North American libraries
Africa Research Central
Site has closed. In English and French. A extensive database on African studies archives / libraries / museums and a database of repository wish lists.Provides access conditions, restrictions, important holdings, collection size, year founded, publications, references, related sites. Maintained by Prof. Kathryn Green and Dr. Susan Tschabrun at California State University, Fullerton.
African Activist Archive Project
Project to preserve "the record of activities of U.S. organizations and individuals that supported African struggles for freedom ....during the period 1960-1994." "This project will focus mainly on smaller local and regional organizations....especially in Angola, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, and Zimbabwe." Has a directory of collections located in the U.S. and elsewhere, posters, photos, video, audio. Includes accounts by George Houser (American Committee on Africa) and by the Boston Coalition for the Liberation of Southern Africa. Project Director is Richard Knight. Based at Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI. http://www.africanactivist.msu.edu
African Library Project
"The African Library Project partners with volunteers in African communities to create small libraries for African schools and villages. The......Project makes it easy for U.S. children to recycle their books in order to share the gift of reading with children in Africa." Has detailed Book Drive Guidelines, works with San Francisco Bay Area schools. Founded by Chris Bradshaw of Portola Valley, California. http://www.africanlibraryproject.org/
African Studies Thesaurus
"A structured vocabulary of 12,100 English terms in the field of African studies, the African Studies Thesaurus is developed and maintained by staff at the library of the African Studies Centre Leiden." Includes " the names of countries and regions, ethnic groups, African languages, African polities and political parties in Africa." "British English is preferred, but American-English variants are included as non-preferred terms." http://www.ascleiden.nl/Library/Thesaurus/
Africana Librarians Council (ALC), African Studies Association (U.S.)
ALC is an organization of African Studies librarians in the U.S. founded in 1957. See the ALC newsletter, Africana Libraries Newsletter, published at Indiana University plus older issues at Michigan State's web site. Has information on the Conover/Porter Award for Africana bibliography and reference, the ALC Handbook with lists of African booksellers, selection tools, the ALC Directory (see under ALC Communication Tools) (See also old ALC Directory). The ALC website at University of Pennsylvania opened late summer 2007. The former web site was at the Library of Congress. http://www.library.upenn.edu/collections/africa/ALC/
Past Spring Meetings: 2014 March 20-22 Boston University, 2013 University of California, Berkeley, 2012 University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI, 2011 Ohio University, Athens, OH, 2010 April 15-17 at the University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS. 2009 March 26-28 Duke University, 2008 May 8-10, University of Iowa, Iowa City. 2007 April 19-21 Philadelphia, 2006 May 4-6, Boston University, 2005 Northwestern University, 2004 University of Michigan, 2003 Yale University, 2002 SUNY Albany, 2001 Spring Indiana University, 2000 UCLA. Site based at the U.S. Library of Congress and maintained by Joanne Zellers. http://www.loc.gov/rr/amed/afs/alc/ The Fall Meeting 2006 November was in San Francisco.
Who can join the ALC list: ALC members, any ASA member, and librarians outside the U.S. See section of the ALC Handbook at Bostton University.
ALC supports the ASA Book Donations program. See the Book Donations Committee site.
Title VI African Studies Librarians: Reports, cooperative projects. Site based at Indiana University.
Africana Libraries Newsletter
This newsletter "supports the work of the Africana Librarians Council of the African Studies Association (U.S.)." Has the full text of recent issues online. Editor: Dr. Marion Frank-Wilson. Pub|ished by the Office of the Librarian for African Studies, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN. http://www.indiana.edu/~libsalc/african/aln/alnindex.html
For older issues see: Africana Libraries Newsletter edited by Dr. Joseph Lauer. http://www.lib.msu.edu/lauer/aln/
"Aluka's mission is to build and support a sustainable, online database of scholarly resources from the developing world, beginning in Africa,..." Its three projects are African Cultural Heritage Sites, African Plants, and Struggles for Freedom in Southern Africa. Aluka is part of the non-profit, Ithaka, funded by the Mellon Foundation. http://www.aluka.org/
American Library Association. CCS Committee on Cataloging Asian and African Material
"...the CCAAM is charged "to consider all aspects of problems in the bibliographic organization of materials issued in or dealing with Africa and Asia, with the exception of Asiatic Russia." The composition of the committee includes specialists from area study of Africa, Middle East, Japan, East Asia, South-East Asia, South Asia." Committee minutes are online. http://www.ala.org/
American Library Association. International Relations Office - Africa Subcommittee
Has a directory of African regional library associations. http://www.iro.ala.org/irowiki/index.php?title=Africa_Subcommittee
Amistad Research Center, Tulane University
Has a catalog of their African-American, African, and ethnic minority archives, and information on the library, museum, African art. Based in New Orleans, Louisiana. http://www.tulane.edu/~amistad
Website from the Internet Archive, founded by Brewster Kahle, which archives web pages from state archives and university libraries. Find archived pages from the Africa Union, Doctors Without Borders, Slate (the e-magazine for example), etc. Institutions build, manage and their own web archive. "Each institutional subscription allows you to harvest up to 300 Web sites, with a limit of three active collections at any given time." http://www.archiveit.org
Available by subscription; many U.S. universities subscribe. Keyword searchable database directory of archival holdings in the U.S. Depending on results retrieved, provides archive address, their web site, a brief description of collections. From Chadwyck-Healey (Virginia, USA). [KF] http://archives.chadwyck.com
Association of Research Libraries. Africa Task Force, 1994
Report of the Africa Task Force of the African Studies Association's Africana Librarians Council for the Association of Research Libraries Foreign Acquisitions Project, by Helene Baumann, Phyllis Bischof, David Easterbrook (Chair), Valerie Mwalilino, Gretchen Walsh. gopher://arl.cni.org:70/00/collect/foracq/africa
For related information see ARL's Collections Program web site (http://www.arl.org/collect/index.html) which has a summary of the Symposium on Access to and Preservation of Global Newspapers, 1997 (http://arl.cni.org/collect/symp/index.html).
