The registry contains information about a wide range of South African archival and memory institutions and organisations, and international collections that hold material related to Southern Africa.

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Jewish Currents

Jewish Currents is a non-profit, progressive Jewish media project that has evolved out of a 68-year-old magazine with a proud heritage of activist journalism. Our mission: to cultivate the self-awareness of Jews as builders of a better world, and to jazz up Jewish identity with art and creative expression. JC is unique among Jewish publications in its historical awareness, its integration of art and politics, its commitment to Jewish diversity, and the independence and unpretentiousness of its voice.

Museum of Jewish Heritage – A Living Memorial to the Holocaust

The Museum of Jewish Heritage – A Living Memorial to the Holocaust was created as a living memorial to those who perished during the Holocaust, the Museum honors those who died by celebrating their lives—cherishing the traditions that they embraced, examining their achievements and faith, and affirming the vibrant worldwide Jewish community that is their legacy today. New generations are taught how to recognize and fight contemporary instances of injustice and oppression.

JewishGen is committed to ensuring Jewish continuity for present generations and the generations yet to come.  Our free, easy to use website features thousands of databases, research tools and other resources to help those with Jewish ancestry research and find family members.

JewishGen, a non-profit organization affiliated with the Museum of Jewish Heritage – A Living Memorial to the Holocaust, was founded in 1987 as a bulletin board with only 150 users who were interested in Jewish genealogy.  Primarily driven by volunteers, there are over 700 active volunteers throughout the world who actively contribute to our ever growing collection of databases, resources and search tools.  Currently, JewishGen hosts more than 20 million records, and provides a myriad of resources and search tools designed to assist those researching their Jewish ancestry.

Kaplan Centre

The Kaplan Centre seeks to stimulate and promote the whole field of Jewish studies and research at the University with a special focus on the South African Jewish community. Multi-disciplinary in scope, scholars are encouraged to participate in a range of fields including history, political science, education, sociology, comparative literature and the broad spectrum of Hebrew and Judaic studies. The centre is engaged in research and acts as a coordinating unit in the University of Cape Town.

South African Holocaust and Genocide Foundation

The South African Holocaust and Genocide Foundation is dedicated to creating a more caring and just society in which human rights and diversity are respected and valued. The various centres serve as a memorial to the six million Jews who were killed in the Holocaust and all victims of Nazism; to teach about the consequences of prejudice, racism and discrimination; and to promote an understanding of the dangers of indifference, apathy and silence.

HaChayim HaYehudim Jewish Photo Library

The HaChayim HaYehudim Jewish Photo Library’s mission is to contribute to the preservation of Jewish communities of the world by documenting them photographically. Each photograph gives vision to community life today, while safeguarding memories for tomorrow.

South African Jewish Museum

The South African Jewish Museum offers visitors a truly unique experience with its bold architectural design, interactive multi-media displays, and engaging accounts of South African Jewish history. The museum was officially opened by old president Nelson Mandela in 2000.

The main body of the museum faces onto a paved landscaped court linking the Old Synagogue (1863) - the first Synagogue built on South African soil - , the Great Synagogue (1905), and the Albow Centre, which comprises the South African Jewish Museum shop, the Gitlin Library, the Cape Town Holocaust Centre, and the Israel Abrahams Hall.

Moravian Brass Band Union of South Africa (BBSA)

The Moravian Brass Band Union of South Africa (also known as the BBSA) is a Union within the Moravian Church in South Africa.  The Union was founded, on the instructions of the church authorities, in 1951 to promote brass band work within the congregations with a view to enabling them to answer their biblical calling.

David Du Plessis Archives

The David du Plessis Archives was founded in 1985 on the campus of Fuller Seminary.  It is named after the South African Pentecostal ecumenist David du Plessis (1905-1987).

The archive has expanded beyond the papers of David J. du Plessis. It includes numerous collections related to the international Holiness, Pentecostal and Charismatic movements and especially the ecumenical currents within them.

Archives and Manuscripts Department of Pitts Theology Library

The archival records, at the Archives and Manuscripts Department of Pitts Theology Library at Emory University, have been divided into thirteen series:

  • These are Personal Papers of Daniel William Alexander;

  • Constitution and Divine Liturgy;

  • Histories;

  • Synod Records;

  • Correspondence;

  • Educational Records;

  • Clergy Records;

  • Local Church Records;

  • Confirmation;

  • Baptism and Marriage Records;

  • Financial Records;

  • Miscellaneous Material;

  • Bound Printed Material; and

  • Unbound Printed Material.


S.P Engelbrecht Museum

Die SP Engelbrecht-museum is op Woensdag 25 Augustus 2010 amptelik ingewy by sy nuwe tuiste in die historiese kerkgebou van Gemeente Pretoria by Du Toitstraat 169. Maande lange voorbereiding het dié luisterryke geleentheid voorafgegaan. Argiefstukke is die eerste keer in jare behoorlik skoongemaak, uitstalkaste is bekom, en museumkundiges het die argivaris, Nándor Sarkady, bygestaan om ’n smaakvolle uitstalling in die galery van die kerkgebou in te rig.

Nederduitsch Hervormde Kerk van Afrika (Netherdutch Reformed Church of Africa) Archive

The Nederduitsch Hervormde Kerk van Afrika (Netherdutch Reformed Church of Africa) Archive

South African Hindu Maha Sabha (SAHMS)

The South African Hindu Maha Sabha was founded in 1912, and aims to promote Hindu Dharma through observing the best principles of Hindu religion, philosophy, ethics, values & culture according to the highest tenets of Hindu teachings. Thus, it is the mission of the SA Hindu Maha Sabha to work towards the advancement of all members of the Hindu faith among all Hindu linguistic groups in a spirit of respect, unity and brotherhood.

NG Kerk Argief

The most comprehensive archival repository for the Dutch Reformed Church can be found at the Church Archives (Kerkargief) in Stellenbosch, South Africa.

It houses archival collections of the General Synod, as well as of six of the district synods of the Dutch Reformed Church. Additionally, it also houses the archives of the United Reformed Church’s general and Cape synods.

South African Council of Churches

The SACC is a body for Christian witness. Its mandate is to teach, prophesy, rebuke and correct the wrongs that seek to define society.

The South African Council of Churches (SACC) has over years been struggling with its renewed vision since the inception of the new democratic dispensation. It is one of those Councils in the world that worked so hard to expose the wrongs of apartheid form of government and was indeed successful in mobilizing world community against the old South Africa and its policies.

Luther Seminary

Luther Seminary, through a series of mergers covering more than half a century, represents the consolidation into one seminary of what at one time were six separate institutions.

The oldest of the antecedent institutions was Augsburg Theological Seminary, founded in 1869 at Marshall, Wis., as the seminary of the Lutheran Free Church. It remained a separate seminary until 1963 when the Lutheran Free Church merged with the American Lutheran Church and Augsburg Seminary was united with Luther Seminary in St. Paul.

Outsiders Within: New Resources for Community Histories in South Africa

The Outsiders Within: New resources for Community Histories in South Africa-project houses a rich variety of materials which date back to the 1740’s and will no doubt shed new light on the history of Lutherans in particular and Cape society in general.

World Council of Churches

The World Council of Churches (WCC) is the broadest and most inclusive among the many organized expressions of the modern ecumenical movement, a movement whose goal is Christian unity. The WCC brings together churches, denominations and church fellowships in more than 110 countries and territories throughout the world, representing over 500 million Christians and including most of the world’s Orthodox churches, scores of Anglican, Baptist, Lutheran, Methodist and Reformed churches, as well as many United and Independent churches.

At the end of 2012, there were 345 member churches. While the bulk of the WCC’s founding churches were European and North American, today most member churches are in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, Latin America, the Middle East and the Pacific.

South African History Online (SAHO)

South African History Online (SAHO) is the largest independent history education and research institute in the country. It was established in June 2000, as a non-profit Section 21 organisation. The organisation is run by an independent Board of Directors, comprising historians and people from the private sector. SAHO’s aim is to promote history and the arts and to address the bias in written history as represented in South African educational and cultural institutions.

