Commons:Collections of the African Studies Centre (Leiden)

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African Studies Centre Leiden
Native name Stichting Afrika-Studiecentrum
Parent institution Leiden University Edit this at Wikidata
Location Leiden
Coordinates 52° 10′ 11″ N, 4° 28′ 37″ E Link to OpenStreetMap Link to Google Maps Edit this at Wikidata
Established 1947
Web page www.ascleiden.nl Edit this at Wikidata
Authority control
institution QS:P195,Q2174585


The African Studies Centre (Leiden, ASC) and its affiliated authors have donated more than 4,000 images from their collections to Wikimedia Commons. Uploaded files are residing in the Category:Images from the African Studies Centre (Leiden) and in specific collection categories within the Category:African Studies Centre (Leiden).

Frequently viewed photographs[edit]

Images from the Afrika-Studiecentrum Leiden are used on various pages of Wikimedia websites. Statistics how often these pages were consulted, show that in September 2019 the threshold of two million views a month was crossed, for the first time since the start of this image library in 2014. Especially on the English language Wikipedia (and to a lesser extent on the French language Wikipedia) images originating from the ASC were frequently viewed. A top five of those photographs with the article that carries them, the number of page views and the ASC collection in which they reside:

Overview by period with samples[edit]

Zanzibar postal stamps 1866-1900, 20 files[edit]

Various photographs 1883-2016, 41 files[edit]

Lisk-Carew Brothers Collection, Sierra Leone 1910s, 18 files[edit]

Old maps at the African Studies Centre (Leiden) 1920-1940, 7 files[edit]

Hofstra Collection, Sierra Leone 1934-1936, 110 files[edit]

Koopman Collection, African library postcards 1935-1960, 12 files[edit]

NSAG Dutch students photo collection, North Africa 1961-1962, 1080 files and growing[edit]

On an extensive field trip mainly through North Africa a group of Dutch university students visited local students and their new universities and toured many countries. A pictorial donation by three group members, the later medical professor L.A. van Es, the engineer Mr. M.U.U. van Dis and Mr. Crebolder. Work in progress.

Rietveld Collection[edit]

Dutch historian Aart Rietveld taught at Toro Teachers College in Toro, North Nigeria, and travelled widely in Africa.

Nigeria 1970-1973, 90 files[edit]

East-Africa 1975, 49 files[edit]

Robben Island 2015, 57 files[edit]

Fred van der Kraaij Collection, Liberia and neighbouring countries 1972-1986, 745 files[edit]

Dutch economist Fred van der Kraaij lived and worked in Liberia for many years as, e.g., a university lecturer.

Liberia 1975-1976, 37 files[edit]

Liberia 1979, 4 files[edit]

Coutinho Collection, Guinea-Bissau and Senegal 1973-1974, 760 files[edit]

In 2016 medical professor Roel Coutinho (on Dutch wikipedia) MD donated 752 photographs and slides made by him in the course of his medical work in Guinea-Bissau and Senegal in 1973 and 1974, during the final year of the war of independence waged by the PAIGC (Partido Africano da Independência da Guiné e Cabo Verde) resistance movement against Portugal.

Van Beek Collection[edit]

Dogon, Mali, 1979 - 1996, 2005, 120 files[edit]

Kapsiki, Cameroon, 1990s, 12 files[edit]

Van Achterberg Collection, Morocco, Mauritania, Tunesia, Mali and Cameroun 1996-1997, 856 files[edit]

Social anthropologist Angeline van Achterberg travelled widely in Northwest Africa for her work, for instance with women's organisations, and authored various books.

Van de Bruinhorst Collection, Somaliland 2019, 100 files[edit]

Gerard van de Bruinhorst, an arabist and Afrikanist at the Afrika-Studiecentrum Leiden, documented his visit to the Hargeysa 12th International Book Fair, 20-25 July 2019, in Somaliland.

Overview by country[edit]

Incomplete, work in progress.

Country Subjects Period Photo Collection Number of images
Africa generic
Algeria, Botswana, Cameroon, Morocco,
Mauritania, Mali, Namibia, Tunesia
1996-1997 Van Achterberg Collection 856
Algeria, Ethiopia, Ghana, South Africa African library postcards 1935-1960 Koopman Collection 12
Burkina Faso, Liberia, Mali, Morocco and Senegal 1972-1986 Fred van der Kraaij Collection 745
Egypt, Sudan, Chad, Uganda, Nigeria, Cameroon,
Benin, Togo, Ghana, Mali, Senegal
Archeology, landscape,
people, universities
1961-1962 NSAG Dutch students photo collection, North Africa 1080
Guinea-Bissau and Senegal PAIGC liberation movement 1973-1974 Coutinho Collection 760
Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa, Zambia/Zimbabwe 1970-1973, 1975, 2015 Rietveld Collection 246
Ruanda, Tanganyika, Tanzania, Zambia Old maps 1920-1940 Old maps at the African Studies Centre (Leiden) 7
Ghana, Liberia, the Netherlands Various 1788-2016,
visitors at the ASC,
Africanists, documents
Various photographs 41
By country
Algeria 1996-1997 Van Achterberg Collection
Benin 1961-1962 NSAG Dutch students photo collection
Botswana 1996-1997 Van Achterberg Collection
Burkina Faso 1972-1986 Fred van der Kraaij Collection
1996-1997 Van Achterberg Collection
Cameroon 1961-1962 NSAG Dutch students photo collection
Kapsiki 1990s W.E.A. van Beek Collection (Kapsiki) 12
1996-1997 Van Achterberg Collection
Chad 1961-1962 NSAG Dutch students photo collection
Egypt 1961-1962 NSAG Dutch students photo collection
Ghana 1961-1962 NSAG Dutch students photo collection
Guinea-Bissau PAIGC liberation movement 1973-1974 Coutinho Collection
Ivory Coast 1961-1962 NSAG Dutch students photo collection
Kenya 1975 Rietveld Collection (East Africa)
Liberia 1972-1986 Fred van der Kraaij Collection
Mali 1961-1962 NSAG Dutch students photo collection
1972-1986 Fred van der Kraaij Collection
Dogon 1979-1996, 2005 W.E.A. van Beek Collection (Dogon) 120
1996-1997 Van Achterberg Collection
Mauritania 1996-1997 Van Achterberg Collection
Morocco 1972-1986 Fred van der Kraaij Collection
1996-1997 Van Achterberg Collection
Namibia 1996-1997 Van Achterberg Collection
Niger 1996-1997 Van Achterberg Collection
Nigeria 1970-1973 Rietveld Collection (Nigeria) 90
1961-1962 NSAG Dutch students photo collection
Senegal 1961-1962 NSAG Dutch students photo collection
1972-1986 Fred van der Kraaij Collection
PAIGC liberation movement 1973-1974 Coutinho Collection
Sierra Leone 1910s Lisk-Carew Brothers Collection 18
1934-1936 Hofstra Collection 110
Somaliland Hargeisa, cave paintings 2019 Van de Bruinhorst Collection 100
South Africa Robben Island 2015 Rietveld Collection (Robben Island) 57
Sudan 1961-1962 NSAG Dutch students photo collection
Togo 1961-1962 NSAG Dutch students photo collection
Tunisia 1996-1997 Van Achterberg Collection
Tanzania Zanzibar postal stamps 1866-1900 Zanzibar postal stamps 20
Uganda 1961-1962 NSAG Dutch students photo collection
Zambia/Zimbabwe 1975 Rietveld Collection (East Africa)