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Herbert, Eugenia W.

    Full Name: Herbert, Eugenia W.

    Other Names:

    • Eugenia Randall Warren Herbert

    Gender: female

    Date Born: 1929

    Place Born: Summit, Union, NJ, USA

    Home Country/ies: United States

    Subject Area(s): African (general, continental cultures), art theory, Central African (cultural or regional style), colonialism, and social history

    Career(s): art historians and educators


    Africanist historian; associate Professor of History, Mount Holyoke college and social historian of art. Warren was the daughter of Robert Beach Warren and Mildred Fisk (Warren). Her father was an engineer. She attended Wellesley College receiving her B.A. in 1951. She spent the following year as a Fulbright scholar at the University of Vienna, before entering Yale University, graduating with an M.A., 1953. The same year she married fellow graduate student, the art historian Robert L. Herbert, changing her name to Herbert. She spent a year at Sorbonne, University of Paris, 1955-1956, on an American Association of University Women fellowship, researching her dissertation on French and Belgian late nineteenth-century art. Her Ph.D. was granted in 1957. While her husband taught at Yale University, Herbert lectured as assistant professor at Quinnipiac College, Hamden, CT, in 1970. Her research interest in African history was acknowledge by a year appointment at Yale in that topic, 1972-1973. A 1975 book, co-written with Claude-Anne Lopez, The Private Franklin: The Man and His Family, won numerous awards. Herbert founded the Center for Independent Study, New Haven in 1977. She joined Mount Holyoke College as an assistant professor of history in 1978. Red Gold of Africa: Copper in Precolonial History and Culture appeared in1984. She was named E. Nevius Rodman professor of African history in 1985, retiring emeritus in 1997.

    Selected Bibliography

    [dissertation:] The Artist and Social Reform: France and Belgium, 1885-1898. Yale University, 1957, published, New Haven: Yale University Press, 1961; The Private Franklin: the Man and his Family. New York: Norton, 1975; Twilight on the Zambezi: Late Colonialism in Central Africa. New York: Palgrave, 2002.


    Kleinbauer, W. Eugene. Research Guide to the History of Western Art. Sources of Information in the Humanities, no. 2. Chicago: American Library Association, 1982, p. 128 mentioned.


    "Herbert, Eugenia W.." Dictionary of Art Historians (website).

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