Genealogical Society of South Africa (GSSA)

The Genealogical Society of South Africa (GSSA) was founded in 1964. Since then the society has made big strides and genealogy is firmly established as a dynamic and growing phenonmonon in the South African Society. Many people spend hours in researching their family and the GSSA is proudly supporting them, newcomers as well as experienced researchers. One of the goals of the GSSA, is to produce Family Registers and other Genealogical Products making it available to family researchers. They assist with preparing members’ research for printing or writing it to CD. The GSSA also act as a publisher to assist with marketing the completed product.

South African Music Archive Project (SAMAP)

The South African Music Archive Project aims to create an online resource on South African music and associated cultural heritage, so as to promote multidisciplinary research in the field of popular music and culture.

Much of South Africa’s music heritage, like that of our political past, is hard to access. Just as people and books were banned and censored, so too was music, sometimes along with the musicians who made it. Much of the material recorded was politically sensitive, or subversive; some of it was never commercially released, and has remained hidden, even forgotten. Troves of local recorded music await identification, digitisation and research.

FamilySearch is a nonprofit family history organization dedicated to connecting families across generations.

The Anglo Boer War(s) Archives


The First Anglo-Boer (1880-1881) is also known as the First Transvaal War of Independence because the conflict arose between the British colonizers and the Boers from the Transvaal Republic or Zuid-Afrikaansche Republiek (ZAR). There were several causes of the First Anglo-Boer War - these include: 1) The expansion of the British Empire; 2) Problems within the Transvaal government; 3) The British annexation of the Transvaal; and 4) The Boer opposition to British rule in the Transvaal.


The Second Anglo-Boer War (1899-1902) (Dutch: Tweede Boerenoorlog, Afrikaans: Tweede Vryheidsoorlog or Tweede Boereoorlog) was fought from 11 October 1899 until 31 May 1902 between the British Empire and the Afrikaans-speaking settlers of two independent Boer republics, the South African Republic (Transvaal Republic) and the Orange Free State. It ended with a British victory and the annexation of both republics by the British Empire; both would eventually be incorporated into the Union of South Africa, a dominion of the British Empire, in 1910.

Archival Collections of South African Heads of State (Part Two)

This collective entry holds information pertaining to the various archival Collections of South African Heads of State.

South African Institutional and other Private Art Collections

Many private institutions and companies, including museums, libraries, galleries, universities etc, hold vast art collections.

Corporate Art Collections in South Africa


While businesses have been buying art for a century or more, it’s really only in the past 30 to 40 years that it has been a major preoccupation. Below a registry was compiled of the various corporate art collections in South Africa.

UNESCO's Memory of the World: South African Sites and Collections

UNESCO’s Memory of the World Programme is an international initiative launched to safeguard the documentary heritage of humanity against collective amnesia, neglect, the ravages of time and climatic conditions, and willful and deliberate destruction. It calls for the preservation of valuable archival holdings, library collections and private individual compendia all over the world for posterity, the reconstitution of dispersed or displaced documentary heritage, and the increased accessibility to and dissemination of these items.

Archival Collections of South African Heads of State (Part One)

This collective entry holds information pertaining to the various archival Collections of South African Heads of State.

Archival Repositories & Private Collections of Political Leaders, Activists & other Role Players

This collective entry contains information pertaining to archival Repositories & Private Collections of various South African Political Leaders, Activists & other Role Players.

South African Political Party Archives

South Africa has a vibrant multiparty political system, with 13 parties represented in the National Assembly of Parliament. Historically, South Africa’s major political parties, include: the African National Congress (ANC), the Democratic Alliance (DA), the Congress of the People (Cope), the Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP), the Independent Democrats (ID), the United Democratic Movement (UDF), the Freedom Front Plus (FF+), the African Christian Democratic Party (ACDP), the United Christian Democratic Party (UCDP), the Pan Africanist Congress (PAC), the Minority Front (MF), the Azanian People’s Organisation (AZAPO), the African People’s Convention (APC), the South African Communist Party (SACP), the New National Party (NNP).

The South African Liberation Movement / Struggle: Archives and Museums

The South African freedom struggle, spanning three and a half centuries, details the defeats and victories of a people in the quest for justice. The South African freedom struggle always raised the issue of justice for every citizen of the country. From the mid 17th century to the late 20th century, when apartheid reigned in South Africa, the cause was for peace, love and humanity.


Buddhism in South Africa

The Buddhist traditions are represented in South Africa in many forms. Although the inherently introspective nature of Buddhism does not encourage census, adherents to these traditions are usually outspoken and supported by perhaps an even greater, though hidden number of sympathisers. Temples, centres and groups are common in the metropolitan areas and the country is thought to comprise the largest Buddhist community in Africa.

Herbariums and Botanical Gardens of South Africa

South Africa is one of the most biologically diverse countries in the world, after Indonesia and Brazil. Our country straddles 3 oceans, occupies only about 2% of the world’s land area, but is home to nearly: 10% of the world’s plants; 7% of the reptiles, birds and mammals and 15% of known coastal marine species. Our country is comprised of 9 biomes (unique vegetation landscapes), 3 of which have been declared global biodiversity hotspots.

A herbarium is a collection of dried plant specimens arranged in an accessible system. It is an important source of data used by researchers in many plant-related sciences and is most often used for taxonomic research. Herbaria are centres where plant taxa are studied.

Medicinal plant use in the Bredasdorp/Elim region of the Southern
Overberg in the Western Cape Province of South Africa

Audio-Visual Archival Collections

Audio-visual / non-book materials have a unique role to play in university libraries, national archives and other repositories of (and about) South Africa. Numerous audio-visual archival collections are held, not only in South Africa, but also abroad.

The History of South African Mission Stations: Museums and Archives

“Without doubt it is a far more costly thing to kill the (indigenous population) than to Christianise them.” (Warneck 1888)

European missionaries to southern Africa during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries played a strangely ambiguous role in the history and affairs of the region. On the one hand they were driven by a strong desire to genuinely serve humanity and bring about material and social changes which would improve its quality of life. On the other hand they were possessed of a moral self-righteousness which led them to make hasty and uninformed judgements upon indigenous mores, norms and values they were scarcely equipped to understand.

Visualising history and space in the Basel Mission Archives

Baptist Church in South Africa Archives

Baptists first came to South Africa from Europe with the German and English Settlers in the early 1800s and the first Baptist church was established at Salem near Grahamstown in 1819.

Christian Education in the Baptist convention of SA with special reference to churches in the transvaal: a practical theological investigation PhD in Practical Theology, University of Pretoria

The Maronite Catholic Church in South Africa

The history of the Lebanese Community goes back to the late 19th century, when the first immigrants arrived in Johannesburg, the biggest city in the Transvaal. They came from Sebhel, Mezyara, Besharre, Hadath El-Joube, Maghdouche and other places. The majority of the Lebanese immigrants were Maronite and were concerned about keeping their Maronite faith alive in a new country, they wrote to the Maronite Patriarch, insisting on a Maronite Priest to come to South Africa to continue their tradition and the Maronite Rite.

Catholic Church in South Africa: Library and Archive Collections

Much of what can be said of English-speaking Protestant Christianity in terms of social and ecumenical ethos could be written of the Roman Catholic Church. Like the Protestant English-speaking churches, the Roman Catholic Church has a long history of involvement in education, health work and other forms of social engagement. Unlike the Protestant churches, however, it refused to accede to government demands to close its schools following the Bantu Education Act of 1953, financing them with funds raised locally and overseas.

Roman Catholicism was regarded with suspicion by the Afrikaner nationalist government, with the Roomse Gevaar following close on Swart Gevaar and Rooi Gevaar. This made it marginal within the South African Christian scene.45 In some ways this made the Roman Catholic Church more cautious at times in its opposition to apartheid, though its record in opposing apartheid is at least equal to that of any of the other English-speaking churches.

The hierarchy of the Catholic church in South Africa is similar to that of other churches, with the Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference (SACBC) taking an important leadership role—especially in the 1980’s. Since the 1960’s, the Roman Catholic Church has been ecumenically engaged, and after some years as an observer of the SACC it became a full member in 1995. Eleven percent of South Africa’s Christians in 1991 declared themselves Roman Catholics.


Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in South Africa

In 1853, three Latter-day Saint missionaries arrived in Cape Town and began missionary work on the African continent. On 16 August 1853, the first branch was organized at Mowbray, Cape Town. By August 1855 the South African mission consisted of three conferences, six branches, and 126 members.

