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Primary Source Document Archives

AH_digITal Document Portal project will curate electronic and digitized copies of historical documents and field research materials, archives, and other sources of information that scholars & researchers of Africa have collected over many years of their work. These resources will include copies of field notes, manuscripts, rare books, magazines, pamphlets, pictures and images, and transcripts of interviews, songs, and other audio and visual documents covering periods from before colonization of Africa up until the recent past.

The Dr. Ann O’Hear Archive follows the story of Ann’s long engagement with the subject of slavery and related practices from the 1980s to the second


decade of the twenty-first century.
Its particular focus is on the city and region of Ilorin in Kwara State, Nigeria


In his research, Dr. Kolapo has worked with documents of the Church Missionary Society (CMS) agents in 19th century West Africa, including diaries, journals, and travel reports of 

many missionaries like Bishop Samuel Adjai Crowther and his Upper Niger Mission agents. He has also worked with Colonial Office and Foreign Office documents relating to the 19th-century British expeditions to the Niger and the Benue rivers and with documents relating to the colonization of Nigeria. AH_DigITalPortal project will host electronic and digital copies of these documents.

History Tidbits

"Willcocks expected us to catch a lots (sic) but as was only natural every one ran away as we approached. I [Lieutenant George Abadie] raided 2 villages with about 25 men and Jackson and 1 N.C.O. of the lst W.A.F.F. [West Africa Frontier Force]  brought 35 carriers but 5 escaped. . . . The people of Wushishi all ran away when we tried to get carriers so we raided the town and impressed 30"


M88 Afr. s. 1337: Capt. George Abadie, Nigerian Letters 1897—1904, pp. 97-98 (7.5.1900). Quoted in Risto Marjomaa, War on the Savannah, 1998 (Academia Scientiarum Fennica), p.252

Contribute your field and archival collections to AH_DigITalPortal project; read and submit blog posts on any issue/document on our website; help to digitize materials that are in image file formats and notify us of errors and problems you face when accessing and using this website; and make suggestions to help us more effectively and efficiently fulfill our goals.

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