By Sahar McTough - Fundraising and Business Development Manager
Started from the bottom now we're here!
7 months since beginning our cataloguing process, our team of 6 have catalogued a total of 90,594 books, newspapers and journals, with all cataloguing at the three branches (CBD, Kaloleni and Eastlands) now complete!
Uncovering treasures of the past
Through this process we have uncovered some rare gems within the library's rich collection including newspapers dating back to 1906, photos of Kenya's first institutional hanging in 1902, building the port in Kilindini, to laying the railway across the Rift Valley, as well as iconic photographs from Tom Mboya's funeral, witnessed by Obama Snr in July 1969. The collection also contains old maps, reports and government meeting minutes dating back to 1931 when the library was opened. In cataloguing this material, we have uncovered its salience in Kenyan colonial and postcolonial history, African studies, peace and conflict studies and human rights studies in former settler colonies. The rich newspaper collection includes reports of key historical events like the Mau Mau uprising, a significant era in the national struggle for independence. Other key moments documented in this period are political assassinations, social and cultural developments, human rights movements and exploitative land acquisition laws.
We are extremely grateful to all our kind and generous donors and friends of Book Bunk who have supported us through this cataloguing project. There are thousands of inspiring projects on GlobalGiving, so we’re grateful you chose to support our work. Thank you for being a part of our team of supporters that are making our project a reality.
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