Kansas African Studies Center
The University of Kansas holds extensive resources for African Studies, including:
* Africana Collections at the University of Kansas:
78,000 volumes of African fiction, poetry, drama, non-fiction, documents, maps, microforms, newspapers, and periodicals in English, French, Wolof, Arabic, Swahili, and Hausa; Africana holdings are decentralized throughout the various library locations as appropriate by subject. The main collection is housed in Watson Library. Materials on African art are located in the Murphy Art and Architecture Library located in the Spencer Art Museum. Anschutz Library holdings include all science-related materials, as well as human health, economics and business, maps, and printed government documents. Music-related holdings, including sound recordings, are in the Gorton Music Library. Videocassettes are found principally in the Ermal Garinger Academic Resource Center, although some are located in Watson Library and accessible in the online catalog. The print collection of Onitsha Market Literature and other selected items of rare Africana are located at the Spencer Research Library.
* African Studies Electronic Resources at the KU Libraries:
Links to web guides, news reports, indexes and databases, electronic journal aggregations, instructional resources and outreach, and online library catologues and research guides of libraries around the U.S. with the most extensive collections of Africana. For more information on Africana resources, visit the KU Libraries' African Studies contact page.
* The Ermal Garinger Academic Resource Center also has a wide collection of African films that can be used in class to motivate discussions or for general information. Immersion tapes in Kiswahili, Hausa, and Arabic are also available for students seeking proficiency in these languages.
* Onitsha Market Literature website created by Dr. Elizabeth MacGonagle and Dr. Ken Lohrentz
* Central African Art Website created by art history students and Prof. Gitti Salami during HA 578/AAAS 578 including context, maps, and 360-degree views of artifacts from the Museum of Anthropology collection.
* African artifact collections (1,100 artifacts) in the Museum of Anthropology from Dan, Bambara, Ife, Yoruba, Edo, Fang, Kongo, Shona, Ndebele, Sotho, Zulu, Baca cultures, and systematic collections from the Chokwe of Angola, the Baggara of the Sudan, an early Neolithic collection from the Fayum of Egypt, and an upper Paleolithic collection from Tunisia. Also other artifacts that may not yet be catalogued at the Museum of Anthropology.
Please contact the Center at (785)864-3745 or firstname.lastname@example.org to find out more about accessing all these resources.