The IULC archival and photographic materials were created by Warren dâ€™Azevedo, Kathleen dâ€™Azevedo, Bai T. Moore, and William Siegmann, important figures in Liberian studies during the second half of the 20th century. Warren dâ€™Azevedo was an anthropologist who pioneered ethnographic examination of African art production; his field notes, photographs, and writings are key to understanding both his subjects and his approaches. The Kathleen dâ€™Azevedo materials include data on school-age children in Liberia, especially girls, beginning in the 1950s. Poet, novelist, and Liberian national Bai T. Moore was a leading figure in Liberian cultural life; his archives include ethnographic materials as well as writing drafts, etc. William Siegmann was a major authority in Liberian and Sierra Leonean art and ethnographic studies as well as a museum curator, both in Liberia and in the US. Taken together, these archival holdings document and comment on Liberian life and culture and are unmatched in their depth and breadth. The MMWC objects were collected by the dâ€™Azevedos and Siegmann during fieldwork in Liberia; these are significant holdings on their own, and more so when integrated with the research archives of these scholars.
Trustees of Indiana University
Ms. Michelle Dalmau
Indiana University Libraries
Dr. Dr. Marion
Head, Area Studies Department, Librarian for African Studies
1850 - 2007
The materials focus on Liberia, including items from co-ethnic groups in neighboring countries. Examples include the Gio/Dan in Ivory Coast and Liberia and the Mende of Sierra Leone and Liberia. There is a strong international component represented by correspondence and materials related to academic conferences, museum exhibitions, and teaching.