first National Bibliography covering the two Rhodesias and Nyasaland was published in 1963
under the title "List of Publications Deposited in the Library of The National
Archives" and it recorded the publications received in 1961. After the dissolution of
the Central African Federation the first Malawi National Bibliography, listing Malawian
imprints only, appeared in 1965 and 1966 in mimeograph form under the title "List of
Publications Deposited in the Library of the National Archives." The bibliography has
since 1967 been produced annually or in cumulations of two to three years.
The last edition of the Malawi National Bibliography was
the issue of 1994 which carried the issues of 1984 - 1990. This edition lists Malawian
imprints covering the period 1991 - 1996. Although the bibliography is not fully
comprehensive in coverage, it is hoped that it will still be a useful bibliographic tool
to some African librarians.
The compiler of the bibliography would like to thank all
publishers who complied with the requirement of the Printed Publications Act by depositing
a copy of their publications in the National Archives Library which made it possible for
the bibliography to be published. The Librarian also regrets to announce the death of Mr.
Dick D. Najira who passed away on 5th May, 1996 and has been the editor of the
bibliography for the past 11 years, may his soul Rest In Peace.
O. W. Ambali