Basic Guide to Research on Africa: Film, Images & Sound Online

Film, Images, Sound, and Video

  • Africa Focus: Sights and Sounds of a Continent (University of Wisconsin-Madison Libraries and African Studies Program, Madison, Wisconsin)
    The website offers downloadable images, sound files, and other materials on Africa drawn from contributions by UWM faculty over the last 20-30 years.

  • Africa in the Photobook (Ben Krewinkel, Haarlem, the Netherlands)
    [Initiated in 2015]...a digital library of photobooks on colonial and post-colonial Africa. "The website is about the changing visual representation of Africa as expressed through the medium of the photobook."

  • African Photography Initiatives (Jürg Schneider and Rosario Mazuela, Basel, Switzerland)
    "APhI is dedicated to Africa’s rich photographic heritage. Our activities focus on the digitization, preservation and valorisation of photography and photography collections in Africa."
    --See especially: All Exhibitions; Cameroon Press Photo Archives, Buea ; Agence burundaise de presse ; Studio Photo George, Douala, Cameroon

  • American Archive of Public Broadcasting. A collaboration between Library of Congress, WGBH Media Library & Archives. ([United States] : American Archive of Public Broadcasting, [2015]-)
    "Access to a collection of American public radio and television content dating back to the 1950s. These audio and video materials, created by more than 120 public broadcasting organizations across the country..."

  • Ancient Egypt on the Internet (via Columbia University Libraries)

  • Archaeology Data Service: British Institute in Eastern Africa Archive (2016): Axum, Ethopia and Kilwa, Tanzania (University of York, UK)
    A small archive of open access, downloadable black and white photos and texts associated with archaeological research conducted under the auspices of The British Institute in Eastern Africa in Nairobi, Kenya.

  • ArchNet (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts)
    Search by city or country, especially for Islamic sites. "ArchNet is an international online community for architects, planners, urban designers, landscape architects, and scholars developed at the MIT School of Architecture and Planning and the University of Texas at Austin, School of Architecture, in close cooperation with, and with the full support of The Aga Khan Trust for Culture." Thematic collections include:
    James de Vere Allen: Swahili Kingdoms ; Djenne Conservation ; Journey to Mali ; Mud Mosques of Mali ; A Survey of Bagamoyo

  • Art and Archaeology of Africa on the Internet (via Columbia University Libraries)

  • Association Images et Mémoires (Paris, France)
    A French language site offers a digital archive of postcards, as well as some photographs and engravings from all over Africa during the colonial era.

  • Colonial Picture Archive -- Die Bildbestand der Deutschen Kolonialgesellschaft in der Universitätsbibliothek Frankfurt am Main (Frankfurt, Germany)
    "The project...encompasses safety filming of 50,000-70,000 historical photographs from German colonial history."
    Suchen = Search

  • Columbia University Libraries -- Online Image, Sound & Video Collections -and- Guides to Africa-Related Film, Sound, & Video

  • G.I. Jones' Photographic Archive of Southeastern Nigerian Art & Culture (Prof. John C. McCall, in cooperation with Ursula Jones, Dept. of Anthropology, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, Illinois)
    "This is an archive of digitized photographs depicting the arts and cultures of southeastern Nigeria. The collection includes examples from Ibibio, Igbo, Ijo and Ogoni speaking peoples. All of the photographs were taken in the 1930s by the late G.I. Jones, Department of Social Anthropology, University of Cambridge. The majority of the images are from the Igbo speaking regions where Jones conducted most of his research."

  • History & Cultures of Africa on the Internet (via Columbia University Libraries)

  • History in Progress Uganda ( Andrea Stultiens and Canon Griffin, The Netherlands and Kampala, Uganda)
    An open access digital gallery of photographs from and about Uganda over the last century. "We try to locate collections relevant to the representation of Uganda’s past. These collections include colonial archives and personal collections, images made in a professional context that could range from photojournalism to anthropology, the content of shoeboxes and albums, photographs made by Ugandan and non Ugandan professionals and amateurs."

  • Images du passé en Afrique de l'Ouest (Olivier Blot, Paris, France)
    Another French language site offering a digital archive of over 900 postcards and other images from the colonial era in Senegal, French Soudan (Mali), Guinea, Upper Volta (Burkina Faso), Côte d'Ivoire, Togo, Dahomey (Benin), Niger, Chad, and Cameroon.

  • Northwestern University Herskovits Library--Humphrey Winterton Collection of East African Photographs, 1860-1960 -and- Southern Africa/Anti-Apartheid Posters (Evanston, Illinois)

  • PANAFEST '66 '69 '74 '77 (Dominique Malaquais, Cédric Vincent ...[et al.], Chimurenga, Cape Town, South Africa)
    An open access, web documentary site --in French and some English-- featuring videos of over 50 interviews with participants in the 4 key international pan-African festivals in Africa during the period 1966-1977: FESMAN--First World Festival of Negro Arts (Dakar, 1966); PANAF--First Pan-African Cultural Festival (Algiers, 1969); Festival Zaïre 74 (Kinshasa, 1974) ; and FESTAC--Second World Black and African Festival of Arts and Culture (Lagos, 1977).

  • PictureNet Africa (Johannesburg, South Africa)
    A commercial respository of photographs from photographic agencies in South Africa, with information on fees and permissions.

  • United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization: Digitizing Our Shared UNESCO History--Photographs (Paris, France)
    Open access viewing of images, video, recordings, and documents, but "prior written permission is required to reproduce the content..."
    --See also: All Collections

  • University of Michigan, School of Information : "Music Time in Africa" Digitized Broadcasts, 1966-1996. (Ann Arbor, Michigan)
    The online archive of a "Voice of America" program, part of: Leo Sarkisian "Music Time in Africa" Archive.

  • University of Southern California, Los Angeles: International Mission Photography Archive
    "...offers historical images from Protestant and Catholic missionary collections in Britain, Norway, Germany, France, Switzerland, and the United States. The photographs, which range in time from the middle of the nineteenth to the middle of the twentieth century, offer a visual record of missionary activities and experiences in Africa, China, Madagascar, India, Papua-New Guinea, and the Caribbean."

  • West African Online Digital Library
    Selected Historical Photographs, Islamic, and Other Images from 20th century Senegal, Guinea, and West Africa. (African Studies Center, Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan)