The collection contains Suzanne's most brilliant works and those of her siblings and husband Jean Comhaire. The collection
includes manuscripts with field notes; newpapers (La Voix des Femmes, Le Temps, L’Universitaire Colonial); published and unpublished
articles; photographs of Haiti and her trips to Congo, Nigeria, Mali and other unidentified places; old maps of Haiti, the
city of Port-au-Prince, the valley of Marbial, Kenscoff; songs and musical scores; phonographs of recording of voodoo ceremonies;
personal and work related correspondence before, during and after World War II; and approx 500 photographs taken during Comhaire-Sylvain's
Suzanne is Haiti’s first black female anthropologist. She studied in Kingston and Port-au-Prince before she obtained her Bachelor’s
degree and Doctorate in Paris. Besides her interest in Haitian folklore and social issues of the condition of women in Haiti
and Africa, her research focused on the origins of Creole language; an idiom considered juvenile and worthless at that time.
She had chosen a difficult path but her quaint work, disregarded by her peers, sparked the interest of famous Polish anthropologist
Bronislaw Malinowski. The latter invited her in London where she became her research assistant while studying at London University
and later at the London School of Economics. She also conducted successful research at the British Museum that resulted in
her major work regarding the African roots of Haitian Creole.
9.0 Linear feet
(17 manuscript boxes, 3 flat boxes)
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