Research Portals


Africa South of the Sahara - University of Stanford



African Digital Library

  • The African Digital Library (ADL) is a collection of electronic books (eBooks) that can be accessed and used free-of-charge by any person living on the African continent. (Website) The library can also be accessed from abroad.



African Studies Centre (Leiden University)

  • Portal to research resources

    • digital library



Internet Library Sub-Saharan Africa (ILISS)

  • The library offers access to scholarly relevant resources for African studies, and searches databases, websites and library catalogues.



OLC-SSG Afrika Südlich der Sahara

  • Bibliography that surveys around 170 journals on Africa.





Apartheid and Anti-Colonial Struggle


Truth and Reconciliation Commission (South Africa)

  • Information on the TRC (Media Articles, Legal Background)
  • Full Transcripts of Hearings and Submissions


African National Congress: Historical Documents

  • Documents on the role of the ANC in the anti-apartheid struggle


African Activism Archive Project

  • This project is preserving records and memories of activism in the United States to support the struggles of African peoples against colonialism, apartheid, and social injustice from the 1950s through the 1990s. The project is assembling:

    • an online archive of historical materials - pamphlets, newsletters, leaflets, buttons, posters, T-shirts, photographs, and audio and video recordings
    • personal remembrances and interviews with activists
    • a directory of archives of organizations and individuals deposited in libraries and historical societies that are available for further research


E.S. Reddy Page

  • E.S. Reddy has been the director of the UN Centre against Apartheid. the website contains a large collection of writings on the history of liberation movements and their leaders.



Further Links

  • compiled by Richard Knight (dir. African Activim Archive Project). Collects national and international human rights organizations, other NGOs and news sites.



Janet L Stanley. Modern African Art: A Basic Reading List. Washington: Smithsonian Institution Libraries.


"African Art on the Internet"

  • Resources from Africa South of the Sahara (University of Standford)


Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History: Africa

  • Thematic essays on African art and its history





Area Studies


Bundeszentrale für Politische Bildung, ed. "Dossier Afrika." Bundeszentrale für Politische Bildung, 2005


TAS LIB Reference Section: Area Studies

  • CIA World Factbook, Portals to the World, Länderinformationsportal, mit offenen Karten (videostream), Auswärtiges Amt, Department of State, etc.





The African Media Program Database

  • The African Media Program (AMP) offers an online, comprehensive database of films, videos, and other audio-visual materials concerning Africa as well as education services about African media.


Africa Update Newsletter: The Nigerian Film Industry

  • Vol. XI: 2 (Spring 2004)


Aron Lewis. "Nollywood" SBS One 2009 (Video)








 Internet Africa History Sourcebook (Paul Halsall/Fordham University)

  • Webportal for various historical documents on Africa, including ancient Egypt, the period of colonization, struggle for independence and documents from modern Africa.



University of Washington Library. History: Africa

  • Links to useful databases and electronic and print resources for researching the history of Africa.



University of Wisconsin Digital Collections: African Studies

  • The African Studies Collection brings together primary and secondary resources; research and teaching materials created by University of Wisconsin faculty and staff; and unique or valuable items related to this field held by the University of Wisconsin Libraries.


Dane Kennedy. "Cultural Encounters. Burton, Speke and African Exploration" Empire Online.


Conversation with History: African Voices

  • Recordings of interviews with leading thinkers on issues of African history and politics.



 PBS: Africans in America

  • America's journey through slavery is presented in four parts. For each era, you'll find a historical Narrative, a Resource Bank of images, documents, stories, biographies, and commentaries, and a Teacher's Guide.

Asians in Africa

  • Website of a research project at Rotterdam University on the history of Asian migration to Africa.

Indians in South Africa



South Africa History Online

  • Mulit-faceted, non-partisan portal on South African history. Contains biographies, timelines, and well-structured information on political, cultural and social issues.


David Fanning, prod. The Long Walk of Nelson Mandela. PBS, 1999

  • Website of the documentary with background information, interviews and a teacher's guide.
  • Wach the full documentary on google video




Greg Barker. Ghosts of Rwanda. PBS, 2004

  • PBS Website of the documentary on the genocide with background information and a teacher's guide.
  • Watch the full documentary on you tube:





  • Collection of biographies, reviews, interviews, criticism on African writers


Oyekan Owomoyela. "The Literature of Empire: Africa." Empire Online.VPN-Client necessary.


Poetry International Web: biographies, criticism and poetry (audio and text) of poets from South Africa and Zimbabwe


Killam, Douglas, Alica L. Kerfoot. Student Encyclopedia of African Literature. London: Greenwood, 2008. Online. Scribd.


African Studies (U of Columbia): African Literature on the Internet

  • Collection of websites related to African literature: websites of literary prizes, on authors and critics. 



  • (Very short) Synposises of African books and films, interspersed with much audiovisual material (statements, lectures, interviews, film trailers and scenes, etc)


Rastogi, Pallavi. Afrindian Fictions : Diaspora, Race, and National Desire in South Africa. Ohio State University Press, Aug 2008.


ARTE. "LeseHorizonte“ (2010)

  • Breyten Breytenbach, André Brink, Achmat Dangor, Nadine Gordimer, Antje Krog) on post-apartheid Southafrica. Youtube LinksTeil 1, Teil 2, Teil 3, Teil 4, Teil 5.


 Reference Books on African Literature: IB and UB Holdings




African Maps

  • Special Collection of the University of Florida Digital Collection


Animated Atlas of African History

  • This map gives a year-by-year presentation of selected themes in the history of Africa between 1879 and 2002. Meagre explanations and annotations; the flash animation, however, is an excellent tool for illustrating geoplotical developments.




News and Media


This subsection collects links to major national newspapers, TV channels, radio programs from Africa.





JPAS - Journal of Pan African Studies

  • The Journal of Pan African Studies is a trans-disciplinary peer reviewed scholarly journal devoted to the intellectual synthesis of research, scholarship and critical thought on the African experience.


Marcus Garvey and UNIA Papers Project

  • James S. Coleman African Studies Center (UCLA): in-depth information on Marcus Garvey and the UNIA movement



Kwame Nkrumah Information and Resource Site

  • Although the construction of this site appears to have halted, it contains many digitzied government publications (transcripts of speeches by Nkrumah) and some background information on African Unity.







Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives (Smithsonian Institution)

  •  Eliot Elisofon (1911-1973) was an internationally known photographer and filmmaker. He created an enduring visual record of African life from 1947 to 1973. A (considerable) part of this collection has been digitized. The database can be searched by subject, tribal group or country.


Humphrey Winterton Collection of East African Photographs (1860-1960)

  • The Winterton Collection includes about 7,610 photographs organized in 76 separate albums, scrapbooks or loose collections. The photographs depict life, primarily in East Africa, between about 1860 and 1960.
  • Offers teaching material for using the collection in the classroom



Bildbestand der Deutschen Kolonialgesellschaft

  • Digizitized archive of the Deutsche Kolonialgesellschaft (DKG). Documents the history of the German interaction with Africa after 1887 (voyages of exploration, colonial infrastructure, anthropology, missionary work, colonial warfare etc.).





African Studies Center at UCLA

  • Podcasts on social, cultural, political issues related to Africa






Websites on the history of the slave trade and slavery, as well as resources for research are collected in a special subsection.




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