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 in advance of your visit.
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
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.