Atlanta University Center. Robert W. Woodruff Library, Special Collections (Atlanta, Georgia)
The Archives was established during the consolidation in 1982 of library materials from the six Atlanta University Center schools into one centralized facility. Rare books, manuscripts, and artifacts came from Atlanta University, Clark College, Morehouse College the Interdenominational Theological Center, Morris Brown College, and Spelman College. Akilah Nosakhere is Librarian of the Africana Reading Room. The collection covers "the Black Experience in the American and Caribben Diaspora and the African continent." The Woodruff Library has an online catalog. http://www.auctr.edu/arch.htm
Bertelsen, Cynthia - Issues in Cataloging Non-Western Materials: Special Problems with African Language Materials
1996 article. Part of a larger web site on Cataloging Foreign Lanugage Materials. http://www.vt.edu:10021/B/bertel/africana.html
Binghamton University, Libraries
Holds the William J. Haggerty Collection of French Colonial History. The Haggerty Collection includes publications from the former library of the Union Coloniale française (later Comite Central Francais pour l'Outre-Mer). "20,000 items documenting social, economic and political history, primarily in the French colonies in Africa and Asia in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Most of the collection consists of printed materials published between the late nineteenth century and the mid-1950s." Binghamton was formerly the State University of New York at Binghamton. http://www.binghamton.edu/libraries/special-collections/researchandcollections/haggerty.html
Boston University. African Presidential Archives and Research Center
For the study of democratization and free market reform in Africa. The Public Papers/Private Conversations Project will digitize the public papers of democratically elected leaders. "The Lloyd G. Balfour African Presidents in Residence Program,... is an opportunity for former democratically elected African leaders to spend up to two years in residence at Boston University." Will publish an Annual African Leaders' State of Africa Report. Has an interview and speeches of Tanzania President Benjamin Mkapa. Address: 141 Bay State Road, Boston, MA 02215. http://www.bu.edu/aparc/
Boston University, African Studies Library
Beth Restrick is Head of the African Studies Library. Information on hours, access, etc. Has a web online catalog, lists of African newspapers currently received and an extensive list of African newspapers on microfilm. Hosts the Archive of the Republic of Niger. Has many research guides - using primary sources, Africa and Islam, "Web Resources for Peoples and Cultures of Africa," etc. [KF] http://www.bu.edu/library/asl/index.html
Center for Research Libraries and CAMP, Cooperative Africana Materials Project
A wealth of books, newspapers, journals, archival collections, dissertations, government publications on microfilm or microfiche and online are available on interlibrary loan to CRL/CAMP members. Based in Chicago, Illinois. http://www.crl.edu/area-studies/camp
- Find holdings through the Center for Research Libraries Online Catalog.
Who may borrow? - CAMP Members | Center for Research Libraries Members| Non-Member Borrowing.
- African Studies Topic Guide and Selected Africa-related collections - information on CRL / CAMP resources.
- Doctoral Dissertations: CRL has more than 800,000 foreign doctoral dissertations (from the U.K., France, Sweden, Germany, Netherlands, South Africa, Kenya, etc.). Background on the Dissertations.
CRL's Summer 2004 Newsletter, Vol. 23, No. 4 is a special on their African programs.
- African Newspapers Union List (AFRINUL): a list (not complete) of newspapers held in U.S. libraries.
CAMP-Title VI Senegal Archives Project
Archival microfilming project sponsored by libraries of the U.S. Dept. of Education Title VI African Studies Centers and by CAMP, Cooperative Africana Materials Project. http://www.crl.edu/area-studies/camp/related-projects/african-archives/senegal
- Kenneth P. Lohrentz (former Bibliographer for African Studies, Univ. of Kansas) describes CAMP holdings in "Africana at the Center for Research Libraries: A Survey of Collections and Access" in African Studies Review (A.S.A., New Brunswick, NJ.) Sept. 1998, pp. 113-132. The full text is available online to institutional members of JSTOR, the e-journal provider.
Church and Missionary Alliance (Colorado Springs, CO)
Their Archives contain reports, tapes, film, diaries, dissertations, slides, videos, etc. Has information on their missionaries in West Africa (Guinea, Mali, Burkina Faso, Liberia, Cote d'Ivoire, Nigeria, Gabon, Congo-Brazzaville, Congo-Kinshasa.) http://www.cmalliance.org/javaindex.html
Columbia University, Africana Library
The Africana Library has an extensive site created by Dr. Joseph Caruso, Columbia's African Studies Librarian. African Studies Internet Resources has bibliographies and web sites arranged by regions and subjects (art, music, international organizations, etc.). CLIO is Columbia's online catalog. The Rare Book Library has the C. R. L. James Papers.
