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Europe and Africa – 19th Century colonial sources

The Penn Libraries have acquired a primary-source collection on European colonial activities in Africa, Europe and Africa: Commerce, Christianity, Civilization, and Conquest.


African Mail vol. VII, no. 315 (October 17, 1913): 25

This collection, part of Gale Cengage’s Nineteenth Century Collections Online, reproduces official government documents, papers of priminent individuals, newspaper accounts and other materials from the National Archives UK and the US National Archives, the Library of Congress, the British Library, and other repositories.

The collection provides long runs of the major colonial-society journals, including Bulletin du Comité de l’Afrique Française, Annales de l’Extrême Orient et de l’Afrique, and Deutsche Kolonialzeitung, and British business newspapers such as African Mail and African World. It presents collections of US consular despatches, generally covering the mid-1800s to 1906 from fourteen consular stations throughout the continent, and selections from British Cabinet Papers and Colonial Office, Dominions Office, Foreign Office, India Office, and War Office files, including the complete “Africa Exploration etc.” files, CO 2 correspondence and CO 392 entry books, that are explorers accounts covering 1794-1843. Missionary activities are represented in the Methodist Episcopal Church Missionary Correspondence, 1846-1912, especially strong on Liberia, Rhodesia, and Angola. These titles are merely a selection from the collection’s 1.5 million digitized pages.

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