The Nordic Africa Institute

Pamphlets

Over the years we have built up a large collection of print ephemera, minor publications and grey literature. Africa-published material and documents originating from, or dealing with the national liberation movements and solidarity movements are well represented and contribute to the uniqueness of this collection.

The pamphlet collection at the Nordic Africa Institute library

The pamphlet collection at the Nordic Africa Institute library

Number of boxes

700+

Number of items per box

10-100

Number of items (total)

Approximately 25000

Types of materials included

Pamphlets, brochures, essays, documents, posters, leaflets, telegrams and incomplete periodical series

Languages

English or French: 70%,
Swedish or Portuguese: 25%
Other languages: 5%

Time scope

Most material spans the period from 1960 to 1980, broadly representing African issues and events. Certain earlier documents occur as well.

Sub-collections

Country collection: The largest sub-collection, sorted by geography and then by subject. Varying amounts of items by country, although the bulk concerns: Ethiopia, Kenya, Namibia, Nigeria, South Africa, Sudan, Tanzania, Tunisia, Zimbabwe.


Subject collection: The smaller sub-collection, sorted by subject headings. For instance: health, mass media, gender, migration. Not country specific.

Searchability

Included items have not been catalogued in full detail. Contents in the boxes are listed on item level (title, author, organisation, year), in table format in PDF files. Individual titles are searchable via title and author/originator in our search tool AfricaLit Plus.

Accessibility

The items in the collection can be consulted in the NAI library, and in print only (not electronically). Relevant information can be photocopied or scanned for individual use.

 

The boxes are stored in our stacks, so you need to place orders on the specific boxes you want to consult.

Due to the uniqueness of the collection, items are not available for loan.

Growth

The collection is still growing, but at a slower rate. This material type is increasingly published electronically instead of in print.

 

Box contents are listed in PDF files, available through our our library search tool AfricaLit Plus.

 

  1. Click a link below for a results list in AfricaLit Plus, then
  2. click on a title for a full view of the record, then
  3. click the Table of contents (PDF) link for a listing of the contents of the boxes in question.


Countries and regions

Algeria External link, opens in new window. | Angola External link, opens in new window. | Benin External link, opens in new window. | Botswana External link, opens in new window. | Burkina Faso External link, opens in new window. | Burundi External link, opens in new window. | Cameroon External link, opens in new window. | Cape Verde External link, opens in new window. | Central African Republic External link, opens in new window. | Chad External link, opens in new window. | Comoros External link, opens in new window. | Congo External link, opens in new window. | Congo DR External link, opens in new window. | Côte d'Ivoire External link, opens in new window. | Djibouti External link, opens in new window. | Egypt External link, opens in new window. | Equatorial Guinea External link, opens in new window. | Eritrea External link, opens in new window. | Eswatini (Swaziland) External link, opens in new window. | Ethiopia External link, opens in new window. | Gabon External link, opens in new window. | Gambia External link, opens in new window. | Ghana External link, opens in new window. | Guinea External link, opens in new window. | Guinea-Bissau External link, opens in new window. | Kenya External link, opens in new window. | Lesotho External link, opens in new window. | Liberia External link, opens in new window. | Libya External link, opens in new window. | Madagascar External link, opens in new window. | Malawi External link, opens in new window. | Mali External link, opens in new window. | Mauritania External link, opens in new window. | Mauritius External link, opens in new window. | Morocco External link, opens in new window. | Mozambique External link, opens in new window. | Namibia External link, opens in new window. | Niger External link, opens in new window. | Nigeria External link, opens in new window. | Reunion External link, opens in new window. | Rwanda External link, opens in new window. | Sao Tome and Principe External link, opens in new window. | Senegal External link, opens in new window. | Seychelles External link, opens in new window. | Sierra Leone External link, opens in new window. | Somalia External link, opens in new window. | South Africa External link, opens in new window. | Sudan External link, opens in new window. | Tanzania External link, opens in new window. | Togo External link, opens in new window. | Tunisia External link, opens in new window. | Uganda External link, opens in new window. | Western Sahara External link, opens in new window. | Zambia External link, opens in new window. | Zanzibar External link, opens in new window. | Zimbabwe External link, opens in new window.

