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DURHAM UNIVERSITY LIBRARY: SUDAN ARCHIVE


Akasha, Northern Province, Sudan, 1884. (photo courtesy of Durham University Library: Sudan Archive)
Description
The University Library’s Sudan Archive includes 136 cinefilms, most of which are the work of amateurs. They record the lives of District Commissioners, doctors and other officials in various regions of the Sudan, and provide a visual record of Sudanese tribal life in the North and South, and buildings of Khartoum, Omdurman and other major centres in the provinces from the late 1920s to the 1960s. Recent accessions have included publicity films produced by the Sudan Government in the 1950s, just before and after independence. The collection provides valuable material for the study of the social and cultural history, anthropology and ethnography of the area.
Website
http://www.dur.ac.uk/library/asc/index.html
Keywords
Ethnography; Anthropology; Khartoum; Omdurman; Sudan
Access
Open to all bona-fide researchers, Mon to Fri, 09.00-17.00. Searchers are required to give prior notice of visits.
Access for outsiders
Yes.
Facilities
Video copies may be viewed in the library. No viewing of orginal films.
Charges
None for viewing on the premises. Charge for viewing off-premises via loan of video copies to other libraries or suitable institutions.
Copyright
Copyright is held by individual film-makers.

Moving Image, Audio and Related Documentation Holdings

Books
University library holds strong printed collections on the Sudan.
Manuscripts
Films are often part of larger collections which may include related manuscripts.
Masters
136 films/ 33,100 feet.
Still Images
Over 46,000 photographs, many closely related to the subject matter of the films.
Video/Film
130 films remastered and copied onto 22 videos (c. 18.5 hours).

Catalogues

Computerised database
Descriptions of pre-1945 films included in the University of Oxford’s Haddon database.
Online catalogue
All handlists will eventually be included in the Library’s Information System on the Internet.
Printed catalogue
Word processed handlists available locally and also at the National Register of Archives.
Card catalogue
No.
Digitised catalogue
No

Main Contact

Name
Mrs. Sheila Hingley
Job title
Head of Heritage Collections
Department
Archives and Special Collections, Durham University Library
Telephone
0191 334 2972
Fax
0191 334 2942
Email
s.m.hingley@durham.ac.uk
Address
Palace Green Section
Palace Green
Durham
DH1 3RN

Alternate Contact

Name
Mrs. Jane Hogan
Job title
Assistant Keeper

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