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Library Resource Guide for: AFRICANA STUDIES

Selected Internet Resources for Africana Studies:

    Academic Internet Gateways:

  • African Diaspora, Ph.D.
    An extensive scholarly blog covering emerging scholarship and scholars in the field of African diaspora history.

  • Ilissafrica
    A project of the Biblioth�que Universitaire Johann Christian Senckenberg inFrankfurt in collaboration with the Centre d�Information GIGA in Hamburg focusing on subsaharan Africa.

  • Collaborative Journals Online:

  • Gefame
    An online journal for African Studies using the web to facilitate exchange of ideas between Africa-based scholars and scholars outside the continent of Africa. A peer-reviewed journal produced at the University of Michigan.

  • Impumelelo
    A peer-reviewed, interdisciplinary journal of African sports, published semi-annually and produced at Ohio University

  • Safundi
    The Journal of South African and American Comparative Studies, constituting an online community of scholars, professionals, and others interested in comparing and contrasting the United States of America with the Republic of South Africa. A peer-reviewed journal. NOTE: Only the current issue is freely available.

  • Digital Resources:

  • African Online Digital Library
    A project of MATRIX and the African Studies Center at Michigan State University, producing multi-lingual, multimedia materials for scholarly and public use. The project currently highlights materials from Ghana, Senegal, and South Africa, as well as general materials on West Africa and African historiography

  • Africana Digitization Project
    A project of the University of Wisconsin Libraries, the ADP provides digital access to facsimile versions of rare titles in the field of African Studies. Most of the texts included are concerned with pre-colonial Africa (e.g., prior to 1700).

  • Black World online
    Founded in 1943, Negro Digest (later “Black World”) was the publication that launched Johnson Publishing. During the most turbulent years of the civil rights movement, Negro Digest/Black World served as a critical vehicle for political thought for supporters of the movement. Partial serial archives.

  • Citizens All
    A digital project of the Gilder Lehrman Center at Yale University that documents the trajectories of slavery and freedom for African Americans in Connecticut

  • Digital Innovation South Africa
    A collaborative project of research libraries and archives in Southern Africa, supported by the Mellon Foundation, to digitize socio-political materials of scholarly interest, focusing on the Anti-Apartheid movement and the struggle for freedom. Phase 1 comprises journals from the period 1960-1994; Phase 2 will expand the scope of the project to add other materials covering the period 1950-1994. Partners in the project include the National Library of South Africa, Rhodes University, the University of Witwatersrand, the University of Cape Town and the University of KwaZulu-Natal.

  • Djibril Tamsir Niane Audiorecordings
    Ethnographic interviews and field recordings made between 1960 and 1970 by the noted Guinean scholar Djibril Tamsir Niane that document ceremonies and practices of several local groups, including the Baga and the Maninka. The recordings may be searched or browsed. Mounted to the web by the Yale University Library. NOTE: You must have Quicktime installed in order to play the recordings.

  • DuBois Central
    Resources on the life and work of W. E. B. DuBois, mounted by Special Collections at the DuBois Library, University of Massachusetts at Amherst, home to the Du Bois papers. The site includes sections for photographs from DuBois' travels (including his trips to Ghana, Japan and the USSR) and his writings, along with supplementary materials (chronology, biographical material, exhibits, etc.) . The site also includes the collaborative wiki project DuBoisopedia, through which students, scholars and other researchers are encouraged to share information about DuBois and his life and times.

  • Language and Popular Culture in Africa
    A digital project produced at the University of Amsterdam to document and further the study of expressions of popular language and culture in Africa.

  • Liberian Maps
    This collection of maps from the American Colonization Society details American involvement in Liberia between 1830 and 1870, when the ACS was actively working to re-settle freed slaves from the United States in Liberia. The maps are from the Geography & Map Division of the Library of Congress.

  • Negro Digest online
    Founded in 1943, Negro Digest (later “Black World”) was the publication that launched Johnson Publishing. During the most turbulent years of the civil rights movement, Negro Digest/Black World served as a critical vehicle for political thought for supporters of the movement.Partial serial archives.

  • Nelson Mandela Digital Archive Project
    Mounted to the web by the Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory in South Africa. The Centre focuses on three areas of work: the Life and Time of Nelson Mandela, Dialogue for Social Justice and Nelson Mandela International Day.

