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African Studies Resources: Get Started

Guide to resources of the Melville J. Herskovits Library of African Studies

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Librarian for African Studies

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Florence Mugambi
Subjects: African Studies

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Esmeralda Kale
(847) 491-7684
Northwestern University Library
1970 Campus Drive
Evanston, Il 60208
Teach with the Libraries

We encourage faculty to draw upon the Herskovits Library collections to enrich their teaching and promote student learning. We provide expertise, customize instruction to specific needs and course goals, and aim to make students comfortable navigating the library's vast resources, including archival and special collections. Our customized instruction includes activities that facilitate classroom discussion, student-led inquiry, and critical thinking. 

We also promote teaching and learning about Africa across disciplines and grade levels within the greater Chicago area.  

If you would like to schedule an instruction session or learn more about Teaching with the Herskovits Collection, email Florence Mugambi or complete the Northwestern University Libraries Instruction Request form

Collection Highlights
  • Arabic Manuscripts from West Africa - Umar Falke, John Paden, John Hunwick, and University of Ghana Collection
  • Archival and Manuscript Collections - personal papers, photographs, records and microform
  • Photographs - Winterton, Vernon McKay, Zanzibar, Justine Cordwell, E.H. Duckworth archives, Ifeoma Onyefulu
  • Digitized Posters - on politics, health, religion, liberation struggles, art exhibitions, social issues, etc. Note that all posters (Digitized & non-digitized) can be found through a search in the catalog. 
  • Maps of Africa - digital copies of antique maps of Africa dating from the mid-16th Century to the early 20th Century.

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