Trial Access to the Africa Commons Digital Archival Collections

Trial access to the Africa Commons digital archival collections, produced by Coherent Digital, is available until January 31st. This resource provides access to books, magazines, newspapers, government documents, manuscripts, photographs, videos, and oral histories related to African history and culture. Africa Commons is a project which aims to enable Africa to easily control, digitize, and disseminate its cultural heritage–within Africa, and internationally.

Africa Commons comprises four distinct collections:

History and Culture, an index of open source materials related to African history and culture.

Black South African Magazines created from 1937-1973 targeting Black audiences.

Southern African Films and Documentaries including propaganda, newsreels, documentaries, feature films, and interviews spanning the 1900s to the early 2000s.

The Hilary Ng’wengo Archive documents the fifty-year career of the iconic Kenyan journalist, publisher, commentator, and public figure Hilary Ng’wengo through his magazines, newspapers, television programs, and documentaries.

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Trial: Apartheid through the eyes of South African political parties, 1948-1994

Train station sign: Pretoria Suburban Station for Non-whitesA trial of Apartheid through the eyes of South African political parties is available through April 19th. User feedback is greatly appreciated.

Accessing the collection: You can access the collection by clicking on the following link:

About the collection: Apartheid was a system of white minority rule that prevailed in South Africa for much of the 20th century. This collection contains various materials published by political parties on both sides of the racial and ideological divide. The bulk of the documents are drawn from the archives of the main opposition movement, the African National Congress (ANC). The main party of government, the National Party, is also well represented, as are several minor parties and independent candidates.

Trial: Primary source collection – Frontier Life

a group of childrenThe California Digital Library has set up a system-wide trial of the online primary source collection Frontier Life, from Adam Matthew.

Frontier Life brings together first hand documents and experiences of frontier settlers across the globe. This multi-archive collection captures the lives, experiences and colonial encounters of people living at the edges of the Anglophone world from 1650-1920. It ranges across the various colonial frontiers of North America before touching on the settlers of Southern Africa, Australia and New Zealand. You can review more details about document types and source archives here.

The resource will be available until December 15, 2016. Please send your feedback to

Please note that PDF download options are not available during trials.