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African Traditional & Derived Religion

African Traditional & Derived Religion:
A Research Guide


I. Reference Sources

Guides and Bibliographies:

Africa Bibliography. Dover, N.H.: Manchester University Press, 1984-. [DT3.A22 ]

Barzun, Jacques. The Modern Researcher. 5th ed. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1992. [REF. D13.B29.1992]

Cone, James H. Black Theology: a Documentary History. Maryknoll, N.Y.: Orbis Books, 1993. [BT82.7 .B56 1993]

Evans, James H. Black Theology: a Critical Assessment and Annotated Bibliography.New York: Greenwood Press, 1987. [REF. BT82.7 .E92]

Glazier, Kenneth M. Africa South of the Sahara. Stanford, Calif., Hoover Institution on War, Revolution, and Peace, Stanford University, 1964. [BT1 .G55 ]

Gorman, G.E. Theological and Religious Reference Materials: Practical Theology. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 1986. [REF. BV3 .G67]

Hans M. A New Reader's Guide to African Literature. 2nd ed. New York: Africana Pub. Co., 1983. [REF.849.A35 Z44 1983 ]

Moser, Gerald M. A New Bibliography of the Lusophone Literatures of Africa. 2nd ed. Bibliographical research in African literatures; no. 2. New Jersey: H. Zell Publishers, 1993. [REF. PQ9900 .M6 1993]

Musiker, Reuben. South African Bibliography; a Survey of Bibliographies and Bibliographical Work. Hamden, Conn.: Archon Books,1970. [REF. DT733 .M98]

Newsletter of the Afro-American Religious History Group of the American Academy of Religion. Worcester, Mass.: Randall K. Burkett, 1976-1996. [BR563.N4 +A57]

Scheven, Yvette. Bibliographies for African Studies, 1987-1993. New Jersey: Hans Zell Publishers, 1994. [REF. DT19.8 .S34 1994]

Turner, Harold W. Bibliography of New Religious Movements in Primal Societies. Boston: G. K. Hall, 1977. [BL80 .T87]

Williams, Ethel L. Afro-American Religious Studies: a comprehensive bibliography with locations in American libraries. Metuchen, N.J.: Scarecrow Press, 1972. [REF. E185 .W72]

Williams, Ethel L. The Howard University Bibliography of African and Afro-American Religious Studies: with locations in American libraries. Wilmington, Del.: Scholarly Resources, 1977. [REF. BR563 N4 + W72]

Cultural Atlas of Africa. New York, N.Y.: Facts on File, 1981. [REF.DT14 .C83]

Freeman-Grenville, G. S. P. The New Atlas of African History. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1991. [G2446 S1 + F73 1991]

Historical Atlas of Africa. New York: Cambridge University Press, 1985. [REF.G2446.S1 H5 1985]

Institut Geographique National (France). The Atlas of Africa. Paris: Editions Jeune Afrique, 1973. [REF. G2445 .F81 1973]

Dictionaries and Encyclopedias:

The Cambridge Encyclopedia of the Middle East and North Africa. Cambridge [England]; New York: Cambridge University Press, 1988. [REF. DS44 .C37 1988]

Dictionary of African Biography. New York: Reference Publications, 1977. [REF. DT18 .D55]

Dictionary of Black African Civilization. New York: L. Amiel, 1974. [REF.DT 352.4 + D5213]

Encyclopedia of African American Religions. New York: Garland Pub., 1993. [REF.BR563.N4 E53 1993]

Melton, J. Gordon. The Encyclopedia of American Religions. Wilmington, N.C.: McGrath Pub. Co., 1978. [BL2525 + M449 1978]

The Encyclopedia of Religion. New York, N.Y.: Macmillan, 1986. [REF. BL31 .E46 1986]

Encyclopedia of World Cultures. Boston, Mass.: G.K. Hall, 1991. [REF. GN550 .E53 1991]

Knappert, Jan. African Mythology: an Encyclopedia of Myth and Legend. London: Diamond, 1995. [REF.BL2400 .K6 1995]

The New Dictionary of Theology. Wilmington, Del.: Michael Glazier, 1987. [REF.BR95 .N3]

African American women: a biographical dictionary, Dorothy C. Salem, ed. New York : Garland, 1993. [REF. E185.96 .A45 1993]

Black women in America : an historical encyclopedia, Darlene Clark Hine, ed. Brooklyn, N.Y.: Carlson Pub., 1993. [REF. E185.86 .B542 1993]

Black women in American history, Darlene Clark Hine, ed. Brooklyn, N.Y.: Carlson Pub., 1990. [REF. E185.86 .B62 1990]

Contemporary Black biography. Detroit: Gale Research Inc., c1992- [REF. E185.96 .C66]

Dictionary of American Negro biography, Rayford W. Logan and Michael R. Winston, eds. New York: Norton, c1982. [REF. E185.96 .D53 1982]

Foner, Eric. Freedom's lawmakers: a directory of Black officeholders during Reconstruction. New York: Oxford University Press, 1993. [REF. E185.96 .F64 1993]

