African Newspapers: The British Library Collection

This unique database features 64 newspapers from throughout Africa, all published before 1900. Originally archived by the British Library—the national library of the United Kingdom and one of the largest and most respected libraries in the world—these essential historical documents are now available for the first time in a fully searchable digital resource.

Because Africa produced comparatively few newspapers in the 19th century, each page in this collection is significant, offering invaluable insight into the people, issues and events that shaped the continent. Through eyewitness reporting, editorials, letters, advertisements, obituaries and military reports, the newspapers in this one-of-a-kind collection chronicle African history and daily life as never before.

From culture to history to geopolitics, these rare newspapers offer fresh research opportunities for students and scholars interested in topics related to nineteenth-century Africa. Researchers will find news and analysis covering the European exploration of Africa, colonial exploitation, economics, Atlantic trade, the mapping of the continent, early moves towards self-governance, the growth of South Africa and much more.

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