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Special resources for students of African languages and for teachers can be accessed on the African Languages and Outreach pages respectively.

IU Resources

Indiana University has extensive and unique resources on Africa:

  • IU Libraries Africana Collections
    The African Studies Collection in the Herman B. Wells Library is highly ranked. Its vast print, audiovisual, and digital holdings include a significant body of materials on and in African languages as well as two special collections: the Somali Collection considered one of the top three in the world; and the H.K. Banda Archive, a collection of primary materials on Malawi and southern and central Africa more generally. Rare materials are housed in the Lilly Library.
    The African Studies librarian is Dr. Marion Frank-Wilson (
  • Liberian Collections
    The Liberian Collections consist of a range of materials collected over many years by noted Liberia scholars. Dr. Verlon Stone ( is the Project Coordinator.
  • National African Language Resource Center
    The National African Language Resource Center is a federally funded center dedicated to the promotion of African language teaching and learning in the United States, including the strengthening of language pedagogy and assessment, and the development of resources. It is directed by Dr. Antonia Schleicher (
  • IU Art Museum
    The Africa Collection of the Art Museum counts among the top university collections in the country; the permanent collection is on exhibit in the Raymond and Laura Wielgus Gallery. Dr. Diane Pelrine ( is the Curator of African, Oceanic, and Pre-Columbian Art.
  • Mathers Museum
    The Mathers Museum of World Cultures is a teaching museum with significant holdings of African objects. Dr. Ellen Sieber, an Africa specialist, is the Curator of Collections.
  • Archives of Traditional Music
    The Archives of Traditional Music have the largest collection of African sound recordings in the United States. Dr. Alan Burdette ( is the Director.
  • Black Film Center/Archive
    The Black Film Center/Archive is a repository of films by and about black people and a center for research and scholarship on black film traditions. Its Director is Dr. Michael Martin (
  • EVIA Digital Archive
    The EVIA (Ethnographic Video for Instruction Analysis) Digital Archive is a project for the preservation of field research video and its preparation as an instructional resource. Scholars of Africa have contributed to the core collections. Associate Vice Provost for Research Dr. Ruth Stone ( is co-principal investigator with Dr. Lester Monts of the University of Michigan.
  • Center On American And Global Security (CAGS)
    The Center on American and Global Security is an Indiana University research unit that conducts research and facilitates discussion on security challenges that confront the global community. In addition to National Security Highlights from Capitol Hill, it provides African Security Highlights.