Matthews, Geraldine O. Black American writers, 1773-1949: a bibliography and Union list. Boston, G. K. Hall, 1975. [REF. E185.82 .M32]

Notable Black American women, Jessie Carney Smith, ed. Gale Research, c1992.
[REF. E185.96 .N68 1992]

Ragsdale, Bruce A. Black Americans in Congress, 1870-1989. Washington, D.C.: U.S. G.P.O., 1990. [REF. E185.96 +R25 1990]

Rush, Theressa Gunnels. Black American writers past and present: a biographical and bibliographical dictionary. Metuchen, N.J. : Scarecrow Press, 1975. [REF. PS153.N5 R9]

Documents of American History. 10th ed. Henry Steele Commager and Milton Cantor, eds. Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey: Prentice Hall, 1988. [REF E173.D59.1988]

The winding road to freedom: a documentary survey of Negro experiences in America, Alfred E. Cain, ed. Yonkers [N.Y.]: Educational Heritage, [1965] [REF. E185 .C13]

Afro-American history: primary sources, Thomas R. Frazier, ed. Chicago, Ill.: Dorsey Press, c1988. 2nd ed. [REF. E184.6 .A35 1988]

II. Indexes and Abstracts:

To obtain citations to periodical articles, use one or more of the specialized indexes listed below:

Abstracts in Anthropology v.1, 1970 [PER.GN4.A16]

Anthropological Index Online [Online]

Arts & Humanities Citation Index-- 1988- [AI3.+A63]

ATLA Database 1949-[Online] -

ArticleFirst [Online - FS]-- 1990- [FirstSearch]

Black Index: Afro-Americana in Selected Periodicals -- 1907-1949 Per.E185.N398

Biography Index
-- 1946-1995 Ref.CT100.B61

BiographyInd (Online - FS) -- 1984- FirstSearch

Catholic Periodical and Literature Index (Catholic Periodical Index) 1930- [PER.AI3.C3]

Expanded Academic ASAP [Online] -

Guide to Social Science and Religion in Periodical Literature 1966- [PER.BR1.G94]

Historical Abstracts
[CD-ROM, 1975-, Main Reading Room; STACKS D1 +H67, 1955-1995]

Humanities Index -- v.1, 1974-5- Per.AI3.H91

Index to Black Periodicals -- Boston, Mass.: G.K. Hall, -- 1950- Per.HT1581.A2.I38 This index has changed titles several times. Date ranges titles and call numbers are as follows:

  • Index to Selected Periodicals Received in the Hallie Q. Brown Memorial Library -- (1950-1959) [Z1361.N39 G8 E185]
  • Index to Selected Periodicals -- (1960-1965) [Per.HT1581.A2.I38]
  • Index to Periodical Articles by and about Negroes -- (1966-1972) [Per.HT1581.A2.I38]
  • Index to Periodical Articles by and about Blacks -- (1973-1983) [Per.HT1581.A2.I38]
  • Index to Black Periodicals -- (1984- ) [Per HT1581.A2 I38]

Index Islamicus v.1, 1977- [PER.DS44.Q34]

International Index
--1907-1964/5 [PER. AI3.I6]

New York Times Index -- 1851+ [Microform Room]

Religion Index One: Periodicals -- v.1-4 rev. ed. [PER. BL1.R299]; v.13- [PER. BL1.R3]

Religion Index Two: Multi-author Works -- 1976- [PER. BL1.R38]

Religion and Theological Abstracts -- v.1, 1958- [PER. BR1.+R38]

Social Sciences and Humanities Index -- 1965/66-1973/4 [PER. AI3.I6]

III. Internet Resources:

21st Century Yoruba

African Religion Syncretism - a comparison of Voodoo and Santeria

African Traditional Religion

African Traditional Religion and the Gospel

The Ancestor Page

Bibliography on African Traditional Religions

Demise of Traditional Religion in African Culture

Dictionary of Afro-Caribbean Deities

Electronic Journal of Africana Bibliography

Face of the Gods

H-AFRICA - Journals and Tables of Contents

IFA Hosted by IFA Foundation of North America.

IFA Link

Library of Congress - Country Studies

People of the Sun Healing Zone

Religious Traditions of the African Diaspora

Selected Research Bibliography for Africa

Yoruba and Akan Art in Wood and Metal

Yoruba House

Yoruba Religion and Myth

Yoruba Twin Figure Carvings - from the Milwaukee Public Museum.

IV. Research Assistance:

Reference Librarians are eager to assist with your research. Our Research hours at Dinand Library are:

Sunday: 2:00-10:00 p.m.
Monday - Thursday: 9:30 a.m. -10:00 p.m.
Friday: 9:30 -4:30 p.m.

You may schedule a time with a Reference Librarian if you would like extended reference assistance.

John Coelho (508) 793-3886
Eileen Cravedi (508) 793-2672
Gudrun Krueger (508) 793-2640
Patty Porcaro (508) 793-3533

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