Cornell University, John Henrik Clarke Africana Library
The library, located within Cornell's Africana Studies and Research Center, focuses on the history and culture of peoples of African ancestry. Includes selected acquisitions with abstracts from the book jackets, a list of all Master's degrees awarded from 1973 -1995, multimedia resources including African Cultural Survivals, video tapes on Africanisms and Gullah Culture, library collection policy statements, etc. Cornell's Rare & Manuscript Collections has a list of their Africa special collections . [KF] http://www.library.cornell.edu/africana/
Duke University. African Studies Collection
Describes library resources for African Studies. Has a guide to African Studies resources in Perkins Library. Heather Martin is the Librarian for African Studies and African American Studies. http://library.duke.edu/research/subject/guides/african_studies/index.html
Access the Online Catalog: http://www.lib.duke.edu/online_catalog.html
The Manuscript Dept. of Duke's Perkins Library has a keyword searchable guide. They hold, for example, letters of Alfred Milner and letters of Samuel A. Crowther describing Christian missions in southern Nigeria. http://scriptorium.lib.duke.edu/guide/
Duke University. John Hope Franklin Research Center
"...a repository for African and African-American studies documentation and an educational outreach division of the Rare Book, Manuscript, and Special Collections Library. Founded in November 1995...the Center seeks to collect, preserve, and promote the use of library materials bearing on the history of people of African descent worldwide." http://scriptorium.lib.duke.edu/franklin/
Electronic Journal of Africana Bibliography
Refereed online journal from the University of Iowa Libraries. Issue No. 1 (Nov. 1996) is "Guides, Collections, & Ancillary Materials to African Archival Resources in the United States" by John Bruce Howell and Yvette Scheven. This Guide includes lists of inventories, finding lists, annual reports, etc. http://sdrc.lib.uiowa.edu/ejab/
Emory University. Library. African Studies Guide
The African Studies Librarian, in the Woodruff Library, is Phil MacLeod. Has a very extensive African Studies Guide with print and online resources. See also guides to Film, News, Primary Sources. Emory's online library catalog is EUCLID. http://guides.main.library.emory.edu/africa1
Ethics of Electronic Information in the 21st Century
An Annual Scholarly Symposium at The University of Memphis, Tennessee. The 2002 conference's theme was "New Morality and Democracy in Africa" with many papers from African participants. Abstracts are available. http://www.memphis.edu/ethics21/
Five College Archives Digital Access Project
Information on archival and manuscript materials pertaining to the history of women's at the five colleges: Amherst, Hampshire College, Mount Holyoke, Smith, Univ. of Massachusetts (Amherst). Use the Search feature to retrieve names of alumnae serving as missionaries in Africa, or locate collections such as the Zilpah P. Grant Banister papers at Mount Holyoke College which contain letters from women working in Africa. http://clio.fivecolleges.edu/
Forgey, Elisa - Guide to Resources for African Studies in the Libraries of the Consortium of the University of Pennsylvania and Bryn Mawr, Haverford, and Swarthmore Colleges
Strengths of libraries, list of newspapers and periodicals received, video collections, consortium address directory, etc. http://www.sas.upenn.edu/African_Studies/consortium/resource-guide/menu_aslib.html
Georgetown University - Foreign Service Officers Oral Histories
Georgetown's Special Collections Division, Lauinger Library houses the Foreign Affairs Oral History Project with transcripts of interviews with over 500 diplomatic officers. The library also holds collections such as the David Abshire and Jeane Kirkpatrick Papers. None of the transcripts are online however. A cd-rom for the oral history project is being prepared. [KF] http://gulib.lausun.georgetown.edu/dept/speccoll/diplo.htm
Graham (Billy) Center Archives, Wheaton College, IL
The Center's collections are from, mainly, North American Protestant missionaries and some African churche and organizations. Most records are 20th century; 75% concern east or central Africa. Has a list of "Collections with information about missions to Africa". Also search their database by country or see the Subject Headings List to locate collections on African countries. Holdings include - Africa Inland Mission Records, the diaries of Bernard Litchman, a health officer in Zaire from 1917 to 1961, the diaries of Elwood Davis, a physician, in Kenya 1910 to 1949, the collection of John R. Wells and the Africa Inland Mission, interviews with Burt and Ruth Long who spent 34 years with the Sudan Interior Mission in Niger and other countries, the text of an interview with Paul P. Stough, a missionary with the Africa Inland Mission in Zaire (from 1928 to the early 1960s) during Belgian colonial rule which offers insights into relations with the Zairois, Belgian officials, the Catholic missions, etc. Issues of the newsletter, Witness, are online. [KF] http://www.wheaton.edu/bgc/archives/archhp1.html
"H-Afresearch is for discussion about primary sources (archival records, manuscripts and personal papers; photograph and film collections; field notes, oral data and music collections; and material culture and artifacts." For"African Studies researchers and primary source repository professionals, be they archivists, librarians, documentalists, or museum curators." The editors are Susan Tschabrun, California State University, firstname.lastname@example.org, and
Kathryn Green, California State University, email@example.com.
To subscribe, send email to: LISTSERV@h-net.msu.edu
In the Message area put:
SUBSCRIBE H-AFRESEARCH firstname lastname, institution
Example: SUBSCRIBE H-AFRESEARCH Jane Smith, Pioneer State U
Harvard University, Harvard College Library - Sub-Saharan African Collection
Harvard's Librarian for Sub-Saharan Africa is Bassey Irele, Collection Development Department, Widener, Harvard College Library, Cambridge, MA 02138 USA. Harvard's online catalog is HOLLIS. Information on the Sub-Saharan African Collection. Search Harvard's OASIS database of archival collection finding aids for special & archival collections with African content. http://www-hcl.harvard.edu/widener/collections/sub_saharan_africa.html http://hcl.harvard.edu/libraries/widener/collections/subsaharan.html
Harvard, Tozzer Library
Tozzer Library's, (formerly the Peabody Museum Library), primary mission is to "provide resources and services for the research and instructional needs of the Department of Anthropology and the Peabody Museum." The Librarian is Maija M. Lutz. The Associate Librarian for Public Services and Head of Reference is Dr. Gregory A. Finnegan. Publishes the print bibliography, Anthropological Literature. Library holdings are in the Harvard online catalog, HOLLIS. http://hcl.harvard.edu/tozzer/
Tozzer Library's Subject Headings Added by Anthropological Literature (11 p. in PDF) are subject headings used by Anthropological Literature that augment the official Library of Congress subject headings.
