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African Oral History Collection

Identifier: WUA-01-wua00486

This collection is made up of entirely all digital files. Contact University Archivist for access: (314) 935-9730 or Series 1 is Washington University’s African Oral History Project (AOHP) Administrative Files which include administration files such as forms, guidelines, and meeting notes. Series 2 is Washington University’s African Oral History Project (AOHP) Interviews which cover the following interview topics: African History in St. Louis, Biafran War Narratives, African History in Kenya, and African History in the Diaspora. Files include interviews, photographs, release forms, interview questions, notes, and sometimes transcripts. Series 3 is Victoria Mutheu’s Project files which include administration files, interviews, photographs, and military records. This series is restricted.

For more context see Africa and World War II edited by Judith A. Byfield, Cornell University, Carolyn A. Brown, Rutgers Unviersity-New Brunswick, Timothy Parsons, Washington University in St. Louis, Ahmad Alawad Sikainga, Ohio State University, New York: Cambridge University Press, 2015.


  • Creation: 2016-2021


Conditions Governing Access

Series 1 and Series 2 are open to researchers. Series 3 is restricted at this time. Since the collection is all digitial material, contact University Archivist for access to collection: (314) 935-9730 or

Conditions Governing Use

Users of the collection must read and agree to abide by the rules and procedures set forth in the Materials Use Policies. Providing access to materials does not constitute permission to publish or otherwise authorize use. All publication not covered by fair use or other exceptions is restricted to those who have permission of the copyright holder, which may or may not be Washington University. If you wish to publish or license Special Collections materials, please contact Special Collections to inquire about copyright status at (314) 935-5495 or (Publish means quotation in whole or in part in seminar or term papers, theses or dissertations, journal articles, monographs, books, digital forms, photographs, images, dramatic presentations, transcriptions, or any other form prepared for a limited or general public.)


426.00 digital_files

Historical Information

Washington University’s Department of African and African American Studies (AFAS) has launched an African oral history project. This collaboration between Washington University faculty, graduate students and undergraduates and the people who lived through important historical eras will create a unique historical record that will offer new perspectives on African history while helping individual informants to better preserve their own life stories for themselves and their descendants. In addition to this “service to the community” (both in St. Louis and in Africa), the project will give Washington University students training and firsthand experience in oral history methodologies, and the resulting data will serve as the basis for original scholarship including senior thesis, dissertations, and collaborative faculty publications.

Method of Acquisition

Series 1 was donated to University Archives by the Washington University’s African and African American Studies Program. Series 2 was donated to University Archives by the Washington University’s African and African American Studies Program. Series 3 was donated to University Archives by Victoria Mutheu.

Processing Information

Processed by Amarachi Onyema and Sonya Rooney in August 2018. Additional processing by Sonya Rooney in August 2021.

African Oral History Collection
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Revision Statements

  • August 2018: This finding aid was entered into Archon by Sarah Schnuriger.
  • April 2020: Updated by Sarah Schnuriger
  • 2020 August 19 : Resource record updated in ArchiveSpace by Sarah Schnuriger.
  • 2021 September 7: Updated by Sarah Schnuriger

Collecting Area Details

Part of the University Archives Collecting Area

Sonya Rooney
Olin Library, 1 Brookings Drive
MSC 1061-141-B
St. Louis MO 63130 US
(314) 935-5495