ULPA: History and Culture Series

edited by Adam Jones
This series is devoted principally to short scholarly editions of unpublished or little-known sources on African history. [show most recent issue]

No. 1 Title: Journal of a missionary tour to the Labaya country (Guinea/ Conakry) in 1850, by Rev. John Ulrich Graf, Church Missionary Society
Price:  4 € Author:  (ed.) Mouser, Bruce   [1998]
  ISBN: 3-932632-20-6
  Abstract: An edited transcription of the journal of a missionary based in Freetown (Sierra Leone), who in 1850 visited part of what is today Guinea-Conakry, inhabited by Susu people. It is particularly informative about the protocols established in this region for commerce. The original text is supplemented by an introduction, a map, annotation and a detailed index.
No. 2 Title: Travels into the Baga and Soosoo Countries in 1821. By Peter McLachlan
Price:  4 € Author:  (ed.) Mouser, Bruce & Ramon Sarro   [1999]
  ISBN: 3-932632-42-7
  Abstract: A new edition of a work by an Assistant Staff Surgeon, published in Freetown (Sierra Leone) in 1821. It was one of the first monographs published in tropical Africa and the first systematic attempt to describe the Baga and Susu. This edition is supplemented by an introduction, extensive annotation, maps, figures and an appendix. It also includes a substantial bibliography relating to the Baga peoples of coastal Guinea-Conakry.
No. 3 Title: Africa in Leipzig: A City Looks at a Continent, 1730-1950
Price:  5 € Author:  (ed.) Jones, Adam   [2000]
  ISBN: 3-932632-63-X
  Abstract: This collection of short essays looks at various ways in which an African "presence" was felt in the German city of Leipzig before 1950. Topics covered include: the collection of "curiosities", ethnographic artefacts and travellers' records, the publication of books, missionary work, teaching and research at the university (languages, "racial science", ethnology etc.), as well as the display of Africans at trade fairs and exhibitions. Short biographies of 17 men who studied or taught at the University of Leipzig and made a contribution to the study of Africa are also included.
No. 4 Title: Zachary Macaulay and the Development of the Sierra Leone Company, 1793-4. Part 1: Journal, June-October 1793
Price:  10 € Author:  (ed.) Schwarz, Suzanne   [2000]
  ISBN: 3-932632-64-8
  Abstract: Zachary Macaulay (1768-1838) arrived in Sierra Leone in 1792 as one of two members of council appointed to assist the governor of the Sierra Leone Company's new colony for free blacks. For Part 2 see below, No. 9.
No. 5 Title: Hawkins in Guinea 1567-1568
Price:  10 € Author:  (ed.) Hair, P. E. H.   [2000]
  ISBN: 3-932632-65-6
  Abstract: John Hawkins' three voyages to Guinea were anomalous in respect of the first eight decades of English commercial voyaging to Guinea (1550s-1630s), in that they were slaving voyages and hence proceeded to America. His third voyage of 1567-1569 was the most ambitious and, partly because it ended in disaster, the best recorded. This edition analyses the Guinea section of the voyage by drawing on English, Portuguese and Spanish sources. Two notable features are an attack on a Portuguese shipping base in River Cacheu, an episode concealed in the account published at the time, and the mercenary assistance lent to one side in an African civil war in Sierra Leone. The evidence for each Guinea episode, much of it previously unpublished, is presented with a commentary.
No. 6 Title: Account of the Mandingoes, Susoos & Other Nation[s], c. 1815. By Rev. Leopold Butscher
Price:  5 € Author:  (ed.) Mouser, Bruce   [2000]
  ISBN: 3-932632-72-9
  Abstract: The first systematic ethnographic survey of the "Rivières du Sud" of coastal Guinea-Conakry, describing the "Mandingo", Susu, Baga, Nalu, and Landuma peoples. Butscher's manuscript, here published for the first time, has been annotated and supplemented with an introduction and the text of a brief anonymous study of the Mandingo. The edition also includes two maps and a detailed index to the original report.
No. 7 Title: Afrika in der europäischen Fiktion 1689 - 1856: Zwei Fallstudien
Price:  4 € Author:  Hermann, Ralf und Strickrodt, Silke   [2001]
  ISBN: 3-932632-84-2
  Abstract: Two short papers on ways in which Africa was depicted in fictional works published between 1689 and 1856. The first discusses four lesser-known German prose works from the late seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, indicating how they were influenced not only by contemporary ethnography but also by literary fashions and - in the Enlightenment - by philosophical debates. The second paper deals with a British woman who visited West Africa in the early nineteenth century and subsequently included her ethnographic observations in fictional writings.
