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Archival and Manuscript Collections

Archival and manuscript collections in the Herskovits Library include personal papers, photographs, records and microforms. See guidelines for accessing our rare and archival materials.

Collections are housed in the Herskovits Library and Northwestern University Archives. 

Collections in Herskovits Library

Collection Date Range Boxes
Abdullah Abdurahman Family Papers (See collection details) 1906-62 7
African Studies Association Papers 1957-80 50
American Committee to Keep Biafra Alive Records 1966-80 2
Vernon Anderson Papers (See collection details) 1921-80 2
Claude Barnett Research Collection (See collection details) 1950-70 41
Black Sash Papers (See collection details) 1928-63 4
Clignet-Sween African Data Printouts (See collection details) 1965-75 35
Alexander Hepple Papers (See collection details) 1937-64 15
International Journal of African Historical Studies Editorial Records (See collection details) 1968-78 27
Leo Kuper Papers (See collection details) 1952-66 21
Economic Survey of Liberia Records (See collection details) 1956-62 8
Legal Survey of Liberia Records 1
William B. Lloyd Jr. Records (See collection details) 1942-83 7
Vernon McKay Papers (See collection details or view in Image Repository) 1935-77 121
Simon Ottenberg Papers (See collection details) 1950-2000 35, 1 folio
Edward Roux Clipping Scrapbook Collection 1941-64 4
Lavinia Scott Papers (See collection details) 1930-59 4
Toward Freedom Newsletter Records (See collection details) 1937-75 7
Lorenzo Dow Turner Papers (See collection details) 1915-73 52
Jan Vansina Papers (See collection details) 1718-2010 136

Collections in University Archives

Contact University Archives for access to the collections listed below. 847-491-3136 or archives@northwestern.edu.

Collection Date Range Boxes
Africana Curriculum Project Records (See collection details) 1965-68 17
Dennis Brutus Defense Committee Records (See collection details) 1963-83 4
Dennis Brutus Papers (See collection details) 1960-84 41
Gwendolen M. Carter Papers (See collection details) 1915-91 180
Economic Survey of Liberia Records 1956-62 8
Melville J. Herskovits Biographical Materials (See collection details) 1920-96 1
Melville J. Herskovits Papers (See collection details) 1906-63 172
David Jolly Papers (See collection details) 1945-66 2
Program of African Studies Records (See collection details) 1955-83 60
Program of African Studies Interdepartmental Seminar on Africa Records (See collection details) 1949-58 1
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