This collection represents the cultural and art history of the city of Lubumbashi in the Democratic Republic of the Congo from the 1950s to the present. Materials include manuscripts and print materials such as research notes, posters, catalogues, bibliographies, and more.
The survey project aims to build a robust catalogue of rare paper archives as a necessary step towards the larger digital and physical conservation and valorization of a Congolese art collection. Still present in its city of origin, Lubumbashi, this collection of approximately 9,300 works spanning the 1950s to the present forms a unique art historical and historical source from the late colonial and the postcolonial era in Congo. By promoting international and local accessibility of the collection and archive, the larger project ultimately aims to contribute to the rewriting of African art history.