Africana Manuscripts 23 Lorenzo D. Turner Papers 1913-1973
52 (9 RCS, 1 DF)
Africana Manuscripts 24 William B. Lloyd Jr. Papers 1942-1983
7
Africana Manuscripts 25 International Journal of African Historical Studies 1968-1978
27
*Africana Manuscripts 26 Dennis Brutus Defense Committee Records 1963-1983
4
*Africana Manuscripts 27 Program of African Studies - Seminar on Africa, Seminar Records 1949-1958
1
Africana Manuscripts 28 (Vacant)    
Africana Manuscripts 29 Simon Ottenberg Papers 1950-2000 35+1 folio

* Collections held by the Northwestern University Archives; all remaining collections are held by the Melville J. Herskovits Library of African Studies.