Thursday, March 8, 2012

Center Receives Grant to Process Africana Collections

Pamphlet from the American
Committee on Africa records.
The Cataloging Hidden and Special Collections Program of the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) recently awarded $238,200 to the Amistad Research Center to support the archival processing of the records of The American Committee on Africa and The Africa Fund. Funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the three-year project will inventory, catalog, and open for research two related archival collections that document efforts to end apartheid and colonial governments in Africa, as well as the emergence of independent African nations.

The American Committee on Africa (1953-2001) and The Africa Fund (1966-2001) worked to educate Americans on the legitimacy of African liberation movements and to assist victims of colonial oppression in Africa. The collections consist of 520 linear feet of publications and records dating from 1966-2001. The processing of these records will expand access to materials that document human rights and political activities within many African countries, U. S. relations with African governments, divestment campaigns, and anti-apartheid and pro-African liberation movements.

The Center is honored to receive the generous support of CLIR and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Look for project updates in future issues of e-Amistad Reports, as well as on the Center's blog and Facebook page.

Posted by Christopher Harter

(Image from the American Committee on Africa Records. May not be used without permission.)

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