Friday, 11 May 2012

African Activist Archive Project

The African Activist Archive Project now has 5,000 digital items in its free, online collection ( from the U.S. anti-apartheid and other solidarity movements during the early 1950s to the mid-1990s. It includes documents, posters, photographs, T-shirts, buttons, and audio and video recordings that were produced by more than 260 groups in 35 U.S. states plus the District of Columbia. The archive also includes materials in support of the anti-colonial struggles elsewhere in Southern Africa, especially Namibia, Rhodesia, Angola, Mozambique, and Guinea-Bissau.

Staff at Michigan State University Libraries are continuing to add materials - 1,500 items in 2011 and a planned 1,000 more in 2012, and also continue to contact former activists in the Africa solidarity movement.
In January, the project started a Facebook page (
highlighting historically interesting and newly added items to the digital collection and pointing to similar archival projects.

Any UK readers with collections of similar material are very welcome to contact David Clover at the Institute of Commonwealth Studies Library

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