Adam Matthew Africa and the New Imperialism










This is AM’s extensive resource covering Africa in the age of new imperialism; a major period of colonial expansion, the effects of which are still felt today.


This resource can be used to explore the history of European colonization and exploitation across the African continent drawing upon the rare, printed works, diaries, journals, correspondence, maps, photographs, and film footage available to research Africa’s encounters with European imperialist regimes and their impact on the lives of peoples across the continent.


Highlights of this collection are included below:


  • Diaries, journals, and sketch books from key figures including David Livingstone, John Kirk and James Augustus Grant, whose sketchbooks from his Nile expedition are illustrated with watercolors of landscapes and peoples he encountered.
  • Correspondence from Roger Casement and the resulting Casement Report which investigated, and confirmed, the atrocities committed in the Congo Free State under King Leopold II.
  • British Foreign Office files for the Berlin Conference, the event which ignited the spark of late-nineteenth century European imperialist efforts across Africa.
  • Correspondence, journals, and reports from French explorer Pierre Savorgnan de Brazza that provide insight into his expeditions to the Congo Basin; and Brazza's 1905 investigation into injustice, forced labor, and the brutality within the French Congo.
  • The papers, photographs and correspondence of Frederick Lugard, a British soldier and administrator in Africa, covering British involvement in East Africa and West Africa from the 1870s. Along with the papers of journalist and colonial commentator, Flora Shaw.


More information is available at Adam Matthew Africa and the New Imperialism

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