50 Years of Africana: Honoring the First 50 Years of the Melville J. Herskovits Library of African Studies and the 50th Anniversary of the First National Meeting of Africana Librarians on the Northwestern Campus

In 1948, Melville J. Herskovits, Professor of Anthropology, established the Program of African Studies at Northwestern. Integral to his vision for African studies at Northwestern was the most comprehensive library for the study of Africa anywhere in existence. The Africana collection at Northwestern University Library, formally established 50 years ago, and named after Melville Herskovits in 1970, celebrates not only the 50th anniversary of its opening but also the 50th anniversary of the first meeting of African studies librarians in the United States in the Deering Library, March 11 & 12, 1955. In honor of these two events, the Africana Librarians Council of the African Studies Association and the Cooperative Africana Microform Project are holding meetings at Northwestern, May 5-7. This exhibit presents selections from the Herskovits Library’s collections and the works of Melville and Frances Herskovits.


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Last reviewed: August 31, 2007

Melville J. Herskovits
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