Archives and Artifacts: Uniting Liberian Scholarly Collections from Indiana University Libraries and Mathers Museum of World Cultures

Material Description

The IULC archival and photographic materials were created by Warren d'Azevedo, Kathleen d'Azevedo, Bai T. Moore, and William Siegmann, important figures in Liberian studies during the second half of the 20th century. Warren d'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 d'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 d'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.

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Trustees of Indiana University


Ms. Michelle Dalmau
Indiana University Libraries

Dr. Ellen
Chief Curator

Dr. Dr. Marion
Head, Area Studies Department, Librarian for African Studies

Date Range

1850 - 2007

Geographic Scope

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.


  • 90 Mixed Archival Collections
  • 10469 Photographs
  • 640 Artifacts
  • 10469 Photographs
  • 640 Artifacts
  • 10469 Photographs
  • 640 Artifacts
  • 10469 Photographs
  • 640 Artifacts