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

Title of Collection Span Dates # of Boxes
Abdullah Abdurahman Family Papers 1906-1962
7
African Studies Association Papers 1957-1980
50
*Africana Curriculum Project Records 1965-1968
17
American Committee to Keep Biafra Alive Records 1966-1980
2
Vernon Anderson Papers 1921-1980
2
Claude Barnett Research Collection 1950-1970
41
Black Sash Papers 1928-1963
4
*Dennis Brutus Defense Committee Records 1963-1983
4
*Dennis Brutus Papers 1946-1977
8
*Gwendolen M. Carter Papers (82 Scrapbooks) 1915-1977
180
Clignet-Swegen African Data Printouts 1965-1975
35
*Economic Survey of Liberia Records 1956-1962
8
Alexander Hepple Papers 1937-1964
15
*Melville J. Herskovits Biographical Materials 1920-1996
1
*Melville J. Herskovits Papers 1906-1963
187
International Journal of African Historical Studies editorial records, ca. 1968 - ca. 1978 1968-1978
27
*David Jolly Papers 1945-1966
2
Leo Kuper Papers 1952-1966
21
William B. Lloyd Jr. Papers 1942-1983
7
Vernon McKay Papers - Note: NU users also can login to the Repository and search for "McKay" to see the images associated with this collection. 1935-1977
121
Simon Ottenberg Papers 1950-2000
35+1 folio
*Program of African Studies Records 1955-1983
25
*Program of African Studies - Seminar on Africa, Seminar Records 1949-1958
1
Edward Roux Clipping Scrapbook Collection 1941-1964
4
Lavinia Scott Papers 1930-1959
4
Toward Freedom Newsletter Records 1937-1975
7
Lorenzo Dow Turner Papers 1913-1973
52 (9 RCS, 1 DF)
Jan Vansina Papers 1718-2010
136

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