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African Studies

Discover Duke collections in African studies and learn where to search for books, articles, media, primary sources, and data related to topics in the discipline.

What are primary sources?

A primary source is "material that contains firsthand accounts of events and that was created contemporaneous to those events or later recalled by an eyewitness" (Glossary of Archival Records and Terminology). Letters, diaries, autobiographies, photographs, oral histories, government documents, literary works, speeches, and, contemporaneous newspaper articles are just some examples of primary sources.

Rubenstein Library collections

Primary source research databases

Africa-focused sources

Sources including coverage of Africa

Primary Sources on the Open Web