History & Cultures of Africa

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Amhara Hausa Pygmies-Mbuti
Azande Kanuri Somali
Bemba Libyan Bedouin Tiv
Dogon Lozi Twi-Ashanti
Ganda Masai (Maasai) Wolof



  • United Nations "International Decade for People of African Descent, 2015-2024" (New York, USA; Geneva, Switzerland)
  • Universes in Universe, Worlds of Art -- Africa, Asia, the Americas
    (Pat Binder & Gerhard Haupt, Berlin, Germany)
    An up-to-date directory of African museums, exhibitions, conferences and other events....part of a larger project on the visual arts of Africa, the Americas, Asia/Pacific.
  • Université Cheikh Anta Diop: Département d'Histoire, Faculté des Lettres et Sciences Humaines (Dakar, Sénégal)
  • Université de Nouakchott: Laboratoire d'Etudes et de Recherches Historiques (Nouakchott, Mauritanie)
    "[Créé en novembre 1993]...LERHI est un centre de recherches historiques relevant de la Faculté des Lettres et des Sciences Humaines de l'Université de Nouakchott." Ce site offert les informations sur le programme, l'équipe de recherche, les autres activités,. En plus, on peut lire les tables de matières et les résumés pour plusieurs numéros de leur revue, Masadir: cahier des sources de l'histoire de la Mauritanie.
  • Université Paris I : Mutations africaines dans la longue durée (2006) (Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, Paris, France)
  • University of Bergen Library, Special Collections: The Mahmoud Salih Collection (Digitalt, Universitetsbiblioteket i Bergen, Norway)
    An open access digital library of books, documents, maps, papers, and prints on Sudanese history and cultural anthropology.
  • University of California Press eScholarship Editions: African Studies Published in association with California Digital Library eScholarship Program. (Berkeley, California)
    Select from Subject List: "African Studies".
    A collection of full-text, online editions of books in African studies (usually without illustrations), including:
    -- Adam, Heribert & Kobila Moodley. The opening of the apartheid mind.
    -- Butler, Jeffrey et al. The black homelands of South Africa...
    -- Crehan, Kate. The fractured community ... rural Zambia.
    -- Clancy-Smith, Julia A. Rebel and saint: Muslim notables, populist protest, colonial encounters (Algeria and Tunisia, 1800-1904).
    -- Evans, Ivan T. Bureaucracy and race: native administration in South Africa.
    -- Fadiman, Jeffrey. When we began, there were witchmen: an oral history from Mount Kenya.
    -- Grinker, Roy Richard. Houses in the rainforest: ethnicity and inequality among farmers and foragers in central Africa.
    -- Herbst, Jeffrey. The politics of reform in Ghana, 1982-1991.
    -- Launay, Robert G. Beyond the stream: Islam and society in a West African town.
    -- Leonard, David K. African successes: four public managers of Kenyan rural development.
    -- Ntantala, Phyllis. A life's mosaic: the autobiography of ...
    -- Sharp, Lesley. The possessed and the dispossessed ... Madagascar.
    -- Schroeder, Richard A. Shady practices: agroforestry and gender politics in The Gambia.
    -- Vail, Leroy. (ed.) The creation of tribalism in southern Africa.
    -- Waltz, Susan E. Human rights and reform: changing the face of North African politics.
    -- Widner, Jennifer A. The rise of a party-state in Kenya...
    -- White, Luise. Speaking with vampires: rumor and history in colonial Africa.
  • University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign: "Africana: A Collection of Digitized Books" -- Selected British Colonial Annual Reports and Despatches from The National Archives, USA, 1800-1939
    Browse records to access the full list and full texts in PDF or plain ASCII text formats.
  • University of London, School of Oriental and African Studies Library: Swahili Manuscripts Project
    In association with Adam Matthew Publications. (London, UK)
    • The website describes the on-going project and offers an online catalog of the collection. "The library of the School of Oriental and African Studies holds the largest public collection of Swahili manuscripts in Britain. The collection includes more than 250 manuscripts dating from the 1790s to the 1970s, contained in the papers of William Taylor, Alice Werner, William Hichens, Wilfred Whiteley, Jan Knappert and Yahya Ali Omar. The library also holds microfilms of the manuscripts that were deposited by JWT Allen at the University of Dar es Salaam."
    • Selected images from manuscripts and audio files
  • University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology :    "Daily Life in Sierra Leone" Exhibition (Philadelphia)
    "In 1936-37, Henry Usher Hall, Curator of General Ethnology, led the first Museum-sponsored expedition to sub-Saharan Africa. He spent seven months conducting ethnographic research among the Sherbro peoples of Sierra Leone." The web site features highlights from the photographs and other materials collected by Hall, accompanying texts, and links to related information on the history of Sierra Leone, to the    Africa Gallery at the University of Pennsylvania Museum, and to the   University of Pennsylvania Museum Archives.
  • University of Wisconsin, Data and Program Library Service: On-Line Data Archive--Slave Movement During the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries (Madison, Wisconsin)
    A downloadable -- with free registration -- archive of raw data and documentation on selected aspects of the history of the transatlantic slave trade. See especially: What DPLS and the Slave Movement Site Can and Cannot Do for You
  • University of Wisconsin Libraries: Electronic Facsimile -- Africana Digitization Project (Madison, Wisconsin)
  • Urhobo Waado: Web Site of the Urhobo Historical Society (USA)
    • This website offers an extensive collection of popular and scholarly historical summaries, images from art exhibitions, current news and information about about the Urhobo Historical Society itself and about Urhobo communities in Nigeria and elsewhere, and related links. "[Founded in August 1999 in New York City] ...the supreme aim of Urhobo Historical Society is to create a movement that will promote the preservation of historical records and the writing of diverse historical experiences among Urhobos."
    • Urhobo History Society Conferences (since 1999)




