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British Library for Development Studies (BLDS)

British Library for Development Studies


The BLDS collection, built up since 1966, contains material relating to all aspects of economic and social development across the whole of Africa, to support postgraduate and other original research. A large proportion of the holdings are published in Africa. Subjects are wide ranging, reflecting the interdisciplinary nature of development studies, and the collection is kept up to date to reflect current concerns and emerging agendas.

Sources of material include developing country and donor governments, international and regional organizations, NGOs, research institutions, and commercial publishers.
Holdings are especially strong for Anglophone Sub-Saharan Africa, with the systematic collection of core government statistics for each country, plus government policy documents and an extensive collection of indigenous and non-indigenous journals, a wide range of monographs and other research output, both indigenous and non-indigenous, plus key reference works. Holdings on Lusophone and Francophone Sub Saharan Africa follow a similar pattern, but with a less extensive collection. The collection on North Africa covers mainly core Government statistics for each country, along with monographs reflecting the current development agenda and research.

Approximately 25 journals published in Africa are indexed, and these individual article records are searchable in the catalogue

Additionally BLDS hosts the BLDS Digital Library, a repository of full text research publications from developing countries, many based in Africa.

University of Oxford

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The Bodleian Library  holds substantial collections of publications, including government publications, on Africa (catalogued on SOLO) and houses many important Africa-related manuscripts and archives (catalogued on Bodleian Archives & Manuscripts).

The archives comprise the papers of individuals and organisations relating to the history Africa, mainly the history of former British colonies in Africa. They date predominantly from the 19th and 20th centuries but include material from the 17th century onwards. There are around 4,000 collections, ranging in size from a single volume to over 1,000 boxes and include correspondence, diaries, papers, photographs, lantern slides, posters, artwork, audio-visual and digital material.

Many of the collections were gathered by the Oxford Colonial Records Project, established in 1963 to locate and preserve the papers of former colonial administrators. This project was followed in 1977 by the Oxford Development Records Project which focussed on the papers of officials and non-officials involved in development work in the former British dependencies in Africa, in particular in the areas of agriculture, education and medical work.

Major collections of personal papers include those of the imperialist and politician Cecil Rhodes (1853-1902), the soldier and colonial administrator Frederick Lugard (1858-1945), the statesman Arthur Creech Jones (1891-1965), the historian Margery Perham (1895-1982), the Prime Minister of the Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland Sir Roy Welensky (1907-1991), the author and journalist Elspeth Huxley (1907-1997) and Archbishop Trevor Huddleston (1913-1998) who was President of the Anti-Apartheid Movement.

Among the archives of organisations are those of the Anti-Slavery Society, dating from the 1820s to the late 20th century, the Africa Bureau, the Fabian Colonial Bureau and the Anti-Apartheid Movement (AAM). Some of the papers in the AAM archive are available on the website ‘Forward to Freedom’. The single largest collection is that of the Anglican missionary organisation, the United Society for the Propagation of the Gospel (USPG), which was founded in 1701 and still exists. It was involved in educational and medical work in many parts of the world including west, central and southern Africa and the archive is a rich resouce for many areas of research.

Collections relating to Africa are consulted in the David Reading Room, Weston Library, Broad Street, Oxford OX1 3BG (http://www.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/weston).
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The Henry Martyn Centre Library

Henry Martin Centre LibraryThe Henry Martin Centre archives are a collection mainly of the papers of missionaries from the 19th and 20th centuries, Read more →

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