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Herbert Kraft Papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS-0136

Scope and Contents

This collection primarily consists of materials that Dr. Herbert Kraft used in his tenure as a professor of Anthropology and Archaeology, director of the Seton Hall University Museum of Archaeology, and in his active work in the fields of anthropology and archaeology.


  • Creation: 1914 - 2000

Conditions Governing Use

All materials available in this collection (unless otherwise noted) are the property of the Monsignor William Noé Field Archives & Special Collections Center and Seton Hall University, which reserves the right to limit access to or reproduction of these materials. Reproduction of materials or content is subject to United States copyright restrictions and may be subject to federal or state privacy regulations. Permission to publish exact reproductions must be obtained from the Director of the Archives and Special Collections Center.

Biographical / Historical

Herbert Clemens Kraft (1927–2000) was a Professor Emeritus of anthropology at Seton Hall University, director of the Museum of Archeology at Seton Hall and the world's foremost expert on the Lenape Indians.

Kraft was born in Elizabeth, New Jersey in 1927. He graduated from Seton Hall University in 1950 and finished his graduate work at Seton Hall in 1961 and at Hunter College in 1969, with degrees in history and anthropology respectively. Kraft later became a professor of anthropology at Seton Hall. He wrote numerous books about archaeology in New Jersey, the Lenape and the Paleo-indians of New Jersey, as well as over 170 articles in his career, and was the first Archivist of Seton Hall. Herbert Kraft was also highly interested in antiquities and manuscript collecting, amassing a collection of books as well as book and manuscript leaves. His collection of objects forms the basis of the Seton Hall University Museum Collection.


4 Linear Feet (7 archives boxes and one flat storage container)

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This series is organized into four series:

  1. Series I. Seton Hall University Teaching
  2. Series II. Writings and Publications
  3. Series III. Subject Files and Research
  4. Series IV. Professional Work

The bulk of the collection is his teaching files, which include collected articles, syllabi, tests, and notes about the major changes within the Anthropology department. Articles and class materials are ordered by class, when possible, and are organized by class hierarchy (AN 20 then AN 22, for example) when possible. Other materials in this series are labeled by title or function when specific course/use information was not available.

The next series, Writings and Publications, includes content from articles and book publications--such as illustrations and proofs--as well as conference materials. This series is limited to the creative layer of this work, and based

Subject Files and Research is where collected articles on a topic for personal use, bibliographies of resources, and other reference materials.

The final series is Professional Work, which includes publications from Anthropology, Museum, and Archaeological organizations, correspondence about professional work, and conference proceedings.

Herbert Kraft Papers
Sheridan Sayles
2019 June 20
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Repository Details

Part of the The Monsignor Field Archives & Special Collection Center Repository

Archives, Walsh Library
400 South Orange Ave
South Orange NJ 07079 US