TIPS for searching Catalog for books: For primary sources add 'sources' to search: 'cities'+'africa'+'sources'
Use Basic/keyword search for most recent works
Use Subject Headings to scan topics: Dar es Salaam; Lagos
Cities and towns--Africa [etc]
Urbanization--Africa [or country, etc]
Also: Colonial cities; Squatter settlements; Port cities
Search by authorship (e.g. AUTHOR=Chamber of Mines of South Africa)
A) Govt. docs: Blue books, commissions, archives e.g.
Report of the
...; see Microfilm
B) Newspapers: see Microfilm ; online historical newspapers e.g.
C) Urban survey data e.g. Rhodes-Livingstone Institute
D) Arts: novels, poetry, art (
African Writers Series);
Glendora Review ; films
My Spirit Is Not Banned - Frances Baard;
E) Autobiographies & memoirs (add 'biography' to Catalog search) or personal papers: online :
F) Photographs: add 'pictorial works' to search (e.g 'Namibia--Pictoria works'
; 'Johannesburg pictorial works
Johannesburg: images and continuities;
G) Maps: add "maps" to search; many not cataloged so ask Map Library or go to map drawers e.g. "357" for Tanzania. ONLINE:
MAPS OF AFRICA TO 1900;
(e.g. Zanzibar) ; Aluka;
Cape. Blue book on Native Affairs 1873-1909
Kenya. Annual report of the Posts and Telegraphs Department
South Africa. Report of the Department of Native Affairs
Report of the Commission ... into the disturbances in the Copperbelt
Report of the Witwatersrand Mine Natives' Wages 1944
Uganda. Report on rats, fleas, and plague in Uganda.
Kampala town planning scheme, 1950.
ECONOMIC DATA (e.g. statistics, censuses, wages, etc)
Source material on the South African economy: 1860-1970
Population census, Nigeria, 1963
South Africa's Radical Tradition: A documentary history
POPULAR CULTURE MAGAZINES
Drum : a magazine of Africa for Africa. (printed) from several cities
e.g. Drum (Lagos) AP9 .D74 ); Online (SA) Drum
AUTOBIOGRAPHY: add 'biography' to search:'Lagos biography'
Women Writing Africa The Eastern Region
NOTE: some now online (Catalog/CRL; Google book, etc)
Africana archival materials in microform in MSU
There is more on 'mega-cities' vs. small towns but see also mining or university towns & legislative capitals.
Search MICROFILM and FILM guides by city. EXAMPLES:
Rand Daily Mail (Johannesburg) 1902-75--mining city
Tanganyika standard. 1945-1964
The Workers' herald (Johannesburg)
Tsala ea batho=People's friend(Kimberley)1910-5--mining city
Lagos: [Original correspondence, 1861-1906
Lagos standard. 1895-1920
By theme (e.g. labor) or repository (much on urban life):
Nigerian Labour Studies on Microfiche Collection
Kenya. Provincial And District Annual And Quarterly Reports
Tanganyika: [Original correspondence, 1916-39]
ONLINE HISTORICAL NEWSPAPERS East African Standard
Empire Online search by place (e.g. Tanganyika) ; topic (Alcohol; Prostitution); genre; name; keyword
Aluka : GIS maps (Lamu, Kilwa...); photos; documents (e.g. Kilwa dig notebook)
DISA: similar contet to Aluka:full-text periodicals (Speak (1980s-90s); Black Sash(1950s-80s)
South African History Online
SALDRU clippings collection 1975-2000--urban themes