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David Ernest Apter papers

Call Number: MS 1806
Scope and Contents

The collection consists of photographs taken by David E. Apter from 1951 to 1960 in the African countries of Ghana (formerly known as the Gold Coast), Nigeria, Rwanda, Uganda, and Benin (formerly known as Dahomey), during the buildup of nationalism and the start of independence. The photographs portray scenes of everyday life in these countries. The collection also includes two photographs of David Apter, taken by Eleanor Apter in 1953 in Achimota, Gold Coast, and by Larissa Leclair in 2002 at Apter's home in North Haven, Connecticut. The uprising in Tiananmen Square in Beijing, China, in 1989, is documented with twenty-nine photographs by Apter. The materials also include photographs documenting Sanrizuka Hantai Dōmei in Japan, 1979-1982; slides of Europe, India and Mexico, 1956-1991; and research materials and correspondence on Africa, 1920-1972.

Conditions Governing Access

The materials are open for research.

The photographs in Accessions 2002-M-089 and 2002-M-090 have been digitally reproduced and are available through the Manuscripts and Archives Digital Image Database. Researchers must use the digitized images rather than the originals.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright for unpublished materials authored or otherwise produced by David Ernest Apter has been transferred to Yale University. These materials may be used for non-commercial purposes without seeking permission from Yale University as the copyright holder. For other uses of these materials, please contact

Copyright status for other collection materials is unknown. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.) beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Works not in the public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of the copyright owners. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of David Apter, 2002, 2004, and 2010; transferred from Africana Collection Curator, 2014.


Material is arranged by accession.

Majority of material found within 1951 - 1960
27.5 Linear Feet (23 boxes)
Related Names
Apter, David E. (David Ernest), 1924-2010
Language of Materials