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Records contain curriculum outlines, correspondence, drafts of working papers presented for the Africana Curriculum Project.
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
Northwestern University's Program of African Studies, founded in 1948, was the first program on Africa in the nation and the first multidisciplinary program at Northwestern. Developed by anthropologist Melville J. Herskovits to train a corps of scholars maintaining African interests across disciplinary lines, the Program grew to include core and associated faculty from such diverse disciplines as African-American studies, art