Rescuing Zik’s Library: Preserving the Nnamdi Azikiwe Papers

From his role as a student studying in America to becoming the first president of Nigeria, Nnamdi Azikiwe created a vast collection of documentation including personal works, debate records, and government reports. These materials capture the life of a Nigerian figure as well as the ongoing political state.

In this project, a collaboration of a team from Vanderbilt University and the University of Nigeria library work to digitize the personal papers of Nnamdi Azikiwe, the first president of Nigeria. The papers are currently held in Azikiwe's personal library in his family's home in Nsukka, Nigeria and include his draft memoirs, state papers from his presidency (1960-1966), and political papers related to the Republic of Biafra and Azikiwe's two presidential campaigns in 1979 and 1983. The library also contains rare books and newspapers, which the project also plans to digitize. In collaboration with Azikiwe’s family, this project works to preserve the legacy of a key figure in Nigerian history.

Project Details


Location: Nigeria, Western Africa, Africa Organiser(s): Modern Endangered Archives Programme (MEAP) Project partner(s): Vanderbilt University Funder(s): Arcadia Funding received: $50,000.00 Commencement Date: 01/2022 Project Status: Active
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