New Descriptions of African Collections Now Available

Thursday, July 9, 2015
Eritrean Liberation Front members, 1968 (Jack Kramer Papers, Box 1, Hoover Institution Archives)
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Jack Kramer

New finding aids to eight collections documenting social and political conditions in Africa are now available through the Online Archive of California. Highlights include sound recordings of interviews with Organisation Armée Secrète (OAS) leaders from the Algerian war for independence, speeches from the Eritrean People's Liberation Front, and photographs of the French colonial administrator Félix Éboué.


The Somali translation of Bertolt Brecht’s play The Good Person of Szechwan (David D. Laitin Papers, Box 19, Hoover Institution Archives)
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Issayas Tesfamariam
The Somali translation of Bertolt Brecht’s play The Good Person of Szechwan (David D. Laitin Papers, Box 19, Hoover Institution Archives)

American Committee to Keep Biafra Alive Collection

These publications, press releases, and audiovisual materials were collected by the St. Louis chapter of the American Committee to Keep Biafra Alive, an organization created to inform Americans of the conditions in Biafra during the Nigerian Civil War of 1967–70. The finding aid was revised and updated in 2015.

Eritrean Subject Collection

Composed of electronic bulletins, pamphlets, speeches, memorabilia and videotapes, this collection documents the drought and famine in Eritrea, the independence movement led by the Eritrean People's Liberation Front, the establishment of Eritrean independence in 1993, and political, social and economic conditions in Eritrea.

Garland R. Farmer Papers

Farmer, an industrialist and miner in West Africa, specialized in iron ore mining. His papers relate to iron ore mining in Liberia, and to political, social and economic conditions in Liberia. Some materials relating to Ghana and other countries of Africa, and to Lansdell K. Christie, founder of the Liberia Mining Company, are also included.

Leslie Gottesman Papers

The papers of this US educator who studied Eritrea include correspondence, writings, pamphlets, bulletins, serial issues, other printed matter, recordings and transcripts of interviews, and slides, relating to the history of Eritrea, political and social conditions in Eritrea, and education in Eritrea.

Alexander Harrison Papers

These papers document the role of the Organisation Armée Secrète (OAS) in the Algerian war for independence and to the attempted coup against President Charles de Gaulle of France. Composed of sound recordings, written summaries of interviews, and photographs, the collection also includes interviews with leaders of the OAS such as Raoul Salan, Edmond Jouhaud, Maurice Challe and others.

David D. Laitin Papers

The papers of this US political scientist contain speeches, notes, writings, correspondence, dissertations, pamphlets, bulletins, serial issues, other printed matter, relating to the history, language, and political conditions in Somalia in particular and the Horn of Africa in general.

Brian Weinstein Papers

The papers of this US political scientist include writings, notes, correspondence, reports, printed matter, and photographs, relating to the career of the colonial administrator Félix Éboué in Martinique, Guadeloupe, and French Equatorial Africa; and to the political development of Gabon, especially with reference to the Alar Ayong movement among the Fang people. 

I. William Zartman Collection

This collection contains research materials on Africa compiled by Zartman in the 1950s and 1960s, documenting political developments and economic conditions in a number of African states, especially those in West and Central Africa. There is a considerable amount of information in the collection about the Nigerian civil war in the 1960s, which involved conflict between the Nigerian government and the breakaway state of Biafra.