The Institut Fondamental d'Afrique Noire (IFAN) was founded in 1936 by the governor general of former French West Africa (AOF) as the Institut Français d'Afrique Noire. Its first director was the well known explorer Thédore Monod. The mission of the IFAN was to do scientific research about Africa, especially about the AOF. In 1960, the IFAN was integrated into the University of Dakar. In 1966, it changed its name into Institut Fondamental d'Afrique Noire.
Today, the IFAN has the following departments: social sciences, humanities, zoology, botany, geology, museums.
The IFAN possesses many old valuable documents from French colonial times, including photographic material and other media. The holdings of the library and the archives are not yet recorded online. There are projects for digitalisation in the future. ... [editors ilissAfrica]
Online full text version of the book: Memoirs of an Arabian Princessby Emily Ruete (Salamah bint Saïd; Sayyida Salme, Princess of Zanzibar and Oman) (1844-1924) Translated by Lionel Strachey. New York: Doubleday, Page and Co., 1907.Emily Ruete (1844-1924) was a daughter of Seyyid Saïd, Sultan of Muscat and Zanzibar. She married the German merchant Rudolph Heinrich Ruete and lived with him in Germany, working as a teacher and an author. ... [editors ilissAfrica]
The Center for Research Libraries holds a number of resources (including full text documents) relating to Germany's foreign affairs and colonial operations which are presented here. These primary and secondary sources illuminate the German experience of colonialism.
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Site about Pierre Savorgnan de Brazza. Pierre Paul François Camille Savorgnan de Brazza (1852-1905) was a French explorer of Italian origin. The capital of the Republic of the Congo is named after him (Brazzaville). The site provides extensive and detailed information about his life and expeditions, including many muldi media files, original documents, photographs, audio files, comments from his contemporaries etc. ... [editors ilissAfrica]
Site that presents the 14 books of João M. Loureiro. The books contain a collection of more than 12,000 photographical postcards from former Portuguese colonies from the end of the 19th century until 1975. On the web site you can find a sample of 4 - 5 postcards from each book. [editors ilissAfrica]
Gallica is the virtual library of the National Library of France. Through its African collection you have access to the accounts, photographs etc of travellers to / exploreres of Africa. The virtual library holds 900 text documents (partly whole books in full text), 30 journals, 80 maps, 20 hours auf audio material and 6,500 photographs. In the year 2002, furthermaterial was meant to be added. You have four possibilities of access: free search of the catalogue, browsing via geography, topic and journals.
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Virtual Library with a lot of full text documents (books, journals), photographs, drawings, engravings from / about lusophon African countries, mostly during colonial times. Some full texts are in English. [editors ilissAfrica]