East Africa External link, opens in new window. | Indian Ocean External link, opens in new window. | Lusophone Africa External link, opens in new window. | North Africa External link, opens in new window. | Northeast Africa External link, opens in new window. | Southern Africa External link, opens in new window. | West Africa External link, opens in new window.

Subjects

Direct search links to subjects within the country collection.

Agriculture External link, opens in new window. | Anthropology External link, opens in new window. | Apartheid External link, opens in new window. | Arabic documents External link, opens in new window. | Art External link, opens in new window. | Bibliography External link, opens in new window. | Biography External link, opens in new window. | Border Rural Comittee External link, opens in new window. | Child Psychology External link, opens in new window. | Children and violence External link, opens in new window. | Colonial History External link, opens in new window. | Co-operative Agriculture External link, opens in new window. | Cooperatives External link, opens in new window. | Culture External link, opens in new window. | Demography External link, opens in new window. | Development Projects External link, opens in new window. | Disaster Relief External link, opens in new window. | Economy External link, opens in new window. | Education External link, opens in new window. | The election 1989 (Namibia) External link, opens in new window. | Emergency relief External link, opens in new window. | Fiction External link, opens in new window. | Fisheries External link, opens in new window. | Foreign Relations External link, opens in new window. | Gender issues External link, opens in new window. | General External link, opens in new window. | Geography External link, opens in new window. | Grahamstown Rural Committee (GRC) External link, opens in new window. | Health External link, opens in new window. | History External link, opens in new window. | House construction External link, opens in new window. | Industry External link, opens in new window. | Journals External link, opens in new window. | Labour External link, opens in new window. | Law External link, opens in new window. | Medical genetics External link, opens in new window. | Migration External link, opens in new window. | Military External link, opens in new window. | Mineral resources External link, opens in new window. | National Land Committee External link, opens in new window. | National liberation movements External link, opens in new window. | Natural resources External link, opens in new window. | Natural sciences External link, opens in new window. | NGO External link, opens in new window. | Nutrition External link, opens in new window. | Peace research External link, opens in new window. | Political parties External link, opens in new window. | Politics External link, opens in new window. | The Press External link, opens in new window. | Psychology External link, opens in new window. | Race relations External link, opens in new window. | Radio External link, opens in new window. | Railways External link, opens in new window. | Refugees External link, opens in new window. | Regional cooperation External link, opens in new window. | Religion External link, opens in new window. | Religious institutions External link, opens in new window. | Religious missions External link, opens in new window. | Social development External link, opens in new window. | Social Planning External link, opens in new window. | Sociology External link, opens in new window. | Solidarity movements External link, opens in new window. | Southern Cape Land Committee External link, opens in new window. | Sport External link, opens in new window. | Statistics External link, opens in new window. | Student movements External link, opens in new window. | Student organisations External link, opens in new window. | Teaching materials External link, opens in new window. | Tourism External link, opens in new window. | Trade Unions External link, opens in new window. | Transkei Land Service Organization External link, opens in new window. | Transvaal Rural Action Committee External link, opens in new window. | United Nations External link, opens in new window. | Women External link, opens in new window. | Youth External link, opens in new window. | Zoology External link, opens in new window.


Box contents are listed in PDF files, available through our our library search tool AfricaLit Plus.

Box contents are listed in PDF files, available through our our library search tool AfricaLit Plus.

Searching in AfricaLit Plus

The content of the collection is searchable in AfricaLit Plus.

It is possible to limit a search to the actual pamphlet collection by choosing Advanced search, typing in a search term and then choosing Material Type: Pamphlets.

In each record in the result list, there is a Link to Table of content (PDF) where the item(s) can be found. Each record can contain several hits. For example, searching for Cabral results in 11 records. The table of contents of each record lead to an additional result of 100+ publications.

Country (sub)collection

By far the largest portion of the collection has been divided according to countries and regions; each of these sections having then been further subdivided into subject areas. The amount of material available differs from country to country, although the bulk of the information in the collection concerns the following countries: Ethiopia, Kenya, Namibia, Nigeria, South Africa, Sudan, Tanzania, Tunisia and Zimbabwe.

