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African Collection, Yale University Library, records of the curator

Call Number: RU 400

The records consist of lists, bibliographies, correspondence, finances and expenses, and publications documenting the activities and operations of the curator of the African Collection at Yale University Library.

Dates: circa 1963-2013

Immanuel Wallerstein collection of African liberation movement posters

Call Number: MS 1865

The collection consists of posters acquired by Immanuel Wallerstein which document liberation movements in numerous African countries. Accession 2015-M-001 contains material from a 2008 exhibit on the posters.

Dates: 1960-1990, 2007-2008

African postcard collection

Call Number: MS 1575

The collection consists of postcards depicting scenes from various countries on the African continent.

Dates: circa 1900-2004

David Ernest Apter papers

Call Number: MS 1806
Abstract: The collection consists of photographs taken by David E. Apter from 1951 to 1960 in the African countries of Ghana (formerly known as the Gold Coast), Nigeria, Rwanda, Uganda, and Benin (formerly known as Dahomey), during the buildup of nationalism and the start of independence. The photographs portray scenes of everyday life in these countries. The collection also includes two photographs of David Apter, taken by Eleanor Apter in 1953 in Achimota, Gold Coast, and by Larissa Leclair in...
Dates: 1920-2002, bulk 1951-1960

Paul Moody Atkins papers

Call Number: MS 41
Abstract: Correspondence, memoranda, reports, printed material, writings, clippings, diaries, photographs, and miscellanea relating to Paul Moody Atkins, a financial management consultant, international economic and banking expert, author, educator, and special liquidator of securities for the U.S. Comptroller of the Currency (1932-1937). Atkins' professional work in Peru (1931), French West Africa (1940-1941), Iran (1943-1945), Greece (1947-1948), and Japan (1948) are documented through...
Dates: 1749-1976

Sir Joseph Banks papers

Call Number: MS 58
Abstract: The papers consist of correspondence, writings, notes, and other papers documenting the personal life and professional career of Sir Joseph Banks, a British naturalist and explorer. Correspondence with stewards and landowners in Lincolnshire and elsewhere detail Banks' interest in agriculture and farming. Other papers relate to family estates, to Banks' scientific investigations and to his interest in the exploration of Africa and other regions. A translation of Frederic Horneman's "Travels...
Dates: 1763-1830


Call Number: OSBORN FD10

Autograph MS.
Collection of autograph drafts of letters to various recipients, including a few letter to Banks from various correspondents, concerning scientific matters, the Royal Society, etc.; includes portrait engraving.

Dates: 1785-1809

Michel Bégon papers

Call Number: GEN MSS 1756

The collection contains correspondence, reports, journals, lists, pamphlets and broadsides, and other papers relating to Michel Bégon and French colonial administration in the Caribbean, French maritime commerce, foreign relations, domestic economic matters, and botany in the 17th century.

Dates: circa 1651-1718

Christina M. Breman Papers

Call Number: RG 134
Abstract: These papers represent the source materials gathered by Breman while preparing her dissertation, "The Association of Evangelicals in Africa: Its History, Organization, Members, Projects, External Relations, and Message", which was published in 1996. More than 8,000 photocopies from documents in the offices of the Association of Evangelicals in Africa in Nairobi, Kenya are supplemented by materials related to Dr. Tokunboh Adeyemo and Dr. Byang H. Kato. Christina Maria Breman was a missionary...
Dates: 1962-1996

Brocklehurst family papers

Call Number: MS 1569
Abstract: The papers consist of correspondence, estate papers, maps and other materials which document the purchase and management of the Vergelegen estate near the Lydenburg goldfields, Northern Transvaal, by the Brocklehurst family. Charles Brocklehurst had purchased Vergelegen in 1882, amidst rumors of gold and silver discoveries. The papers provide evidence of "gold fever" in the Transvaal, as well as, surveying practices, land transactions, and estate management in the Transvaal in the late...
Dates: 1871-1945

Viscount James Bryce papers

Call Number: MS 1378

The papers consist of signed manuscripts for the second and third articles of James Bryce's "Impressions of South Africa," which appeared in the Century Illustrated Monthly Magazine in 1896.

