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Archives in Nigeria
The three branches of the Nigerian National Archives house the precolonial, colonial and postcolonial records of Nigeria. While these archives have been widely used by scholars, their exact content would deserver to be explored in a more systematic manner. There is also a large number of Nigerian private libraries and archives which are open to the public and managed by intellectuals, academics and archivist. Their use, however, remains limited because they are little known belong their immediate environment. Recent Nigerian and international projects have also led to the creation of several digital archives.
Naija Archives Project
* To compensate for the lack of information on Nigerian archive centres, especially on the internet, IFRA-Nigeria created in 2018 a network of researchers in order to list and describe the archive repositories in Nigeria. Our objective is to promote knowledge of these centres by displaying the contact details of the owners / curators, by digitising their catalogues and/or part or totality of their collection. We are aware that public as well as private archives represent the point of view of their creators and we make sure to offer a critical introduction of our websites.
* The aim is to crowdsource the content of this list of Nigerian archives in order to obtain a more accurate picture of archival repositories in the country. To submit information, please do not hesitate to contact us.
* We are also working with Nigerian public and private actors to progressively digitise their archives. We are open to any form of collaboration, please do contact us if you have a project and are interested in partnering with us. However, please note that:
- All projects are undertaken with the written consent of the Nigerian authorities or the archives' owners.
- IFRA-Nigeria is not earning any money by making this material available. Our open access policy is there to ensure that as many researchers as possible can reuse the material that will be digitised or gathered with our help.
- We believe that the research material created in Nigeria should remain in Nigeria. We will do out best to respect Nigerian data sovereignty by leaving the master copies of the material produced on Nigerian servers.
* The project's team is coordinated by IFRA's director Dr Vincent Hiribarren in cooperation with Dr Sara Panata and Dr Cyrielle Maingraud-Martinaud. The digitisation component is handled by our in-house archivist Patrick Olushola Babalola and the site creation by Dr Vincent Hiribarren. Naija Archives is part of IFRA-Nigeria's Digital Lab, a larger training and resource programme on Digital Humanities.
List of archives in and about Nigeria
Physical archives in Northern Nigeria
- Digital Benin: Project that bring together photographs, oral histories and rich documentation material from collections worldwide to provide overview of the 3,000-5,000 objects and artworks looted in the Kingdom of Benin by British troops in 1897.
- Digital Nollywood: Ongoing digital project established to preserve the material history of the film medium in Nigeria, particularly Nollywood. It focuses on the preservation and exhibition of Nollywood film posters and accounts of the history of Nollywood.
- New Maps Old Lagos: Web-based collection of cartographic narratives focusing on the history of Lagos, deploying archival evidence and urban fieldwork to plot the old city by finding its boundaries, its physical features, and plotting meaningful sites and sciences around Lagos Island.
- [Re:]Entanglements: Online website of the 'Museum Affordances' project that is re-engaging with the ethnographic archive - including objects, photographs, sounds recording, botanical specimens, published work and fieldnotes - assembled by the colonial anthropologist, N.W. Thomas, in Southern Nigeria and Sierra Leone between 1909 and 1915.
- Yoruba Names: Document project set up to ensure the transfer of language and cultural resources of Yoruba language into a publicly accessible online format, focusing on Yoruba names and their meaning.
Public history projects
- Abuja - National Archives of Nigeria
- Ilorin - National Archives of Nigeria
- Jos - National Archives of Nigeria
- Kaduna - Arewa House
- Kaduna - National Archives of Nigeria Zonal Office
- Maiduguri - National Archives of Nigeria
- Sokoto - National Archives of Nigeria
- Zaria - Yusufu Bala Usman Institute
Physical archives in South West Nigeria
- Abeokuta - National Archives of Nigeria
- Akure - National Archives of Nigeria
- Ibadan - French Institute for Research in Africa (IFRA-Nigeria)
- Ibadan - Jadeas Trust Library
- Ibadan - Kenneth Dike Library
- Ibadan - National Archives of Nigeria Zonal Office
- Ibadan - Ogunsheye Foundation
- Ibadan - Oyo State Library Board
- Ibadan - University Archives and Records Services Project
- Ibadan - Tribune House
- Ibadan - Women's Research and Documentation Centre (WORDOC)
- Ife - Hezekiah Oluwasanmi Library
- Ife - Main Library, Obafemi Awolowo University
- Ikenne Remo - Sopolu Research Library
- Lagos - Centre for Black and African Arts and Civilization Archive
- Lagos - Lagos Court Archive
- Lagos (Magodo) - Lagos State Record and Archives Bureau (LASRAB)
- Lagos - National Archives of Nigeria
- Lagos - Nigerian Institute of International Affairs (NIAA)
- Lagos - Research and Bibliographic Department (Gandhi Library)
Physical archives in South East Nigeria
- Enugu - National Archives of Nigeria Zonal Office
- Benin City - National Archives of Nigeria
- Calabar - National Archives of Nigeria
- Owerri - National Archives of Nigeria
- Port Harcourt - National Archives of Nigeria