Under each country or region, the main subject headings in use are: agriculture, anthropology, development projects, economy, national liberation movements, politics, religious institutions and solidarity movements. Documents concerning the economy of South Africa can be found under South Africa: economy. Sometimes, however, it is easier and more natural to find certain documents under the organisation or institution by which it was published, rather than by subject. This means that documents concerning Shell in South Africa, for example, could be filed under politics or economy, although they are more likely to be found under solidarity movements or religious institutions, which have published such a vast amount of such material.

Under the category general - specific for each country - miscellaneous facts about that particular country can be found: geography, bibliographies, and documents concerning more than one subject. In cases where there are not enough documents on a particular subject to justify having its own box, the items have been filed under a related subject. In the case of certain countries, the documents available are so few that they have all been filed under general.

Subject (sub)collection

A second, smaller part of the collection has been divided into subject headings that are not country specific. This latter section represents a wide range of subjects pertaining to Africa and African affairs such as health issues, mass media, gender issues, and migration.

  • Aid
    All documents concerning development aid have been filed under the heading Development projects.

  • Anthropology, sociology, ethnology
    Anthropology, sociology and ethnology have been combined under the heading anthropology since there is insufficient material available on these subjects individually to fill a file. Should enough information become available under any of these subjects, however, they will then be allocated a separate file.

  • Conferences
    Material from various conferences are not kept together, but are filed under their respective subjects. See also the library’s separate collection of conference proceedings.

  • Conflicts
    Materials concerning conflicts have been placed in the same files regardless of their subject. That is to say, diverse subjects such as religion and weapons, as long as they relate to a specific conflict, will be found under conflicts. Two conflicts areas about which a great deal of material is to be found are Biafra and Southern Sudan.

  • Eritrea
    All material concerning Eritrea, regardless of historical period, will be found under Eritrea.

  • Guinea-Bissau/Cape Verde
    All material from the period when Guinea-Bissau and Cape Verde were united will be found under the country heading Guinea-Bissau/Cape Verde.

  • History
    Only documents with a general historical viewpoint have been filed under history. Historical aspects of various subjects are referred to the respective subject category. Agrarian history, for example, will be filed under agriculture.

  • Languages used
    Documents written in Arabic or in African languages (with the exception of Swahili) have been placed in the file marked general

  • Liberation movements
    All material published about liberation movements, irrespective of the subject, are be found in the same files.

  • Religious institutions
    All material published by religious institutions, regardless of the subject, are to be found in the same files.

  • Solidarity movements
    All material published by solidarity movements, regardless of subject, are to be found in the same files.

  • Statistics/Economy
    Statistics have been put in the same file as economy. Under this category one will find descriptions of specific companies, annual reports, labour market/trade unions (if not written from a strictly political angle), industry and infrastructure.

Background

In 2002, the material was organized in over 700 boxes and classified in a system of over 500 subject files to facilitate access. Each box contains some 10 to 100 items. Although subject files were made searchable through the online catalogue, it was not possible to search and find individual items in the collection.

In 2017-2020 we were able to set up a project to enhance the searchability of the collection. A content list of each box was produced and uploaded as searchable PDF files in the library search tool AfricaLit Plus. Approximately 25000 items are searchable, thus adding to the visibility of the library collection.

Visual examples

Parts of the pamphlet collection in the stacks at NAI (in 2022).

Parts of the pamphlet collection in the stacks at NAI in 2022. It consists of 700+ boxes in total.

The main part of the pamphlet collection is geographically sorted, with a secondary subject sorting.

The main part of the pamphlet collection is geographically sorted, with a secondary subject sorting.

Angola : Solidarity movements, box 3.

Angola : Solidarity movements, box 3.

Congo DR : National liberation movements - MPR, box 11.

Congo DR : National liberation movements - MPR, box 11.

Namibia : Solidarity movements, box 26.

Namibia : Solidarity movements, box 26.

There may be paywalls to reach the full text of articles. This list is primarily for documentation.