Archives and Libraries


The AAP has compiled a partial listing of Archives and Libraries relevant to the study of Africa.

African Studies at the MSU Libraries

The MSU Africana Collection of the MSU Library is one of the largest in the United States, having been built up since 1960 to support broad faculty involvement in research and development projects on the continent. In recent decades, the MSU program about Africa has been consistently rated among the top one or two in the country in both the number of faculty involved and the number of doctoral dissertations produced. The Library's commitment to this world area is reflected in the employment of 2 full-time professional Africana librarians, both of them holding doctorates in African Studies, who built one of the top five collections in the country and who provide reference assistance to a wide range of faculty and students at MSU and elsewhere and who are very involved in national cooperative projects.

Archive of Malian Photography

Archive of Malian Photography provides access to preserved & digitized collections of five important photographers in Mali. Since 2011, our collaborative team of US and Malian conservators has been cleaning, scanning, cataloging, and rehousing circa 100,000 photographic negatives from the archives of Mamadou Cissé, Adama Kouyaté, Abdourahmane Sakaly, Malick Sidibé, and Tijani Sitou for long-term preservation and access. Spanning the 1940s-90s, this collection reveals changes and continuities in political and cultural practices, social trends, and photographic production in Mali during the twentieth century.

African Online Digital Library

MSU’s Center for Digital Humanities and Social Sciences works in collaboration with universities and cultural heritage organizations in Africa to produce the African Online Digital Library, which is a portal to the multimedia collections focusing on education about Africa in the United States and the digital preservation of African voices, documents, and archives. It also produces two regular multimedia presentations of research on Africa by scholars in the United States, including the “Africa Past and Present” podcast, and the weekly webcast seminar series “Eye on Africa.”

Africa Past & Present

Africa Past and Present is a podcast about history, culture, and politics in Africa and the diaspora. The show highlights interesting and significant people, ideas, and discussions in African Studies from a wide range of disciplines and perspectives. The show is hosted by Michigan State University historians Peter Alegi and Peter Limb and produced by MATRIX—The Center for Humane Arts, Letters, and Social Sciences Online at MSU. Thanks to funding from Matrix and the MSU Department of History, this web site includes an online digital archive of all shows, as well as links to multimedia resources and collections of relevance to African experiences, past and present.