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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