Western Africa

Projects in Western Africa

Eap 1245

Digitising Pulaar Islamic Texts: Six Archives of the Taal Families in Senegal and Mali

During the efforts to preserve pre-modern Islamic manuscripts in West Africa, important volumes of Pulaar Ajami writings have been left out. Detailing the islamisation of the …

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Building Early Accra: Preserving Historical Building Permits in Ghana

Accra was the first settlement in Ghana to keep written records. The archives of the city hold important documents detailing urban development and cities in Africa, histories …

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Eap 1144

Takoradi Railway Workers' Archives Digitisation Project

At the peak of its activity, the Ghana Railway Corporation (GRC) counted 11,000 employees. The archives held in Takoradi create a snapshot of the labour history of Ghana. Heav…

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Eap 1119

Salvaging the Historical Heritage of Land Registration Documents of the Archives of Land Registration Division and Lands Commission of Ghana

Ghana’s land records are used in the matters of land ownership and settlement. This project succeeded in creating a clear catalogue of the Land Record’s office, while digitisi…

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Eap 1094

Endangered Libraries In Timbuktu

When the Jihadist occupation began in 2012, hundreds of thousands manuscripts were smuggled out of Timbuktu to Bamako. However, a small but important minority of the owners di…

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Recovering the rich local history of Kita (Mali) through the salvaging of its archival heritage

The Kita district was the oldest colonial district in Mali. Located at the crossroads of several trade routes, the cosmopolitan region was a refugee zone that welcomed populat…

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Eap 1055

Slow Death for Slavery in the National Archives of Benin

The Beninese colonial court records around the abolition of slavery have been part of the UNESCO Memory of the World Register since 1997. The consequences of transatlantic sla…

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Eap 1042

Digital Preservation of Mandinka Ajami Materials of Casamance, Senegal

The centuries-old Mandinka Ajami tradition is one of least documented literary practices of Africa. The Ajami manuscripts will enable academics to access, for the first time, …

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Eap 935

Safeguarding the British Colonial and Regional Administrative Archive in Northern Ghana

The Public Records and Archives Administration (PRAAD) in Tamale, northern Ghana, holds rare historical records of the British colonial administration of the Northern Territor…

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