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African collections


The collection of English language African materials began when the University was established in the mid 1960s.  The strength of the collection is post 1966 material, but some antiquarian and out of print titles have also been acquired.

                                                          Yarn festival
Mission from Cape Coast Castle to Ashantee Mission from Cape Coast Castle to Ashantee : with a statistical account of that kingdom, and geographical notices of other parts of the interior of Africa / by T. Edward Bowdich, esq., conductor. (Image: WikiMedia Commons: Public Domain)

The focus of this collection is:

  • sub-Saharan history and politics
  • works of literature by African writers
  • scholarly works in the areas of archaeology, anthropology, religion, history, politics, development, international relations, economics, and sociology


The Library subscribes to a range of journals with African interest, such as: