Among the top academic collections in the United States, our collection is particularly strong in the humanities and social sciences. It covers Africa South of the Sahara at a research level and North Africa at a general level. See the Resource Guide for the African Studies Collection for more information and resources.
Origins: The African Studies collection began in 1965 with Indiana University's first African Studies Librarian, Alan Taylor.
Languages: Material to support the study of Africa is collected in all major west European languages, and the official languages of African states.
Collection Focus: The African Studies Program at Indiana University supports a wide spectrum of courses and research in the humanities and social sciences, with special emphasis on history, linguistics, anthropology, folklore, and the arts. Particular emphasis is on research related to three thematic areas: 1) expressive culture, 2) political economy, and 3) trans-nationalism. The library collections reflect this range of interests with emphasis on in-depth collections in such disciplines as history, anthropology, archaeology, folklore, ethnomusicology, the fine arts, literature, film, communication, culture, linguistics, economics, political science and government, and ecology and conservation, and less comprehensively in religion, philosophy, geography, and education. Gender-related materials are acquired in all disciplines, as are materials relating to Islamic cultures.