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David Ernest Apter papers

 Collection
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.

Dates

  • 1920-2002
  • Majority of material found within 1951 - 1960

Creator

Language

English

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Copyright has been transferred to Yale University for unpublished materials authored or otherwise produced by the creator(s) of this collection. 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.

Arrangement

Material is arranged by accession.

Extent

27.5 Linear Feet (23 boxes)

Catalog Record

A record for this collection is available in Orbis, the Yale University Library catalog

Persistent URL

http://hdl.handle.net/10079/fa/mssa.ms.1806

Overview

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.

Biographical / Historical

David E. Apter was born on December 18, 1924, in New York City. He received his A.B. from Antioch College in 1950 and his M.A. (1952) and Ph.D. (1954) in Political Science from Princeton University. He taught at Northwestern University, the University of Chicago, the University of California at Berkeley and, since 1979, Yale University, where he was the Henry J. Heinz II Professor Emeritus of Comparative Political and Social Development and a senior research scientist in the political science and sociology departments. A former senior fellow of the Whitney Humanities Center, he was executive secretary of the Committee for the Comparative Study of New Nations at the University of Chicago and the director of the Institute of International Studies at Berkeley. At Yale, he was director of the social science division and chair of both the Council of African Studies, and the Department of Sociology. Apter authored numerous books, including Ghana in Transition (originally published as Gold Coast in Transition by Princeton University Press in 1955), The Political Kingdom in Uganda, and Against the State: Politics and Social Protest in Japan, and articles covering a wide range of subjects including comparative politics, political development, and the role of social protest, violence, and revolution in the political process. He spent considerable time studying political movements in Africa, China, Japan, and elsewhere. Apter died on May 4, 2010.

General

2002-M-089, box 1, 2002-M-089, box 2: and 2002-M-090, box 1 contained 33 photographic prints that were reported missing in May 2016.
Title
Guide to the David Ernest Apter Papers
Author
compiled by Larissa Leclair and staff of Manuscripts and Archives
Date
June 2002
Language of description
Finding aid written in English.

Revision Statements

  • March 2014: Finding aid revision description not supplied.
  • 2017 April: General note for missing items added.

Repository Details

Part of the Manuscripts and Archives Repository

Contact:
Yale University Library
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New Haven CT 06520-8240 US
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