Black History Month 2016: Seretse Khama

By Archives & Special Collections, SOAS Library|October 19, 2016|Collections & Research|0 comments

As SOAS marks Black History Month we continue to hi-light historical collections held by SOAS Archives, which reveal the long-standing Black presence in the UK, as well as the contributions and achievements of Black peoples in local, national and international arenas. This week we look at papers in the archives relating to Seretse Khama (1921-1980), the first President of Botswana, who spent some of his early life in Britain. He is also the subject of a

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Hebraica Libraries Group visit

By Archives & Special Collections, SOAS Library|May 15, 2015|Collections & Research|0 comments

This week’s blog has been written by Mary Seeley, Subject Librarian (History & Religions, Ancient Near East, Semitics & Judaica) at SOAS. The Hebraica Libraries Group is a joint forum of libraries in the field of Hebrew and Jewish Studies, ranging from major university collections in the UK such as SOAS, Oxford, Cambridge, UCL, and Southampton to specialist collections like the Wiener Library and private religious colleges and institutions such

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Black History Month 2014: Papers of Sol Plaatje

By Archives & Special Collections, SOAS Library|October 21, 2014|Collections & Research|0 comments

As SOAS marks Black History Month we continue to hi-light historical collections held by SOAS Archives, which reveal the long-standing Black presence in the UK, as well as the contributions and achievements of Black peoples in local, national and international arenas. This week we look at the papers of Sol Plaatje, South African writer, linguist, politician and activist . Born on 9 October 1876, Solomon Tshekisho Plaatje was a descendant of the Barolong royal house. His

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Black History Month 2014: Papers of Robert Wellesley Cole

By Archives & Special Collections, SOAS Library|October 7, 2014|Collections & Research|0 comments

As SOAS marks Black History Month we will be highlighting a number of historical collections held by SOAS Archives, and which reveal the long-standing Black presence in the UK, as well as the contributions and achievements of Black peoples in local, national and international arenas. This week we look at the papers of Dr Robert Wellesley Cole, surgeon, author and advocate for the rights of African peoples in the UK, West Africa, and across the Global African

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World Refugee Day: The archive of the Western Sahara Campaign

By Archives & Special Collections, SOAS Library|June 20, 2014|Collections & Research|0 comments

To coincide with World Refugee Day (20th June), today we are highlighting the archive of the Western Sahara Campaign available to the public at Archives & Special Collections, SOAS Library. World Refugee Day is a yearly event dedicated to raising awareness of the situation of refugees throughout the world. Background The Western Sahara conflict is a longstanding dispute in North Africa between the state of Morocco (which views the disputed-territory

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The Movement for Colonial Freedom & Liberation archive

By Archives & Special Collections, SOAS Library|May 1, 2014|Collections & Research|1 comments

In celebration of May Day or International Workers’ Day we are today highlighting the archive of the Movement for Colonial Freedom and its successor Liberation available to researchers at Archives & Special Collections, SOAS Library. A brief history of the Movement for Colonial Freedom & Liberation The Movement for Colonial Freedom (MCF) was a leading anticolonialist campaign group and civil rights advocacy organisation. Founded in 1954, as an amalgamation of

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