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African History:
Archives, Libraries, and Museums

Below are archives, libraries, and museums for African history. For additional resources, see History: Archives, Libraries, and Museums. To search for archival materials, use the resources at History: Archival Resources.

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African History:
Associations, Organizations, and Institutes

For additional listings, see History: Associations, Organizations, and Institutes.

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African History:

Sometimes you may need some information to get more familiar with your topic. Below are some materials that can provide background on topics in the African history. Additional resources are listed at History: Background.

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African History:
Biographical Resources

See also the resources listed at History: Biographical Resources

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African History:
Databases and Indexes

Below are some databases and print indexes that you can use to find books and articles on topics dealing with African history. For a more complete listing of those relevant to History, see History: Databases and Indexes. If you need help in selecting or using a database or index for your research, please contact the Hunt Library reference desk.

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African History:
Discussion Lists

For additional resources, see History: Discussion Lists.

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African History:
Internet Guides

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African History:


Below are some major journals in African history. Use the library catalog and the Find e-journal list to search for other journal titles in the Carnegie Mellon University Libraries, or use the databases listed above to find journal articles on particular topics. For additional titles, History: Journals.

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African History:


For additional maps, History: Maps.

  • Afriterra: The Cartographic Free Library (Afriterra Foundation)
    Rare maps of Africa from 1482 to 1847.

  • Ajayi, J. F. Ade and Michael Crowder, eds. Historical Atlas of Africa. New York: Cambridge University Press, 1985.
    HUNT REF-1 G2446 .S1 H5 1985

  • Blake, Gerald H., John Dewdney, and Jonathan Mitchell. The Cambridge Atlas of the Middle East & North Africa. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1987.
    HUNT REF-1 G2205 .C3 1987

  • Brice, William C., ed. An Historical Atlas of Islam. Leiden: Brill, 1981.
    HUNT REF-1/Atlas G1786 .S1 H6 1981

  • Fage, J. D. An Atlas of African History. [London]: E. Arnold [1958].
    HUNT REF-1 G2446 .S1 F3 1958

  • Histoire de l’Afrique de l'ouest: Cartes

  • Historical Maps of Africa (Perry-Castañeda Library Map Collection, University of Texas Libraries)

  • Kasule, Samuel. The History Atlas of Africa. New York: Macmillan, c1998.
    HUNT REF-1 911.6 K19H

  • McEvedy, Colin. The Penguin Atlas of African History. New York: Penguin Books, 1995.
    HUNT REF-1 911.6 M14PA

  • Map Gallery (American Museum Congo Expedition, 1909-1915, American Museum of Natural History)

  • Murray, Jocelyn. Cultural Atlas of Africa. New York: Checkmark Books, 1998.
    HUNT REF-1 G2446 .E6 C8 1998

  • Nicolle, David. Historical Atlas of the Islamic World. New York: Checkmark, 2003.
    HUNT REF-1 G1786 .S1 N5 2003

  • Robinson, Francis. Atlas of the Islamic World Since 1500. New York: Facts On File, [c1982]
    HUNT REF-1 DS35.6 .R6 1982

  • World Eagle, Inc. Africa Today: a Reproducible Atlas. Littleton, Mass.: World Eagle, 1996.
    HUNT REF-1 G2445 .W6 1996
    MUS-OFC-4 911.6 W92A 1996 DISC

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African History:
Pictorial Resources

See also the resources listed in History: Pictorial Resources.

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African History:
Primary Sources

See also the resources listed in History: Primary Sources.

African History:
Primary Sources:
Audio Materials
  • Belgian Congo Records Sound Gallery (American Museum Congo Expedition, 1909-1915, American Museum of Natural History)
    "The Belgian Congo Records were made by the adventurer and filmmaker Armand Denis during his 1934-35 cross-Africa expedition. They were among the first recordings made of the sounds of the central Congo."

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African History:
Primary Sources:
Collections, Papers, Diaries
  • Africa Contemporary Record; Annual Survey and Documents. New York: Africana Publishing Co.
    HUNT REF-1 DT1 .L43
    Latest in Hunt Ref; earlier in Hunt stacks.

  • Africa Focus: Sights and Sounds of a Continent (University of Wisconsin-Madison Libraries)

  • African National Congress: South Africa's National Liberation Movement
    Click on "Documents' tab to see available Primary Sources.

  • Africans in the New World, 1493-1834 [microform]: from the John Carter Brown Library at Brown University. Marlborough, Wiltshire, Eng.: Adam Matthew Publications, 2003.
    HUNT MFILM-3 973.0496073 A2586

  • Confidential U.S. State Department Central Files--South Africa Microform: Internal Affairs and Foreign Affairs. Frederick, MD: University Publications of America, c1985.UNIVERSITY OF PITTSBURGH, HILLMAN LIBRARY MICROFORMS (Ground Floor) Microfilm E 74

  • Early English Books Online (Carnegie Mellon users only)
    Search and display text of virtually every work printed in England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales and British North America and works in English printed elsewhere from 1473-1700.

  • Empire Online (Carnegie Mellon users only)
    15th-20th Centuries
    Provides full text access to rare primary sources that covers 5 aspects of the colonial experience. It has a thematic layout spanning Cultural Contracts, Literature of the Empire, Religion, Race, Class, and Imperialism. Materials cover Africa, North and South America, the Caribbean, India, Asia, the Middle East, Australasia and the Islands of Oceania. Materials included are: exploration and journals logs to travel logs, diaries, official government papers, missionary papers, maps, photographs, letter books and correspondence, etc.

  • Historical Text Archive: Africa (Donald J. Mabry)

  • Internet African History Sourcebook (Paul Halsall, Fordham University)

  • Internet Islamic History Sourcebook (Paul Halsall, Fordham University)

  • The Liberian Letters (Electronic Text Center, University of Virginia Library)
    Two collections of letters written by former slaves from Virginia who settled in Liberia.

  • Olaudah Equiano: The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano, or Gustavus Vassa, the African (Hanover Historical Texts Project)

  • Primary Reader in African History (Tom Costa)
    Selective readings, chosen with an eye to their illumination of important themes in African history and the history of the slave trade

  • Slave Trade Journals and Papers. Marlboro, Wiltshire: Adam Matthew Publications, 1998- .

  • Slavery, Abolition, and Social Justice, 1490-2007 (Carnegie Mellon users only)
    Search and browse the full text of original manuscripts, pamphlets, books, paintings, and maps. There is extensive coverage of topics such as the African Coast; the Middle Passage; the varieties of slave experience (urban, domestic, industrial, farm, ranch and plantation); Spiritualism and Religion; Resistance and Revolts; the Underground Railroad; the Abolition Movement; Legislation; Education; the Legacy of Slavery and Slavery Today. The database covers all geographic areas. You can search for relevant documents or browse the ones relating to Africa.

  • Voyages en Afrique (Gallica)
    900 volumes de textes, 30 titres de revues, 80 cartes venant des collections imprimées de la BnF, 20 heures d'enregistrements sonores des fonds du Musée de la parole et du geste et 6500 photographies issues des fonds de la Société de géographie.
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African History:
Statistical Resources

Below are statistical resources relevant to African history. Relevant statistics may also be in some of the resources listed at History: Statistical Resources. If you need help finding statistics, please ask for assistance at the Hunt reference desk.

  • Mitchell, Brian R. International Historical Statistics: Africa, Asia & Oceania, 1750-2005. 6th ed. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2007.
    HUNT REF-1 HA4675 .M552 2007

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                 See also: Atlantic World
                           African American History

April 2011 --   
Sue Collins, Senior Librarian,