See also

SOAS Databases

All users on-campus; SOAS students and staff only off-campus

  • Aluka
    Access to two major resources for African history: African Cultural Heritage Sites and Landscapes and Struggles for Freedom in Southern Africa
    On campus use
    / Off campus use
  • Africa Bibliography
    An authoritative guide to works in African studies published under the auspices of the International African Institute (Cambridge) annually since 1984.
    On campus use / Off campus use
General resources

African art on the internet
Art section of the Africa South of Sahara, prepared by Karen Fung for the Electronic Technology Group, African Studies Association, USA, and housed at Stanford University Library.

Africa Focus: Image and Sound Collection
This online collection is maintained by the University of Wisconsin-Madison Libraries. Completed in March 2000, the collection contains more than 3,000 slides, 500 photographs, and 50 hours of sound from forty-five countries.

African Art: Aesthetics and Meaning
An electronic art exhibit from the Bayly Art Museum at the University of Virginia with excellent images accompanied by extensive descriptions explaining their cultural and religious significance.

Art & Life in Africa
Contains information about African art and culture with images and searchable engine.

Artthrob : Contemporary Art in South Africa
Offers information about contemporary art events throughout South Africa, updated weekly and presented by Artthrob. Lists events taking place in individual cities and contains reviews of art exhibitions.


African Legacy: Recording West Africa’s Visible Archaeology
By Dr. Patrick Darling at Bournemouth University, UK. Provides photos and descriptions of his  projects.

World Wide Web Library of African Archaeology
Very useful Internet resources related to archaeological sub-regions of Africa.


African Sculpture
Images of African sculpture from the University of Pennsylvania Museum.

Online Exhibition

Art of the African Mask
An exhibition catalogue of the Bayly Art Museum at the University of Virginia with images accompanied by informative text.

Passport to Paradise
Online exhibition of artworks, photographs and images of writings of the Mourides with introductory texts and portraits of featured artists. Based at the UCLA Fowler Museum of Cultural History.

Dogon-Lobi Photo Album
Photographic presentation of the Dogon country, architecture and masks. Photo and text by Huib Blom.

Yoruba and Akan Work in Wood and Metal
Images of Yoruba and Akan work from the Lake View Museum, Peoria, Illinois

Digitised collection

African Studies Collection from University of Wisconsin
This collection consists of primary and secondary resources; research and teaching materials from faculty and staff and special collection held by their library.

The Humphrey Winterton Collection of East African Photographs: 1860-1960
The Winterton Collection includes around 7,610 photographs. The photographs depict life, primarily in East Africa, between about 1860-1960.

Iniva (Institute of International Visual Arts)
Established in 1994, Iniva (Institute of International Visual Arts) is a contemporary visual art organisation. They have hosted exhibition focuses on contemporary art from Africa. Iniva Library collection has strength on over 4,000 exhibition catalogues covering cultural, political, gender and media studies on international visual arts.