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Title:Supporting capacity building for archives in Africa: initiatives of the Cooperative Africana Materials Project (CAMP) since 1995
Author:Schultz, Jason M.
Periodical:African Research and Documentation (ISSN 0305-862X)
Geographic terms:Africa
United States
conservation of cultural heritage
capacity building
Abstract:The mission of the Cooperative Africana Materials (before 2010: Microform) Project has been to collect and preserve African newspapers, serials, and ephemera not typically held at US institutions. As its original name suggests, microfilming continues to be an important method of preserving CAMP holdings. While building the collection involved some direct purchases of microfilm from Africa and Europe, the role of collaboration among US and later African institutions enhanced collections and expanded the scope of CAMP's work. This article focuses on collaboration efforts between CAMP and African archives, giving particular interest to history and political economy. The rise of digitization projects, funded by US or European institutions, may continue to make Africans largely consumers and not producers of their own documentary heritage. One way to mitigate this problem is supporting capacity building for self-sustaining African preservation efforts. CAMP pursued this model beginning in the 1990s. Resources were first directed to the National Archives of Senegal, and starting in 2010, CAMP funded onsite staff training and equipment purchases to digitally preserve the Kabarole District Archives in Uganda. Bibliogr., notes, ref. [ASC Leiden abstract]