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WR150: The Environment in Africa's Past and Present

Exhibit Sources: Newspapers

Visit our Guide to African Newspapers at Boston University

The African Studies Library has a wide range of newspapers from across the continents. They exist in a variety of formats and span many years.  

Tip: Newspapers can provide a window on events or issues, but it is important to know a little bit about the newspaper. Is a political party behind it? Is it independently run? Is it a tabloid?

A Selection of Newspapers Databases

Exhibit Sources: Maps

  The BU African Studies Library houses approximately 1,600 maps. These can be found via BU Library Search.
   You can also browse the collection by:




Please note that you must make an appointment (email to consult these maps on site.
Visit the Map Guide for more information and for online map resources. 

Exhibit Sources: Images

Exhibit Sources: Ephemera / Pamphlet Collections

   What is ephemera or gray literature?  

Ephemera is a term given to materials that are considered to be of only temporary importance. Materials could include things like typescripts, manuscripts, memos, hand-written letters, pamphlets, etc. 

Gray literature typically includes publications such as reports (annual, research, technical, project, etc.), working papers, government documents, white papers and evaluations. Organizations that produce grey literature include government departments and agencies, civil society or non-governmental organizations, academic centres and departments, and private companies and consultants.


The African Studies Library has a significant collection of ephemera / gray literature / pamphlets organized by country/region and subject. Ask the African Studies Librarians to show you the collection; it's a treasure trove of information!

Head, African Studies Library

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Beth Restrick
African Studies Library
6th floor, Mugar Memorial Library

Mon-Fri, 9am- 5pm
Subjects: African Studies