Over the past 10 years, Daniel Reboussin’s primary resource acquisitions for the African Studies Collection have created a significant cluster of manuscripts centered on 20th century African wildlife conservation, with a distinctive focus on the history of community management approaches. Newest among these are the Bob Campbell Papers—a donation including 15,000 photographs relating to African wildlife of all kinds—which has been David’s focus for the last two years. Currently, David is processing the original artwork of Democratic Republic of Congo street comic book artist Papa Mfumu’eto. In February 2017, the Center for African Studies purchased his working archive of sketches, draft cells, montages and production materials used to self-publish his popular handmade zines, sold on the streets of Kinshasa during the 1990s.
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Rare Cultural Heritage Materials Relating to the African Continent
Manuscripts Centered on 20th Century African Wildlife Conservation
Curating Smathers Libraries’ Circulating Research
Original Artwork of Papa Mfumu’eto
The Papa Mfumu'eto Papers: An Urban Vernacular Artist in Congo's MegacityInks: The Journal of the Comics Studies Society
The Congalese artist Jaspe-Saphir "Papa" Mfumu'eto produced self-published comic books between 1990 and 2005 and is considered one of the most important comic book artists in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The University of Florida (UF) George A. Smathers Libraries purchased the manuscript papers relating to his creative work, production, and business in March 2017.