Emory University Libraries hold over 850 films and videos about Africa. They cover the continent and deal with topics ranging from literature, politics, art, and religion to wildlife. The Institute of African Studies issued a printed catalogue of this collection for many years and from 1996 to 2009 maintained an on-line catalog in the Film and Video Resources for African Studies page to help Emory faculty, staff, students, and visitors identify and locate materials that will be of use and interest. The current on-line catalogue was updated last to cover titles acquired through summer 2008. The Institute of African Studies discontinued the catalogue in 2009 due to staff reductions, but the Emory library catalogue has begun to mark all these titles and all relevant new acquisitions as "African Studies Films." To identify Africa-related film and media resources added to the collection after August 2008, please see the library catalogue.
Since 1995, Emory University Libraries have acquired a foundation collection of over 300 recordings of African music. The core holdings include popular and traditional music from throughout sub-Saharan Africa. These recordings are catalogued as part of the Ethnomusicology Collection and coded in the library catalogue for geographic locations. Emory University Libraries also holds grammars, dictionaries, and a selection of language tapes for learning African languages, including Amharic, Hausa, Igbo, Kiswahili, Chi Chewa/Chi Nyanja,Twi, Xhosa, Yoruba, and Zulu. Please visit the Emory College Language Center for more information. You may also visit the National African Languages Resource Center which is dedicated to the advancement of teaching and learning African languages in the U.S.A. and which provides useful information regarding the language resources available to the research community.
Emory's holdings included roughly 100 African feature films in 2008. With a few exceptions, African directors have usually made films in and about their countries of origin. The country listed in the topic keywords for an African feature film, then, usually refers both to the film's setting and to the director's nationality. Most items listed here are available at Woodruff library's Heilbrun Music and Media Library, locations can be verified through the EUCLID library catalogue. We hope you find this catalogue helpful in learning and teaching about Africa. We welcome your suggestions and comments.