Humanities 211
Culture(s) & Literature of Africa
(Oral Arts &  Film)
Cora Agatucci

6 October 1998: Learning Resources

 General Resources for African Studies & History 

ADDS - Africa Data Dissemination Service: Geographical Area Selection (affiliated with USAID, EROS Data Center, U.S. Geological Survey):

Africa: South of the Sahara, prepared by Karen Fung (Head of the Africa Collection, Hoover Library, Stanford Univ.) for the Electronic Technology Group, African Studies Association, 1994-1999):

Africa Focus: The Sights and Sounds of a Continent (Univ. of Wisconsin-Madison Libraries and African Studies Program, Univ. of Wisconsin-Madison): digitalized visual images and sounds of Africa contributed over the years to the African Studies Program, with a searchable database of more than 3,000 slides, 500 photographs, and 50 hours of sound from 45 African countries: 

Africa Guide InterActive (Kamusi Project, Yale Univ. Program in African Languages), aspiring to become a "comprehensive guide to African Resources, Languages, and Development and Social Action on the Web":

Africa Home Page (Africa Homepage Org., 1998):
Directory of African Resources by Topic:

Africa Research Central: A Clearinghouse of African Primary Sources (Susan Tschabrun, California State Univ.-San Bernardino):

African Philosophy (Bruce B. Janz, Philosophy Dept., Augustana Univ. College, Alberta, Canada): "philosophy which focuses on Africa, philosophy done in Africa, and philosophy that is part of the traditional conversation among African philosophers." 

African Studies (Galileo Internet Resources/Eric Griffith & University of Georgia Libraries): News, Maps, Africa-Wide & Regional Resources:
Or search the site:

African Studies - Annotated Directory of Internet Resources ( Mike Madin, Academic Info):

African Studies Internet Resources (Joseph Caruso, Columbia Univ. Libraries):

African Studies Quarterly: Online Journal of African Studies

African Studies WWW (Ali B. Ali-Dinar, African Studies Center, Univ. of Pennsylvania):
Africa Web Links: an Annotated Resource List
(Ali B. Ali-Dinar) of resources not necessarily included in African Studies WWW:
Africa: History:
...Or search UPenn's African Studies Web:

African Timelines (Cora Agatucci, HUM 211, Central Oregon CC) offer embedded links chronologically related to Timeline events & topics:


PART I: Ancient Africa from the Beginnings


PART II: African Empires AD/CE 1st - 15th c. |


PART III: African Slave Trade & European Imperialism 15th - early 19th c.


PART IV: Anti-Colonialism & Reconstruction 19th - mid-20th c.


PART V: Post-Independence Africa & Contemporary Trends, later 20th c.


AFRICAN TIMELINES Sources &Resources for Further Study

African Voices Newletter (Africa Bureau Information Center, U.S. Agency for International Development/USAID):

AfricaOnline, "the premier provider of internet communications services throughout Africa" (est. 1994):

Afrique Francophone (Thomas C. Spear, Assoc. Prof. of French, Lehman College, City Univ. of New York), with general interest links, journals, and authors:

Black Quest Power Resource Links (C. Arthur Blair): "A comprehensive guide and gateway to African & African-American history, culture & society":

Black Studies: African, African-American, and Caribbean Studies (Dept. of History, Univ. of North Texas): 
...African Studies: 

Center for African Studies (Univ. of Illinois, Urbana-Champaigne):

Center for World Indigenous Studies, including the Fourth World Documentation Project

Chronology on the History of Slavery and Racism [in the U.S.A.]--Eddie Becker, 1999--"Compiled from [a]rchive, library and Internet source documentation," and "used to guide the direction of independent research into the history of enslaved Americans of African descent at historic sites located at the National Zoo, in Washington, DC," with the disclaimer that "[t]his project has been conducted totally independently from research conducted by the Office of Architectural History and Preservation at the Smithsonian and the National Zoo. Visit the Holt House Web Site for periodic updates."  This Chronology is broken up into three parts:
1830-the end:
[last accessed May 2002]

CIA World Factbook, widely recognized as a fine online source of country information, offers maps, flags, geographic, population, government, economic, communication, transportation, military and transnational issue information on more than 250 countries:
Now:  The World Factbook 2 (2000): 
Reference Maps (2000): 

Electronic Journal of Africana Bibliography (Univ. of Iowa Libraries):

Encyclopedia Africana: Dictionary of African Biography, a "20-Volume Work In Progress Under the Auspice of The Encyclopaedia Africana Project [EAP], Ghana, West Africa:

Exploring Africa: An Exhibit of Maps and Travel Narratives, based on an exhibit by Patrick Scott, 1997, Thomas Cooper Library, Univ. of South Carolina;  hypertext by Jason A. Pierce  

Historical Maps of Africa - Perry-Castaneda Library Map Collection, Univ. of Texas at Austin 

Index on Africa (The Norwegian Council for Africa - NCA):

Integrated Regional Information Network (IRIN), United Nations' Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), offers free, up-to-date information on events in Sub-Saharan Africa through a free subscription service, as well as the IRIN webpage:
Daily & weekly e-mail bulletins to subscribers, available in both English and French, can be individualized for countries and subject topics specified. Country archives, search function, & online subscription are available at the IRIN website.

