The Center for Research Libraries and the Cooperative Africana Microform Project (CAMP) are pleased to announce the availability of its digital collection entitled "Slavery and Manumission Manuscripts of Timbuktu."
The collection of 206 manuscripts are from the Bibliothèque Commémorative Mama Haidara in Timbuktu, Mali. Abdel Kader Haidara, Curator of the Bibliotheque Commemorative Mama Haidara and John O. Hunwick, Professor of History and Religion, Northwestern University, selected these manuscripts for conservation treatment and digitization in order to make them accessible via the Web. The manuscripts were returned to the Bibliotheque Commemorative Mama Haidara following their conservation and digitization.
The materials, in Arabic, include documentation on Africans in slavery and manumission in Muslim societies.
The documents were conserved and digitized with generous support from the Northwestern University Library (www.library.northwestern.edu/africana) and Program of African Studies (www.northwestern.edu/african-studies).
This rich resource can be found on CRL's e-collection site at: http://ecollections.crl.edu/index.php
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