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Miriam Conteh-Morgan (Ohio State University) is working on a project to create "The Literary Map of Africa". The project is supported by an ALA Carnegie-Whitney Award and covers primary works written in European and African languages in sub-Saharan Africa.

Description: It is a bio-bibliographical database which will include an interactive map and search function. Clicking on a country will bring up a list of authors associated with it, and for each author there will be an attached bibliography of biographies, primary works, and selected secondary sources (e.g., criticism, interviews, dissertations, book/performance reviews, web sites) in print and electronic formats.

Proposed start date: Summer 2006.

The Melville J. Herskovits Library of African Studies has begun a process to make web accessible finding aids to archival, manuscript and photograph collections on the Northwestern University Finding Aids (NUFA) web page, www.library.northwestern.edu/ead/. The initial Herskovits Library collection inventories include The Abdullah Abdurahman Family Papers, the Vernon Anderson Papers, the Claude Barnett Research Collection, the Alex Hepple Papers, the Leo Kuper Papers, The Vernon McKay Papers, the Lavinia Scott Papers, the Lorenzo Dow Turner Papers and the Winterton Collection of East African Photograph. Three of these collections are available on microfilm from CAMP, the Abduraham, Hepple and Kuper papers.

The African Studies Center at Michigan State University is pleased to announce the African Activist Archive Project which seeks to preserve for history the record of activities of U.S. organizations and individuals that supported African struggles for freedom and had a significant collective impact on U.S. policy during the period 1950-1994. One of the significant U.S. political movements in second half of the twentieth century, it included community activists, students, faculty, churches, unions, city and county councils, state governments, and others. This democratization of foreign policy was unprecedented and it is important that the lessons learned be documented for the benefit of ongoing social justice activism.

This project will focus mainly (but not exclusively) on smaller local and regional organizations that supported the struggle against colonialism and white minority rule in Africa, especially in Angola, Guinea Bissau, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa and Zimbabwe. Their advocacy reached a peak in the U.S. anti-apartheid movement in the 1970s, 1980s and early 1990s. They were involved in campaigns for sanctions against South Africa and divestment of U.S. companies that did business with apartheid. These organizations produced newsletters, pamphlets, leaflets, policy papers, meeting minutes, strategy papers, correspondence and visual material such as posters, buttons, photos, slideshows and videos. Many were ad hoc in nature and no longer exist, but individuals associated with those groups preserved vital records.

The project will locate material produced by these organizations, preserve that material by placing it in archives at depository institutions, and produce a database directory of the organizations and material. The project will arrange to have selected material microfilmed, digitalized onto CD-ROM and placed on the web in order to make the material available to scholars and others in the U.S. and Africa. The archive is available at www.africanactivist.msu.edu.

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