Notice: The East Wing of the Main Library is closed until 3pm on Wednesday, June 19, as we continue major construction work.  We apologize for this inconvenience. For more information or for assistance accessing library resources, please visit any of our information desks, or call 517-355-2333.
Notice: The East Wing of the Main Library is closed until 3pm on Wednesday, June 19, as we continue major construction work.  We apologize for this inconvenience. For more information or for assistance accessing library resources, please visit any of our information desks, or call 517-355-2333.
Notice: Due to ongoing construction, 4 East is currently closed to the public.  To obtain items located on 4 East, please place an online request for the item to be paged for you using the ‘Place Request’ button in the catalog. Please visit our Circulation FAQ page for assistance in using our catalog.
Notice: Due to ongoing construction, 4 East is currently closed to the public.  To obtain items located on 4 East, please place an online request for the item to be paged for you using the ‘Place Request’ button in the catalog. Please visit our Circulation FAQ page for assistance in using our catalog.

Africana

The Africana Collections housed at Stephen O. Murray and Keelung Hong Special Collections are among the largest in the United States. Since the early 1960s, these collections have been stewarded with the goal of supporting faculty and student research with projects devoted to the developing continent. Integral to the textual materials are the unique manuscript collections, which work to support the Africana collections and are valuable for academic research, instruction, and outreach.

Rare Africana materials includes volumes date to the 18th century; however, the core focus of the collection is on the 20th century. Collections include early editions of travel writing on Africa from European authors, original materials from the colonial period and rich collections from the postcolonial period with strengths from Senegambia, the horn of Africa, and Southern Africa, many of which are the research materials of professors retired from African Studies at Michigan State University. Additional materials include a special focus on political tracts, cookery and foodways, as well as comics and comic art.

For more information, please contact Erik Ponder, African and US Ethnic Studies Librarian or Leslie McRoberts, Head of Murray & Hong Special Collections