History in Africa
The tables of contents for all volumes published are online, as well as the journal's policies, contributor information, and a list of editorial board members. The journal is edited by Dr. David Henige. Includes descriptions of archival collections worldwide. http://www.sas.upenn.edu/African_Studies/ASA/MHIA.html
Howard University, Moorland-Spingarn Research Center
"...one of the world's largest and most comprehensive repositories for the documentation of the history and culture of people of African descent in Africa, the Americas, and other parts of the world." Has a history of the Collection, by its Director Dr. Thomas C. Battle which includes an account of Dorothy Porter Wesley's tenure as head of the collection. Also holds the Paul Robeson Collection, Kwame Nkrumah Papers and others. The Library offers bibliographies such as "The Black Presence in Antiquity: a Selected Bibliography" by Leida I. Torres and Andrea Only, and "Kente Cloth: a Selected Bibliography" by Ruth A. Hodges and "Dorothy Porter Wesley: A Selected Bibliography" by Marva E. Belt and Tomasha P. Hall. These include chapters in books and journal articles. Publishes an e-journal, HUArchivesNet. [KF] http://www.founders.howard.edu/moorland-spingarn/
Howard University's online catalog is STERLING.
Howard University - South African Research Archival Project, SARAP
University of Fort Hare and Howard University project to document linkages between Americans and South Africans, principally African Americans, during the anti-apartheid movement. Search the database of collection nventories. Based in Washington, D.C. [KF] http://sarap.howard.edu/
- African National Congress (Washington DC and U.N. Mission records)
- Pan Africanist Congress United Nations Mission Records
- Records of the U.S. House Sub-Committee on Africa in the Charles C. Diggs Papers
- Southern Africa Support Project Collection
- Southern African References in the American Society of African Culture Collection
- The U.S. National Archives United States Economic Files (1945-1973)
Howell & Scheven - "Guides, Collections, & Ancillary Materials to African Archival Resources in the U.S"
A bibliography of published guides to African archives, by John Bruce Howell and Yvette Scheven. In the Electronic Journal of Africana Bibliography, No. 1 (University of Iowa Libraries, Iowa City, Iowa.) http://sdrc.lib.uiowa.edu/ejab/1/index.html
Keyword search of the full text of online journals in the library field. Find, for ex., from the MSRRT Newsletter (Minnesota Library Assoc.) that ALA (American Library Assoc.) passed a resolution on "Freedom of Expression and Human Rights in Nigeria". http://sunsite.berkeley.edu/IndexMorganagus/
Indiana University Library (Bloomington) - African Studies
The Librarian for African Studies is Ms. Mireille Djenno. The library is strong in anthropology, linguistics, literature, history, political science. There is a list of Current African newspaper subscriptions at Indiana. Has an index to its African Poster Collection (including Somalia posters) and African Movie Poster Collection - Nuovi Graffiti D'Africa and a listing of the Onitsha Market Literature Collection including an extensive bibliography of journal articles and books. Search the online catalog, IUCAT, for the Bloomington campus and other Indiana University campuses. Has online Africana Resources for Undergraduates: A Bibliographic Essay. By Dr. Nancy J. Schmidt In, Phyllis M. Martin and Patrick O'Meara (eds.), Africa. Third edition. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1995, pp. 413-434. Collections include the Hastings Kamuzu Banda Archive (collected by Donal Brody), the Digital Somali Library, the Nuer Field Notes Project.
Indiana University. Future of Area Librarianship
The proceedings and survey results from the 1995 and 1997 Indiana Univ. (Indianapolis) conferences on area librarianship in the U.S. The conferences were to investigate the future of area librarians and to identify activities that would strengthen area librarianship." http://www.indiana.edu/~arealibs/
Indiana University. Liberian Collections Project
The "Liberian Collections include historical and ethnographic documents, newspapers, government publications, books, journals, dissertations, maps, slides, negatives, photographs, microfilms, audio & video tapes, artifacts and memorabilia." "The two core collections of the Liberian Collections Project are the Svend E. Holsoe Collection and the Warren L. d’Azevedo Collection..."; inventories are online. [KF] http://www.onliberia.org
International Council on Archives
The ICA's membership includes national archives in Africa and elsewhere. Has a directory of the regional African archival organizations:
- ARBICA - Arab Regional Branch
- CENARBICA, Regional Branch for Central Africa
- ESARBICA, Eastern and Southern Africa Regional Branch
- WARBICA, West African Regional Branch
which provides the addresses of the executive committee members and lists the member countries. There is a national archives directory, an archives socities directory, and a personal name index. The guides to the sources of the history of Africa, which they sponsored, are listed. These guides are held by many libraries worldwide. http://www.ica.org/
International Development Research Centre, IDRC, Ottawa, Canada
Specializes in economic and social development in the Third World. Has lists of their aid projects and projects from aid agencies in Finland, Sweden, Japan, etc., and their online library catalog. Publications in the library are available on Interlibrary Loan. User instructions in English and French. Has issues of their magazine, IDRC Reports.
To access the library databases: telnet ddbs.idrc.ca, Password: guest.
Main site: http://www.idrc.ca/
The Library: http://www.idrc.ca/library/index.html
Ithaka: an Introduction, by Kevin Guthri
Powerpoint presentation about Aluka, an Ithaka project to create an online database of scholarly resources for research and teaching and to preserve materials in danger of being lost. The first projects are three on Africa - documents from the Southern Africa liberation movements, African Plants and their uses, and the historic Kilwa island off the Tanzania coast. From the web site for the Association of Research Libraries, May 2004 meeting proceedings. [KF] http://www.arl.org/arl/proceedings/144/guthrie.html
Johns Hopkins University, Program of African Studies Archival Records
The Johns Hopkins university library site has archival inventories for the university including the Records of the Program of African Studies, School of Advanced International Studies, 1951-1979. Includes a brief history of the program. http://archives.mse.jhu.edu:8000/inv/rg07-180.txt
- The African Section
- The Library of Congress online catalog
- Africana Collections: Illustrated Guide
- The Library of Congress Manuscript Division - has some finding aids searchable online. Putting in a keyword 'africa' turned up the Bayard T. Rustin Papers, the Frederick Albert Cook Papers, and the Martha Dodd Papers among others.
