Melville J. and Frances S. Herskovits photograph collection.

Collection Data

Melville J. and Frances S. Herskovits photograph collection.
Herskovits, Frances S. (Frances Shapiro), 1897-1972 (Collector)
Herskovits, Melville J. (Melville Jean), 1895-1963 (Collector)
Dates / Origin
Date Created: 1860 - 1960 (approximate)
Library locations
Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Photographs and Prints Division
Shelf locator: Sc Photo Meville J. and Frances S. Herskovits Collection
Visual anthropology
Content : The Melville J. and Frances S. Herskovits Photograph Collection consists of some personal photographs and documentation of Melville's professional activities.

Biographical/historical: Melville J. Herskovits, anthropologist and Africanist, was the founder of the first African Studies Program in the United States established at Northwestern University in 1948. Frances S. Herskovits, who taught African Literature, was also a close collaborator of her husband's. She accompanied Melville on many of his field trips and obtained data on the women, art, and religion of various cultures
Physical Description
Extent: Ca. 2217 items (6.5 lin. ft., 15 boxes); 652 photographic prints : silver gelatin, b ; 30 x 38 cm. and smaller ; 960 photographic prints : b and col. ; 26 x 21 cm. and smaller; 20 photographic prints : albumen ; 10 x 13 cm. and smaller; 480 negatives b and col. ; 9 x 11 cm. and smaller; 102 slides ; 7 x 9 cm.; 3 photomechanical prints : b ; 19 x 13 cm. and smaller.
Type of Resource
Still image
NYPL catalog ID (B-number) : b12490619
UUID: a0bd0cc0-c6f3-012f-8e59-58d385a7bc34
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