The Church closed the mission from 1865 to 1903 because of government restrictions and difficulties with the language. During this time, many of the members immigrated to Utah, but a small nuclei remained in the country and maintained a presence of the Church. In 1903, President Warren H. Lyon reopened the mission.

South Africa Vital Records Index

Anglican Church of Southern Africa

The Anglican Church of Southern Africa is situated on the southern tip of Africa. This Province was formerly known as the Church of the Province of Southern Africa (CPSA).

The Anglican Church in this Province was established in 1870 when its first Provincial Synod was held in Cape Town. It has grown over the years and now has 25 dioceses, found in the countries of Angola, Lesotho, Swaziland, Mocambique, Namibia, South Africa and the island of St Helena (South Atlantic Island). It has a diverse membership of approximately 3 – 4 million people, speaking many languages and representing many cultures and races.

In 1989 the Church produced its new An Anglican Prayer Book, 1989 which was simultaneously published in 6 languages. Today it is available in 9 of the languages spoken in these regions.

Church of Province of South Africa: Records and Collections

The Church of the Province of South Africa, is also known since 2006 as the “Anglican Church of Southern Africa”. The Church includes dioceses in Angola, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, Saint Helena, South Africa and Swaziland.

Islam Religion in South Africa: Culture and Heritage Collections

The first Muslims that arrived in the Cape Colony, came as political exiles. Many of them were from noble and honourable families who fought against the colonisation of their lands by the Dutch and the British. They were sent to South Africa as prisoners. The colonisers tried to stop their influence in Indonesia, Malaysia,  Africa and India.

History, Heritage, Identity: Arabic manuscripts in Cape Muslim Families

African Traditional Religion (ATR)

Traditional African religion is based on oral traditions, which means that the basic values and way of life are passed from elders to younger generation. These traditions are not religious principles, but a cultural identity that is passed on through stories, myths and tales.

Seventh-Day Adventist Church Archives

The Seventh-day Adventist® Church was born out of the Millerite movement of the 1840s when thousands of Christians searched for greater understanding of biblical prophecy. Among these believers was a group in New England that rediscovered the seventh-day Sabbath. They chose the name “Seventh-day” which refers to the biblical Sabbath, Saturday, ordained by God at Creation. “Adventist” means we’re looking for the return of Jesus Christ.

South African Jewish Community: History and Collections

The Jewish links to South Africa are said to start with the Portuguese voyages of exploration around the cape in 1452. Jews were involved in these early voyages as mapmakers, navigators and sailors.The Portuguese were not interested in settling in the Cape, but used it as a route to the profitable trading areas of Asia.

The first Jewish congregation was founded in 1841 in Cape Town by an English Jew, Benjamin Norden. He was one of several Jews who arrived in the eastern Cape as part of the 1820 Settlers- the first real British attempt to provide permanent colonial settlement. Most of these early Jewish settler families have totally assimilated.

Presbyterian Church of Southern Africa (PCSA)

The origins of the Presbyterian Church of Southern Africa are to be found in Cape Town and in the Baviaans River valley in the Eastern Province. In 1806 a Scottish regiment, the 93rd Southern Fencibles, was posted to the Cape of Good Hope. No chaplains were appointed to regiments at that time, and on their own initiative the men founded a Calvinist Society. In 1812 George Thom, a Scottish Presbyterian minister, arrived at the Cape, and from that society formed a congregation, mainly Presbyterian, although members of other denominations were enrolled.

Moravian Church of South Africa

The Moravian Mission was the first missionary society in South Africa when one of its missionaries, Georg Schmidt, established a mission station at Baviaanskloof (later renamed Genadendal = Valley of Grace) in the Cape Province in 1737. After some confrontations with neighbouring Boer farmers and the dominant Dutch Reformed Church, Schmidt was forced to leave the Cape. When the Moravians were allowed to return in 1792, the missionaries found remnants of the first missionary congregation still active. From Genadendal the mission spread throughout the Cape colony.

The Moravian Church in South Africa of today has two regions (Western and Eastern) and is largely confined to the old Cape Province. Even though it is an independent church, it has historical links to the Lutheran church going back many years. It is a member of LUCSA; AACC; SACC; LWF; and MUB.

