Satchmo Center

The Satchmo Center

The Satchmo Center provides research and information services for Ethiopian Government officials, journalists, the judiciary, academics, economists, business and health professionals, NGOs, students and others with a professional and scholarly interest in the United State.  The Center’s collections include online databases, videos, up-to-date reference books, and magazines.

The Satchmo Center can assist you in locating the following types of materials:

  • U.S. law and legislation;
  • Testimony before the U.S. Congress;
  • U.S. foreign policy;
  • Speeches and statements by the U.S. President or other U.S. officials;
  • Treaties between the U.S. and other countries;
  • Biographical information on American political, cultural or business leaders;
  • Recent articles from American publications;
  • Essential links to web sites for official U.S. government policy and much more.

Qualified Ethiopian staff are available for research assistance by telephone, fax, mail and email.

Please note that access to the Center’s services and resources requires membership.  If interested, you can complete the online membership application form here.


The Satchmo Center was established in August 2001 to provide information services to Ethiopian audiences using the latest computer-based resources. The Satchmo center is named after the renowned American jazz entertainer and musician, Louis Armstrong, to commemorate his centennial birthday.

Services are aimed at researchers and professionals to provide authoritative information on the United States and topics of regional and bilateral interest.

The Satchmo center is equipped with print and electronic resources on U.S. foreign and domestic policies, economy, law, society, institutions, and events.

The Satchmo Center Services

Research Assistance

Qualified staff are available to assist with inquiries on U.S. policy issues and general information about the United States. In addition to its extensive online resources, the IRC draws on specialized materials via a network of U.S. information resource centers worldwide and the Office of International Information Programs in Washington, D.C.

Article and Document Alerts

The IRC can send you summaries of current journal articles and research reports on U.S. policy and topics in democracy, government, economy, law, legislation, health, environment, technology, and communication. The staff uses a number of databases to provide the full text of items selected from the lists. Article and Document Alerts can be sent by e-mail, fax, postal service, or hand delivery. To subscribe to this service, contact the IRC staff.

The Satchmo Center Resources

Subscription Databases

  • Books-in-print
  • Dow Jones Interactive
  • Encyclopedia Britannica
  • Federal News Service
  • First Search
  • GaleNet
  • Leadership Directories
  • Lexis-Nexis
  • STAT-USA (Department of Commerce)


The Center is building a reference collection focusing on U.S. foreign policy, government, politics, economy, law legislation, environment, and technology. Books on American history, literature, arts, and culture provide background for understanding the United States and its institutions, society, and values. New book titles will be announced on this web site as they are received.


  • African-American Experience
  • African-American History: Slave to Civil Rights
  • American History Explorer
  • American Journey (Research publications)
  • American Political Leaders
  • American Social Issues
  • American Social Leaders
  • American Vista Atlas
  • Atlas of US Presidents
  • Black American History
  • Cultural Contribution of Black Americans
  • Current Leaders
  • Development of U.S. Foreign Policy
  • Early American History
  • Encarta Reference Suite 2001
  • Her Heritage (A Biographical Encyclopedia of Famous American Women)
  • Leading Black Americans
  • Rulers through History
  • Social Reform Movements
  • The Women’s Movement in the United States (Interactive Encyclopedia)
  • Webster’s Concise Encyclopedia
  • Who Built America
  • Women in America
  • World Political Leaders
  • World Social Leaders

The Satchmo Center is located inside the American Embassy Addis Ababa. We accept queries by telephone, mail, e-mail, fax or in person.

For any inquiries other than visas and American citizen services*, please use the following address to contact us:

Mailing Address:  P.O. Box 1014, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Telephone: 251-11-130-7031
Fax: 251-11-1242454


Working Hours

Monday – Thursday: 9:00 a.m. –  4:45 p.m.

Friday: 8:00 a.m. –  12:15 p.m.

Note: The Satchmo Center is closed on Ethiopian and American Holidays. The Center is open during lunch hours. 

*For visas and American citizen services, please use the contact details at