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National Archives, Kinshasa

Repositories of Primary Sources

Directory of web sites for archives and libraries with primary sources. Maintained by Abraham, Head of  Special Collections and Archives, University of Idaho Library (Moscow, Idaho). Has an Africa and Near East page.

'Africa Research Central'
In English and French. A 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 Project
Project to preserve "the record of activities of U.S. organizations and individuals that supported African struggles for freedom and had a significant collective impact on U.S. policy during the period 1960-1994." "This project will focus mainly on smaller local and regional organizations that supported the struggle against colonialism and white minority rule in Africa, especially in Angola, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, and Zimbabwe." Has a directory of collections located in the U.S. and elsewhere. Includes accounts by George Houser (American Committee on Africa) and by the Boston Coalition for the Liberation of Southern Africa. Project Director is Richard Knight. Based at Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI.
African Library Project
"The African Library Project partners with volunteers in African communities to create small libraries for African schools and villages. The......Project makes it easy for U.S. children to recycle their books in order to share the gift of reading with children in Africa." Has detailed Book Drive Guidelines, works with San Francisco Bay Area schools. Founded by Chris Bradshaw of Portola Valley, California.
African Studies Thesaurus
"A structured vocabulary of 12,100 English terms in the field of African studies, the African Studies Thesaurus is developed and maintained by staff at the library of the African Studies Centre Leiden." Includes " the names of countries and regions, ethnic groups, African languages, African polities and political parties in Africa." "British English is preferred, but American-English variants are included as non-preferred terms."
Africana Librarians Council (ALC), African Studies Association (U.S.)
ALC is an organization of African Studies librarians in the U.S. founded in 1957. See the ALC newsletter, Africana Libraries Newsletter, published at Indiana University plus older issues at Michigan State's web site. Has information on the Conover/Porter Award for Africana bibliography and reference, the ALC Handbook with lists of African booksellers, selection tools, the ALC Directory (also old ALC Directory), meeting minutes, etc.

The Fall Meeting 2006 November was in San Francisco.

Spring Meetings:2007 April 19-21 Philadelphia, 2006 May 4-6, Boston University, 2005 Northwestern University, 2004 University of Michigan, 2003 Yale University, 2002 SUNY Albany, 2001 Spring Indiana University, 2000 UCLA. Site based at the U.S. Library of Congress and maintained by Joanne Zellers.

The Title VI Cooperation Project web site, for Title VI library cooperative projects, is at

Who can join theALC list: ALC members, any ASA member, and librarians outside the U.S. See section of the ALC Handbook at Bostton University.

Title VI African Studies Librarians: site at Indiana University.
Africana Libraries Newsletter
This newsletter "supports the work of the Africana Librarians Council of the African Studies Association (U.S.)." Has the full text of recent issues online. Editor: Dr. Marion Frank-Wilson. Pub|ished by the Office of the Librarian for African Studies, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN.
For older issues see:
Africana Libraries Newsletter
Edited by Dr. Joseph Lauer.
Aluka Project
"Aluka's mission is to build and support a sustainable, online database of scholarly resources from the developing world, beginning in Africa,..." Its three projects are African Cultural Heritage Sites, African Plants, and Struggles for Freedom in Southern Africa. Aluka is part of the non-profit, Ithaka, funded by the Mellon Foundation.
American Library Association. CCS Committee on Cataloging Asian and African Material
"the CCAAM is charged "to consider all aspects of problems in the bibliographic organization of materials issued in or dealing with Africa and Asia, with the exception of Asiatic Russia." The composition of the committee includes specialists from area study of Africa, Middle East, Japan, East Asia, South-East Asia, South Asia." Committee minutes are online.
Amistad Research Center, Tulane University
Has a catalog of their African-American, African, and ethnic minority archives, and information on the library, museum, African art. Based in New Orleans, Louisiana.
Web site from the Internet Archive, founded by Brewster Kahle, which archives web pages from state archives and university libraries. Find archived pages from the Africa Union, Doctors Without Borders, Slate (the e-magazine for example), etc. Institutions build, manage and their own web archive. "Each institutional subscription allows you to harvest up to 300 Websites, with a limit of three active collections at any given time."
Available by subscription; many U.S. universities subscribe. Keyword searchable database directory of archival holdings in the U.S. Depending on results retrieved, provides archive address, their web site, a brief description of collections. From Chadwyck-Healey (Virginia, USA). [KF]
Association of Research Libraries. Africa Task Force. 1994
Report of the Africa Task Force of the African Studies Association's Africana Librarians Council for the Association of Research Libraries Foreign Acquisitions Project, by Helene Baumann, Phyllis Bischof, David Easterbrook (Chair), Valerie Mwalilino, Gretchen Walsh. gopher://

For related information see ARL's Collections Program web site ( which has a summary of the Symposium on Access to and Preservation of Global Newspapers, 1997 (
Atlanta University Center. Robert W. Woodruff Library, Special Collections(Atlanta, Georgia)
The Archives was established during the consolidation in 1982 of library materials from the six Atlanta University Center schools into one centralized facility. Rare books, manuscripts, and artifacts came from Atlanta University, Clark College, Morehouse College the Interdenominational Theological Center, Morris Brown College, and Spelman College. Akilah Nosakhere is Librarian of the Africana Reading Room. The collection covers "the Black Experience in the American and Caribben Diaspora and the African continent." The Woodruff Library has an online catalog.