The material included in Africa and the New Imperialism have been selected in close collaboration with academic subject experts, collections specialists at participating libraries and archives and under the guidance of the Editorial Board. The resource aims to detail the events of the period of history known as the ‘Scramble for Africa’, exploring the period of acquisition of territory, colonial encounters and exploitation up to the point of colonial administration.

Material has been sourced from the following archives:

  • Archives Nationales D'outre-Mer
  • Bibliothèque nationale de France
  • Bodleian Library, University of Oxford
  • British Film Institute
  • British Library
  • National Library of Scotland
  • Sanford Museum
  • School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London
  • Senate House Library, University of London
  • The National Archives, UK
  • University of Birmingham

The varied collection of document types offer an insight into this period of history and the events leading to the colonial expansion across Africa, including correspondence, maps, charts, military reports, printed books and journals. For more information on the material within each collection, visit the Guide to the Archival Collections.


Africa and the New Imperialism

A lengthy process of discussion between many different archives, libraries and museums has resulted in the eleven Participating Libraries that contribute to the resource. Where exclusions have been made, this has largely been due to:

  • Material which is already freely available online.
  • Copyright and permissions restrictions.
  • Material which is available in other AM resources.
  • Fragile condition of material.