The MSU Libraries house a vast amount of African content in the Africana Library with over 270,000 print volumes and over 500,000 digital items, making it among the top three university collections nationally for sub-Saharan Africa.
Patrons will find materials from Ethiopia, Nigeria, Sahelian countries, Senegal, Zimbabwe, Kenya, South Africa, Tanzania, Zambia and more. Focus subjects include history, linguistics, politics, education, communications, anthropology, sociology, development, agriculture and health. The staff includes two Africana specialists (Dr. Joe Lauer and Dr. Peter Limb). Additional information may be found on the MSU library website.
The libraries’ digital resources on Africa feature all available major Africana e-resources including the largest microfilm collection in the U.S. from the Public Record Office in London, with extensive archives from Kenya, Tanzania and Nigeria. The collection also includes:
Housed within the libraries are extensive collections of African posters (500), cookbooks, comic art, and material on African sports. Papers include:
The libraries support MSU’s extensive work in African Language teaching and research with focuses on:
Mende and Temne (115)
other Niger-Congo languages (712)