The city of Basel is home to various institutions that hold collections pertaining to African history. These include the Basler Afrika Bibliographien (BAB) and the mission 21, with which the history department cooperates on a regular basis. The history department also has close ties to the Centre for African Studies, of which African history forms a constituting element, the Institute for European Global Studies, and Urban Studies. We also have international exchange agreements with other programs in African history, including the International Studies Group at the University of the Free State, the University of Cape Town, the University of the Western Cape and the University of the Witwatersrand, Queen Mary University of London, and the University of Warwick.
Basler Afrika Bibliographien (BAB)
The Basler Afrika Bibliographien (BAB) holds a special library and an archival collection pertaining to southern Africa. Founded in 1971 by Carl Schlettwein, the BAB has built up its collection with a focus on Namibia. The BAB is also a publishing house and BAB staffs regularly teach courses on African history.
mission 21 came into existence in 2001 when the Basel Mission and four other mission societies merged. Archivists Andrea Rhyn and Patrick Moser are in charge of the excellent archives of the mission 21, which holds materials pertaining to the history of Cameroon and Ghana.