AFRICAN HISTORY ARCHIVES
DESCRIPTION AND ACCESS


Archives Nationales du Mali (Malian National Archives)

entrance to mali national archives The Archives Nationales du Mali are located in the west side of the capital city of Bamako. The main building is located in the neighborhood of Hamdallaye on the west site of town, while the annex is located in the old archive building on the Kuluba Plateau adjacent to the Presidential Palace. The collection began as the Service archiviste du Soudan Fran‡ais, which collected colonial records for the French Soudan including territory that later became part of independent Mauritania, Burkina Faso and Niger. [For more detail, visit the official website and see Steven A. Harmon, "The Malian National Archives at Kuluba: Access and Applicability" in History in Africa, 19 (1992), 445-448.]

The documents are indexed in five groups. The first group, the fonds anciens were classified in 1974 by (then Director) M. Moussa Niakaté and cover the period from 1854 to 1954, organized in series lettered A to UZ. The second group, the fonds recents, was classifed under the direction of the current director (1998), M. Aly Ongoïba, and include documents from 1916 to 1960. Since then, additional efforts at classification have produced three more indexes: fonds nouveaux (tome I, tome II et tome III), listing documents from 1920 to 1960.

For further information, contact the Director des Archives Nationales du Mali, M. Aly Ongoïba, B.P. 159, Koulouba, Bamako, Mali. Telephone 22.56.44.


Archives Nationales du Senegal (Senegalese National Archives)

The Archives du Senegal are housed along with the Archives de l'Afrique Occideental Française in the "Immeuble Administratif" (a.k.a. Building Administratif) on the Avenue Senghor near the intersection with the Boulevard de la République, diagonally across from the Presidential Palace. The Archives and reading room are located in the curved extension at the north end of the building. administrative buliding in dakar

Access to the Archives can be arranged upon arrival, but access to the building is by pass only, so it is a necessary to contact the Directeur des Archives in advance, or else find someone to escort you into the building. The reading room is open from 9h00-18h00 Monday-Friday except Wednesday (15h00- 18h00) and Saturday (9h00-12h00). It contains tables and chairs for twenty-five readers, plus microfilm readers and open access to catalog indexes. All access to documents is through the President de la Salle de Lecteur who receives requests in writing (on cards provided by the Archives). Photocopy and microfilm facilities are available.

The collection of the Archives du Sénégal begin in 1816 with the restoration of Gorée to the French throne after the Napoleonic Wars (documents concerning earlier material from West Africa are kept in the French National Archvies). It contains the Archives du Gorée, the Archives du Sénégal (beginning in 1850), and the Archives de l'AOF (founded 1895). It also contains a library of secondary and periodical sources on Senegalesee and French colonial history.

For more information, contact the Directeur des Archives, Saliou M'Baye, at Archives du Sénégal, Immeuble Administratif, Avenue Senghor, Dakar, Sénégal. For a description of the holdings of the Archives du Sénégal, see Saliou M'Baye, Guide des Archives de l'Afrique Occidentale Française (Dakar: Archives du Sénégal, 1990).


Bibliotheque de l'Université de Dakar (University of Dakar Library)

university of dakar library The Bibliotheque (library) of the University of Dakar is located on the university campus in the Dakar suburb of Fann, within a short walking distance of the Institute Fondamental de l'Afrique Noire. It was founded in 1952 and serves as student body of over 11,000 at the University of Dakar. [description]

For more information, write to Bibliotheque Centrale, Université Cheikh Anta Diop de Dakar, BP 2006, Dakar, Sénégal.


Institute Fondamental de l'Afrique Noire

The Institute Fondamental de l'Afrique Noire Cheikh Anta Diop is located on the campus of the Université de Dakar in the Dakar suburb of Fann, near the intersection of the Route de Fann and the Route de la Corniche Ouest. IFAN was founded in 1936 as the Institut Français de l'Afrique Noire to provide support for scientific and social research on all aspects of African life. The institute houses a library and office space for researchers in Fann, operates an academic publishing house, and manages an art museum in downtown Dakar and a museum on Goree Island. institute fondamental de l'afrique noire

IFAN is open to researchers upon presentation of identity at the reception desk. [description]

For more information, write to Institut Fondamental de l'Afrique Noire, BP 206, Université Cheikh Anta Diop de Dakar, Dakar, Sénégal.


Archives Nationales du France, Section d'Outre-Mer (French National Archives, Overseas Section)

entrance to french national archives, overseas section The Archives Nationales du France, Section d'Outre-Mer are located in southern France in Aix-en- Provence, adjacent to the campus of the Université de Aix-Marseille. In addition to a research library, this is the depository for ministerial reports from France's colonial empire. The collection begins with 18th-century documents on French commercial and military expansion overseas, [description]

The Archives are open Monday to Friday from 09h00 to 17h00.

For more information, write to Archives Nationales du France, Section d'Outre-Mer, Chemin de Moulin de Testa, 13000 Aix-en-Provence, France. Telephone 4226-4321.


Archives de l'Afrique Occidentale Française (Archives of French West Africa)

This collection is housed in Dakar in the same building as the Archives du Sénégal. (See above).