Materials stored in the archive are generally for consultation only, and can be fetched by completing a form at the issue desk or by completing a form online.
Items that need to be fetched are indicated on iDiscover by the following location information: "African Studies Centre Library : Library Archive Store"
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
For archival material elsewhere in the University, please use the catalogue Janus to browse Africa-related items
Cambridge University Digital Library (CUDL) hosts stunning images of items held in Cambridge, particularly the Royal Commonwealth Society (RCS) Collection
Royal Commonwealth Society (RCS) Collection 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.
Archives Hub The Archives Hub provides a gateway to many of the UK's richest historical archives. Search across descriptions of archives from over 1,000 years of history, held at over 300 institutions across the UK.
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) 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 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
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.
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.