The E.H. Duckworth Photographic Archive, containing more than 5,000 photos documenting Nigerian life in the decades just before independence, has been acquired by Northwestern University Library’s Melville J. Herskovits Library of African Studies. A British civil servant, Duckworth spent more than 20 years in Nigeria, where he was editor of and frequently a photographer for The Nigeria Magazine, which was founded to promote Nigerian national identity. His papers are now housed in the Bodleian Library of Commonwealth and African Studies at Rhodes House, Oxford, but the photographs—plus several hundred glass lantern slides and thousands of original negatives—have spent most of the past 40 years packed up in the travelling trunks in which Duckworth shipped them back to England. The archive complements other colonial African photo collections in the Herskovits Library—notably the Winterton Collection of East African Photographs—in that it records images intended for an African, rather than colonial, audience.
FROM: College & Research Libraries News vol. 71, no. 6 (June 2010): 333.