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Guide to the Committee on African Studies records, 1965-1976

Abstract

The Committee on African Studies formed in 1965 as part of the Center for International Studies at Duke University. The committee was composed of faculty from the departments of history, political science, anthropology, and economics. Its mission included supporting research in Africa, publishing articles and sponsoring lectures on African studies, and developing African studies curricula for middle school and high school students. Records date from 1967 to 1976 and consist of correspondence, papers and proposals, course materials, reprints, and sound recordings. The Committee's work focused on cultures including the Dan, Mbuti, Somali, and Zulu. The bulk of the material relates to the African Curriculum Development Project conducted in cooperation with the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, and publication of the series Africa Sketches. English.

Descriptive Summary

Record Group
UA.07.04.0001
Title
Committee on African Studies records
Date
1965-1976.
Creator
Duke University. Center for International Studies. Committee on African Studies
Extent
1.5 Linear Feet, 1,000 items
Repository
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
Language
English.

Collection Overview

Scope and Content Note

These records were produced by the Committee on African Studies in the course of their activities. Materials are present from 1967 to 1976. The records consist of correspondence, papers and proposals, course materials, reprints, and sound recordings. The bulk of the material relates to the African Curriculum Development Project.

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Researchers must register and agree to copyright and privacy laws before using this collection.

For a period of twenty-five years from the origin of the material, permission in writing from the director of the office of use and the University Archivist is required for use.

warning Use Restrictions

Copyright for official University records is held by Duke University; all other copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.

Contents of the Collection

1. Correspondence, 1973-1976

This series contains general correspondence from the Director's office relating to the function and projects of the Committee.

Correspondence, 1973-1974
Box 1
Correspondence, 1975-1976
Box 1

2. Seminars, 1967.

Two reels of sound recordings documenting the "Recent Developments in Nigeria Seminar" make up this series. Participants included committee members, faculty from nearby universities, and other scholars.

Recent Developments in Nigeria Seminar, 1967
(Reels 1-2)
Box 1

3. African Curriculum Development Project, 1973-1976

This series contains material relating to the project undertaken by the Committee and the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction to develop supplementary classroom units and materials for inclusion into junior high and high school social studies curricula. The project was supported by a National Endowment for Humanities grant. In 1973 fourteen North Carolina teachers came to the Duke campus for an eight-week session to prepare teaching units and materials. The program was repeated in the summer of 1974. Cultures focused on by group include the Dan, Mbuti, Somali, and Zulu. The subject files in this series contain correspondence with participants regarding their individual projects, as well as evaluations of how the teaching units were received in the classroom. Other materials include the grant proposal, some background papers on African studies in the public schools, budgets, and correspondence relating to the publication of several of the units prepared during the summer session.

Arrangement: alphabetical by subject

Books, Harry K., 1973-1975
Box 1
Brooks, Marolyn, 1973-1975
Box 1
Budget, 1973-1975
Box 1
Consultants and Lecturers, 1973
Box 1
Course Materials, 1973-1974
Box 1
Correspondence--General, 1973-1976
Box 1
Crowley, Chris, 1973-1975
Box 1
Dan Unit, 1973
Box 1
Delancey, Mark, 1974-1975
Box 1
Forshee, Katie, 1974-1976
Box 1
Gaffney, Harry, 1973-1976
Box 1
Gaige, Frederick, 1973-1975
Box 1
Grant Proposal, National Endowment for the Humanities, 1973
Box 1
Hutchins, Mary Lee, 1974-1975
Box 1
Johnson, Leigh, 1973-1974
Box 1
Larson, Emilie, 1973
Box 1
Lennon, Alma, 1974
Box 1
Lewis, Pamela, 1973-1975
Box 1
National Endowment for the Humanities, 1974-1975
Box 1
Nelson, Fred, 1973-1974
Box 1
O'Neal, Richard, 1973
Box 1
Paper, "Focusing an African Curriculum," 1973
Box 1
Proposal for the Publication of African Materials for use in the Public Schools, 1974
Box 1
Publicity, 1973
Box 1
Rupard, Daphne, 1973-1976
Box 1
Thomas, Elma, 1974-1975
Box 1
Vogler, Carol, 1974
Box 1
Voss, Mary Jane, 1973-1976
Box 1

4. Africa Sketches, 1973-1976

The records in this series chronicle the publication of Africa Sketches, a series of nine short biographical sketches of contemporary Africans written for secondary school students. Committee director Gerald Hartwig served as General Editor for the series. The idea for the books grew out of the work of the African Curriculum Development Project.

Materials include correspondence with the authors and publisher, as well as some sample illustrations.

Arrangement: alphabetical by subject

Abdelrasoul, Omer, 1973-1974
Box 1
Azvedo, Mario, 1973-1975
Box 1
Brown, James, 1973-1975
Box 1
Buchanan, Carole, 1973-1975
Box 1
Correspondence--General, 1974-1976
Box 1
Crane, Louise, 1973-1976
Box 1
DeLancey, Mark, 1973-1976
Box 1
Dubisch, Joyce, 1974-1975
Box 1
Ferguson, Henry, 1973-1976
Box 1
Ferraro, Gary, 1974-1976
Box 1
Greenstein, Lewis, 1973-1974
Box 1
Illustrations, 1975-1976
Box 1
Larson, Thomas, 1973-1976
Box 1
Spitzer, Leo, 1975-1976
Box 1

5. Reprints, 1965-1973

This series contains issues of the reprints series published by the Committee. These were articles written by committee members or at its behest. This series does not contain a complete run of the issues. Issue Nos. 13, 19, 20, and 21 are missing. It appears that No. 22 is the last issue published.

Arrangement: chronological

Nos. 1-12, 1965-1967
Box 1
Nos. 14-18, 1967-1969
Box 1
No. 22, 1973
Box 1

Historical Note

The Committee on African Studies was formed in 1965 as part of the Center for International Studies. The committee was composed of faculty from the departments of history, political science, anthropology, and economics. Its mission included connecting students and faculty with grants and research opportunities in Africa, publishing a reprint series of selected articles on African studies, and sponsoring lectures and colloquia by noted Africanists, as well as a faculty exchange program with Makere University College. They also were involved with the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction in developing African studies curriculum for junior high and high school students. Directors of the Committee included J. Harris Proctor, and Gerald Hartwig.

Subject Headings

Related Material

  • African Profiles: Mbuti, Somali, Zulu (University Archives, Duke University [Call number: 967.7 A258 A258 1975])
  • Center for International Studies Records (University Archives, Duke University)
  • Committee on International Studies Records (University Archives, Duke University)

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Committee on African Studies Records, Duke University Archives, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.

Provenance

This collection consists of material acquired in accession numbers: 68-339 from the Committee on African Studies; 76-159; and 82-124, from the Center for International Studies.

Processing Information

Processed by Sarah G. Carr, March 2000

Encoded by Joshua McKim, February 2003