Rare East Africa Photo Collection Goes Digital

Posted by admin on Jul 9, 2009

Northwestern’s Melville J. Herskovits Library of African Studies recently put online more than 7,000 rare photographs of East Africa, documenting the European colonization from 1860-1960. The Humphrey Winterton Collection is the first of such photos to ever be made available online.

Herskovits acquired the collection in 2002 and spent two-and-a-half years on the digitizing process.

This is the first large photograph collection the library has put online. Other Herskovits exhibits that have been digitized include antique maps of Africa from the 16th to 20th centuries and a sampling of more than 300 posters from the library’s comprehensive collection.

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