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Stuart Alexander and Sandy Cole Marks Collection

Identifier: SC-MS-319

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of letters, photographs, newspaper articles, journals, maps, publications, and artifacts spanning Stuart Marks’s life from papers written during his high school education at Central School in the Belgian Congo in the 1950s to professional publications in 2008. The collection is especially unique in that it contains animal specimens, weapons, and textiles from Marks’s time in Africa.


  • Other: Date acquired: 09/04/2009


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research use.

Copyright Statement

Copyright retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.

Biographical Note

Stuart A. Marks is an anthropologist who has focused much of his career on African wildlife management and conservation.  After completing his undergraduate degree in Zoology from North Carolina State University in 1961, Marks went on to receive his Masters of Science in Wildlife/Qualitative Methods from Michigan State University (MSU) in 1964 and his Ph.D. in Ecology/Anthropology in 1968, also from MSU.  He has served as a professor, lecturer, or visiting scholar for Oklahoma State University, St. Andrews Presbyterian College, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and North Carolina State University.  In addition, he has worked with the Safari Club International Foundation as a Senior Scientist and Advisor. Marks’s distinguished career includes numerous major honors and awards, including research grants from the H.F. Guggenheim Foundation, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Geographic Society, Wenner-Gren Foundation, and Ford Foundation/Foreign Area Fellowship. He was named a Fellow for the National Humanities Center, as well as a Mellon Fellow for Yale University, Center for British Art. He has published five books and has written chapters for nineteen additional publications.  Marks has conducted fourteen major consultancy reports and has also published eighty-two articles in professional journals as of 2009.


68 Containers (Contains 45 document boxes, 1 bankers box, 18 oversize boxes, 3 map case folders, and 1 framed item)

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Physical Access Requirements

January 2011. Mammalian Crania from Belgian Congo on permanent loan to UNCW Department of Biology and Marine Biology

Acquisition Information

This collection was donated by Stuart Marks on May 21, 2010.

Accruals and Additions

Additions: October 28, 2010; August 12, 2011; July 21, 2021

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Digital Access

Portions of this collection have been digitized and/or are born-digital. For access to these digital materials, please browse the finding aid via the "Collection Organization" tab and select an individual file or item to see if it contains a linked digital record.

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Repository Details

Part of the Randall Library Special Collections Repository