- A database of current African newspaper titles held by the U.S. Library of Congress:
- A database of commonly used foreign newspapers on microfilm at the Library of Congress.
- 19th and 20th Century Foreign Newspapers in Original Format....in Remote Storage: http://lcweb.loc.gov/rr/news/bound/frn/frnbnd.html
- Newspapers Microfilmed by the Serial & Government Publications Division of the Library of Congress, June 1996- (including African newspapers)
- Report of a Survey Tour to Northern Nigeria, March 3 - 19, 2007. The State of Arabic Manuscript Collections in Nigeria. Angel D. Batiste, Ph.D.
Library of Congress - Newspapers and Journals Filmed
The New Delhi Overseas Office of the Library of Congress has a database of newspapers and journals filmed (including African titles). Information on first and last date filmed, whether filming is ongoing. http://www.locdelhi.org/lc/newspapers/
See also the Library of Congress, Nairobi Office list of African newspapers being microfilmed.
Library of Congress Office, Cairo, Egypt
Has a list of publications (including from Mauritania, Sudan) supplied by the Library of Congress, Cairo office. http://lcweb.loc.gov/acq/ovop/cairo/Sudan.html http://lcweb.loc.gov/acq/ovop/cairo/
Library of Congress Office, Nairobi, Kenya
The Nairobi Office is one of six overseas offices to acquire, catalog, preserve, and distribute library and research materials. The Office covers twenty-five countries in eastern and southern Africa and four in West Africa. A profile of countries covered with approx. cost of publications is available. Information on African newspaper being microfilmed. http://lcweb.loc.gov/acq/ovop/nairobi/
Access library websites around the world. From the University of California, Berkeley Library. http://sunsite.Berkeley.EDU/Libweb/
Lor, Peter Johan, with the assistance of Elizabeth A. S. Sonnekus
Guidelines for legislation for national library services. Paris: UNESCO, 1997.http://www.unesco.org/webworld/nominations/guidelines1_h.htm
Michigan State University. Africana Library - Africana Archival Materials in Microform in the Michigan State University Library: A List
Compiled by Kalala Ngalamulume. Revised by Joseph J. Lauer. Arranged by country. On the website of Michigan State University. Africana Library. http://libguides.lib.msu.edu/c.php?g=95909&p=628963
Middle East Librarians Association
Professional association for Middle East Studies librarians, mainly in the U.S. http://www.mela.us/
Military Education and Research Library Network, MERLYN
Database providing citations to the library holdings and electronic information resources of the military education libraries in the United States and Europe (such as Air University, Naval Postgraduate School, Naval War College, U.S. Air Force Academy, U.S. Army War College, U.S. Military Academy, U.S. Naval Academy). Use the Advanced Search for best results. Email search results to yourself. Especially useful for locating citations to journal articles on military / defense related topics. Select Periodical Indexes. Use the Keyword or Advanced Search for best results. The periodicals indexing database covers:
- Air University Library Index to Military Periodicals. Includes citations to journal articles in English language military journals. Covers 1990 to date. Updated quarterly.
- Staff College Automated Military Periodical Index. Includes selected citations to journal articles and selected documents and reports supporting the curriculum of the Armed Forces Staff College, Norfolk, VA. Covers 1960 to date. http://www.ifn.pims.org:8000/
National Initiative for a Networked Cultural Heritage. NINCH Guide to Good Practice in the Digital Representation and Management of Cultural Heritage Materials
"...(NINCH) is a US-based coalition of some 100 organizations and institutions from across the cultural sector: museums, libraries, archives, scholarly societies, arts groups, IT support units and others. It was founded in 1996 to ensure strong and informed leadership from the cultural community in the evolution of the digital environment." http://www.ninch.org/programs/practice/comments.html
National Security Archive, (George Washington University)
An independent research institute and library in Washington, D.C. It collects and publishes declassified documents acquired through the Freedom of Information Act, FOIA. Information for researchers wishing to use their materials is at: http://www2.gwu.edu/~nsarchiv/nsa/archive/resguide.htm
Their holdings include press clippings on Africa and a Horn of Africa refugees (1979-1984) collection. A description of their microfiche collection, South Africa: The Making of U.S. Policy, 1962-1989 (2,500 documents on 439 microfiche, cost U.S. $3,900), is at: http://www2.gwu.edu/~nsarchiv/nsa/publications/s_africa/s_africa.html
This microfiche collection is held by at least 23 U.S. libraries and Oxford U.; check RLIN or the OCLC World Catalog for a list of these. The site provides information on how to use the FOIA. http://www2.gwu.edu/~nsarchiv/
The database, Digital National Security Archive, licensed by Proquest, has full text documents, mainly one page each, in Adobe PDF format, on U.S. foreign relations. Some libraries subscribe to this database for their students, faculty. Includes memos, cables re Angola, military training by South Africa for the Contras, African reaction to the Cuban missile crisis, Zambia, Mozambique, etc." http://nsarchive.chadwyck.com/
National Union Catalog of Manuscript Collections
An excellent resource for locating U.S. archival holdings on Africa. NUCMC is a database operated by the U.S. Library of Congress providing information on archival holdings in the U.S. To search select: NUCMC Z39.50 Gateway to the RLIN AMC file. If you can't tell from the record which repository has the collection, select the Tagged Display option at the bottom of the page and scroll to the end of the Tagged Display screen. [KF] http://lcweb.loc.gov/coll/nucmc/
New York Public Library
Has an online catalog. The reknown Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture is devoted to the history, society, and culture of people of African descent. Has Online Exhibitions: African Diaspora in the Indian Ocean World, Africana Age: African & African Diasporan Transformations in the 20th Century, Abolition of the Slave Trade: The Forgotten Story, In Motion: The African-American Migration Experience. http://www.nypl.org/
New York University, Africana Library
Timothy Johnson is the Librarian for Africana Studies, Anthropology and Food Studies. Has Research Guides for African Studies and for African History. Address: Elmer Holmes Bobst Library, 70 Washington Square South, New York NY 10012. http://www.nyu.edu/library/bobst/research/soc/africa/
Northwestern University, Melville J. Herskovits Library of African Studies
One of the best Africana libraries in the world. The African Studies Curator is Esmeralda Kale. Northwestern is the archival repository for official records of the African Studies Assocation (U.S.), and its committees and some of its affiliated organizations such as the Africana Librarians Council. Has an exhibit on African Cartoon Art and over 77 of their African posters are online, part of a larger collection. http://www.library.northwestern.edu/africana/index.html
Access their online catalog thru:
- NUcat - http://nucat.library.northwestern.edu/ - the web-based catalog of the Northwestern University libraries. From NUcatWeb you can also search the Africana Conference Paper Index, Northwestern's Africana Vertical File, Transportation Article File and the Multimedia Learning Center.
