History of the Project from its Inception

From the very beginning the project was started as an international enterprise. Each Series had its own international editorial committee composed of internationally known Africanist scholars from Africa itself and overseas. There was also a Consultative Committee. A number of national academies eventually agreed to adopt the project and national committees were set up in Great Britain, Israel, Ghana, the Sudan, Norway and Denmark.
The project was reorganised at the request of the British Academy in 1972 and a year later the British Academy established a British Committee to publish volumes in the Fontes Series. A New Series was instituted in 1997 by the British Committee in which all its volumes are now published. Another new series has in the meantime been started by the Belgian national committee.