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 Reboussin’s focus for the last two years. Currently Reboussin 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
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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.
Information Literacy: 21st Century Library Research Methods for African StudiesAfrica Bibliography
Today's information environment for African studies, as in other areas, is vastly different from what it was in the last century. The central problem for library researchers in African studies decades ago hinged on awareness of a relatively few specialist, published reference and other print bibliographic tools for discovering relevant materials (Frank-Wilson 2004: 106; see McIlwaine 2007a).
Africa: A Guide to Reference Material (2nd edition)African Studies Quarterly
Is reviewing a print-only research guide in an online-only journal anachronistic? It shouldn't be. As an Africanist librarian colleague aptly puts it, "while Google may be pretty good for Goethe, it is not nearly as good for Gao" (Henige 2005:2). My own library experience and nearly ten years of teaching graduate students effective methods to pursue their own library research on African-related topics supports my belief (along with generations of librarians) that quality printed guides such as this one remain valuable and have a significant, continuing role to play in scholarly research on Africa.