Skip to main content

Norman Nees Miller papers

Identifier: MSS 509 large

Scope and Contents

The Norman Nees Miller papers contain extensive materials in the fields of East African local government and politics, political history, political and visual anthropology, environment and wildlife, witchcraft/human rights, African studies, African HIV/AIDs, (1965-2000).

Documentation, Author’s publications, field notes, data bases, data search systems, maps, reprints, district-level reports, government publications, missionary reports, photos, moving image material. Locals: Marsabet, Nyeri and Ukunda Districts, (Kenya) and Tabora, Rungwe, and Kisarawe Districts, (Tanzania.) The collection also contains bibliographical essays, teaching outlines, course outlines, course materials on African environment and natural resources, traditional medicine, wildlife, and HIV/AIDS.


  • 1950-1980

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright is retained by the authors of the items in this collection, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law. For photocopy and duplication requests, please contact MSU Libraries Special Collections.

Biographical / Historical

NORMAN NEES MILLER, BA, (DePauw, 1956), MA, PHD (INDIANA, 1962, 1967) Associate Professor, Michigan State University, (1966-1971), Associate for East Africa, American Universities Field Staff, (1971-1985), Professor, Research Professor, Dartmouth, 1978-2015 President, African-Caribbean Institute, 1983-2015

Professional Experience : United States Air Force, (1956-1959,) Highest rank, Captain, Correspondent, Asia and Africa (1959-1960), Graduate Fellow, Indiana University (1960-1963,), PhD Research Fellow East Africa, (1964-1966), Indiana University Fellow, (1966). Assistant Professor, Michigan State University, 1966-1969), Associate Professor Michigan State University , 1969-1971,).Founder, Editor, Rural Africana, 1967-1971, Correspondent for East Africa, American Universities Field Staff, (1969-1985) Documentary Film Project Director, AUFS, (1972-1978), Professor, Community and Family Medicine, Dartmouth Medical School 1978-2016), Adjunct Profess, Dartmouth Anthropology, (1982) Adjunct Professor, Dartmouth Environmental Studies, (1981-2012), Founder, Editor, Aids and Society, 1988-1994), Director, Co-Director, Civil Military Alliance to Combat HIV/AIDS 1992-2000), Advisor, United Nations,(UNEP, UNAIDS, WHO, 1990-2005)

Honors and Awards. Research and teaching fellowships, Indiana, Michigan State University, (1961-1969). Teaching citation, MSU, 1968, Twenty eight field research and project awards, 1967-2002,. (Ford,Carnegie National Science Foundation, UNDP, WHO, UNEP, USAID, USDOD, et. al)

Research Interest: African politics, political anthropology, wildlife policy, environment, community medicine traditional healing, HIV/AIDS, witchcraft and human rights, ethnographic film, film pedagogy

Publications: Articles and books on African politics, rural politics, pedestrian societies, rural development, wildlife management, traditional healing, cross cultural medicine, HIV/AIDS policy, HIV/Aids in world military, witchcraft, witchcraft violence, human rights, visual evidence, ethnographic film, research in rural areas.

Films Produced/Directed. Total of 28 educational documentary films produced, funded by National Science Foundation, USAID, IPPF, FAO (UN). Topics: agriculture, development, women, education, and socialization.

Norman Miller was involved in the Ford Foundation’s Tanzanian Resettlement Research Project from 1964-1967. Miller and Rodger Yeager co-authored several books and articles together. The Resettlement project was a gigantic undertaking by the new Tanzanian government, attempting under President Julius Nyerere to relocate hundreds of thousands of peasant farmers. Miller also directed and later co-directed with Stuart Kingma, MD, a long term project on HIV-AIDS prevention in Africa. The project received major funding from the United Nations, Ford, and USDoD.


13 Linear Feet

Language of Materials



Arrangement and descriptions prepared by Franny Eanet and Norman Miller.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The collection was donated by Prof. Norman Miller in 2016-2017.


This collection is currently being processed and the finding aid is in draft form.

Processing Information

Franny Eanet and Lydia Tang processed this collection in 2017.
Finding Aid for the Norman Nees Miller papers
In Progress
Norman Miller, Franny Eanet, and Lydia Tang
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Code for undetermined script

Repository Details

Part of the Michigan State University Libraries Special Collections Repository

MSU Libraries
366 W. Circle Drive
East Lansing MI 48824 USA