Some of the material in our archive has been either catalogued or listed, and can be fetched by completing a form at the issue desk or by completing a form online. Materials stored in the archive are generally for consultation only. With the help of volunteers the basement collection is being reorganised and listed, and we will be continuously adding to these pages.
Please see the archival collections listed in the box below (or click on the photos above) to view details of what the team is currently working on to make available. Take a look at our guest blogposts to keep up to date with progress: caslibraryblog
Items that need to be fetched are indicated on iDiscover by the following location information: "African Studies Centre Library : Library Archive Store"
Archival material needs to be handled with care, and the desk next to the Library Office has been reserved for archival material consultation.
Please get in touch with us if you have any questions regarding our collections.
The following collections are currently being organised and listed by our team of volunteers. Once these items have been listed and housed correctly, a finding aid describing the materials will be available in the first tab of this box.
A. D. Leishman (founding partner of publishers Leishman & Taussig): A substantial collection of: slides; books; and a series of large ring-files on a number of east, central & southern African countries containing ephemera collected during his career in Africa from the 1970s to the 2000s.
Peter Sanders: A significant collection of research material for the author's books on Lesotho:
John H. Smith: His collection of correspondence and press cuttings regarding the 1966 coup in Nigeria and its aftermath where he was stationed as a senior overseas British civil servant.
Richard Synge Nigeria Papers: A collection of reports, documents and press cuttings collected by and reflecting the research and reporting by Richard Synge, West Africa editor, editor of the weekly Africa Economic Digest 1980-1990, editor of Africa Analysis 1990-1994, and a freelance journalist specialising in Nigeria.
Royal Commonwealth Society (RCS) Collection, University of Cambridge A treasure-trove of information, pictorial and written, print and manuscript, on the Commonwealth and Britain's former colonial territories, comprising over 300,000 printed items, about 800 archival collections (including manuscript diaries, correspondence, pictures, cine films, scrapbooks and newspaper cuttings) and over 120,000 photographs.
Near & Middle Eastern Collections (UL) The University Library's Near and Middle Eastern Collections include written materials originating from the countries of the Arabian Peninsula, the countries of the wider Middle East and the Islamic regions of North Africa and Central Asia. Includes Coptic & Ethiopic materials.
Churchill Archives Centre Hosts over 600 archive collections, including the Churchill Papers. Click on the link to view material on Africa
Archives Hub The Archives Hub provides a gateway to many of the UK's richest historical archives. Use the Archives Hub to find unique sources for your research. Search across descriptions of archives from over 1,000 years of history, held at over 300 institutions across the UK.
British Library - Africa Manuscripts & Archives The British Library is a rich resource for manuscripts and archives relating to Africa in western languages, Arabic, and African scripts and languages.
Oxford - The Weston Library has circa 2600 manuscript and archive collections relating to Africa and is particularly strong in material relating to the history of British colonial administration. Use their comprehensive African Studies LibGuide to discover more
SOAS - The collections at SOAS (London) reflect the British interaction with Africa and Asia over the last 250 years.
Africa Research Central (in English & French) An 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 The African Activist Archive is preserving and making available online the records of activism in the United States and elsewhere to support the struggles of African peoples against colonialism, apartheid, and social injustice from the 1950s through the 1990s.
Cooperative Africana Materials Project (CAMP) Based in the USA, CAMP promotes the preservation of publications and archives concerning Sub-Saharan Africa. CAMP also aims to make these materials in microform available to researchers, we hold a subscription, please come and ask us at the issue desk if there is material you would like to access.
International Council on Archives The ICA is dedicated to the effective management of records and the preservation, care and use of the world's archival heritage through its representation of records and archive professionals across the globe. Archives are listed by region, and the organistion includes the following regional branches:
WARBICA - West African Regional Branch
CENARBICA - Central Africa Regional Branch
ESARBICA - Eastern and Southern Africa Regional Branch
For information on our other listed collections, please see the Archive collections box to the left!
The African Studies Library houses the collection of Eridadi Medadi Kasirye Mulira (1909–1995) papers in its basement archive.
Eridadi M. K. Mulira was B/Uganda’s foremost Protestant constitutional thinker in the second half of the twentieth century.
The collection includes Mulira's plays, essays and autobiographical material.
This collection has been digitised, and comprises of 4,471 images.