Buea Archives

The below links provide relevant information about the National Archives of Cameroon in Buea. British scholars (Edwin and Shirley Ardener), founded the archives in the 1960s. The archives includes maps, newspapers, photos and documents related to British colonial administration.

Buea National Archives, August 2015

Information about the British founders of the Buea National Archives: Shirley and Edwin Ardener.

EAP506: A project that seeks to help endangered archives in western Cameroon

“The National Archives of Cameroon in Yaoundé and Buea” by  Alois Maderspacher

Buea Archives To Be Digitalized

Ama Muna To Breathe Life Into Buea Archives

Cameroon: Buea – Experts Begin Digitalization of Archives

Primus Forgwe was the chief archivist of the National Archives in Buea for many years. Forgwe is now retired and currently volunteering to keep the Buea archives alive. Click here to read an interview with Mr. Forgwe (conducted by Elvis Tah).

Shirley Ardener and Jacqueline-Bethel Mougoué, Institute of Social & Cultural Anthropology, University of Oxford, UK, July 2017

Primus Forgwe Azah gives Rosario Mazuela a tour of the Buea National Archives:

Arrey Ivo interviews Enanga Njie, a representative from the National Archives in Buea:

British colonial administration founded The Cameroon Press Photo Archive (CPPA)  in Buea in 1955.  The archive includes photographs of government events.

Endangered Archives Programme: The project focused on digitizing material in Cameroon’s archives.


Conference participants visiting the Buea National Archives in January 2015. The African Photography Initiatives organized the conference, “Validating Visual Heritage in Africa: Historical Photographs and the Role of the “Archive.”


The Buea Press Photo Archives began preserving archival material in February 2013. More information on the Buea Archives Digitization Project can be found below (video by Rosario Mazuela):

Click here to learn more about the National Archives in Yaoundé

Video Projects on Daily Life in English-Speaking Cameroon:

Riding Through Bamenda

Drive from Half Mile to Down Town Beach, Limbe

Limbe Zoo to Limbe Beach

Buea to Mile 17 A ride from Cameroon Mountain

Mount Cameroon, Buea Cameroon

Going to work in Buea, Cameroon