Monthly Archives: November 2014

Less than a year ago, this site posted the first Mende РEnglish dictionary. Principles of Mende Grammar was published at the same time and place, in what is now southern Sierra Leone. Long assumed lost, this text was discovered very recently in a rare book collection at Cambridge University. It is the earliest printed grammar of the Mende language group and contains the earliest known example of folktales written in Mende. This tremendously significant book can now be viewed together with its companion volume for the first time in 140 years. It is available here.

Source: Royal Commonwealth Society Library, Cambridge University (Cambridge, UK)

The Shoah Foundation at the University of Southern California hosts over 100,000 hours of video testimony from survivors of the Holocaust. It is the largest digital collection of its kind in the world and an unparalleled resource for researchers, students, and teachers. Users can access a small sample of the video collection online or view the entire archive at a participating research institution. Beginning last year, the archive has expanded to include eyewitness testimony of the genocide in Rwanda. More information is available here.

Source: The Institute for Visual History and Education, USC Shoah Foundation (Los Angeles, CA)

In 1982, Gloria T. Hull, Patricia Bell Scott, and Barbara Smith published an anthology of writing on feminism and women of color. Entitled All the Women are White, All the Blacks are Men, But Some Of Us Are Brave, the book was an instant classic and remains a foundational text for history, sociology, anthropology, political science, literary studies, gender studies, critical race studies, queer studies, and many other fields. A follow-up volume, Still Brave: The Evolution of Black Women’s Studies, was published in 2009. To their great credit, the editors relinquished their copyright claim after ten years. So while individual authors retain control over their contributions, the rest of the anthology is now in the public domain. It is available here.

Source:¬†Gloria T. Hull, Patricia Bell Scott, and Barbara Smith (eds.), All the Women are White, All the Blacks are Men, But Some Of Us Are Brave: Black Women’s Studies (Old Westbury, NY: 1982)