John Melton Hunter papers
Scope and Content
The John Melton Hunter papers contain extensive materials in the field of medical geography and health, demography, geography and cartography. It includes original text and map manuscripts and original field notebooks, correspondence, and some photographs of John Hunter. The focus of the collection is strongest on West Africa, in particular Ghana, but also ranges across other regions of Africa, and includes documents on British and Latin American geography.
- Hunter, John M. (John Melton), 1928- (Person)
Conditions Governing Access
Collection is open for research.
Conditions Governing Use
Permission to publish material from this collection must be obtained from University Archives & Historical Collections, Michigan State University.
JOHN MELTON HUNTER. BA (Honors), Ph.D. Geography (Reading, U.K., 1954), Professor of Geography, African Studies, Institute of International Health, Michigan State University, 1967-1995. Retired, University Distinguished Professor Emeritus, 1995.
PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE: British Army Service West Africa 1954-1957; University of Ghana, 1957-1964; University of Durham, U.K., 1964-1967; Michigan State University 1967-1995: Acting Chair, Community Medicine, 1972-1973, Director, African Studies Center, 1975-1977, Adjunct Professor of Anthropology, 1976-1982; Ghana Population Census Officer, 1959-1962; National Academy of Science, Committee on Lead in the Human Environment, 1978-1979; National Academy of Science, Board on Science and Technology (BOSTID) Panelist, 1986-1988; Consultant, World Health Organization, 1972-?; USAID, 1977. Chairperson, Association of American Geographers Medical Geography Specialty Group, 1983-1986. World Health Organization Commission on Health and Environment, 1990-1992.
HONORS: Fulbright-Hays, 1980, MSU Distinguished Faculty Award, 1982, Association of American Geographers Honors, 1984; Centennial Symposium Speaker, National Geographic Society, 1988. University Distinguished Professor (title), 1990.
RESEARCH INTERESTS: geography of Africa, world medical geography.
PUBLICATIONS: articles on childhood lead poisoning, river blindness, tuberculosis, leprosy, influenza, schistosomiasis, lymphatic filariasis (elephantiasis), guinea worm disease, man-made lakes and disease, development and disease, women's blood pressure and economic development, bot fly infestation, clay eating in pregnancy, 19th century mental health, perinatal health care, loss of teeth in a peasant society, seasonal hunger, population pressure, population carrying capacity, social roots of settlement, spatial patterns of clans, migration of cocoa farmers, shifting agriculture, bauxite morphology, river capture, escarpment retreat, water pollution, environmental degradation, teaching methods.
46 Cubic Feet
Language of Materials
Legal Status note
Donor(s) have transferred any applicable copyright to Michigan State University but the collection may contain third-party materials for which copyright was not transferred. Copyright restrictions may apply.
Property Rights: Michigan State University.
- Agriculture -- Ghana
- Dutch elm disease
- Geography -- Study and teaching
- Hamilton, Ruth Simms
- Language and languages -- Study and teaching
- Medical geography
- Michigan State University. Department of Geography
- Sierra Leone
- Snails as carriers of disease
- Sound recordings
- Video recordings
- Video tapes
- John Melton Hunter Papers
- 4 Published And Cataloged
- M. Badgley Malone
- September 2012
- Description rules
- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
- Language of description
- Script of description
- Language of description note
- Finding aid written in English.