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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 owned by the Herskovits Library and the McCormick Library of Special Collections and University Archives, as indicated below.
 
For Herskovits Library collections, please contact us before your visit at 847-467-3084 or africana@northwestern.edu. Requests are filled within 1 to 2 business days.

Collections in Herskovits Library

Collection Date Range Boxes
Abdullah Abdurahman Family Papers (See collection details) 1906-62 7
African American Institute Records (See collection details) 1982-85 7
African Studies Association Papers (See collection details) 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
Joseph E. Harris Papers (See collection details) 1929-2016 255
Alexander Hepple Papers (See collection details) 1937-64 15
The Polly Hill Papers (See collection details) 1921-89 26
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
Slides of Africa from the University of Wisconsin--Madison (See collection details) 1960-2000 99
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 the McCormick Library of Special Collections and University Archives

Contact the McCormick Library for access to the collections listed below at 847-491-3635 or specialcollections@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
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

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Program of African Studies Lecture Series Audiotapes (See collection details) 1965-78

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