Photographs Relating to European Occupation, Colonization, and Conflicts in North and East Africa
Scope and Contents
The collection documents conflicts including the Italo-Ethiopian War, 1895-1896, the Turco-Italian War, 1911-1912, World War I, 1914-1918, the Rif War, 1921-1926, the Italo-Ethiopian War, 1935-1936, and World War II, 1939-1945. Images depict Italian and Spanish colonial troops, askari, and African colonial subjects and civilians during European occupation, invasion, and colonization of African peoples and countries.
This collection contains harmful and racist depictions of African people, as well as images of atrocities including dead and mutilated bodies and African people who have been murdered by hanging.
- 1880 - 1974
Language of Materials
Conditions Governing Access
Conditions Governing Use
Immediate Source of Acquisition
May 2012 acquisition: Purchased from McBlain Books on the African General Fund, 2012.
73.75 Linear Feet (103 boxes)
76.0 Linear Feet (107 boxes)
History of colonization in Africa
This collection received a basic level of processing, including rehousing and minimal organization.
This finding aid may be updated periodically to account for new acquisitions to the collection or revisions in arrangement and description.
Information included in the Content Description note and Collection Contents section is drawn from information supplied with the collection and from an initial survey of the contents. Portions of description for this collection have been directly repurposed from description supplied with the collection upon its receipt. Copies of the description received with the collection have been physically retained with the material. Folder titles appearing in the contents list below are often based on those provided by the creator or previous custodian. Titles have not been verified against the contents of the folders in all cases. Otherwise, folder titles are supplied by staff during initial processing.
Description that was received with the collection has been retained. Description may contain racist or harmful language. The inclusion of this description is not an endorsement of the language it contains. Original descriptions have been retained to provide additional historical or contextual information.
- Africa -- Colonization
- Africa -- Pictorial works
- Architecture, Colonial
- Colonies -- Africa
- Indigenous Labor
- Indigenous peoples
- Italo-Ethiopian War, 1935-1936
- Photographs -- Africa
- Photographs -- Algeria
- Photographs -- Eritrea
- Photographs -- Ethiopia
- Photographs -- Kenya
- Photographs -- Morocco
- Photographs -- Sudan
- Turco-Italian War, 1911-1912
- World War, 1914-1918
- World War, 1939-1945
- World War, 1939-1945 -- Photography
- Guide to photographs relating to European occupation, colonization, and conflicts in North and East Africa
- by Jessica Tai and Eve Neiger
- January 2022
- Description rules
- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
- Language of description note
- Finding aid written in English.
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