The Program of African Studies at Northwestern University shared the sad news of John Hunwick‘s death this week. He may be best known for his discovery of 3,000 privately held manuscripts in Timbuktu in 1999. Northwestern University Professor Emeritus John Owen Hunwick…discovered a treasure trove of historic Arab literature stored in trunks in Timbuktu, Mali, died April 1 […]

While the trends appear heartening on the ground with generally fewer new cases in West Africa, there’s still much work to be done (see US Centers for Disease Control update). Here, we offer a few additional resources to supplement earlier posts (including the Ebola Response pocket library on a flash drive offered by WiderNet). African Studies librarians […]

Rebloged from THATCamp Gainesville is on April 24th in Smathers Library East from 8:30am to 6:00pm. THATCamp, The Humanities and Technology Camp, is an unconference hosted by the UF Center for the Humanities and the Public Sphere with UF Smathers Libraries with the goal of starting informal and productive conversations about Digital Humanities projects, topics, […]

Crowd funding site T160k hosts a campaign to document 400,000 items in the Timbuktu (Mali) Libraries in exile. They helped to rescue and preserve these via Indiegogo and now are working to take their efforts to the next level: In 2012, under threat from fundamentalist rebels, a team of archivists, librarians, and couriers evacuated an irreplaceable trove of manuscripts […]

The Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor (DRL) announces a Request for Proposals from individuals and organizations interested in designing and implementing a project that will define aspects of human rights documentation overseas, including the development of a toolkit to guide civil society organizations and other stakeholders working in this area. This project will […]

A group of individuals responsible for the oversight and coordination of US based area studies collections and staff at their respective home universities has recently launched the IASC21 blog. Institutions currently represented in the International and Area Studies Collections In the 21st Century (IASC21) group include: the Center for Research Libraries, Columbia University, Duke University, George Washington […]

Good archival news just arrived today via H-Net: Jean-Pierre Bat and Vincent Hiribarren announced a new archival resource: Archives de l’Afrique Équatoriale Française (Brazzaville) dedicated to the colonial archives of French Equatorial Africa housed at the National Archives of Congo in Brazzaville. This site gives details on access conditions for potential researchers and retraces the history of the colonial archives kept in Brazzaville. More importantly, […]


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