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Africa Collection

Africa Collection Overview

The Department of International & Area Studies (IAS) collects scholarly works in English, French, and Arabic, to support African Studies at Duke.

Collection strengths include:

  • history and culture
  • politics and government
  • ecomonic and social conditions
  • slavery and race relations
  • diaspora studies

In addition, the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library houses primary materials on Africa.


Duke/UNC Collection Collaboration for African Studies

The goals of the TRLN Cooperative Collection Development Program are to enhance the collections of member libraries and provide better service to users by sharing access to specialized and expensive resources that do not need to be duplicated on individual campuses. Collection building has been divided along geographic and, in some cases, subject lines.

Africa: Duke University takes responsibility for the Anglophone areas of Africa; UNC-Chapel Hill takes responsibility for the Francophone and Lusophone areas of Africa.  For North Africa, see Middle East & Islamic Studies.