The Cooperative Africana Materials Project (CAMP) was founded in 1963 as a joint effort by research libraries throughout the world and the Center for Research Libraries (CRL) to promote the preservation of publications and archives concerning the nearly fifty nations of Sub-Saharan Africa. CAMP acquires and preserves materials in microform and digital formats. CAMP collects newspapers, journals, government publications, personal and corporate archives, and the personal papers of scholars and government leaders. CAMP's materials are in many African and European languages, including Swahili, Portuguese, French, Zulu, Xhosa, English, and German.
The digital and microform collections of CAMP form a large pool of historical, political, linguistic, economic, and geographical data and primary source materials that are not available elsewhere. Member libraries can rely on these vast collections of newspapers and journals and avoid the high costs of acquiring, cataloging, and storing these materials locally. CAMP’s holdings number more than 10,000 bibliographic entries in CRL’s catalog. Some particular strengths of CAMP's collection are its newspapers and ephemeral and political materials, especially about Southern Africa.
Some CAMP microfilm is available for purchase. For more information, see Microform Sales.
Meeting Minutes and other information related to the ongoing work of CAMP may be found in the CAMP Workspace. The CAMP Workspace is a wiki tool that members can access to review and edit or add content. It is open only to CAMP Members.
For questions or information about CAMP, contact jalspach [at] crl [dot] edu (Judy Alspach).