Northwestern University. Melville J. Herskovits Library of African Studies, Arabic Manuscripts from West Africa
A catalog of the Herskovits Library Collection. "over 5,000 items..... Original, hand-written manuscripts make up more than 60 percent of the content, which also includes “market” editions (photocopies of handwritten works that are often sold in African marketplaces), printed editions, and photocopies. Most are in Arabic, though some are in ajami—African languages such as Hausa, Fulfulde, and Wolof written in the Arabic script."
The collection includes the Umar Falke Collection, the John Paden Collection, the John Hunwick Collection, and the University of Ghana Collection. http://digital.library.northwestern.edu/arbmss/
Northwestern University, Melville J. Herskovits Library of African Studies, Winterton Collection
The Humphrey Winterton Collection of East African (Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Zanzibar) historical photographs comprises c. 7,600 photographs taken primarily in East Africa between about 1860 and 1960. Has an inventory. http://repository.library.northwestern.edu/winterton/
Ohio State University, Black Studies Library
Miriam Conteh-Morgan is the African Studies Collection Manager. Linda Krikos is the African-American Studies Collection Manager. The online catalog is OSCAR. http://library.osu.edu/sites/blackstudies/index.php
Ohio University Libraries - African Collection
Ms. Araba Dawson-Andoh is the Africana Librarian. Has a very useful Subject Guide to African Studies. The Ohio University Libraries are a depository for Botswana (from 1990) and Swaziland (from1991) government documents. Search their online catalog, ALICE.
Online Archive of California
"...a searchable online union database of finding aids to archival collections." Search the entire database by keyword (Malawi, Mandela, etc.) to retrieve inventories. Includes some of the finding aids from the Hoover Institution Archives and Green Library (Stanford University), UC Berkeley, UC Davis, UC Irvine, UC Los Angeles, UC Santa Barbara, and other California institutions. Has for ex. a 1997 finding aid for the South African Subject Collection, one of the South Africa related collections in the Hoover Archives, Stanford University. http://www.oac.cdlib.org/
Princeton University Library - African Studies
The African Studies Librarian is Alain St. Pierre. Has a directory of African Studies Resources, bibliographies, etc. The Princeton University Library has an online catalog. [KF] http://libguides.princeton.edu/African_studies
RLG - ArchiveGrid
Subscription service. Find archival collections in thousands of libraries, museums, and archives worldwide. "a service of RLG [Research Libraries Group], a not-for-profit membership organization of over 150 universities, national libraries, archives, historical societies." To be merged with OCLC with the closure of RLG. http://archivegrid.org/
Rockefeller Archive Center
Holds the archives of the Social Science Research Council, Russell Sage Foundation, and others. Fax: (914) 631-6017, 15 Dayton Ave., Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591-1598. http://www.rockefeller.edu/archive.ctr/
Rutgers University. Africana Studies Research Guide
The African Studies Librarian is Melissa Gasparotto. Information on the African studies library collections, annotated guide to major reference titles. http://www.libraries.rutgers.edu/rul/rr_gateway/research_guides/africana/africana.shtml
Saint John's University, Hill Monastic Manuscript Library (Collegeville, Minnesota)
The Manuscript Library has filmed many of the manuscripts in Ethiopia for the Ethiopian Manuscript Microfilm Library, Addis Ababa. A list of catalogs of the microfilmed manuscripts is available. http://www.hmml.org/
Smithsonian Institution, National Anthropological Archives
Has a guide to the collections (includes fieldnotes, manuscripts recordings, photographs), with brief descriptions of collections such as the Aidan William Southall and Marshall Barron Clinard Material Relating to Nutrition and Crime in Kampala, Uganda; Peace Corps Volunteers Papers, etc. There is a guide to their film archives and links to other ethnographic archives. http://www.nmnh.si.edu/naa/
Smithsonian Institution Libraries, National Museum of African Art. Warren M. Robbins Library
The Library online catalog is a great resource as; unlike most library catalogs, it includes citations to journal articles. "Modern African Art: a Basic Reading List" by Janet L. Stanley is an internet version (with extensive annotations) of a bibliography originally compiled in 1990 and is continually updated. The Museum provides a directory of African art sites and holds the Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives.
The Library: http://www.sil.si.edu/libraries/nmafa-hp.htm
The Museum: http://www.nmafa.si.edu/
Stanford University, Library
Has bibliographies | finding aids on government publications, anthropology, human rights, Islam, videos, literature, journal articles on Africa, African history sources, missionary records, the slave trade, current newspapers at Stanford, sources for South African biography, reference works, and journal articles. Hosts "Africa South of the Sahara: Selected Internet Resources," a directory to African studies information on the internet. Stanford's online catalog includes resources in the main library Green Library, Hoover Library, and other campus libraries. However, part of Hoover's holdings, some titles cataloged before 1979 are NOT in the online catalog. Hoover's pamphlet collection and details of archival holdings are also not in the online catalog.
