Africana Collections

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Photo by Andrew Campbell
[Samples from the Africana Library's uncataloged collection of telephone books]

The Africana Collection includes much more than books!  The Herskovits Library also has in its collection photographs, maps, posters, videos, books in African languages, archival materials and manuscripts, as well as art objects, ephemeral materials, and other artifacts.  Below are links to those that have been indexed, cataloged and/or made digitally accessible.

Our holdings also include some collections which have not as yet been indexed, including:

The E.H. Duckworth Photographic Archive, containing more than 5,000 photos documenting Nigerian life in the decades just before independence. A British civil servant, Duckworth spent more than 20 years in Nigeria, where he was editor of and frequently a photographer for The Nigeria Magazine, which was founded to promote Nigerian national identity. His papers are now housed in the Bodleian Library of Commonwealth and African Studies at Rhodes House, Oxford, but the photographs—plus several hundred glass lantern slides and thousands of original negatives—have spent most of the past 40 years packed up in the traveling trunks in which Duckworth shipped them back to England. The archive complements other colonial African photo collections in the Herskovits Library—notably the Winterton Collection of East African Photographs—in that it records images intended for an African, rather than colonial, audience.

Please note that special materials languages books, vertical file, rare books, posters, archival and manuscript materials and photographs are available for consultation Monday-Friday, 8:30am – 4:45pm only. Advance appointments, especially for those using these resources for the first time, are strongly encouraged.

View our guidelines for use of Africana special materials

Request digital scans of Africana materials

Scanning fees and technical information