The materials in Struggles for Freedom: Southern Africa were selected with the guidance of national advisory committees consisting of leading scholars, archivists, and public intellectuals in Angola, Botswana, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, and Zimbabwe, as well as scholars from outside the region.

Botswana: National Archives of Botswana and Botswana National Advisory Committee
Canada: Toronto Committee for the Liberation of Southern Africa (TCLSAC)
Mozambique: Arquivo Histórico de Moçambique, Mozambique Liberation Front (FRELIMO); Samora Machel Documentation Center (MACHEL)
Namibia: National Archives of Namibia
Netherlands: Netherlands institute for Southern Africa (NiZA) and National Archives of Botswana
Portugal: Direcção-Geral De Arquivos, Arquivo Nacional Da Torre Do Tombo
South Africa: Cory Library, Rhodes University (Grahamstown); Digital Imaging South Africa (DISA); Monash University; National Archives of South Africa; National Library of South Africa; South African History Archive (SAHA); Manuscripts and Archives Department, University of Cape Town; University of Kwa-Zulu Natal; University of Witwatersrand, Historical Papers
Sweden: Nordic Africa Institute, Nordic Documentation on Liberation of Southern Africa
Switzerland: World Council of Churches Archive and Library
United Kingdom: Anti-Apartheid Movement Archives Committee; Bodleian Library of Commonwealth and African Studies at Rhodes House, University of Oxford (BODLIB); London School of Economics
United States: African Activist Archive; American Committee on Africa/The Africa Fund; Center for Research Libraries; Northwestern University, Melville J. Herkovits Library of African Studies; Princeton University, Firestone Library; University of North Carolina, Manuscripts Department at the Wilson Library; University of Southern California; Yale University
Zimbabwe: National Archives of Zimbabwe; University of Zimbabwe; Zimbabwe National Advisory Committee; Zimbabwe African National Union

Collection background

Struggles for Freedom: Southern Africa was originally produced by Aluka, an international, collaborative initiative formed to build an online digital library of scholarly resources from and about Africa. In 2008, Aluka became part of JSTOR.

The name “Aluka” was derived from a Zulu word meaning “to weave,” reflecting its original commitment to connecting resources and scholars from around the world. Foundation funding for Aluka has come from the Mellon Foundation and the Arcadia Fund.