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Archival Platform registry of archival and memory institutions and organisations now online!

The Archival Platform’s online registry of archival and memory institutions and organisations is now available online!

This registry is intended to facilitate acces to and promote South Archivals rich archival resources. Our archival treasury includes the public records of government held in national and provincial archives and the memories, oral literature, places and landscapes, artefacts, artworks, cultural practices, knowledge systems and documentary records that comprise the national estate. The custody and care of this extraordinary archive, which offers diverse perspectives on virtually every aspect of South African life, past and present, is shared, to varying degrees, among private individuals, civil society institutions and organisations, and the state.

With close to 600 individual archives, museums and other organisations and institutions listed thus far, the registry is intended to provide the public with a ready- and easy-to-use collection of information and data pertaining to archival repositories and other institutions that may assist them in their personal and/or professional research.

The registry is searchable in three ways: firstly, users can browse the entries by selecting a specific province within South Africa as well as the international institutions listed. Secondly, the entries can be filtered according to the type of organisation or institution, i.e. a library, a museum, an archive, a gallery etc. Thirdly, searches can be performed using relevant keywords.

In addition to the individual institutional entries, we have collated information on particular topics: mission stations, political parties and audiovisual arcihves, amongst others, to offer users a quick overview of where they may find information about a particular topic.

In the next week, we will be making contact with every institution or organisation listed in the registry to confirm that the information is correct, comprehensive and up to date!

The registry is a work in progress. We hope to uncover many more treasures! If you think your institution or organisation should be listed here, please email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Access the registry here: http://www.archivalplatform.org/registry/

We look forward to hearing your feedback and comments.

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