Human Studies Film Archives

Guide to the Melville Herskovits films, undated


Collection ID:
No linguistic content; Not applicable
Physical Description:
20 Positive rolls

Scope and Contents

Scope and Contents
Twenty rolls of what appears to be film strips on motion picture film as well as paper prints. Given to NAA by Northwestern University Library from the Melville Herskovits collection.
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 As an historical document, its contents may be at odds with contemporary views and terminology and considered offensive today.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.


Custodial History
Previously part of Melville Herskovits collection, Northwestern University Library. Later given to the National Anthropological Archives, and subsequently the Human Studies Film Archives.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Received from the National Anthropological Archives in 1998.

Using the Collection

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.
Conditions Governing Use
Contact the repository for terms of use.
Preferred Citation
Melville Herskovits films, Human Studies Film Archives, Smithsonian Institution


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Human Studies Film Archives
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