Guide to the Melville Herskovits films, 1928-1934
Portions of this collection are digitized

Summary
Collection ID:
HSFA.1977.01
Creators:
Herskovits, Melville J. (Melville Jean), 1895-1963
Dates:
1928-1934
Languages:
Moving image materials are silent; supplementary materials are in English.
Physical Description:
5 Film reels
black-and-white silent
0.25 Linear feet
Repository:

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
Edited footage shot in West Africa (1931), Haiti (1934) and Georgia (U.S. ca. 1930) for/by Melville Herskovits.
Please note that the contents of the collection and the language and terminology used reflect the context and culture of the time of its creation. As an historical document, its contents may be at odds with contemporary views and terminology and considered offensive today. The information within this collection does not reflect the views of the Smithsonian Institution or Anthropology Archives, but is available in its original form to facilitate research.

Administration
Sponsor
Preservation supported by The Pew Charitable Trusts and the National Film Preservation Foundation. Cataloging supported by Smithsonian Institution Women's Committee.
Processing Information
Titles are supplied by the archivist for untitled films.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
These films and related papers were transferred to the National Anthropological Film Center by the Melville J. Herskovits Library of African Studies at Northwestern University in 1977.

Selected Bibliography
Selected Bibliography
Herskovits, Melville Jean, "Book about Negroes,"
The Nation,
(July 15, 1931), 68-69.
Herskovits, Melville Jean.
Life in a Haitian Valley.
New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1937.
Herskovits, Melville Jean.
Dahomey: An Ancient West African Kingdom.
New York: J. J. Augustin, 1938.
Herskovits, Melville J., and Frances S.,
Rebel Destiny: Among the Bush Negroes of Dutch Guiana.
New York: McGraw Hill, 1934.
Kahn, Morton.
Djuka, The Bush Negroes of Dutch Guiana.
New York: Viking Press, 1931.

Using the Collection
Conditions Governing Use
Contact the repository for terms of use.
Conditions Governing Access
The collection is open for research. Please contact the archives for information on availability of access copies of audiovisual recordings. Original audiovisual material in the Human Studies Film Archives may not be played.
Preferred Citation
Melville Herskovits films, Human Studies Film Archives, Smithsonian Institution

Keywords
Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Africa, West Geographic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Caribbean Area Geographic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
South America Geographic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
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Benin Geographic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
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Georgia Geographic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Fon (African people) Cultural Context Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Ashanti (African people) Cultural Context Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Saramacca (Surinamese people) Cultural Context Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
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silent films Genre Form Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Herskovitz, Frances S. (Frances Shapiro), 1897-1972 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Kahn, Morton C. (Morton Charles), 1896-1959 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Steiner, Ralph, 1899-1986 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

Repository Contact
Human Studies Film Archives
Museum Support Center
4210 Silver Hill Road
Suitland 20746
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