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mission 21

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Library Type: Academic
Address: mission 21
Missionsstrasse 21
4003 Basel
Switzerland
Chief Librarian/Director: Guy Thomas
African Specialist:  Guy Thomas, Lecturer in African History
Telephone: 0041 61 260 22 45
Web address: http://www.mission-21.org/english/index.php
Catalogue Address: http://aleph.unibas.ch/menu.html
Description of Library: The holdings of the library of mission 21 comprise a wide range of publications dealing with the subjects missiology, world religions / religious pluralism, history, sociology, anthropology, gender studies, development cooperation.

The geographical coverage is global with special foci on selected countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America.

The Africana collections primarily include material on Cameroon, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Ghana, Nigeria, South Africa, Sudan and Tanzania.

Disciplines covered: African Languages
Agriculture
Anthropology
Botany or Biology or Zoology
Built Environment or Planning
Development Studies
Drama
Economic and/or Social History
Education
Gender
Geography
History
Literature
Medicine
Philosophy
Politics and International Studies
Sociology and Demography
Theology Divinity or Religious Studies
Countries covered: Cameroon
Congo (Kinshasa)
Eastern Africa
Ghana
Nigeria
South Africa
Southern Africa
Sub-Saharan Africa
Tanzania
West Africa
Special Collections: The Africana collections developed in conjunction with the expansion of the Christian missionary movement in the 19th and 20th centuries. The library initially served to inform the leadership and agents of the Basel Mission.

Since the early 1970s it has been gradually transformed into an academic library which has become accessible via the University of Basel Library online catalogue. The partially very rare Africana items relate primarily to the geographical scope of missionary involvement but also feature other thematic and regional coverage.

Collection Size: Books:20000
Journals:200
Newspapers:20
Maps:3000
Music:500
Films:50
Photographs:15000
Collection Start: Soon after the foundation of the Basel Mission in 1815, probably in the early 1820s.
Access and opening hours: All external users are welcome to use our library resources and facilities. No form of ID is required.

Prior contact by e-mail is recommended.

Opening hours: 9am-5pm, Monday to Friday.

Publications and databases on African collections produced by the Library: None

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