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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Cyndi's List - South Africa

Cyndi’s List has been a trusted genealogy research site for more than 18 years. Cyndi’s List is free for everyone to use and it is meant to be your starting point when researching online. There are also extensive resources pertaining to family histories, genealogies and libraries and archives etc. in South Africa.

Anti-Apartheid Movement Archives

Forward to Freedom tells the story of the British Anti-Apartheid Movement and its campaigns to support the people of South Africa in their fight against apartheid. The AAM also campaigned for freedom for Namibia, Zimbabwe, Mozambique and Angola, and against South Africa’s attacks on its neighbours.

On this website you can find out how hundreds of thousands of people all over Britain took part in anti-apartheid activities. You can watch demonstrations and concerts, and hear from some of those involved.


The Auschwitz Album

The Auschwitz Album is the only surviving visual evidence of the process leading to the mass murder at Auschwitz-Birkenau. It is a unique document and was donated to Yad Vashem by Lilly Jacob-Zelmanovic Meier.

This is Africa (TIA)

This is Africa (TIA) is a forum for Africans, by Africans, to reclaim our identity, our heritage and our continent’s rightful political, economic and cultural position in the globalised world and in the global consciousness.

Association of Library Collections and Technical Services

The Association for Library Collections and Technical Services (ALCTS) is a division of the American Library Association (ALA). This division strives to be the premier authority within librarianship in the areas of technical services (acquisitions, cataloging and classification, and continuing resources), collection management and development, and preservation and reformatting.

Joburg Photowalkers

Since August 2009, Johannesburg’s ‘photowalkers’ have been trekking around the city, cameras in hand, photographing public spaces and sharing them on social platforms. The group, which is open to any level of photographic skill, offers a great means to discover the city as part of a social pack, following the principle of safety in numbers.

British Pathé

British Pathé is one of the oldest media companies in the world. Their roots lie in 1890s Paris where their founder, Charles Pathé, pioneered the development of the moving image.

Botanical Research And Herbarium Management System (BRAHMS)

The Botanical Research And Herbarium Management System (BRAHMS) is a flexible database management system for botanical researchers and herbaria. Developed at Plant Sciences, University of Oxford, it provides wide-ranging and innovative functionality to gather, edit, analyse and publish botanical data, optimizing its use for the widest possible range of curation services and research outputs.

Society of Vertebrate Paleontology (SVP)

Founded in 1940, the society now has more than 2,300 members representing professionals, students, artists, preparators, and others interested in Vertebrate Paleontology (VP). The society is organized exclusively for educational and scientific purposes.

Botanical Artists Association of Southern Africa (BAASA)

The Botanical Artists Association of Southern Africa (BAASA) promotes public awareness of botanical art by organising exhibitions around the country, using a variety of institutions, including botanical gardens, private and public galleries etc.

BAASA hopes to establish close ties with similar organisations in other countries, to exchange ideas and promote Southern African botanical art. Contact will also enable the Association to host visiting overseas artists.


University of Stanford: African Map Collection

Stanford’s Maps of Africa Collection became a major research resource in August of 2001 with the acquisition of the Oscar I. Norwich Collection of Maps of Africa and its islands, 1486 – ca. 1900. This acquisition added 316 maps to Stanford’s existing holdings of Maps of Africa.

University of Illinois 'The Maps of Africa to 1900' Collection

The Maps of Africa to 1900-digital collection contains images of maps listed in the bibliography Maps of Africa to 1900: A Checklist of Maps in Atlases and Geographical Journals in the Collections of the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (Bassett & Scheven, Urbana: Graduate School of Library and Information Science, 2000).

Library of Congress, United States of America

The Library of Congress is the USA’s oldest federal cultural institution and serves as the research arm of Congress. It is also the largest library in the world, with millions of books, recordings, photographs, maps and manuscripts in its collections.

The Library’s collections also houses a considerable number of documents and photographs from, and relating to, Africa.

Hillwood Art Museum

The mission of Hillwood Art Museum is to consistently provide the public with an environment that encourages exploration of the visual arts. The Museum develops and presents exhibitions that reflect the diverse interests of the community, preserves, exhibits and expands the Collection, presents original research and provides free educational programming to the public.


