Historical interest

The acquisition of microfilm original materials and guides/lists of African government and other original records from late 19th and 20th century have significantly enhanced the Library's research capacity. Many of these were made available through a large donation from Dr David Dorward from the History Department. Other significant materials are dated 1825-1892, 1949-1956, and post-1966.


Suggested keywords for searching Library search are: "Africa", "Algeria", "Angola", "Benin", "Botswana", "Burkina Faso", "Burundi", "Cameroon", etc

The library also has strong holdings on South Africa, Angola, Ethopia, Ghana, Kenya, Mozambique, Nigeria, Rhodesia, Somalia, Sierra Leone, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
In the general collection the following areas may be useful:

  • 960 for African history
  • Af820 for African literature 
  • 320 for African politics & government