Pentecostal Church Archives

The David du Plessis Archives was founded in 1985 on the campus of Fuller Seminary.  It is named after the South African Pentecostal ecumenist David du Plessis (1905-1987).

The archive has expanded beyond the papers of David J. du Plessis. It includes numerous collections related to the international Holiness, Pentecostal and Charismatic movements and especially the ecumenical currents within them.

African Orthodox Church of Africa Archives

The African Orthodox Church of Africa was founded in South Africa in 1924 by priests from the independent African Church. These priests were dissatisfied with the administration of the African Church and believed that they could establish and run an independent church for Black Christians that would be more responsive to their own needs and to the needs of their parishioners.

One of the priests in this group was Daniel William Alexander whose leadership abilities were recognized by the others. At the very same meeting in which the priests decided to resign from the African Church and to form their own independent church, they also elected Alexander to the position of bishop.

Netherdutch Reformed Church of Africa

The Nederduitsch Hervormde Kerk van Afrika (Ned. Herv. Kerk or NHK) is a Reformed Christian denomination in Southern Africa. Along with the Nederduits Gereformeerde Kerk (NGK) and the Gereformeerde Kerke (GK) it forms part of the Dutch Reformed group of churches.

Hinduism in South Africa

The year 1860 marked the arrival of the first batch of Indians into South Africa under the scheme of indenture. As their numbers increased from year to year, they began erecting many temples on the estates, thereby they were able to maintain and adhere to their religious traditions, practices, customs and beliefs. It was not until 1912 that Hinduism was formally housed under one parent organisation.

The South African Hindu Maha Sabha aims to promote Hindu Dharma through observing the best principles of Hindu religion, philosophy, ethics, values & culture according to the highest tenets of Hindu teachings. Thus, it is the mission of the SA Hindu Maha Sabha to work towards the advancement of all members of the Hindu faith among all Hindu linguistic groups in a spirit of respect, unity and brotherhood.


Dutch Reformed Church

The most comprehensive archival repository for the Nederduits Gereformeerde Kerk (English: Dutch Reformed Church) can be found at the Church Archives in Stellenbosch, South Africa.

It houses archival collections of the General Synod, as well as of six of the district synods of the Dutch Reformed Church. Additionally, it also houses the archives of the United Reformed Church’s general and Cape synods.

Other archival repositories include the digital records of the South African Family History-project which has digitized almost half a MILLION images of the Dutch Reformed Church all over Africa including Botswana, Malawi, Namibia and then South Africa (amongst others).

Uniting Presbyterian Church in Southern Africa (UPCSA) Archives

The Uniting Presbyterian Church in Southern Africa (UPCSA) was formed and constituted in 1999 as the outcome of the union between the Reformed Presbyterian Church in Southern Africa (RPCSA) and the Presbyterian Church of Southern Africa (PCSA).

These two churches shared the same origin dating back to the 19th century when Britain took over the Cape Colony. Their distinctive characters were that the Presbyterian Church in Southern Africa was constituted among soldiers and settlers who arrived in the Cape in 1820, spreading North into Zimbabwe and Zambia. The Reformed Presbyterian Church on the other hand was a product of Scottish missions intended for the indigenous Africans, which started at Lovedale Mission in Alice. It became autonomous in 1923.

The digital archival collections of the Uniting Presbyterian Church of Southern Africa include mostly institutional repositories of the Presbyterian Link - Newsletter to the Denomination, Executive Commission Papers, and General Assembly Papers.

Lutheran Church of Southern Africa Archival Collections

In 2011 the Lutheran Church, in South Africa, undertook a heritage assessment of their properties in Strand Street, Cape Town (the Church, Gold Museum, Netherlands Consulate and Courtyard behind), and in that process realised that there was an archive of information that had never been made publicly accessible before.

The Lutheran Seminary in Minnesota, U.S.A, also holds a vast collection of materials pertaining to Lutheran missionary activities in South Africa.

FOUR HOSPITALS: 1930s-1978 (UKZN Doctoral Thesis, 2012)


Methodist Church of Southern Africa Archives

The Cory Library at Rhodes University is the official custodian of the Methodist Church of Southern Africa archives, but there are a number of other archival sources and collections to be noted.