FedFlix, is a joint Venture NTIS-1832 between the National Technical Information Service (NTIS) and Public.Resource.Org. Here we feature the best movies of the United States Government, from training films to history, from our national parks to the U.S. Fire Academy and the Postal Inspectors, all of these fine flix are available for reuse without any restrictions whatsoever.

African Language Materials Archive (ALMA)

The African Language Materials Archive, or ALMA, is a multi-partner project focusing on the promotion and documentation of literature and literacy in the languages of Africa. It further serves to assist African language authors and publishers in publicizing and distributing their work.

Organization for Social Science Research in Eastern and Southern Africa (OSSREA)

The Organization for Social Science Research in Eastern and Southern Africa (OSSREA) is a regional membership-based and donor-supported research and capacity-building organization whose mission is to promote dialogue and interaction between researchers and policy-makers in Eastern and Southern Africa with a view to enhancing the impact of research on policy-making and development planning. Its headquarter is based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO)

The World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) is the global forum for intellectual property services, policy, information and cooperation. They are a self-funding agency of the United Nations, with 186 member states.

Their mission is to lead the development of a balanced and effective international intellectual property (IP) system that enables innovation and creativity for the benefit of all. Our mandate, governing bodies and procedures are set out in the WIPO Convention, which established WIPO in 1967.

International Federation of Arts Councils and Culture Agencies (IFACCA)

The International Federation of Arts Councils and Culture Agencies (IFACCA) is the global network of arts councils and ministries of culture.

International Network for Traditional Building, Architecture & Urbanism (INTBAU)

The International Network for Traditional Building, Architecture & Urbanism (INTBAU) is an international educational charity which works under the Patronage of HRH The Prince of Wales to promote traditional architecture, urbanism and crafts.

Respatrimoni: Network of Researchers on 'Heritagisations' (Online Blog)

Respatrimoni: Network of Researchers on ‘Heritagisations’ is an online blog which was created by a network of critical researchers on heritagizations of different countries and languages.

The African Art Trust (TAAT)

The African Arts Trust (TAAT) supports a wide range of projects with an emphasis on grass roots organisations that support professional practicing artists trying to make a livelihood in the visual arts.

The Archival Company

The Archival Company helps you create your digital legacy by restoring old medias into current formats you can see, share and relive.

Heritage Werks

Heritage Werks specializes in web-based access to archival collections providing cost-effective solutions for long-term digital preservation, access and use. Creating efficiencies, lowering operating costs, putting valuable content into the hands of people who can better collaborate, ideate and innovate with access to historical information.

Connected Histories

Connected Histories brings together a range of digital resources related to early modern and nineteenth century Britain with a single federated search that allows sophisticated searching of names, places and dates, as well as the ability to save, connect and share resources within a personal work space.

Trust for African Rock Art (TARA)

The Trust for African Rock Art (TARA) is an international, Nairobi-based organisation committed to recording the rich rock art heritage of the African continent, to making this information widely accessible and, to the extent possible, safeguarding those sites most threatened by humans and nature. To achieve its mission, TARA works closely with communities where rock art is found as well as with national and international heritage bodies including the UNESCO World Heritage Centre.

Observatory of Cultural Policies in Africa (OCPA)

OCPA, the Observatory of Cultural Policies in Africa, is an independent pan-African non-governmental organisation aiming to enhance the development of national cultural policies in the region and their integration in human development strategies through advocacy and promoting information exchange, research, capacity building and cooperation at the regional and international level.

Centre for Heritage Development in Africa (CHDA)

The Centre for Heritage Development in Africa (CHDA) is an international Non Governmental Organisation(NGO) dedicated to the preservation, management and promotion of cultural heritage in Africa through a programme of training and development support services. Its core value is in the preservation of Immovable, Movable and intangible Cultural Heritage in Africa.

AFRICOM - International Council of African Museums

AFRICOM - International Council of African Museum today is an International NGO registered by the Government of Kenya. The Secretariat is located in the capital city, Nairobi, in offices graciously offered by the National Museums of Kenya (NMK).

University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology

The University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology — commonly called Penn Museum — is an archaeology and anthropology museum which was founded in 1887. The Penn Museum has always been one of the world’s great archaeology and anthropology research museums, and the largest university museum in the United States.

