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Melville J. Herskovits (1895-1963) Papers, 1906-1963

Melville J. Herkovits was a pioneer anthropologist and Africanist. Although much of Herskovits’ early work with "New World" (the Americas) cultures focused on the survival of African culture traits, he first studied an African culture in 1931. The Herskovits’ expedition to West Africa was based in Dahomey, with additional work carried out in the Gold Coast and Nigeria. He presided

Melville J. Herskovits Pamphlet Collection

Melville J. Herkovits was a pioneer anthropologist and Africanist and a Professor of Sociology (1927-38) and of Anthropology (1938-61) at Northwestern University. From 1961 through 1963, he held Northwestern’s Chair of African Studies, the first such position in the United States.