African cultural heritage is transmitted by creations some of which have influenced the whole world. But this heritage has also shaped numerous public, private and family collections that are witnesses to African history, cultures and populations to be on its continent and elsewhere in the world. Over time, our descriptive records of collections will gradually build up. If you know of any such objects and collections, please let us know.
The World Cultures Collections of the Redpath Museum include close to 17 000 archaeological and ethnological artifacts. Their geographic scope is global, with the exception of material relating to Canada's First Nations, now part of the McCord Museum. The Redpath holdings are an important national resource and in many cases represent some of the earliest ethnological materials held by North American museums. Archaeological and ethnological artifacts were part of the original collection at the Museum, although subordinate in number and emphasis to the natural history holdings.
University of Montréal
Founded in 1961, the collections (Americas, Africa, Oceania, Asia, Europe and Euro-American) were, in the main, put together during the 1960s and 1970s by a team of specialist researchers who were working in the department but with added input from overseas experts. Private donations were added to the collections from the late 1990s onwards.