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African Studies

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Scope of Collection
The Africana collections serve the academic departments and units affiliated with the Center for African Studies. These collections support interdisciplinary research in the humanities and social sciences with particular focus on major contemporary issues, namely political and economic development; national and regional security; the environment; literature; culture; and the arts. The largest departments served are Public Health, Political Science, African American Studies (African Diaspora Program), Anthropology, ESPM, Linguistics, Geography, and the Human Rights Center. The collections are available to faculty and students at Berkeley, and more widely available throughout the Northern California region to students and faculty at Stanford and other colleges and universities.

The Africana collection is strong in many areas, namely Reference and Bibliography, Primary and Secondary sources, journals, newspapers, major microfilm sets, maps, government documents, and publications of international organizations.

Special Collections
The Bancroft Library houses special Africana collections such as the William and Berta Bascom Collection of Yoruba books, manuscripts of anthropologist William R. Bascom, and accounts of expeditions to and description of Africa in the History of Science and Technology collections.

Primary Languages and Formats
We collect in English, French, Swahili, Yoruba, Afrikaans, Amharic, and other western languages. We consult with the Middle Eastern Studies Selector for materials in Arabic about Sub-Saharan Africa. We also collect a large number of African language dictionaries.

Related Collections
There are African Studies materials in most subject specialty libraries on campus. Anthropology, Bancroft, Bioscience & Natural Resources, Earth Sciences and Maps, Public Health, Media Resources Center, Business and Economics, Education and Psychology, and Environmental Design hold the most Africana besides Doe/Moffitt.

For information about research tools, library guides, and related pages, see this guide to African Studies.

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