The Hoover Institution Library and Archives on the Stanford campus hold over 200 collections relating to Africa. Finding aids (for Hoover and for Stanford's University Library) of some special collections are online at the California Digital Library Online Archive of California. http://library.stanford.edu/areas/african-collections
Stanford University. Hoover Institution - Pamphlet Database
Citations to only a tiny fraction of the pamphlets in the Hoover Archives and Library. The rest of the pamphlets are not listed individiually by author or title and are in the Hoover Library's Pamphlet Collection and the Hoover Archives. Researchers need to visit Stanford to consult these. [KF] http://hoorferl.stanford.edu/pamphlet/search.php
State University of New York, Albany. Africana Studies
Deborah Lafond is Social Sciences Bibliographer and in charge of Africana. Has links to online databases at SUNY and links to a database of newly cataloged acquisitions. The online catalog is ADVANCE. http://library.albany.edu/subject/africana%5Fmain.html
Syrcause University Library - African Studies
The Librarian for African / African American, Anthropology, Native Studies, Sociology, Women Studies is Bonnie C. Ryan. Syracuse has extensive microfilm holdings from the Kenya National Archives. Full text from the printed guide to the microfilm in on-line. http://library.syr.edu/research/internet/africa/
UNESCO Archives Portal
Directory to archives (worldwide including African archives), primary sources and finding aids online, archival training / education sources, preservation information, international co-operation, archival associations, conferences, internet resources. http://www.unesco.org/webworld/portal_archives.
United Nations, Dag Hammarskjold Library
Describes access, services. Has a guide to major UN conferences, maps of UN peacekeeping missions, "Peace-keeping Operations : a bibliography", a list of Depository Libraries receiving UN publications around the world, etc. http://www.un.org/Depts/dhl/
United States National Archives
Has "Diplomatic Records: a Select Catalog of National Archives Microfilm Publications". Within this catalog you can locate citations to records by country or area. Many U.S. libraries own the microfilm referred to in the citations. [KF] http://www.archives.gov/
United States Presidential Libraries
The Lyndon B. Johnson library has the full text (in Adobe .pdf format) of an interview with former Secretary of State, Dean Rusk. The 1970 Rusk interview briefly touches on US-Africa relations (Congo-Stanleyville, the Nigerian civil war, Rhodesia, Southwest Africa, South Africa). Use the Search form for each library. There is also NARA Archival Information Locator (NAIL) a searchable database of U.S. National Archives holdings which does not retrieve the same results as the individual library searches. [KF] http://www.nara.gov/nara/president/address.html
University of Alaska, Anchorage
Use their Subject search to locate collections on Africa such as the Grenold Collins collection which includes hunting / bird watching in Africa. http://www.lib.uaa.alaska.edu/archives/
University of California, Berkeley, Africana Library
The African Studies Librarian is Shayee Khanaka. See their Research Tools for African Studies (print and online sources). Search the UCB online catalog, OskiCat.
OskiCat does not include holdings for some libraries such as the UCB Law School - see their separate catalog. See also the UC System's MELVYL union catalog.
University of California, Los Angeles, UCLA. Library - African Studies
UCLA's African Studies Bibliographer, Ruby Bell-Gam, has provided information on the university's Africana collections and Africa-related internet resources of note. UCLA library holdings can be accessed thru its ORION online catalog. See also the University of California system's MELVYL union catalog. http://guides.library.ucla.edu/africa
University of California, MELVYL Union Catalog.
Online catalog of all libraries in the University of California system. http://melvyl.worldcat.org/
University of California, Santa Cruz. McHenry Library - A Luta Continua: African Liberation Movement Posters from the Collection of David H. Anthony
Posters and background on the African anti-colonial struggle. Posters mainly from the personal collection of Professor Anthony. [KF] http://library.ucsc.edu/exhibits/ALutaContinua.html
University of Connecticut Libraries. African National Congress Collection. Finding Aid
1993-1999, .5 linear feet. Materials collected by University staff in prepartion for the UConn-ANC Partnership. "The governing party since 1994, the ANC has established its archives at the University of Fort Hare, an historically Black institution. In March 1999, the ANC and the University of Connecticut signed a Memorandum of Understanding establishing a partnership to foster training assistance and cooperation." See the Container Listing. Includes film of the A. B. Xuma Papers and O.R. Tambo Papers. http://www.lib.uconn.edu/DoddCenter/ASC/findaids/ANC/collectiondesc.htm
University of Florida
The African Studies Library, headed by Dan Reboussin, contains library guides, internet resources, information on library and museum exhibits, and detailed lists of the contents of the Gwendolyn Carter, Ronald Cohen, Rene Lemarchand, and George Shepperson (David Livingstone) collections. Has the syllabus for the Africana Bibliography course.
Access the university's online catalog. Has a selected list of the university's African language and linguistics print publications and an index to the George Fortune collection (Southern African language and literature, esp. Shona).
University of Illinois-Champaign/Urbana
The African Studies Library site has an extensive listing of Africa-related reference books, key journals, bibliographies, finding aids, and links to web sites. Prof. Atoma Batoma is the African Studies Bibliographer. Search the online catalog. The University sponsored a 2006 Workshop on the Politics of Digital Initiatives Concerning Africa (2 p. in PDF). The U.Illinois Center for African Studies site has extensive information as well. http://www.library.illinois.edu/africana/
University of Iowa Libraries. African Studies
Dr. Edward Miner is African Studies, Middle Eastern, and South Asian Bibliographer. The library online catalog is InfoHawk. Collections include the WARREN AFRICAN SLIDE AND VIDEOTAPE COLLECTION. Has a feed of new Kiswahili and Arabic titles. http://guides.lib.uiowa.edu/africanstudies
University of Iowa Libraries. Center for Electronic Resources in African Studies
- The African Peace Information Locator - links to information on African peace and conflict resolution and information on unique resources in the University of Iowa Libraries, at African universities, and throughout the world.
