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Title:The Documentary Impulse: Archives in the Bush
Author:Zeitlyn, DavidISNI
Year:2005
Periodical:History in Africa
Volume:32
Pages:415-434
Language:English
Geographic term:Cameroon
Subjects:documents
historical sources
rural society
villages
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
History and Exploration
External link:http://muse.jhu.edu/journals/history_in_africa/v032/32.1zeitlyn.pdf
Abstract:In order to find out what sorts of evidence currently exist and may survive to provide the raw materials for future historical studies, the author presents a survey of the available types of documents that are currently found in Somiť, a Mambila village on the Tikar Plain near the Nigeria border of Cameroon. These include school registers; registers of birth and death certificates; dispensary records; personal medical records; Royal Palace archives; records related to communal work, rotating credit society meetings, coffee (the local cash crop) and graves; financial records; church documents; records of the 15th of August meetings; agricultural post documents; shop signs; posters and calendars; funerary photographs; and letters. Bibliogr., notes, ref. [ASC Leiden abstract]
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