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African newspaper collection

Identifier: MSS 555

Scope and Contents

The African newspaper collection consists of newspapers published in various African countries, as well as newspapers about Africa published internationally. The newspapers here represent over fifty years of journalistic publications produced on and about the African continent. The newspapers are singular or short runs of typically less than 3-5 issues of titles that were not subscribed to for longer runs.


  • Issued: approximately 1960-2010

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Access

The material is stored off site. Please request 3 working days in advance if you wish to use it.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright is retained by the authors of the items in this collection, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law. For photocopy and duplication requests, please contact the Stephen O. Murray and Keelung Hong Special Collections, Michigan State University Libraries.


94 Linear Feet (47 boxes)

Language of Materials



The newspapers are arranged by accession in the boxes in which they are housed. In the finding aid, the newspapers are arranged by country series and title.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The collection was purchased over several decades by various Africana librarians.

Processing Information

Courtney Smith processed this collection in 2018.

Finding Aid for the African newspaper collection
4 Published And Cataloged
Courtney Smith
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Code for undetermined script

Repository Details

Part of the Stephen O. Murray and Keelung Hong Special Collections Repository

MSU Libraries
366 W. Circle Drive
East Lansing MI 48823 USA