Melville J. and Frances S. Herskovits collection

Collection Data

Dates / Origin
Date Created: 1920 - 1986
Library locations
Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Art and Artifacts Division
Shelf locator: Sc Art (Melville J. and Frances S. Herskovits collection)
Content: The Melville and Frances Herskovits Collection is one of the most comprehensive ethnographic collections documenting African and African American culture. The collection is comprised of 945 items such as masks, statues, household utensils, tools, weapons, furniture, musical instruments, gold weights, games, costumes, textiles, several maps and paintings etc. Most items are primarily from West Africa and Surinam in South America. There are also some materials from the Caribbean and the United States. The collection is organized by geographical region, culture area and object type. Objects contained in the collection are from the following countries: Nigeria, Zaire, Liberia, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Angola, Sierra Leone, African Central Republic, Cameroon, Benin, Mali, Burkina Faso, Kenya and Surinam and Haiti. Ethnic groups represented are the: Yoruba, Hausa, Igbo, Fulani, Ijo, Pende, Kuba,Mangbetu, Dan, Ashanti, Akan, Ewe, Senufo, Baule, Chokwe, Mossi,Masaii, Ramileke, and the Bamana.
Type of Resource
Three dimensional object
RLIN/OCLC: NYPG087000001-F
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b11527179
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 569c7870-c633-012f-5aac-58d385a7bc34
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