Sources and Resources

A brief list of obvious, and not so obvious places to check out if you are starting out on an African history dissertation/thesis:

National Archives, Kew: particularly the FO and CO series among others.

Birmingham Library Special Collections: Church Missionary Society Archive covering a wide range of African and other locations; good for missionary letters, diaries, mission station lists etc

Bodleian Library of Commonwealth and African Studies; excellent selection of books, personal papers etc

Durham Sudan Archive; fantastic resource for those studying Sudan, particularly during the colonial period.

Wellcome Centre, London: useful for medical history; particularly with relation to sleeping sickness in Africa

London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine: similar to above

Royal Geographical Society, London: collections containing personal papers, publications and maps of numerous explorers across Africa

Brotherton Library, Leeds: CMS microfilm collection + Correspondence, papers and publications of Professor Adrian Hastings.

Mill Hill Fathers, Freshfield, Liverpool: Missionary archive

London Universities: SOAS, LSE; apart from a superb range of works also good special collections

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