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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 6,000 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). A companion page on the ASC Wikimedia photo project is Wikipedia:GLAM/African Studies Centre Leiden.

The Top 5 of Most-Viewed ASCL Photographs in September 2021[edit]

Images from the African Study Center Leiden appear on various Wikipedia websites, especially on the English and French language Wikipedias. Using a tally how often those pages are clicked in a month time[1] we can tentatively establish a Top 5 of most-viewed images in September 2021, shown here with links to the English Wikipedia articles they appear on, the number of page views and their ASCL photo source collection:

Overview by period with samples[edit]

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

Various photographs 1883-2016, 41 photos[edit]

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

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

Hofstra Collection, Sierra Leone 1934-1936, 517 photos[edit]

Scanned glass plate lantern slides.

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

NSAG Dutch students photo collection, North Africa 1961-1962, 1462 photos[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.

Rietveld Collection, Nigeria, East Africa, Robben Island 1970-1973, 1975, 2015, 196 photos[edit]

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

Nigeria 1970-1973, 90 photos[edit]

East-Africa 1975, 49 photos[edit]

Robben Island 2015, 57 photos[edit]

Fred van der Kraaij Collection, Liberia and neighbouring countries 1972-1986, 1289 photos[edit]

Dutch economist Fred van der Kraaij lived and worked in Liberia for many years as, e.g., a university lecturer. He donated an extensive collection of photographs of Benin, Burkina Faso, Ivory Coast, Liberia, Libya, Mali, Morocco, Niger, Senegal and Togo.

Liberia 1975-1976, 37 photos[edit]

Liberia 1979, 4 photos[edit]

Coutinho Collection, Guinea-Bissau and Senegal 1973-1974, 760 photos[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, Cameroon and Mali 1996-2005, 231 files[edit]

Illustrations from the book Thuis in Afrika - At Home in Africa, about the Dogon people, Mali, 1972 - 2006, 99 photos[edit]

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

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

Van Achterberg Collection, Northwest Africa, Namibia, Botswana, 1996-1997, 1916 photos[edit]

Social anthropologist Angeline van Achterberg travelled widely mainly in Northwest Africa for her work, for instance with women's organisations, and authored various books. Algeria, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Cameroun, Mauritania, Mali, Morocco, Namibia, Niger and Tunesia

Van de Bruinhorst Collection, Somaliland 2019, 100 photos[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 1916
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 1400
Egypt, Sudan, Chad, Uganda, Nigeria, Cameroon,
Benin, Togo, Ghana, Mali, Senegal
Archeology, landscape,
people, universities
1961-1962 NSAG Dutch students photo collection, North Africa 1462
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)
  1. NB. In this count, as far as is known, the number of visitors on the Internet leaving a web page within a few seconds (bounce, a normal phenomenon on the internet), is not (yet) deducted, so the numbers mentioned are (over) estimates and only relatively indicative.