The project of the Stadt- und Universitätsbibliothek Frankfurt am Main encompasses safety filming and digitisation of 55,000 historical photographs from the German colonial history. Public access to the pictures is via a research database on the internet. Former German colonies in Africa: Togo, Cameroon, Namibia, Tanzania, Rwanda, Burundi. Furthermore, you have free access to the German Colonial encyclopaedia (1920). ... [according to site editor's information]
Library catalogue of the New York Public Library. The library has two focus collections: the Schomburg Center about people of African descent, and the Dance Collection, where you can also find a lot of bibliographical data about dance in Africa. The Digital Galleries offer you many collections of photographs online, including Africana & Black History and Customs and Costume: Surveys and Examples of National Studies to 1900. You will find further projects like the website "Africana Age. African and African Diasporan Transformations in the 20th Century" and the Africana Heritage Newsletters. ... [editors ilissAfrica]
Homepage about the French photographer and postcard publisher Edmond Fortier (1862-1928) who settled in Dakar as from 1900 and who then probably was one of the most famous and of the first photographers in former French West Africa (AOF territory). The site shows many of his pictures from different francophone West African countries shortly after 1900.
Also look for the book: David, Philippe, 1987: Inventaire général des cartes postales Fortier. ... [editors ilissAfrica]
Private Homepage. The author presents his photographs mainly from Mali (Dogon, Lobi, Niger river) and Egypt, with the focus on persons and architecture. Furthermore, you will find a document of 50 pages which gives explanations about the pictures. You will also find 140 sketches about the mentioned areas and people. Under "Miscellaneous" there are also pictures from Burkina Faso, Cabo Verde, Sudan, Gabon, Sierra Leone, Senegal. ... [editors ilissAfrica]
Very informative resource site about Sierra Leone. You will find: a kind of Who's Who for private persons and friends; Sierra Leone Web Laws Project which is making the laws of Sierra Leone available online as they are currently out of print; information about the government and other political entities; historical postcards and photographs of Sierra Leone; current photographs; Sierra Leonean Heroes, fifty Men and Women Who Helped to Build the nation; proverbs in Krio (Creole); poems; info about many villages; a collection of Lorry Slogans; the complet online version of a Mende phrasebook and two Peace Corps Language Manuals (Temne and Krio); info about the 419 Scam and many other links. ... [editors ilissAfrica]
Site is also commercial (sells African textiles), but at the same time, it provides you with extensive information on African textiles, there history, production, origin, way of wearing, use etc. The site includeds many ancient photographs. As the site is very chaotical concerning the linking between the different pages and hence you will not find everything at first glance, please consider the tips and direct links in the summary. ... [editors ilissAfrica]
Photographs and pictures archive of the Evangelische Missionsgesellschaft Basel (Basler Mission) / Mission 21. The photographs and pictures were taken / drawn by missionaries all over the world between 1850 and 1950. Concerning Africa, there is a focus on Cameroon and Ghana. The archive presents an innovative idea with its concept of "Visual Interpreters": researchers are invited to write explanatory texts and comments on the pictures which had often been taken with a strong colonial prejudice in mind. In this way, the pictures are to be put into a historical context. ... [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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