S ASIAN R5B: Imagining India in Africa

Searching OskiCat for Primary Sources

Certain words and phrases (part of the Library of Congress Subject Headings cmagnifying glass and computer keyboardlassification system) will find primary sources in library catalogs.  You can use these in OskiCat or Melvyl:

-personal narratives
-early works to 1800


  • history victorian britain sources
  • women 19th century personal narratives

Additional Image Sources

You may also be able to find images of Indians in Africa (especially colonial-era Africa) on these paisley designwebsites:

Africa Through a Lens (from the archives of the British Library)

Images of Colonialism (from Harvard University)

Indian South Africans (from South African History Online; click on Media Library or Gallery)

List of online image sources in African history (from Columbia University)

Digitized Primary Sources

  • allAfrica.com
    Contains over 700,000 articles from 120 news publications throughout Africa. Also includes press releases and documents from 200 governments and non-governmental organizations in and outside of Africa. 30% of articles are in French.
  • African Newspapers (from the World Newspaper Archive)
    Includes over 60 full-text searchable historical newspapers published in Sub-Saharan Africa prior to 1923. Most titles are in English, with some coverage in African and other European languages.
  • South Asian Newspapers (from the World Newspaper Archive)
    A growing collection of South Asian newspapers. Contains more than 200,000 pages of digitized content, including material from the Ceylon Observer, Indian People / Leader, Madras Mail, and the Tribune. Part of the World News Archive project from Readex/Newsbank.
  • Confidential Print: Africa, 1834-1966
    Formerly-confidential reports and correspondence from the British government regarding colonies worldwide. Go to Advanced Search to select documents relating to Africa (the default is Africa+China); try British spellings instead of American ones ("labourers" instead of "laborers").
  • Empire Online
    Includes 70,000 images of original manuscript and printed documents to support study and research in the field of colonial and empire studies. Five sections include: Cultural Contacts, 1492-1969; Empire Writing and the Literature of Empire; The Visible Empire; Religion and Empire; and Race, Class, Imperialism and Colonialism, c. 1607-1969. In addition to original documents, this database contains scholarly essays and analysis.
  • Digital Innovation South Africa (DISA)
    A free online scholarly resource primarily covering the anti-apartheid liberation struggles in South Africa from 1950 to 1994. Includes primary and some secondary resources from books and journals to photographs, pamphlets, oral histories and correspondences for researching South African history, politics, and society.
  • 19th Century British Newspapers
    Contains full runs of 49 papers selected by the British Library as representative. It contains regional and national papers in England as well as papers from Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Content comes from penny papers read by the working class and papers advocating political or social movements such as Reform, Chartism and Home Rule.
  • Historical Newspapers Online
    Indexes newspapers covering all aspects of British life and world affairs in the 19th and 20th centuries. Contains four major historical resources: Palmer's Index to the Times which covers The Times (London, 1790-1905); The Official Index to the Times (1906-1980); The Historical Index to the New York Times (1863- 1922); and Palmer's Full Text Online (1785-1870).
Last Update: September 05, 2013 17:36