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African Studies: Film/News/Music


Music Time in Africa Archive Digitized audio recordings, and the associated scripts (where available), of the radio program broadcast by the Voice of America in Africa beginning in 1965.

Ethnographic Sound Archives Online Includes fieldnotes and audio recordings of music from around the world.


The Media Resources Center (MRC) in Moffitt Library is the UC Berkeley Library's primary collection of (audio and visual formats, including videocassettes, DVDs; compact audio discs; audiocassettes; and online audio and video. Materials in the MRC may be used on-site in the Center by current UC Berkeley students and staff, and increasingly online through a variety of streaming services.


African historical and current newspapers are also available electronically through both free and subscription sites. 

  • African Newspapers (World Newspaper Archive)
    Over 60 Sub-Saharan African newspapers published prior to 1923 included in full-text. A UCB subscription resource.
    Provides current coverage of over 100 African newspapers and some NGO publications in English and French.  Berkeley's subscription provides backfile access to 1996.
  • Breaking News
    Reports of latest news. This site is maintained by Stanford University.

The Stanford Library has one of the largest collections of African newspapers in print and microfilm in the United States.  These titles are available for on-site viewing by UCB afilliated persons.

Center for Research Libraries (CRL) lends African newspapers on microfilm to UCB patrons. A comprehensive list (organized by country) of newspapers held in microform by CAMP and the Center for Research Libraries. Last updated in July 2012

CRL also hosts AFRINUL a union list of African newspapers held by research libraries.  This is not a complete list so double-check with each institution's catalog for complete holdings.