African Studies

Contact Your Librarian

  • Jason M. Schultz
  • Chiwara

  • Office Hours: Weds. 1:30pm-3:00pm (675A Barrows), or by appt.
  • Office Location: 438 Doe Library
  • Contact Info:

    (510) 984-3012

Collection Overview

African Studies collections at UC Berkeley comprise over 200,000 volumes.The Gardner (Main) Stacks of the Doe Library are the principal location for social science and humanities titles covering Africana. Titles are also located in over 20 subject specialty, affiliated libraries and other units.

Summary information about these holdings can be found under Africana Library Collections: A Guide. UC Berkeley's African Studies Collections cover sub-Saharan countries and include many publications from adjacent islands. The Library's Islamica Collections embrace materials from North Africa. 

Purchase Recommendation

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Doe Library, North Reading Room

Campus Links

Center for African Studies

Berkeley Language Center

Department of African American Studies

Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthorpology, Africa Collection

Library Catalogs

Finds materials related to your topic including books, government publications, and audio and video recordings in the libraries of UC Berkeley. OskiCat will show you the location and availability of the items that we own.  Does not include Law Library holdings.

Locates titles found at other campuses in the UC system and also includes materials from the Center for Research Libraries, for which UC Berkeley is a member.. Melvyl also allows you to expand your search to libraries worldwide. Clicking on the REQUEST button in the detailed view of a catalog record prompt you to fill out a form to request the item through our Interlibrary Loan office. Requires Proxy login for when accessing off-campus.

WorldCat on FirstSearch
Access records of materials in libraries worldwide.  It can be used for interlibrary loan requests.  Good for advanced research and literature reviews.

Pronounced "hah-tee", this cooperative system contains millions of books scanned from UC and other major research libraries, including those digitized by Google and the Internet Archive. Search on information about the book (such as author or title), or words in the text. Full text is available for items that are not protected by copyright. Items in the HathiTrust catalog can be grouped into collections and shared online. For details, see the FAQ page.

E-Book Resources


Book & Text Collections

Primary Sources

Country Information & Statistics

The Library's Sub-Saharan African Government Information page includes a custom search engine to locate African government websites.  Consult OskiCat to find titles from Berkeley's large print collection of African government information.

Find Dissertations

Find Dissertations by searching Dissertations and Theses (Dissertation Abstracts) Full Text, which includes full-text of most dissertations since 1997. It indexes over 1.5 million dissertations completed in North American (including UC) and European universities from 1861 to the present. Listings after 1980 include abstracts, and some feature 24-page excerpts. 

Consult the comprehensive list of African American Theses and Dissertations, 1907-2002 at UCB. Also see Find Dissertations and Theses for other specialized sources, and dissertations completed at a UC campus can also be found in Library catalogs, which have limit to dissertations/theses search options:

Dissertations/Theses in Oskicat

Other Full-text Access: Online full-text of UC dissertations (from 1996) can be found by searching Dissertations & Theses @ University of California and also appear in Library catalog search results. UC Berkeley dissertations in print prior to 1996 may be found by searching the Library catalogs. Dissertations done at other UC campuses prior to 1996 or ouside the UC system must be obtained through Interlibrary Loan or using the "Request" option in Melvyl.


Doe Reference Hall DT 14 .A37435 2005 Read at Google Read at Google

Encyclopedia of Africa Call #: Doe Reference Reference Hall DT3 .E53 2010 v.1-2 Read at Google Read at Google

Encyclopedia of African History and Culture Call #: Doe Reference Reference Hall DT3 .P27 2005 Read at Google Read at Google

Encyclopedia of African literature
Call #: Doe Reference Reference Hall PL8010 .E63 2003 Moffitt Reference PL8010 .E63 2003
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Encyclopedia of the African Diaspora Call #: Doe Reference Reference Hall DT16.5 .E53 2008 v.1-3 Read at Google Read at Google

Encyclopedia of twentieth-century African history /
Call #: Doe Reference Reference Hall DT29 .E53 2003 Moffitt Reference DT29 .E53 2003
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Music ML100 .G16 1998 v.1 Africa (Print) Read at Google Read at Google

New Encyclopedia of Africa Doe Reference Reference Hall DT2 .N48 2008 Read at Google Read at Google


