Multimedia & Digital Archives

Black and white photo of African woman in a patterned headscarf.
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Archive of Malian Photography

MATRIX has received a National Endowment for the Humanities Grant to support the Archive of Malian Photography. Its mission is to digitize, catalog, preserve, and make internationally accessible the archives of four of Mali’s most important photographers: Abdourahmane Sakaly, El Hadj Tijani Sitou, Malick Sidibé, and Adama Kouyaté. In collaboration with Candace Keller, a professor…

Magazine cover drawing of a vietnamese woman wearing MSU outfit
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MSU Vietnam Group Archive

The MSU Vietnam Group Archive– a joint collaboration between MATRIX, Michigan State University (MSU), MSU Department of History, and MSU University Archives & Historical Collections– has received $264,998 in funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). MSU Vietnam Group Archive is committed to the task of digitizing and archiving documents from 1955-1962, when…

Graphic poster against apartheid in South Africa.
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African Activist Archive

The African Activist Archive documents activism in the United States that was part of the international anti-apartheid and anti-colonial movement supporting the struggle for justice in South Africa and all of southern Africa. The movement it documents includes the fight against white colonial rule not only in South Africa but also in the former Portuguese…

Women shopping in a yam market in Ghana.
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African Oral Narratives

African Oral Narratives (AON) is home to seven collections of oral and life histories, folklore, and songs from Ethiopia, Ghana, and South Africa. These collections include interviews with: 1. Over 20 individuals involved in military intelligence operations in South Africa during the apartheid era. These interviews are supplemented and enhanced by selected photographs from South…

Video screenshot of Nelson Mandela speaking to a large crowd.
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Community Video Education Trust

This video archive of documentary footage of the anti-apartheid movement in South Africa is the result of collaboration between MATRIX, the MSU African Studies Center, the South African Film and Video Project (SAFVP), and the Community Video Education Trust (CVET). CVET is a South African community development organization whose primary mission is to train South…

Daguerrotype photo in gold frame of two male civil war soldiers
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Civil War Collections

To help commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, Michigan Sate University Archives & Special Collections partnered with MATRIX to make a unique digital repository of all its collections related to the Civil War. Included in this archive are a number of photographs and historic documents that document the soldiers, places, and equipment of…

Painting of the Spartan Statue with a crowd
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On the Banks of the Red Cedar

On the Banks of the Red Cedar provides online access to documents, images, film, and audio materials related to the history of Michigan State University. This site is open for use by MSU faculty, staff, students, alumni, and the public. Combining collections from the MSU Archives & Historical Collections, the MSU Libraries, the MSU Museum…

photograph of young african male seated on a log
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African Online Digital Library

The African Online Digital Library (AODL) is a portal website that links to a number of multimedia collections about Africa. In conjunction with the MSU African Studies Center, MATRIX is partnering with universities, institutions, and individual scholars to build a series of digital archives and libraries that present information about various topics relating to the…

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Slave Biographies

The Slave Biographies project is an open access repository of information on the identities of enslaved persons in the Atlantic World. As persons were bought and sold in the Atlantic slave trade, they left behind them a wealth of biographical data, including certificates of indenture, marriage records, birth records, estate sales, etc. As these records…

Black and white photo of a girl eating cotton candy
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What America Ate

Started in May of 2014, What America Ate is a collaborative effort between MATRIX: The Center for Digital Humanities and Social Sciences, the Michigan State University Department of History, the University of Michigan, and Montana State University. The project is led by principal investigators Dr. Helen Veit, Associate Professor of history at MSU, Dean Rehberger, Director of…