The selection of material is largely based on the African Diaspora. Collecting areas for Africana Studies will include materials written by or about peoples of African descent with emphasis on the subject areas of history, literature, politics, economics, sociology, psychology, cultural anthropology and folklore, religion, education, international relations and Third World political economy.
Materials will support the course work of departments but not limited to the Africana Studies and Research Center, English, Government, History, Sociology, Anthropology, Art History, and Near Eastern Studies.
The overall collecting goals for Africana Studies are to cover virtually all subjects relevant to the people of African descent in both the social sciences and humanities. In other words, the selection process is from an interdisciplinary approach.
In order of importance, the regional emphases of the collection are:
1. North America (mainly the United States).
2. Africa (special emphasis on the Anglophone countries and Southern Africa).
Emphasis is on current materials: monographs, periodicals (serials) in print and electronic formats. Manuscripts and theses and dissertations from other universities are preferably acquired in microform, when requested. Audiovisual materials and other formats are collected selectively. Important current African American newspapers and magazines are acquired.