  • Online Books Page: Subject: African American
    Links to digital books related to African Americans.

  • Papers of Booker T. Washington
    Collected papers of distinguished educator, born into slavery, who rose to the presidency of the Tuskeegee Institute and became a national figure. Full text with images. Made available by the University of Illinois Press through the History Cooperative website.

  • The Crisis
    1910-1922 at the Modernist Journals Project.

  • The Humphrey Winterton Collection
    Digital collection of East African photographs in the collections of Northwestern University Library. Images date from 1860 to 1960. Includes a section for instructional materials and links to other collections of African photographs under the heading "Winterton in the Classroom."

  • Voyages en Afrique
    A corpus of 900 volumes, 30 journal titles, 80 maps, 6,500 photographs and 20 hour of recordings assembled by the Bibliotheque nationale. Inlcudes interactive geographic and thematic maps which link to full texts.

  • Discussion Groups:

  • H-Africa
    Listserv established for the purpose of encouraging discussion of Africa's history, culture, and African studies generally. Includes Africanists of all disciplines.

  • Indexes:

  • Quarterly Index of African Periodical Literature
    Produced by the Nairobi office of the Library of Congress, QIAPL is the online version of a print index to African scholarly literature compiled since 1991 from materials published in Angola, Botswana, Burundi, the Comoros, Congo (Democratic Republic), Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Mayotte, Mozambique, Namibia, Reunion, Rwanda, the Seychelles, Somalia, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. Materials from Cameroon, Gabon, Ghana and Senegal were added with Volume 10 (2000). QIAPL now covers more than 300 publications from 29 African countries.

  • Libraries, Archives and Research Centers:

  • Amistad Center
    Renowned study collections in African American history, located at Tulane University in New Orleans.

  • Boston Social Justice Collection
    The Boston Social Justice Collection at Northeastern University encompasses archival records of a variety of organizations and activists working in and with the African American community. These include the Boston Coalition of Black Women and a number of other significant communal organizations.

  • John Henrik Clarke Africana Library
    Library collection of Cornell University's Africana Studies & Research Center, named in honor of Dr. John Henrik Clarke, a distinguished historian who was instrumental in establishing the Africana Center and its curriculum in the 1970s.

  • Rhode Island College Library
    Special Collections at the James P. Adams Library at RIC include significant holdings on contemporary Cape Verde, including materials on its politics. literature and culture, as well as on Cape Verdean Americans, who form a significant proportion of the population of Southeastern New England.

  • Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture
    Renowned study collections in African American history at the New York Public Library. Extensive digital holdings.

  • South Africa Research and Archival Project
    A project designed to document the participation of Americans in the anti-Apartheid struggle in South Africa, housed at the Moorland-Spingarn Center, Howard University. The site includes online collection guides.

  • The British Library
    An overview of the African Collection at one of the world's great research libraries, which links for further details on Africa, African collections, and library collection locations.

  • Media:

  • Africa
    PBS Companion website to the 8-part television series. Includes an interactive map (by region), teaching tools, and guides to other available resources.

  • BBC Africa
    BBC World Service website devoted to African news and related programming. Contains many valuable links for Africa and the UK.

  • Cameroun, autopsie d'une independance
    A 53 minute documentary in French on the events that led to the independance of Cameroon.

  • Ebony Magazine online
    EBONY is the flagship magazine of Johnson Publishing. Founded in 1945 by John H. Johnson, it still maintains the highest global circulation of any African American-focused magazine. Partial serial archives. Also available on microfilm at the Rockefeller Library.

  • Jet
    The weekly source of African American political and entertainment news. Partial serial archives. Also available on microfilm at the Rockefeller Library.

  • Online Exhibitions:

  • African Voices
    A permanent, interactive exhibition from the Smithsonian's Museum of Natural History that examines the diversity, dynamism, and global influence of Africa�s peoples and cultures over time in the realms of family, work, community, and the natural environment. Includes video and sound components.

  • Ancient Manuscripts from the Desert Libraries of Timbuktu
    An exhibition on the culture of the legendary city and trade center in Mali, produced by the Library of Congress