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HST 830 Seminar in African History: Social History of Urban Africa: Sources

GENERAL TIPS

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)

INDEXES/DATABASES/GUIDES

URBAN AFRICA: GROUPS for PAPER

 A) Govt. docs: Blue books, commissions, archives e.g. Report of the Commission  ...; see Microfilm
B)  Newspapers: see Microfilm ; online historical newspapers e.g.
 East African Standard    
C) Urban survey data e.g. Rhodes-Livingstone Institute
D) Arts: novels, poetry, art (
African Writers Series);  Glendora Review ; films
E) Autobiographies & memoirs (add 'biography' to Catalog search) or personal papers: online :
My Spirit Is Not Banned - Frances Baard;
F) Photographs: add 'pictorial works' to search (e.g 'Namibia--Pictoria works'; 'Johannesburg pictorial works Johannesburg: images and continuities; online: Aluka
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;  Zambian map 

PRIMARY SOURCES (microfilm and film)

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]

PRIMARY SOURCES (online)

 ONLINE HISTORICAL NEWSPAPERS East African Standard

DIGITAL LIBRARIES
    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

 ILLUSTRATED E-BOOKS
   
A Place in the City - Luli Callinicos  
    Working Life - Luli Callinicos
   

PHOTO ALBUMS (Zanzibar photo album)
GALLERIES World Digital Library e.g. street scene Nairobi

Subject Guide

Peter Limb's picture
Peter Limb
Contact:
Africana (Room E224B), phone: (517) 884-0838; email: limb@msu.edu
Subjects:African Studies
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