Internet African History Sourcebook (Paul Halsall) offers numerous and rich ancient, medieval, and modern "historical sources on the history of human societies in the continent of Africa" (June-August 1998).

K-12 Electronic Guide for African Resources on the Internet (Ali B. Ali-Dinar, Univ. of Pennsylvania, 1994): "The aim of this guide is to assist K-12 teachers, librarians, and students in locating on-line resources on Africa that can be used in the classroom, for research and studies": 

The Kennedy Center's African Odyssey Interactive (AOI) presents rich resources for artists, teachers and students of African arts & culture:

bullet For example: Introduction to African History and Cultural Life: An African Historical Framework by Malaika Mutere (African Studies, Howard University):
bullet ... History & Geography, "information and links to resources for learning about historic and geographic
influences on the arts and culture of Africa":
bullet ...Mapping Africa: Africa and the Diaspora Movement, with clickable maps:
bullet ...African Visual and Performing Arts links to primary resource materials (e.g. images, audio and video files, and
Plus links to great websites like these:
bullet ...South Africa: Can a Country Overcome Its History? (Annenberg/CPB Project Exhibits Collection)
bullet ...President Clinton's Trip to Africa: follow the President through the continent, via photos, speeches, descriptions of important issues in Africa, and resource guides for teachers:

Learn about Africa! Jeanne Sept's African Links (Indiana Univ.-Bloomington):

Library of Congress Home Page:
...Search the Online Catalog:

Links: Information on/or Relevant to Africana Studies (Univ. of Pittsburgh):

National Summit on Africa "aimed at improving levels of public understanding about Africa and U.S.-Africa relations; creating an expanded and broad-based network of support for Africa; enabling a diverse coalition of organizations and individuals to develop a shared Plan of Action for U.S. relations with the countries of Africa":

OneWorld Africa: Africa Viewpoint (ed. Sundie Sinkala):

(My thanks to Brenda Sanchez, Winter 2002 Hum 211 student, for recommending this African news website!)

PANAPRESS: About Us (and following):
PANA = Pan African News Agency, created in 1979 by OAS (Organization of African States), an “intergovernmental body” determined to present a balanced view of African and combat stereotypes of the continent “as rife with famine, civil war and disease”—exactly the corrective that Ali Mazrui was talking about, Brenda!  PANAPRESS, ltd., came into being in 1997, an “international news and information service,” with correspondents and stringers in 51 countries, supported by UNESCO--”committed to providing an accurate, objective, yet fresh view of African peoples, politics, and business climates” offered from ”THE AFRICAN PERSPECTIVE.”

Prominent Africana Collections in U.S. Academic Libraries (Amy Delicia Bell):

Race Relations Institute (dir. Dr. Raymond A. Winbush, Fisk Univ.): Related Links

Resources on Africa: Subject Guides & Miscellany (George A. Smathers Libraries, Univ. of Florida): 

Smithsonian Institution:

Society of Research on African Cultures/SORAC (Dr. Daniel M. Mengara, French Dept.,Montclair State Univ.):

SourceAfrica, subtitled "The Premier Internet Site for All Things African," seeks to provide "the most complete array of information available on the internet about Africa":

Trackstar: An Introduction into the Origins of Afrocentricity (Zipporah D. McCoy):

USAfricaOnline, the "first African-owned, U.S based professional newspaper to be published on the Internet" (established 1994):

Washington Post: Africa section:

WoYaa! African Internet Search Engine & Websites Directory:

Yale Africa Guide InterActive (Yale Univ. Council on African Studies & the Kamusi Project Internet Living Dictionary, administered by the Yale Univ. Program in African Languages) aspires to be "a comprehensive guide to African Resources, Languages, and Development and Social Action on the Web." (Last updated Feb. 2002)

African Links Table of Contents
Humanities 211 - Cultures & Literatures of Africa: 
Instructor:  Cora Agatucci

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Last Updated: 26 July 2003