Basler Afrika Bibliographien

The Basler Afrika Bibliographien (BAB) was founded by Carl Schlettwein in 1971, and has been led by the Carl Schlettwein Foundation since 1994. It is a documentation centre on Namibia and southern Africa. Its books and documents on Namibia are of international renown, and are known among experts as the most comprehensive documentation outside of Namibia itself.


Documentation centre specialising in Namibia


Its exclusive holdings include a collection of rare books with volumes on Africa going back to the 16th century, a large collection of African posters and extensive historical archives of images, sound recordings and ephemera. Its collections are complemented by scholarly publication activities and a lively programme of events. 

The Basler Afrika Bibliographien serves as a host and organiser of projects and activities on current research topics, providing teachers and students with access to its collections, thematic expertise and skills.

In addition, the Basler Afrika Bibliographien features a diverse programme of events on cultural and socio-political issues, opening up its collections on Namibia and southern Africa to the general public and engaging them in a stimulating dialogue.

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