African Digital Collections Online

This is a list in progress of various digital collections on Africa that are openly accessible on the Internet. We will continue added resources as we are aware of them. We welcome any suggestions you might wish to share.  Thank you!



16th-20th Century Maps of Africa, Northwestern University Library:

Africa Digital Photo Archive (American Geographical Society Archive)

Africa Focus: Sights and Sounds of a Continent

Africa Online Digital Library

Africa Through a Lens (The National Archives, UK)

African Activist Archive

Africana Posters (Northwestern University)

Africana Digitization Project (Univ. of Wisconsin)

Archnet Digital Library (geared to architects, planners, urban designers, landscape architects, conservations, scholars with a focus on Muslim cultures and civilizations. Includes images, publications, etc.)

Asia, Pacific & Africa Collections, British Library Online Galleries [image collections]

A portrait of the Indian subcontinent, in 15,000 images from our Asia, Pacific & Africa collections.

Dictionary of African Christian Biography

The Harold E. Scheub Collection; South African Voices (Univ. of Wisconsin)

Historical Overseas Archive (Instituto de Investigação Científica Tropical, Lisbon):

Images of Commorative Fabrics from Africa (Univ. of Wisconsin)

Images of the African Diaspora (Univ. of Wisconsin)

Memoria da Africa

Nordic Documentation on the Liberation Struggle in Southern Africa

Online Archive, African Independence Jubilees (Johannes Gutenberg Universitӓt Mainz)
(includes 12 countries: Benin, Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of Congo, Gabon, Ghana, Cameroon,  Madagascar, Mali, Nigeria, Tanzania)

Peace Corps Digital Library:

Perry-Castaneda Map Collection: Africa

Afriterra Map Collection:

British Library Online Gallery: Maps of Africa:

Voyages en Afrique (Gallica)

World Digital Library [Africa: 279 items ; Middle East & North Africa: 1329 items]

Horn of Africa Crisis (Wilson Center Digital Archive: International History, de-classified)

The Humphrey Winterton Collection of East African Photographs: 1860-1960 (Northwestern University)



Indiana University Liberian Collections


South Africa

African Rock Art Digital Archive

South African History Archive (SAHA)

South African History Online (SAHO)

South Africa Archive

South African Nuclear History (Wilson Center Digital

University of Witwatersrand, Historical Papers

Wits Institutional Repository, WireDSpace

The Life & Times of Nelson Mandela

Nelson Mandela Digital Archive:


South Sudan

Nuer Field Notes (Indiana University)



Sudan Open Archive:



Swaziland Digital Archives – a photographic record. Swaziland National Trust Commission


Websites (contemporary collections)

African Digital Art:

African Journals Online:

Sabinet Open Access Journal Collections:


Online Tools

Interactive African Soil Map  (African Soil Information Service)

The Soil Maps of Africa (European Digital Archive of Soil Maps – EuDASM)



Luís Graça & Camaradas da Guiné