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This guide will help you find primary and secondary sources pertaining to African History. These sources are organized by country.
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UK Special Collections Location & Hours

Special Collections specializes not only in collecting, preserving, and providing access to materials that document the social, cultural, economic, and political history of the Commonwealth of Kentucky, but also houses a wealth of material documenting the history of the United States as well as other nations. Materials include primary and secondary sources and exist in a variety of formats, including: oral histories, manuscripts, rare books, photographs, and moving images. Special Collections also maintains a records management program for all records generated by the University, thereby serving as the University's archival repository.


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Browse Primary and Secondary Sources in Special Collections Pertaining to:

(Click On Link To Access Collections For Individual Countries)

Algeria Djibouti Libya Senegal
Angola Egypt Madagascar Sierra Leone
Benin Equatorial Guinea
Malawi Somalia
Botswana Eritrea Mali South Africa
Burkina Faso Ethiopia Mauritania Sudan
Burundi Gabon Mauritius Swaziland
Cameroon Gambia Morocco Tanzania
Cape Verde Ghana Mozambique Tunisia
Central African Republic Guinea Namibia Uganda
Chad Kenya Niger Zambia
Cote d'Ivoire Lesotho Nigeria Zimbabwe

Democratic Republic of

Liberia Rwanda



The Special Collections Breckinridge Research Room is located in the M.I. King building on the second floor and is open:

Monday - Friday  10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.


When using the collections, please remember:

  • Most materials in Special Collections do not circulate. They are available for use in the Breckinridge Research Room.
  • Book bags, brief cases, purses, etc. are not permitted in the Research Room. Lockers for the secure storage of such items are provided free of charge.
  • No smoking, eating or drinking is permitted in the Research Room.
  • Only pencils are permitted in the Research Room.
  • Patrons must complete request forms and/or call slips when requesting material from the restricted, archival storage areas.
  • Material can be placed on reserve.
  • Access may be limited for fragile or rare materials. Photocopies or digital copies will be provided when possible. Digital photography is permitted.
  • Photocopying of rare books is prohibited.

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