LeRoy T. Carlson (1916- ) graduated from the College at the University of Chicago in 1938, going on to earn his M.B.A. from Harvard University in 1941. He served with the Persian Gulf Command during World War II, helping secure supply lines to Russia in Iran. From 1942 to 1943, he worked as an assistant treasurer at the General Motors plant in Calcutta, India. Carlson founded Telephone and Data Systems in 1970, a Fortune 500 company, and has maintained a relationship with the University of Chicago, sponsoring the LeRoy T. and Margaret Deffenbaugh Carlson University Professorship. The bulk of his collection contains materials from his time spent abroad during the years 1942 to 1944.
Clifford Geertz (1926-2006,) anthropologist. The papers include fieldnotes, records of his career as a professor at the University of Chicago from 1960 to 1970, and papers connected to his long tenure at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton. Also included are Geertz' prolific correspondence with fellow social scientists and his former students as well as academic sources for his research and drafts of writings and lectures.
Professor of Anthropology at the University of Chicago, Frederick Starr, maintained these research materials for his book, Liberia: Description, History, Problems.
The University of Chicago African Studies Workshop is an interdisciplinary forum conducted and operated under the auspices of the University Council for Advanced Studies. The collection of African Studies Workshop Records contains administrative data such as period evaluations by the Council for Advanced Studies, participant lists, requests for refunding, meeting agendas, invitations to present and related correspondence, as well as a collection of the papers presented to the workshop’s various venues between the years 1985 and 1995. The bulk of materials date from the years 1990-1993. The included papers document the past student and faculty participation in the African Studies Workshop, the administrative workings of the workshop and the often otherwise unavailable papers presented in this unique and influential forum.
Administrative records of the Committee on African Studies, including correspondence, curriculum syllabi, information on internal and external fellowship applications, and financial information.