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Open to the public: Yes
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Books and monographs
The collection holds approximately 1,000 books. Subject emphases include African religions, including works on indigenous belief systems and practices; syncretic religious movements; Christianity and Islam in Africa; Afro-Brazilian cults; Santería; Vodun and other African religions in the New World.
Periodicals and newspapers
Approximately 50 journals. Religion is covered as one of many topics in African studies periodicals. The Library is currently working on an analytical index to these collections and has already entered over 90,000 records in the SIRIS catalog. The journal collection mirrors the subject areas found in the monograph collection
Unknown quantity of microform. Highlights include the missionary archives on microfilm, including Church Missionary Society, American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions, Basel Mission. These are primarily 19th and 20th century records.
Approximately 20 files with 20th and 21st century dates. The strengths of this collection are in African religions, including works on indigenous belief systems and practices; syncretic religious movements; Christianity and Islam in Africa; Afro-Brazilian cults; Santería; Vodun and other African religions in the New World. Formats include offprints, pamphlets, brochures, and newspaper clippings. File folders are arranged by subjects.
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African religions; African religions in the Americas; Ancestors--Religious aspects; Christian art--Africa; Christianity--Africa; Cults--Africa; Ethiopian Orthodox Church; Funeral rites and ceremonies--Africa; Islam--Africa; Islamic architecture--Africa; Islamic art--Africa; Magic--Africa; Masquerades--Africa; Missions and missionaries--Africa; Monasticism and religious orders--Ethiopia; Monasticism and religious orders, Coptic; Mythology; New religious movements; Religion in art--Africa; Religious art--Africa; Ritual--Africa; Santería; Shrines--Africa; Spiritual healing--Africa; Witchcraft