Tag Archives: History

Remembering Jan Vansina

The African Studies Program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison has created a tribute page where people can share stories and memories of the late trailblazing historian Jan Vansina, who died on February 8, 2017 in Madison. The Center for Research Libraries Cooperative Africana Materials Project (CAMP) has preserved several of Jan Vansina’s research note collections and […]

Official documents online

New Web Repository for Endangered Official Documents: Africa and Middle East  The Center for Research Libraries has launched an open web repository initially digitizing or web harvesting more than 40,000 issues of official gazettes from ten African and Persian Gulf nations where the integrity of the public record is known to be at risk. As […]

Fati Abubakar, Maiduguri’s portrait photographer

We had the pleasure of meeting Fati Abubakar yesterday in our library, with enough time to engage in conversation together with a colleague about the value of photography, the role of archival collections for historical scholarship, and a chance to look at some individual slides (marveling at the intensity that Kodachrome film continues to bring […]

Call for applications: Endangered Archives Programme

From H-Net The British Library’s Endangered Archives Programme: Call for applications by Jody Butterworth The Endangered Archives Programme at the British Library is now accepting grant applications for the next round of funding. Detailed information on the timetable, criteria, eligibility and application procedures is available on the Programme’s website. The deadline for receipt of preliminary grant […]

East African history resources from British Library

Exciting news of British cartographic materials for historical research available online. The British Library has catalogued, conserved and digitised over 550 military intelligence maps and associated documents from the War Office Archive relating to the former British East Africa (modern-day Kenya, Uganda and adjacent parts of Tanzania, Burundi, Rwanda, DR Congo, South Sudan, Ethiopia and […]

Librarians of Timbuktu

Joshua Hammer’s The Bad-Ass Librarians of Timbuktu: And Their Race to Save the World’s Most Precious Manuscripts (2016 Simon & Schuster) is reviewed by Tom Glenn in the Washington Independent Review of Books: The Bad-Ass Librarians of Timbuktu provides irrefutable evidence that culture and learning in Africa were far more advanced than in Europe by the 16th century when Timbuktu flourished as […]

African National Congress archives at Fort Hare University

Read Graham Stinnett‘s recent blog post on an assignment for Global Affairs/UNESCO and the University of Connecticut Libraries‘ Archives & Special Collections. His goal was to assess “the viability of reengaging the partnership with the ANC and UFH” and “to discuss the future of the digital archives project.” Is there a chance that the African National Congress archives […]