Gwendolen M. Carter Papers

Institution: Northwestern University - University Archives
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Date: 1915-1991
Extent: 55.46 Linear Feet
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Abstract
Biographical/Historical Note:
Gwendolen M. Carter was a South African specialist and a professor of political science and African studies. Carter first visited Africa in 1948 while working on a study of the British Commonwealth. Her scholarly interests immediately turned to that continent, and she returned to South Africa for a yearlong study in 1952. In addition to receiving Ford and Rockefeller Foundation grants for her work, Carter served on the advisory council of the African Bureau of the Department of State (1962-1967), was a State Department lecturer in Africa in 1966, and directed an Office of Education seminar for American teachers in Africa in 1967. In 1964, Carter was appointed Melville J. Herskovits Professor of African Affairs and Director of the Program of African Studies at Northwestern University, a position she held for a decade.

Scope and Content Note:
The Gwendolen M. Carter Papers chronicle Carter's career as a political scientist and Africanist from the 1930s through the 1980s. Carter's South African research interests and her activities as director of Northwestern University's Program of African Studies are especially well documented. The collection includes biographical data, correspondence, research and field notes, teaching files, reprints and manuscript drafts, speeches, and clippings scrapbooks.

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