This page includes bibliographies with important primary and secondary sources on African Christianity.
The following indexes contain potential DACB subjects, both Africans and missionaries, listed here for reference, to inform and encourage future research.
How to use these pages:
Consult these pages if you wish to write a biography for the DACB and are searching for ideas of people whose biographies do not yet appear in the DACB. A subject without ENG, FR, POR or SWA in the column next to the name indicates that the DACB doesn’t have a biography on that person. Subjects with ENG, FR, POR or SWA in the links columns have biographies. Return to the country page to view the story.
Consult these pages in order to avoid writing a duplicate biography by checking to see whether the DACB has a biography on a specific person. However, we do invite alternate accounts of a subject’s life that enrich and enlarge the biographies already on the website.
Here are some bibliographies resources which could be useful. Here.
|Ancient African Church References||Complete bibliographic references noted in abbreviated form in the Ancient African Church index.|
|All Potential Subjects||4911 Potential Subjects|
|Ancient Christians||590 Potential Subjects|
|Algeria||60 Potential Subjects|
|Angola||42 Potential Subjects|
|Benin||23 Potential Subjects|
|Botswana||27 Potential Subjects|
|Burkina Faso||6 Potential Subjects|
|Burundi||30 Potential Subjects|
|Cameroon||114 Potential Subjects|
|Cape Verde||19 Potential Subjects|
|Central African Republic||11 Potential Subjects|
|Chad||6 Potential Subjects|
|[Comoros]||0 Potential Subjects|
|Democratic Republic of Congo||182 Potential Subjects|
|Congo||40 Potential Subjects|
|Côte d’Ivoire||13 Potential Subjects|
|[Djibouti]||0 Potential Subjects|
|Egypt||529 Potential Subjects|
|Equatorial Guinea||1 Potential Subjects|
|Eritrea||5 Potential Subjects|
|Ethiopia||652 Potential Subjects|
|Gabon||92 Potential Subjects|
|Gambia||12 Potential Subjects|
|Ghana||133 Potential Subjects|
|Guinea||13 Potential Subjects|
|Guinea Bissau||4 Potential Subjects|
|Kenya||217 Potential Subjects|
|Lesotho||112 Potential Subjects|
|Liberia||36 Potential Subjects|
|Libya||8 Potential Subjects|
|Madagascar||234 Potential Subjects|
|Malawi||91 Potential Subjects|
|Mali||13 Potential Subjects|
|Mauritania||4 Potential Subjects|
|Mauritius||9 Potential Subjects|
|Mayotte||2 Potential Subjects|
|Morocco||43 Potential Subjects|
|Mozambique||165 Potential Subjects|
|Namibia||47 Potential Subjects|
|Niger||14 Potential Subjects|
|Nigeria||437 Potential Subjects|
|Reunion||6 Potential Subjects|
|Rwanda||36 Potential Subjects|
|[Saint Helena]||0 Potential Subjects|
|[São Tomé and Príncipe]||0 Potential Subjects|
|Senegal||32 Potential Subjects|
|Seychelles||2 Potential Subjects|
|Sierra Leone||138 Potential Subjects|
|Somalia||3 Potential Subjects|
|South Africa||519 Potential Subjects|
|Sudan||139 Potential Subjects|
|Eswatini||56 Potential Subjects|
|Tanzania||177 Potential Subjects|
|Togo||45 Potential Subjects|
|Tunisia||101 Potential Subjects|
|Uganda||254 Potential Subjects|
|[Western Sahara]||0 Potential Subjects|
|Zambia||124 Potential Subjects|
|Zimbabwe||83 Potential Subjects|
|Other Subjects||128 Potential Subjects|
Newly Redesigned Website for WCC Library and Archives (Parts 1 & 2)
A number of valuable resources in the World Council of Chuches archives have been microfilmed or microfiched and are held at the Yale Divinity Library (among other places.) Microform collections include:
International Missionary Council Archives: 1910-1961:
http://www.idcpublishers.com/ead/138.xml(Yale Fiche Ms85)
World Council of Churches records:
- World War II-era records of the World Council of Churches: http://www.idcpublishers.com/ead/341.xml (also available digitally now) (Yale Fiche Ms117)
- Programme to Combat Racism: http://www.idcpublishers.com/ead/427.xml (Yale Film Ms367)
- Dialogue with People of Living Faiths: http://www.idcpublishers.com/ead/479.xml (Yale Film Ms381)
