The African Studies Institute maintains a research collection in the Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library's University Archives. Posters, flyers, photographs, and manuscripts document the institute's evolution since its humble beginnings as a table and a typewriter in the corner of an office. A current exhibit at the Richard B. Russell Building Special Collections Libraries features items from the collection as well as personal collection objects illustrating African culture. Hand-woven baskets, beadwork containers, and clothing made in various African countries can be found in the exhibit, as well as carved animals, statues, and games. Photographs of animals, landscapes, and Mount Kilimanjaro seen through clouds during a study abroad trip are also displayed. The collection also includes cases that hold journals written by students to document their study abroad experiences. One case contains journals written by students to document their study abroad experiences. One student recorded observations in Swahili. Another student made a pop-up book. To illustrate daily lives and experiences, all journals include photographs, watercolors, or sketches.