African Collections at the Michigan State University
MSU Museum
MSU Africana Collection, MSU Libraries

Michigan State University is the home of the largest and one of the finest African Studies Programs in the nation. Because of this exceptional concentration of scholars and educators working in Africa and with African students, the university has developed a significant collection of African and African diasporic materials.

The majority of the material culture collections and archival holdings related to those collections are housed at the Michigan State University Museum; books and archival collections are held at the MSU Library.

MSU Museum
This link will take you to our description of African and African Diaspora Collections:

Toward the end of this description are links to more specific African collections with pages and descriptions of their own. These include:

Related Collections:
Ethiopian Material Culture Collection
South African Traditional Arts Collection
Cernyw and Morna Kline Collection of African Material Culture
Nancy and George Axinn of African Textiles and Art
Simon Ottenberg Collection of African Art
Jean Brown Collection of Pokot Material Culture
Robert Glew Collection of Nigerien Material Culture
Joseph Druse Collection of Nigerian Material Culture
William Mithoefer Collection of African Textiles
James Ellison Collection of Somalian Material Culture
Fred Ferris Collection of African Material Culture
Anton Bos Collection of African Material Culture
Robert Bartlett and H.H. Burgess Collection of African Material Culture

Lynne Swanson
Cultural Collections Manager
Michigan State University Museum

Africana Collection of the MSU Libraries
The Africana Collection of the MSU Library is one of the largest in the United States, having been built up since 1960 to support broad faculty involvement in research and development projects on the continent. In recent decades, the MSU program about Africa has been consistently rated among the top one or two in the country in both the number of faculty involved and the number of doctoral dissertations produced. The Library's commitment to this world area is reflected in the employment of 2 full-time professional Africana librarians, both of them holding doctorates in African Studies, who built one of the top five collections in the country and who provide reference assistance to a wide range of faculty and students at MSU and elsewhere and who are very involved in national cooperative projects.
The Library collection of roughly 270,000 books, journals, maps, films, archives, and microform units and online resources covers all areas and disciplines. Online resources on Africa are one of the best in the country and include cutting-edge digital libraries, full-text journal suites from Africa and MSU digital projects. Across the collections, there is particular emphasis on cultures, economies, history, politics, education, languages, medicine and other fields of the societies of sub-Saharan Africa, with special emphases (reflecting research and teaching interests) on Nigeria, Ethiopia/Eritrea, South Africa, the Sahel region of West Africa, Eastern Africa including Tanzania and Kenya, Malawi and Zambia, and Zimbabwe. Library materials from all African countries (less so for North Africa) are collected at a high level, including materials in all African and other languages and across all historical periods. The Library also has a very strong collection of archival materials on microfilm and there are substantial special and audio-visual collections. One such collection is the African Studies Interview Series. Library collection development policy on Africa is outlined in the Collection Development Policy.

Africana, MSU Libraries,
517.884.0838 or 517.884.0839

Joseph Lauer Africana Librarian 517.884.0839
Peter Limb Bibliographer 517.884.0838