  • Fundação Pierre Verger (Salvador, Bahia, Brazil)
    The official web site --in English, French, and Portuguese-- for the archive of the famous French-born photographer Pierre Verger (1902-1996), who visually documented the peoples and cultures of West and Central Africa and the African diaspora in the Americas--especially Brazil--during the 20th century. The site includes an extensive online photographic collection, information about the foundation's cultural center in Salvador, and a bibliography on Verger's publications.
  • VoxAfrica (London, UK)
    • The multi-media web site of a satellite television channel which offers African and African diaspora news, interviews, in-depth panel discussions, and reports...in English or French.
  • Voyages -- The Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade Database (Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia)
    The site provides free access to selected data on thousands of slave ship voyages; plus scholarly essays and maps. "[The database] is the culmination of several decades of independent and collaborative research by scholars drawing upon data in libraries and archives around the Atlantic world. The Voyages website itself is the product of two years of development by a multi-disciplinary team of historians, librarians, curriculum specialists, cartographers, computer programmers, and web designers, in consultation with scholars of the slave trade..."




  • West African Arabic Manuscript Project & Database (Prof. Charles C. Stewart and Bruce Stewart Hall, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, Illinois)
    A catalog of West African Arabic manuscript collections from Kano--Nigeria at Northwestern University (Evanston, Illinois), from Ségou (Mali) at La Bibliothèque nationale de France (Paris), in Boutilimit and Nouakchott--Mauritania, Timbuctu--Mali, and Niamey--Niger. The database is searchable in English or in Arabic.
  • West African Museums Programme (WAMP) = Programme des Musées de l'Afrique de l'Ouest (Dakar, Sénégal)
    "Since 1982, help has been at hand through The West African Museums Programme (WAMP), a non-governmental organisation dedicated to helping West African museums become relevant and accessible and to raising the awareness of local people."
  • Ivor G. Wilks, 1928-2014
  • Wobébli: le village Wé virtuel (M. & Mme. Laurent-Tahou, Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire; via France?)
    Remarque: la dernière mise à jour ont été fait en 2003. Le site offre une excellante introduction (avec beaucoup d'images, photos, cartes, et quelques fichiers sonores) pour les personnes qui s'intéressent à la culture des peuples du Nord-Ouest de la Côte d'Ivoire et la frontière du Libéria de l'Est. On peut lire une diverse sorte de choses à propos des masques et des autres arts, des croyances, et de l'histoire de la région. Il y a un rapport sur "l'invasion libérienne" en 2002-2003.De plus, il y a un petit leçon sur la langue Wé et plusieurs contes (en français). Voir surtout: la documentation.
  • UNESCO World Digital Library: Selections from Africa and The Middle East (See UNESCO above)
  • World History Archives on Africa (Haines Brown; via Hartford Web Publishing, Connecticut)
  • www.africa-photo.com (Christoph & Friends Media + Trade Agents and Das Fotoarchiv, Essen, Germany)
    Note: this is a commercial site. A photo databank in English or German: thousands of photographs on Africa, with viewing and downloading through registration and payment; plus related links.
  • Network for Historical Research in Zambia (Lusaka, Zambia)
    Officially launched in 2003, this international organization promotes scholarly exchange and offers an online directory of scholars actively pursuing research and publishing academic work on all aspects of Zambian society.
  • Zanzibar Department of Archives, Museums and Antiquities (Tanzania)
    This official site features general information for the visitor/researcher, with brief descriptions of the collections and a few photos.