No. 8 Title: Histoire d'Agoué (République du Bénin) par le Réverend Père Isidore Pélofy
Price:  5 € Author:  Byll-Cataria, Régina   [2002]
  ISBN: 3-935999-03-8
  Abstract: A transcription of notebooks kept by Isidore Pélofy, a member of the Society of African Missions, during his long residence in Agoué, a small town on the coast of what is today the Republic of Bénin. Pélofy's notes, written in the 1930s and 1940s upon the basis of oral information, church records and published accounts, cover mainly the period between the founding of Agoué in 1821 and the introduction of French colonial rule in the 1880s. This critical edition is particularly valuable as a source on African families originating from Brazil, Cuba and Sierra Leone.
No. 9 Title: Zachary Macaulay and the Development of the Sierra Leone Company, 1793-4. Part 2: Journal, October-December 1793
Price:  10 € Author:  (ed.) Schwarz, Suzanne   [2002]
  ISBN: 3-935999-04-6
  Abstract: Zachary Macaulay (1768-1838) arrived in Sierra Leone in 1792 as one of two members of council appointed to assist the governor of the Sierra Leone Company's new colony for free blacks. Part 3 to follow.
No. 10 Title: Jan Czekanowski, Africanist Ethnographer & Physical Anthropologist in Early Twentieth-Century Germany and Poland
Price:  10 € Author:  (ed.) Jones, Adam   [2002]
  ISBN: 3-935999-09-7
  Abstract: 9 papers on Jan Czekanowski (1882-1965), the ethnographer in the expedition of Adolf Friedrich, Duke of Mecklenburg, to East Central Africa in 1907-8. In what are today Rwanda, western Uganda and eastern Democratic Republic of Congo he collected material artefacts and skulls, ethnographic and other information, as well as recording music and speech. Later he published the results of his research (mainly in German) and, in the 1920s and 1930s, became a leading specialist in the physical anthropology of Central Europe.
No. 11 Title: Arno Krause Tagebuch der Station Nkoaranga 1902 - 1905
Price:  15 € Author:  Kiesel, Klaus-Peter (Hg.)   [200?]
  ISBN: 3-935999-30-5
  Abstract: Annotated transcription of the diary of a Lutheran missionary sent by the Leipzig Mission to Mount Meru (northeastern Tanzania) in 1902, six years after the first two missionaries were killed there.
No. 12 Title: Kindheit und Bekehrung in Nord-Tansania: Aufsätze von Afrikanern aus dem ehemaligen Deutsch-Ostafrika vom Anfang des 20. Jahrhunderts, TEIL I
Peice:  20 € Author:  Kiesel, Klaus-Peter (Hg.)   [2005]
  ISBN: 3-935999-41-0
  Abstract: Essays by pupils of the Leipzig Mission's teachers' seminary in Marangu (northern Tanzania), 1912-1916. The essays, given here in the original Swahili and in German translation, cover the topics "My Childhood" and "How I Was Converted". The authors came from Arusha, Machame, Masama, Meru and Siha.
No. 13 Title: Kindheit und Bekehrung in Nord-Tansania: Aufsätze von Afrikanern aus dem ehemaligen Deutsch-Ostafrika vom Anfang des 20. Jahrhunderts, TEIL II
Price:  20 € Author:  Kiesel, Klaus-Peter (Hg.)   [2007]
  ISBN: 3-935999-58-5
  Abstract: Essays by pupils of the Leipzig Mission's teachers' seminary in Marangu (northern Tanzania), 1912-1916. The essays, given here in the original Swahili and in German translation, cover the topics "My Childhood" and "How I Was Converted". The authors came from Mamba and Moshi.
No. 14 Title: Geschichte der Afrikanistik in Leipzig
Price: 14 Author: Felix Brahm (Hg.) [2011]
  ISBN: 3-935999-73-9
  Abstract: Essays on the history of African Studies at the University of Leipzig from the 1890s to the 1990s. With the exception of an overview chapter they were written by students of the Institut für Afrikanistik. The topics covered include plans for a "colonial institute", African students in the period 1946-95, African linguistics in the GDR period, the journal "asien, afrika, lateinamerika" and short studies of six scholars in this field.