Africa : a guide to reference material
Author: McIlwaine, John.
Call #: Doe Reference Reference Hall Z3501 .M3 2007
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Africa Bibliography Call #: Doe Reference DT3 .A362 1984- Read at Google Read at Google

African Books in Print Call #: Doe Reference Z3503 .A43 (Latest volume)

Current Bibliography on African Affairs Call #: Main (Gardner) Stacks DT3.A12 C8 (Current 10 years in Doe Reference) Read at Google Read at Google

International African Bibliography Call #: MAIN (Gardner) Stacks DT3.A12 I48 (Current Issues in Periodical Reading Room) Read at Google Read at Google

Reference guide to Africa : a bibliography of sources /
Call #: Doe Reference Reference Hall DT4.A12 K24 2005
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RCL: Resources for College Libraries Call #: Doe Reference Z1039.C65 R35 2006 v.1-6 (2006), consult v.6 for African Studies Read at Google Read at Google

Publishing, Books & Reading in Sub-Saharan Africa: A Critical Bibliography Call #: Doe Reference Z465.2 .Z443 2008 Read at Google Read at Google


African leaders : guiding the new millennium
Author: Rake, Alan.
Call #: Doe Reference DT18 .R344 2001
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An African biographical dictionary
Author: Brockman, Norbert C., 1934-
Call #: Doe Reference DT18 .B76 2006
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Companion to African literatures Call #: Doe Reference PR9340 .C65 2000 Read at Google Read at Google


Africa South of the Sahara Call #: Doe Reference Reference Hall DT351.A1 A35 (latest year) Read at Google Read at Google

Doe Reference DT19.8 .Z45 2006 (Print edition) Read at Google Read at Google

General History of Africa Call #: Doe Reference DT20 .G45 v. 1-8 Read at Google Read at Google

Historical Dictionaries of Africa Series Call #: Doe Reference and MAIN at various DT call numbers, earlier titles found under African Historical Dictionaries Series link Read at Google Read at Google

Political and Economic Dictionary of Africa Call #: Doe Reference DT31 .P59 2005 Read at Google Read at Google


The Media Resources Center (MRC) at Moffitt Library is the UC Berkeley Library's primary collection of materials in electronic non-print (audio and visual) formats. These formats include: videocassettes, DVDs; compact audio discs; audiocassettes; and online (streamed) audio and video. Materials in the MRC may be used on-site in the Center by current UC Berkeley students and staff. Links to selected African cinema and documentary films at the MRC below:


The Library's Newspaper & Microforms Room holds numerous African newspapers from the 19th century to currently-received titles.  Papers on microfilm are shelved in title order by country.  Currently received print titles are shelved by title.  The Library currently receives the following African newspapers in print:

The Stanford Library has one of the largest collections of African newspapers in print and microfilm in the United States.  These titles are available for on-site viewing by UCB afilliated persons.

Center for Research Libraries (CRL) lends African newspapers on microfilm to UCB patrons.  Many titles are list on the Melvyl Catalog where you can request film by sent to Berkeley for use. CRL also hosts AFRINUL a union list of African newspapers held by U.S. research libraries.  This is not a complete list so double-check with each institution's catalog for complete holdings.

African historical and current newspapers are also available electronically through subscription databases and free sites. 


The UC Berkeley Libraries has an extensive microform (microfilm and microfiche) collections, containing valuable information for researchers. The Africana Microform Collections Guide lists a large selection of Berkeley's holdings that include many primary source materials.

The Newspapers and Microforms Department (40 Doe Library) has machines that read, print, and scan images from microfilm and microfiche.

  Microfilm and microfiche owned by the UC Berkeley Libraries can be found through OskiCat; use Advanced Keyword Search to limit your search to "All Microforms." In the News/Micro collection, microfilm rolls and microfiche cards are shelved with their own numbering system; click here for a PDF of the collection's floorplan.

Web Gateways

Africa Portal
Includes library of 3,000 materials related to policy issues in Africa, focusing on climate, conflict resolution, energy, food security, health and migration.

Africa South of the Sahara: Selected Internet Resources (Stanford)

African Studies Internet Portal (University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign)

Black Past: Remembered & Reclaimed

Columbia University Libraries - African Studies Internet Resources

Michigan State University - A-Z of African Studies on the Internet

Collections & Libraries

Stanford University African Collection

Northwestern University, Melville J. Herskovits Library of African Studies              

Cooperative Africana Microform Project (CAMP) at the Center for Research Libraries:
Most titles found in the Center for Research Libraries online catalog are also available via Next Gen Melvyl, and WorldCat for interlibrary loan. Guide to selected CAMP Collections includes finding aids.

