Hausa Popular Fiction at SOAS

By Archives & Special Collections, SOAS Library|February 6, 2018|Collections & Research|0 comments

This week’s blog comes from Dawn Wright, SOAS subject Librarian for Africa, and looks at the Furniss Collection (E Coll 7), a collection of Hausa Popular Fiction made by Professor Graham Furniss (former Pro-Director for Research and Enterprise at SOAS, University of London) and acquired by SOAS Library in 2008. The collection was amongst a larger selection of Hausa materials from the Library’s collections on display for a recent visit

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Archives & Special Collections Open Day 2017

By Archives & Special Collections, SOAS Library|November 20, 2017|Collections & Research, Teaching & Learning|0 comments

“Amazing! Diaries, photos, maps, SOAS history – absolutely wonderful!” “The range of material is a real testament to the collections SOAS holds” “Useful to see the range of the collection so I can promote it when training students and speaking to staff” “I have a far less abstract idea of the archives and special collections now and feel increased confidence in visiting” Just some of the great feedback from our

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Memories of Partition – 70 years on

By Archives & Special Collections, SOAS Library|August 14, 2017|Collections & Research|2 comments

This week’s blog is written by our South Asia Librarian, Farzana Whitfield, and marks the 70th anniversary of the Partition of India. Farzana looks back on her family’s personal experience and memories of Partition. This August marks 70 years of India’s independence from British rule (15th August) giving birth to 2 nations- a Hindu majority India and a Muslim majority Pakistan (14th August). Subsequently there were 3 wars between India

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Tibetan Block Prints

By Archives & Special Collections, SOAS Library|November 25, 2015|Collections & Research|0 comments

This month’s blog highlights SOAS Library’s rare collection of Tibetan Block prints, which until recently were not available to researchers visiting us here in Archives and Special Collections. Towards the end of last year Charles Manson, Subject Librarian for Tibet, Bodleian Libraries Oriental Section in Oxford, had been cataloguing some Tibetan texts for SOAS Library under the direction of Peter McCormack, then Assistant Director (Acquisitions and Bibliographic Services). We mentioned

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Black History Month 2015: Malagasy art in the archives

By Archives & Special Collections, SOAS Library|October 15, 2015|Collections & Research|2 comments

To mark Black History Month 2015, this week’s blog highlights the presence of art works by two renowned Malagasy artists, Emile Ralambo and James Rainimaharosoa, in the collections at SOAS Archives, and reflects more broadly on the strength of the Madagascar collections at SOAS, which have attracted the interest of academic researchers from around the world and also the Malagasy community within Britain, through our contact with the Anglo-Malagasy Society.

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Ottoman sources teaching session

By Archives & Special Collections, SOAS Library|September 25, 2015|Collections & Research, Teaching & Learning|0 comments

This week’s blog has been written by Rosa Vercoe, Projects and Operations Manager at LCSS, London Centre for Social Studies, and co-ordinator of the recent Training Programme on Ottoman and Archival Studies, which took place in London and Oxford, and included a visit to SOAS Archives on 5th August. The LCSS Ottoman Programme is designed to fill the gap for so much-needed short-term courses to help researchers and Master’s /PHD

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Christmas in the collections

By Archives & Special Collections, SOAS Library|December 15, 2014|Collections & Research|0 comments

This week we have selected a small sample of images from a number of different collections of archives at SOAS, on a seasonal theme.  The Ceylon Christmas Annual produced by the National Christian Council of Ceylon in 1952, contains a series of articles on Christian subjects, photographs of British missionaries and indigenous teachers working in Ceylon [Sri Lanka] missions, prayers and advertisements for domestic products. The annual for this year

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Archives & Special Collections Open Day, October 2014

By Archives & Special Collections, SOAS Library|November 11, 2014|Teaching & Learning|0 comments

On 8th October 2014, SOAS Archives opened its’ doors to all SOAS staff and students for the second Open Day of this year. Aimed particularly at reaching out to those who are new to SOAS, the Open Day followed fast on the heels of Welcome Week and saw 60 visitors who came on behind-the-scenes tours of the archive store rooms and took the opportunity to see the extensive display of

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The Arts of Southeast Asia from the SOAS Collections

By Archives & Special Collections, SOAS Library|July 4, 2014|Collections & Research|0 comments

A new and exciting exhibition in the Foyle Special Collections Gallery of the Brunei Gallery, entitled The Arts of Southeast Asia from the SOAS Collections, is now running until 2 July 2016. The exhibition highlights the breadth of the region’s cultures as represented in the SOAS collections. It demonstrates the long-term engagement of SOAS Staff and Alumni, whose research and travels have brought this variety of objects to the School. Curated

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New Rare Book: Kinshūdan or 錦繡段 by Ten’in Rytaku, 1422-1500

By Archives & Special Collections, SOAS Library|June 6, 2014|Collections & Research|0 comments

Today we’re highlighting a new transfer to the SOAS Library rare book collection – Kinshūdan (錦繡段) by Ten’in Rytaku, 1422-1500 (龍沢, 1422-1500); SOAS Library Classmark: EF.c.351.c.59 /127896.   The work, Kinshūdan, is a Japanese edition, published in Osaka in 1701, of a collection of Chinese poems, originally published in 1483. This work is in Chinese script, with additional notes and kaeriten by Utsunomiya Ton’an, ?1633- ?1707 (宇都宫遯庵, ?1633- ?1707). This

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