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Herskovits Library

The renowned Africana Library was founded at Northwestern University in 1954. Later named after its visionary, the Melville J. Herskovits Library of African Studies is a distinguished collection of Africana that has become an integral part of the legacy of Africa and the African diaspora.

Serving PAS and Northwestern faculty, students, and more than a thousand U.S. and international scholars each year, the Herskovits Library of African Studies is the largest separate collection of Africana in existence.

Its collections include

Desiring to continue Herskovits' legacy, Mary and George Foster, former students of Herskovits, established an endowed fund to support the collections as well as the acquisition of rare and out-of-print books for the Africana collection. Esmeralda Kale, the George and Mary LeCron Foster Curator, and library staff provide specialized reference services, research consultations, and bibliographic instruction.

New African Studies Subject Guides can now be found here

For more information, please contact:

Herskovits Library of African Studies
Telephone 847-491-4549