University of Cape Town Archival and Special Collections

The UCT Archives preserves paper records in two sets of collections:

  • Administrative Archives and
  • the University Libraries’ Special Collections

University of Pretoria Archival and Special Collections

The University of Pretoria Special Collections unit was separated from the Humanities Faculty Library in April 2007 but its inception dates back to 1934 when the nucleus Africana collection was established by P.C. Coetzee, later professor in Library Science and chief librarian at U.P.

Special Collections plays a stewardship role in the collection, preservation and marketing of the Department of Library Services’ rare and/or valuable information resources and in making them available for research, according to the corporate policy for the University of Pretoria’s heritage collections.

North-West University Special Collections

The Special Collections of North-West University is housed at various locations on its different campuses. These include:

Stellenbosch University Archival Collections

The Library and Information Service acquired a substantial collection of rare and valuable books, documents, manuscripts and other material over many years by way of bequests, donations and purchases. Special Collections is located on the upper level of the JS Gericke Library, the central library of the Library and Information Service.

This division of the library has as its primary mission the acquisition and preservation of rare materials, making it accessible to clients as well as preserving it for posterity. The division consists of three sections namely Manuscripts, Africana and Rare Books. Each of these sections provides a specialised service and concentrates on specific areas of interest.

University of Johannesburg Archives, Rare Books and Special Collections

The Archives, Rare Books and Special Collections is located on the Doornfontein Campus. The Department started as a small Rare Book Collection Department and grew over time to include the University Archives, Special Collections (which include rare books, Africana and document/manuscript collections) and the Institutional Repository (our electronic archive).

University of Fort Hare Archival Collections

The University of Fort Hare Library has Campus Libraries located on the Alice Campus as well as at the East London Campus of the University, the Division of External Studies in Bisho and the Department of Nursing Sciences also in East London.

The Library has over 165 000 volumes of books, periodicals and other material. Special collections are housed in the Howard Pim Library of Rare Books which is situated on the ground floor of the the main library building. The East London Campus Library includes the Bisset Berry Collection that also is housed separately from the campus’s main collection. Pamphlets detailing the facilities and services provided in the Library are provided free of charge.

The Library also houses the Archives of the African National Congress (ANC). The bulk of this collection consists of records of the foreign missions of the ANC. The missions operated in 33 countries around the world during the anti-apartheid struggle. Among the records are the correspondence of each mission, press-cuttings, anti-apartheid posters, photographs and audio-visual records of mission activities. For anyone interested in the history of the struggle against apartheid, this collection represents a unique resource.


University of the Western Cape Special Collections and Research Repository

UWC Special Collections:

These collections hold a wide variety of records and different media. The mission of Special Collections is to support UWC in fulfilling its research, teaching and learning goals by collecting, preserving and making accessible primary resource material of unique and enduring research value to graduates, faculty and other researchers.

UWC Research Repository:

The repository is a service that stores, distributes and displays digital copies of research output of UWC faculty. Search across the entire collection or browse amongst the research communities associated with our faculties. Researchers register for an account and are given authorization to deposit files to relevant collections.

Walter Sisulu University: Africana and Special Collections

WSU Library Collections cater for a wide spectrum of scholarship ranging from the Undergraduate, graduate and postgraduate information needs. In addition to our local collections we expose our learners to resources held in other academic libraries in the Eastern Cape.

Rhodes University - The Cory Library Collections

The Cory Library at Rhodes University is maintained by Rhodes University primarily for its faculty and students, it is also open to visiting researchers, staff and students from other universities, as well as the general public. The library prides itself in the extensive collections held there. These include Methodist Church of South Africa Archives, the Lovedale Collection as well as the Sir George Cory Slides.


University of Limpopo: Special Collections

The University of Limpopo houses various Special Collections at both its Turfloop and Medunsa Campus Libraries. These include an Africana Collection, an Audio-Visual Collection and the Couper Medical Collection.

Cape Peninsula University of Technology: Service Collections

The various libraries at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology houses an array collections which include a small collection of Africana materials, an audio-visual collection, a transformation collection and a Cape Technikon archive collection.


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