- Christian Medical Commission: http://www.brill.com/world-council-churches-christian-medical-commission (Yale Film Ms516)
- Relations with the Roman Catholic Church: http://www.brill.com/world-council-churches-relations-roman-catholic-church (Yale Film Ms517)
- Correspondence of the General Secretaries: http://www.brill.com/world-council-churches-archives-general-secretaries (YaleFilm Ms518)
- General correspondence: http://www.idcpublishers.com/ead/254.xml (Yale Fiche Ms113)
World Student Christian Federation Archives:
(held at the World Council of Churches and Yale Divinity Library) http://www.idcpublishers.com/ead/312.xml (Yale Fiche Ms1123)
Old and New in Shona Religion Website
A new resource recently unveiled by the Center for Global Christianity and Mission at Boston University School of Theology, this multimedia website showcases the photography and work of Dr. M. L. Daneel. His decades of research among the Shona people of Southern Africa have yielded a wealth of photographs and publications documenting African initiated churches and traditional religions. The Old and New in Shona Religion website makes these resources available online.
Yale Divinity Library Special Collections
Strengths of the library’s special collections include, among other things, documentation of the Protestant missionary endeavor. Click here to access the collection.
For those interested in developing an archive, Martha Smalley has developed an Archival Primer.
Yale’s Mission Periodicals Online can be accessed here.
Mission 21 / Basel Mission Image Archive
Photographs taken at the intersection of European, African, and Asian cultures from 1850 to 1950 Selections from the Archive. See www.bmarchives.org
To read our new articles on writing biography: “The Strengths and Limitations of Biography” by Director Jonathan Bonk and “The Craft of Writing Religious Biography,” by Dr. Dana Robert, DACB Editorial Committee member, click here.
Programs and Associations
- All Africa Council of Churches (AACC)
- Programme for Christian-Muslim Relations in Africa: “Faithful Christian Witness & Christian Constructive Engagement with Muslims for Peace and Peaceful Co-existence.” (from the site)
History of Missiology and AIC Photo Archive
The Theology Library of Boston University has a collection of missionary biographies, reports, sermons and theologies that provide a rich resource for mission studies.
Day Missions Periodicals Listing
The Yale Divinity Library’s NEH-funded digitization project is now substantially complete. More than 5,500 reports and periodical issues have been digitized. Links to the online materials are available at:
Video Resources from James Ault
James Ault is an award-winning documentary filmmaker, author and scholar. He has recently released his African Christianity Rising documentary film series (plus ancillary educational materials) filmed largely in Ghana and Zimbabwe. You can view his materials on his Vimeo site and on his African Christianity Rising webpage. His African Christianity channels can be accessed here and here.
The Story of Africa from the BBC
The Story of Africa, an online resource presented by the BBC.
Guides for evaluating the authority and reliability of information sources found online or in print:
- How to Evaluate Web Resources
- Critically Analyzing Information Sources
- Six Signs of Credible Sources
- Evaluating Web Pages
International Mission Photo Archive
The International Mission Photo Archive offers historical images from Protestant and Catholic missionary collections in Britain, Norway, Germany, France, Switzerland, and the United States. The photographs, which range in time from the middle of the nineteenth to the middle of the twentieth century, offer a visual record of missionary activities and experiences in Africa, China, Madagascar, India, Papua-New Guinea, and the Caribbean.
The Center for the Study of Global Christianity
On its Web site, the Center for the Study of Global Christianity at Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary offers resources for research and a list of their publications.