Dates: 1896-1896

Halton Cheadle collection

Call Number: MS 1595
Abstract: The collection consists of legal papers and other materials from the firm of Cheadle, Thompson & Haysom of Port Elizabeth, South Africa. The firm represented Dr. Wendy Orr and forty-two other applicants in obtaining an interim restraining order against the South African police in September 1985. Included are affidavits of the applicants and printed matter relating to instances of excessive police force, legal challenges to the state of emergency measures, legal aspects of apartheid, and...
Dates: 1982-1987

D. Michael Cheers papers and photographs

Call Number: JWJ MSS 205
Scope and Contents:

This collection contains photographic prints, slides and negatives by photojournalist D. Michael Cheers. The bulk of the photographs contain images used for articles in Ebony South Africa, of which Cheers was managing editor from 1995-2000. Other material includes Cheers' photojournalism work, including his coverage of Jesse Jackson's presidential campaigns, the Rainbow Coalition, Jackson's meetings with Nelson Mandela, and photographs of Hugh Masekela.

Dates: 1975-2004

Johan William Colenbrander collection

Call Number: MS 1460

The collection consists primarily of photocopies of documents and photographs, assembled by Johan Cornelis Alphons Lawrence Colenbrander, which relate to the personal life and professional activities of his father, Johan W. Colenbrander.

Dates: 1860-1998

John William Colenso Papers

Call Number: RG 129

Writings by and about Colenso document the controversies that surrounded this church leader in South Africa. John William Colenso (1814-1883) was appointed Bishop of Natal, South Africa in 1854. He was a controversial figure due to his stance on polygamy and his theology.

Dates: 1855-1908

Collection of photographs relating to European colonization in Africa

Call Number: GEN MSS 1606
Scope and Contents: This collection consists of photograph albums, loose photographs, memorabilia and published material that document a European colonialist perspective of Africa and Egypt, and document both African peoples and European colonizers. Locations depicted in the photographs include Cameroon, Dar es Salaam, Egypt, Kenya, Namibia, Sudan, Tanga, Zambia, other regions throughout Africa, as well as some in Europe.Identified photographers in this collection include Alfredo Augusto Freire de...
Dates: circa 1890s-1930s

Council on African Studies, Yale University, records

Call Number: RU 927

The records consist of working papers of the Yale Council on African Studies.

Dates: 2000-2001

Brian Murray du Toit collection

Call Number: MS 1839
Abstract: The collection consists of copies of speeches, public statements, press releases, memoranda, letters, church records, personal journals, travel documents, family photographs, kinship charts, field notes, manuscripts and related materials on the Inkatha Freedom Party and descendants of the Boers who left South Africa following the Anglo-Boer War of 1899-1902. The collection also includes materials on the Afrikaner Broederbond and the Dutch Reformed Church. Du Toit has used these materials in...
Dates: 1902-1996

R. Emms papers

Call Number: MS 1815

The papers consist of diaries, memorabilia, printed materials, and photographs of R. Emms, a noncommissioned officer in the British Army, Company E, 2nd Batallion, Norfolk Regiment, during the Boer War in South Africa. In his diaries and sketches, Emms recounts army life and battles in which he participated. The photographs are primarily of the Norfolk Regiment encampment and soldiers.

Dates: 1900-1903

Episcopal Churchpeople for a Free Southern Africa Records

Call Number: RG 102
Abstract: The records in this collection primarily document the ECFSA's work in relation to Namibia. The ECFSA has served as a link between Anglicans in Southern Africa and people in the United States by publishing a newsletter, issuing news releases, sponsoring public meetings, preparing and publishing special reports, sponsoring speaking and study tours for Southern Africans, raising funds to support education and provide relief in Southern Africa, and providing aid and counsel to visiting Southern...
Dates: 1961-1998