Some of the material 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 not borrowable. 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, including 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.
For archival material elsewhere in the University, please use the catalogue Janus to browse Africa-related items (includes the Royal Commonwealth Society's collection at the main University Library)
Please get in touch with us if you have any questions regarding our collections.
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.
For information on our other listed collections, please see the Archive collections box situated just below!
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.
Professor A.F. Robertson: His collection of papers concerning regions and towns of Ghana (e.g) Goaso and Ahafo, which includes a boxed card index of Chiefs.
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.
The Library holds approximately 200 maps of the African continent and of several African countries. These date mostly from the 1980s and earlier. The Library staff and volunteers are currently undertaking a project to list this collection and to make it discoverable via iDiscover.
The maps are available for consultation, not for loan. Take a look at “There’s just something hypnotic about maps” (Ken Jennings, Jeopardy contestant) – David’s labour of love @AfrStudiesLib – caslibraryblog
There is a card catalogue on the microfilm cabinet in the Library (alphabetical order by country), and some material may appear when you search iDiscover. Please ask for help to use the microfilm reader. Scanning of microfilm is subject to prior arrangement, please get in touch with us.
Most of the Official Publications, political ephemera, working papers and pamphlets that are held in the basement archive will appear when searching via iDiscover. If you have particular documents that you would like to consult to support your research (demographic statistics, ministry reports etc.), please contact us at least 24 hours before you would like to view them, so that we can perform a thorough search for you.
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.
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