- Dogon (Dictionary) - "The dictionary was compiled by Marcel Kervran, a member of the Peres Blancs, who lived in the town of Bandiagara, Mali for about 30 years. This dictionary has over 7000 head words."
- The Electronic Journal of Africana Bibliography http://sdrc.lib.uiowa.edu/ejab/
- Iowa Studies in African Art: The Stanley Conferences at the University of Iowa (1985) - Has full text of the Introduction by Christopher Roy and the keynote address by Arnold Rubin, "Artists and Workshops in Northeastern Nigeria"
- Iron, Master of Them All(1993) by William J. Dewey and Allen F. Roberts. Also in Adobe pdf.
- Baobab: A Publication Dedicated to the Study of African Expressive Culture (1997)
University of Kansas Libraries. African Studies
The African Studies Librarian is Dr. Musa Olaka. Description of the African Collection, databases and online resources for African studies. The university library has an online catalog. Based in Lawrence, Kansas. http://www.lib.ku.edu/africanstudies/
University of Miami Libraries. Africana Studies
The Africana Studies Librarian is Jameatris Johnson. "Africana Studies focuses on continental Africa and the experiences of people of African descent in the Black Atlantic societies of North America, the Caribbean and Latin America. Africana Studies courses explore the multifaceted political, economic, social, and cultural traditions of Africans and peoples of African descent." Based in Coral Gables, Florida. http://www.library.miami.edu/research/guides/africana.html
University of Michigan Library, African Studies (Ann Arbor)
Loyd Mbabu is the African Studies Librarian. His office is in the Reference Department, Harlan Hatcher Graduate Library, 214C Hatcher North.Phone: (734) 764-7289. There is African Studies Library Guide to research. The online catalog is MIRLYN. http://guides.lib.umich.edu/AfricanStudies
University of Minnesota Libraries
The Librarian for African Studies is Rafael E. Tarrago. Has African History: A Guide to Research in Wilson Library which covers print bibliographies, reference sources, monographs. Researching South Africa in the University of Minnesota Libraries is a guide to mainly print resources. http://area.lib.umn.edu/afrihist.html
University of North Carolina Library - Chapel Hill - African Studies
Mireille Djenno is the Librarian for African, African American and African Diaspora Studies, and Head of the Stone Center Library. Mohamed Hamed heads the Middle Eastern and African Collections. http://guides.lib.unc.edu/african-studies
University of Oregon. Libraries - African Political Ephemera and Realia Project
"...online collection of ephemeral material - pamphlets, t-shirts, cloths, posters, ......- that documents the material culture of politics in Sub-Saharan Africa." Includes Malawi calendars, clothing depicting Hastings Banda, Bakili Muluzi, Pope John Paul II, Cloth from Cameroon depicting Paul Biya. Malawi political party publications. Bowl promoting a Malawi candidate, posters, wall hanging commemorating the wedding of President Bakili Muluzi, posters for Abdoulaye Bathily and Abdoulaye Wade in the 2007 Senegal presidential election, kanga with three portraits of Barack Obama. Materials were digitized and returned to their respective owners. Suggested bibliography. [KF] http://boundless.uoregon.edu/digcol/afpep/index.html
University of Pennsylvania Library, African Collection
Lauris Olson, in charge of African Studies Collections has prepared a research guide to African History and Politics. The library online catalog is Franklin. Elisa Von Joedeu-Forgey has a bibliography of African print reference sources, "African Library Resources at the Univ. of Pennsylvania." The Africa Collection Development Policy is online. The UPenn African Studies Program web site is one of the largest in the world. [KF] http://www.library.upenn.edu/home.html
University of Southern California, Herbert Shore Collection Archive of Documents on the Life and Legacy of Eduardo Chivambo Mondlane
The University of Southern California Doheny Library hosts an online guide (in Adobe PDF) to microfilm of the archive. Among material listed are papers of Eduardo Mondlane, his wife Janet Mondlane, FRELIMO, the Mozambique Institute. There are materials about the Mondlanes and U.N. materials. A project of the Doheny Electronic Resources Center. [KF] http://www.usc.edu/isd/locations/ssh/doheny/ref/ERC/pro6.html
University of Virginia
The librarian for African History is George Crafts. The Special Collections Department of the Library had a keyword searchable form for its finding aids. A number of collections have Africa-related materials such as those of former Senator Harry Byrd, Jr. and the Graham, Sanders, and Tate Families Papers (South Africa 1955-56.) http://www.lib.virginia.edu/speccol/
Has an online catalog, VIRGO.
University of Wisconsin - Madison. African Studies Collection
The Africana Librarian is Emilie Songolo. Has Research Guides on African topics, the Harold E. Scheub Collection and an African Commemorative Textiles Collection. The University's Land Tenure Center has long worked in Africa. https://uwdc.library.wisc.edu/collections/africanstudies/
World Digital Library
Partners include the U.S. Library of Congress and the Bibliotheca Alexandrina in Egypt. The two wil have mirror sites. "The project will digitize unique and rare material, including manuscripts, maps, rare books, musical scores, sound recordings, films, prints, photographs and architectural drawings from libraries and other cultural institutions around the world and make these materials freely available on the Internet." Background on the Library. http://www.wdl.org/
The head of the African Collection is Charles Riley. Yale University Library is especially strong on Southern Africa. Has a section for Yale's African visual resources and a list of African newspapers received at Yale. Access Yale's online catalog, ORBIS. http://web.library.yale.edu/international/african-collection
Finding aids to some Yale archival collections can be searched by keyword. The Yale Divinity Library has a large number of microform collections with African content and the original records of the Washington Office on Africa. Search the Divinity Library's Finding Aids.