Library of Congress African and Middle Eastern Reading Room

Yale University Library African Collection

Internet Library Sub-Saharan Africa
Catalog to books and articles held at major European universities and instititues focused on African Studies.

Digital Archives

Africa South of the Sahara: Libraries/Archives
List of African Studies archives worldwide as compiled by Stanford University.

Africa Through a Lens
From the British National Archives, includes thousands of images taken from a broader photographic collection of Foreign and Commonwealth Office images.  Coverage from 1860s to 1960s.

African Activist Archive
Includes records and memories of activism in the United States supporting activities of Africans  against colonialism, apartheid, and social injustice from the 1950s through the 1990s.

Digital Somali Library (Indiana University)
The Digital Somali Library (DSL) provides full-text, online access to 137 books from Indiana University Bloomington's Somali collection.

Genocide Archive Rwanda
Includes videos relating to the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi coupled with synchronized transcripts, searchable index terms, and maps. Videos include testimonies of Genocide survivors and perpetrators, Gacaca Justice System court proceedings, and remembrance ceremonies.

Liberian Collections (Indiana University)
Photos and papers of the history and culture of Liberia, including those of President William Tubman.

Traces of Truth: Documents Related to the South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission
Full-text access to records of the South African TRC, a project of the Historical Papers Archive of Witwatersrand University in Johannesburg and the South African History Archives Project.

University of Cape Town Digital Collections
Includes the Jacobson Digital Africana Program collection with historical maps of South Africa, anti-apartheid journals, Anthropological collections, theses, and UCT history.

Winterton Collection of East African Photographs, 1860-1960
Includes over 1,700 photographs showing life in East Africa from 1860-1960. Materials part of the Melville J. Herskovits Library of African Studies, Northwestern University.

Blogs, Discussion Lists, & Podcasts

Africa Past & Present
Podcast hosted by Michigan State University covering history, culture, and politics in Africa and the diaspora.  Includes interviews with leading scholars in the study of Africa.

H-Africa Discussion Network
Listserv and site for scholarly African Studies discussions. Great for book reivews, conference announcements and job postings. You must subscribe to the listserv, however notible threads and other information is obtainable from this site.


African Studies Association (U.S.)

Africana Librarians Council

African Studies: Organizations and Programs

African Union

Association of African Universities

Economic Commission for Africa (ECA)

Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS)

Southern African Development Community (SADC)

Giving to the Library

African Studies collections at UC Berkeley are one of the strongest in the United States, totalling over 200,000 volumes.  The collections support research throughout the campus, as anchored by the affiliated faculty and programming from the Center for African Studies.  Your support will insure this fine collection continues to grow and support African Studies scholarship on campus and the world over.

The following types of gifts are available:

Cash Gifts for Book Purchases
Cash contributions of any amount are welcomed as they will support the purchase of new books supporting the African Studies.

Book Donations 
Gifts of scholarly materials and the results of research have historically represented a significant element in the development of Berkeley's outstanding research collections. We welcome individual gifts, but due to space and staff limitations, we must be judicious in accepting large contributions. Donations of recently published books are welcomed. New book purchases will be checked to ensure titles aren’t already on order.

Please contact Dirk Kennedy to discuss your donation of books.

Memorial and Honorific Gifts
Contributions given in memory or in honor of a person are welcomed. For a gift of $1,000 or more, a named memorial book fund can be established. A special book plate will be created and placed in each book.

Named Endowment
An endowed fund is established in perpetuity and has a continuing impact on creating a strong African Studies collection. A named endowment requires a minimum gift of $50,000. The donor may specify an area of interest, e.g., African history, arts, etc. The University invests its endowments carefully to achieve a healthy rate of return that provides for both current needs and long-term growth. A special book plate will be placed in each book.

Contribute Online
Donations can be made online using the Library Fund Online Gift Form and by designating that your gift is for the African Studies Collection at the bottom of the form.

Contribute By Mail
All checks should be made payable to the UC Regents (specify it is for the African Studies Collection) and mailed to:

Jason Schultz
Librarian for Africana Collections
438 Doe Library
University of California 
Berkeley, CA 94720-6000

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