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What is a Primary Source?
Primary sources are firsthand accounts of history. Some examples of primary sources include:
- Government Documents
- Diaries and Journals
- Oral Histories
- Other Historical Records
Africa Focus: Sights and Sounds of a Continent
A collection of 3000 slides, 500 photographs, and 50 hours of sounds from 45 different countries, maintained by the University of Wisconsin Libraries.
Africa South of the Sahara
Selected online resources, maintained by Stanford University Libraries.
General History of Africa (UNESCO)
United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). Over three decades worth of work of 230 historians and specialists resulting in an 8 volume publication on the history of Africa. These volumes are freely accessible online, as well as studies and documents used for the publication.
Maps of Africa (16th to 20th Century)
A digital collection of 113 maps of Africa collected by the Melville J. Herskovits Library of African Studies at Northwestern University.
Ross Archive of African Images
Approximately 5000 pictures of African art published prior to 1921.
World Digital Library
49 African nations are represented in the World Digital Library's collections. The WDL is a collaboration of the U.S. Library of Congress, and UNESCO, to make primary materials from nations across the world easily accessible.
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