Treasures from the German Colonial Library | African Studies Centre

Editor’s Note: This article is copied verbatim from the African Studies Centre (Leiden, NL) website. Some of the researchers at the ASC are involved in organizing digitized materials on African History and African Studies. This article gives hyperlinks to some of their efforts in organizing repositories

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Map of Africa (Die Erschliessung Afrikas durch Eisenbahnen)

The ASC Library started breathing new life into Connecting-Africa last December. This is a service that provides access to African research information produced worldwide and more than 100 publications are currently being added to it on a daily basis. One of the latest acquisitions is a series of digitalized books from the German Colonial Library.

Numerous societies that cared for German emigrants and spread colonial ideas were established in the second half of the 19th century. The Colonial Library houses the libraries of various colonial societies, in total approximately 15,000 monographs and a vast number of colonial journals. This formed the basis of Frankfurt University’s Africana Collection.

 

Sketch (Reise in Nordost-Africa)

Among the publications added to Connecting-Africa are a number of issues of the Deutsch-Ostafrikanische Zeitung, travel books (Reise in Nordost-Africa: 1859 – 1860 ; Skizzen nach der Natur gemalt), companions for emigrants (Kurzer und gründlicher Beschrieb, über die Kolonie in Afrika: zum Gebrauch der Auswanderer und Auswanderungslustigen), lectures (Die Erschliessung Afrikas durch Eisenbahnen : mit einer Karte von Afrika ; Vortrag) and much more.

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African Rock Art Digital Archive

By Liz Timbs

Last summer, I got the chance to visit the Origins Museum on the University of the Witswatersrand campus in Johannesburg.  A major feature of the Museum’s collection is an installation of San rock art.  As the Rock Art Research Institute’s website attests, rock art is a key medium through which to understand our collective pasts (pasts which evade the written word).

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Now for the technology attitude divide | Sci-Tech | Technology | Mail & Guardian

It’s pretty obvious that developed countries almost seem to be on a different planet from those with emerging economies when one considers use of high-tech devices and their visibility in the human environment.

But now an invisible divide between the haves and have-nots has emerged, and that is the gulf between the attitudes of those living in such divergent economies.

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The Five Hundred Year Archive Online Project – News – Archival Platform

The Five Hundred-Year Archive Online Project: A Preliminary Summary

Research and enquiries into aspects of the southern African past in the periods predating the existence of European imperial and colonial archives have been complicated by the absence of contemporary written sources. One crucial move to address this apparent obstacle has been to make use of physical objects and sonic items. Yet much of the material concerning the remote southern African past – including artifacts in daily use, objects that testify to trade activities and creative works is misidentified, often undated, lost or dispersed in institutions across the world or held in settings that are largely inaccessible private and/or not recognisably archival. By archival we mean made available for use in such a way that their origins and provenance, and multiple histories across time, are foregrounded. A second concern lies in the ways this material, as well as the written documents that refer to earlier independent periods, was shaped by colonial and later apartheid knowledge practices.
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The First Fifty Years – a project collating Cape of Good Hope records – News – Archival Platform

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The First Fifty Years – a project collating Cape of Good Hope records

The First Fifty Years – a project collating Cape of Good Hope records brings together a wealth of information about the people who lived and settled in the Cape in the 17th century and their entangled lives. It includes information that is invaluable to those researching their family histories as well as those with an interest in the early history the Cape of Good Hope.

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Archive of Constitution making available online – News – Archival Platform

The first phase of a digital, open-access “Constitution making” archive,  is now complete. Our purpose was to identify, preserve and make available historical records relevant to the development of South Africa’s constitution and the founding of its constitutional democracy.  Approximately 13,000 documents have been digitized thus far and are published for public access at Archive of constitution making.

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[News] Digital Archive series on Africa is a Country

Africa is a Country is publishing a facinating series of posts on Digital Archives. Written by Liz Timbs, a PhD Candidate in African History at Michigan State Univeristy, the series focuses on digital project on an African topic, some based on the continent, some based in the United States and some based in the UK that are working to make more resources about Africa’s past and present available.

Posts published so far include:

Afrobarometer

Africa Through a Lens

Nelson Mandela Digital Archive Project

Africa Cartoons

Harvard’s African Sources of Knowledge Digital Library

Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade Database

Slave Biographies

World War I in Africa

The Winterton Collection

African Activist Archive