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Forbes, John Malcolm (1909-1941) Papers (1923-1934): A Finding Aid

Peabody Museum Archives
Harvard University


Descriptive Summary

Repository: Peabody Museum Archives, Harvard University
Call No.: 2013.6.1
Location: Peabody Museum Archives
Title: Forbes, John Malcolm (1909-1941) Papers
Date(s): 1923-1934
Creator: John Malcolm Forbes
Quantity: 2 linear feet (1 document box; 1 flat box)
Abstract: Papers include correspondence, lists, manuscript and scrapbook pertaining to Forbes' trip to Africa from 1923-1924.

Processed by:

Kimberly Allegretto, Archives Assistant; 2013 edited by Patricia H. Kervick, Associate Archivist; 2013

Acquisition Information:

These papers were given in memory of John Malcolm Forbes by Holly Forbes; Charles D. Forbes; John Malcolm Forbes; and Joan Forbes Koponen 2012-2013

Access Restrictions:

Restrictions on access: none

Use Restrictions:

Restrictions on use: none

Biographical Sketch

John Malcolm Forbes was born August 9, 1901 on Uncatena Island in Massachusetts. He graduated from Harvard in 1923. After graduation, he traveled to Africa with a relative, Gerrit Forbes. J. Malcolm Forbes pursued post-graduate studies at Columbia, and was an Assistant Professor of Psychology at Rollins College for four years, starting in 1928. He received his PhD in psychiatry from the University of London, and then worked for the Harvard psychological clinic and taught at Simmons College. Forbes was interested in welfare work and active in the Judge Baker Foundation until his death in 1941.


Scope and Content Note:

This collection contains correspondence, lists and manuscripts related to John Malcolm Forbes' trip to Africa from 1923 to 1924. Manuscripts include an unpublished book and National Geographic article describing the trip. Forbes' notes and manuscripts describe the villages, geography and fauna of the areas through which he passed through. The west to east journey from Nigeria to the Sudan, explored the region of the Bahr Aouk in the Chari River drainage basin, and passed through Kano,Jemaari,Maidugari,Dikoa,Kousseri,Fort Lamy,Am Timan,Ndiko,Sakeekida,Mamoun, Kiyabe,Fort Archambault,Geneina,Darfur, El Obeid, and Khartoum. Correspondence primarily relates to equipment and taxidermy, and includes a letter from General John J. Pershing. A list of photographs in Volume 1 of the photograph albums is included with this collection, the list of photographs in Volume 2 is located inside the first page of that volume. Other materials in this collection include lecture notes related to the films, materials and notes from a course on Behaviourism in 1933, and John Malcolm Forbes' visas for the trip to Africa.

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