â€˜Alukaâ€™, is derived from a Zulu word meaning â€˜to weaveâ€™, reflecting our commitment to connect resources and scholars from around the world.
In 2008, we announced that Aluka became part of JSTOR, a not-for-profit service that helps scholars, researchers, and students discover, use, and build upon a wide range of content in a trusted digital archive. JSTOR aims to place this content hosted by Aluka alongside current JSTOR collections.
The Aluka website includes a wide variety of high-quality scholarly materials contributed by their partners, ranging from archival documents, periodicals, books, reports, manuscripts, and reference works, to three-dimensional models, maps, oral histories, photographs, and slides. And, by aggregating these materials online, the Aluka collections link materials that are widely dispersed and difficult to access, opening up new opportunities for research, teaching, and broader public discussion.
One of their primary objectives is to provide African scholars and students with access to scholarly materials originally from Africa, but now out of their reach.