Digital Archival Collections

Some great Africa and (heavily) South Africa teaching and research tools:

Africa Cartoons

Africa Focus: The Sights & Sounds of a Continent

Africa Media Project

Africa Online Digital Library

Africa Past & Present Podcast

Africa Through a Lens – ”A collection of thousands of UK Colonial Office images of Africa. The images are as rich and varied as the continent itself, charting more than 100 years of African history from the 1860s through to the 1960s.”

Archives of Popular Swahili

African Activist Archive Project

Button from the African Activist Archive Project

Button from the African Activist Archive Project

African Language Materials Archive

African Oral Narratives Project


Aluka Struggles for Freedom

African National Congress Archives

British Anti-Apartheid Movement

Chicago Anti-Apartheid Movement

Colonial Film: Moving Images of the British Empire

Community Video Education Trust

CRL Cooperative Africana Microfilm Project

Cuba and Southern Africa: Wilson Center

Digital Innovation South Africa (DISA) – Sometimes slow, but worth the wait!

Digital Karnak – The colossal site of Karnak is one of the largest temple complexes in the world, with an incredibly rich architectural, ritual, religious, economic, social and political history. The Amun-Ra precinct, which includes an astonishing number of individual temples, shrines and processional ways, stands as a micro-cosmos of ancient Egypt.

Foreign Relations of the US – Africa

Gandhi-Luthuli Documentation Centre -This resource contains lists of Indian indentured laborers. To access the lists, click on the “Indians in SA” tab on left side of webpage. Then click the “Find your ROOTS/Ancestry” link (third on the list).

Humphrey Winterton Collection of East African Photographs: 1860-1960

Inanda Seminary Oral History Project

Legacies of British Slave-Ownership

Manuscripts and Archives Digital Images Database – Yale

Mapping African Exploration – Maps and images of explorers, 1541-1880

Media Club South Africa

National Library of South Africa Digital Collections (Newspapers, political and war posters, and more)

Nelson Mandela Centre for Memory Digital Archives

Nordic Documentation on the Liberation Struggle in Southern Africa

NYPL Africana & Black History

Fanti Woman, 1910, from NYPL Africana Collection

Fanti Woman, 1910, from NYPL Africana Collection

Overcoming Apartheid

Padraig O’Malley’s Oral Interviews

Ruth First Papers

SA Stats Online

Slave Biographies: Atlantic Database Network

SOAS Digital Collections

South African History Archive

South African History Archive UDF Posters

SAHA UDF Poster AL2446_0182

SAHA UDF Poster AL2446_0182

South African History Online

South African Nuclear History: Wilson Center

Traces of Truth – Documents Pertaining to SA’s Truth & Reconciliation Commission

Zapiro cartoon features on Wits' Traces of Truth page

Zapiro cartoon features on Wits’ Traces of Truth page

Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade Database

Truth and Reconciliation Commission SABC Special Report Series

Truth and Reconciliation Commission website

Wits Historical Papers – Digitized Collections

Women in World History (Africa)


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