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LIBRARY GUIDE TO African History Pathfinder

Encyclopedia of African History.  Scholarly articles. This is a good place to explore a research topic.

Meta Sites

WWW-VL: History: South Africa

WWW VL: Central Catalogue Scroll down to regions and countries.


Africa South of the Sahara - Arranged by country and topic.

VOS Scroll down a bit and you will find African sites and then by country.

Country Overviews

Country Studies - Provides book length overviews of countries.

Country Pages - From the African Studies Center.


African History Resources - This is a collection of various links--no central theme.

Association for the Study of the Worldwide African Diaspora - This is a vast collection of links.

African Online Digital Library Series of podcasts on various topics,

Sources and Documents

Internet African History Sourcebook - This is the most comprehensive African history collection of sources.

Primary Sources

Sacred Texts of Africa

Historical Documents of the African National Congress Click on documents

Africa Focus Sights and Sounds of a Continent  "This collection contains more than 3000 slides, 500 photographs, and 50 hours of sounds from forty-five different countries. It is hoped that the search features of the collection will be a convenient aid to scholarship, study, and teaching of these disciplines."

World History Archives - Arranged by area, i.e., East Africa takes you to a wide variety of documents including journal citations, speeches, etc.

Trans Atlantic Slave Trade Data Base
  Information on 35,0000 slave voyages

Images of Colonial Africa

Images of Colonialism

"Constituting a visual record of early European contacts with Asia and Africa, Widener Library’s Images of Colonialism Collection is a primary visual resource for historical and socio-cultural studies. Made up largely of late-19th and early-20th century trade cards and illustrated European newspapers, this collection of more than 700 images offers insight into European perspectives on varying aspects of colonial experience by documenting how popular perceptions of Asia and Africa were created and disseminated. The collection can also be used to draw contrasts between colonial attitudes among the French, British, German, and Dutch colonizers and the realities in the colonies."


Discussion Forums


H-Afrteach - Be sure to look at the related sites on the left as there are more discussion sites on Africa.

Electronic Journals
African Studies Journals - Gives table of contents for many journals.

Electronic Journal of Africana Bibliography

AfricaBib - This site consists of two bibliographic databases covering Africana periodical literature (Bibliography of Africana Periodical Literature Database) and African women's literature (African Women's Database). You will also find a comprehensive bibliography on women travelers and explorers to Africa (Women Travelers, Explorers and Missionaries to Africa: 1763-2004: A Comprehensive English Language Bibliography).


Historical Maps of Africa - This is a very rich collection of various types of sources--maps, films, atlases, etc. Not arranged by type but by alphabet.

16th-20th Century Maps of Africa


Chronologies - There are chronologies on many topics here.

Dan Ring
Dan Ring The content of this guide was originally curated by Dan Ring.


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