To support interdisciplinary teaching and research on Africa. The Center for African Studies administers an interdisciplinary M.A program, graduate minor, and an undergraduate minor. Many doctoral students in various departments throughout the University also concentrate on African topics.
Material on Africa has formed part of the collection since the library's beginnings. The Library's collections of late 19th and early 20th century geographical journals dealing with Africa are outstanding. A full-time Africana bibliographer was appointed in 1969, preceding by one year the appointment of the first director of the Center for African Studies. The Center has received continuous federal funding as a National Resource Center from 1973 to 2010, and has provided generous support for the acquisitions of library material until 2010.
220,000 volumes, (including 15,000 in Arabic and 3,000 in Bamana, Hausa, Lingala, Swahili and Zulu), and 2800 serials. Other collections include 46,000 maps, 12,000 microforms, 800 films/videos/DVDs.
We have one of the best Africana collections in the U.S. Northwestern University Library has the most important Africana university collection in the country. Our collection is therefore second in importance to Northwestern within the state. There are three more important Africana collections in the Midwest of approximately equal importance including those at Michigan State, Indiana and Wisconsin.
International and Area Studies Library.
Most material is in the book stacks. The International and Area Studies Libary (Room 321) has a collection of reference works and some of the most consulted general periodicals. There are also considerable Africana materials in the following libraries: Architecture and Art, Business and Economics, Education and Social Science, History, Philosophy and Newspaper, Map and Geography, Literatures and Languages, Music and Performing Arts, Rare Books and Special Collections, Undergraduate Library Media Center, and the University Archives.
African Studies Information Resources Directory, compiled by Jean E. Meeh Gosebrink. Los Angeles: Crossroads Press, 1986.
Africana in the Library. 2003. (brochure)
"A Directory of Libraries with African Literature Collections," in A New Reader's Guide to African Literature, ed. by Hans M. Zell, et al. London: Heinemann, 1983. page 538.
Gray, Beverly, "Africana Library Resources," in Ethnic Collections in Libraries, ed. by E. J. Josey and Marva L. DeLoach. New York: Neal-Schuman, 1983. page 266-267.
Zell, Hans M. The African Studies Companion: A Guide to Information Sources. 4th rev. and expanded ed. Lochcarron, Scotland: Hans Zell, 2006. page 383, and online.
English, French and Arabic are the dominant languages of the collection. We also have good collections in Amharic, Bambara, German, Hausa, Italian, Lingala, Portuguese, Swahili, Tigrinya, Wolof and Zulu. We have collected language learning materials, including literary works, in more than 150 African languages.
We collect for all African countries, but the concentration is on 13 priority countries: Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Egypt, Ethiopia, Gambia, Kenya, Mozambique, Nigeria, Senegal, South Africa, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe. We are also interested in publications which deal generally with the Third World and the Commonwealth.
Standard statement. We make a special effort to identify and procure research reports, monographs, serials and government publications not readily available from standard book trade sources. We have one of the best African film/video/DVD collections in the United States.
|African Studies Collection|
|SUBJECT SUBDIVISION||EXISTING STRENGTH||CURRENT LEVEL||DESIRED LEVEL||ASSIGNMENTS|
|Africa-city planning||2||2||3||CITY PLANNING/Africa|
|Africa-labor and industrial relations||2||3||3||LABOR/AFRICA|
|Africa-languages and linguistics||3||3||4||LINGUISTICS/Africa|
|Africa-library and information science||2||3||4||LIBRARY SCIENCE/AFRICA|
|Africa-political science||3||3||3||AFRICA/POLITICAL SCIENCE|
|Africa-women's studies||3||3||4||AFRICA/WOMEN'S STUDIES|
Revision Date: January 2012