School of African and Oriental Studies (SOAS)

The School of African and Oriental Studies (SOAS), University of London is the only Higher Education institution in Europe specialising in the study of Asia, Africa and the Near and Middle East.

University of Florida Map & Imagery Library Collection

The University of Florida Map & Imagery Library Collection contains more than 497,800 maps, 266,500 aerial photographs, 2,250 remote sensing images, and 7,215 atlases and reference books. It is the largest academic map collection in the Southeast, and among the top five academic map collections in the entire United States.

The Map & Imagery Library has general map coverage world-wide. Specialties of the collection include Florida, Latin America, the United States, Africa, and the Holy Land. Much of the Collection is cataloged, and can be searched by using the online Library Catalog.

Internet Archive (IA)

The Internet Archive (IA) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit that was founded to build an Internet library. Its purposes include offering permanent access for researchers, historians, scholars, people with disabilities, and the general public to historical collections that exist in digital format.

Founded in 1996 and located in San Francisco, the Archive has been receiving data donations from Alexa Internet and others. In late 1999, the organization started to grow to include more well-rounded collections. Now the Internet Archive includes: texts, audio, moving images, and software as well as archived web pages in our collections, and provides specialized services for adaptive reading and information access for the blind and other persons with disabilities.

Association of Moving Image Archivists (AMIA)

The Association of Moving Image Archivists (AMIA) was established to advance the field of moving image archiving by fostering cooperation among individuals and organizations concerned with the acquisition, description, preservation, exhibition and use of moving image materials.

Annual AMIA Conference

Africa Portal

The Africa Portal is an online knowledge resource for policy-related issues on Africa. An undertaking by the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) and the South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA), the Africa Portal offers open access to a suite of features including an online library collection; a resource for opinion and analysis; an experts directory; an international events calendar; and a mobile technology component — all aimed to equip users with research and information on Africa’s current policy issues.

Africalia: Culture Is Development

Largely supported by the Belgian Development Cooperation, Africalia equally subscribes to the European Development Aid policies. Culture is intimately linked with creativity, it stimulates intercultural dialogue and increases positive identity awareness. Culture also represents market potential and educational value, so it can play a considerable part in the fight against poverty. Moreover, culture acts on behavioural change.

TANAP Digital Archives

The Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO) is the legal entity that is accountable for the TANAP Programme. NWO manages also the finances and provide administrative support. A steering committee and a programme committee monitor the programme.

International Institute of Social History: Anti-Apartheid and Southern Africa Collection

In 2008 the IISH acquired an extensive collection of archival materials relating to the anti-apartheid and Southern Africa solidarity groups in The Netherlands. It concerns the archives and related library and documentary collections of the three former anti-apartheid groups which merged into the Netherlands institute for Southern Africa (NiZA) in 1997.

Genealogy World

85 Million people out on the Internet, and growing by the Day. Many of them are doing some kind of Family research. And, with Genealogy being the single FASTEST growth area on the Net. They want to provide a Resource Center, and a Genealogy site, that will allow many to “One Stop Shop” to feed their hunger for Genealogical Information.

Archives Hub

The Archives Hub provides a gateway to thousands of the UK’s richest archives. Representing over 220 institutions across the country, the Archives Hub is an effective way to discover unique and often little-known sources to support your research.

Afriterra Foundation Map Database

The AFRITERRA Foundation is a non-profit Cartographic Library and Archive assembling and preserving the original rare maps of Africa in a definitive place for education and interpretation. They view cartography as a medium that uniquely links art, technology, and history.

African Studies Association (ASA)

The African Studies Association (ASA) was established in 1957 in the United States, and is the flagship membership organization devoted to enhancing the exchange of information about Africa. ASA supports understanding of an entire continent in each facet of its political, economic, social, cultural, artistic, scientific, and environmental landscape. Their members include scholars, students, teachers, activists, development professionals, policymakers and donors.

MATRIX: The Center for Humane Arts, Letters, and Social Sciences Online at Michigan State University

Matrix, the Center for Digital Humanities and Social Sciences at Michigan State University, is devoted to the application of new technologies for teaching, research, and outreach. As one of the premier humanities computing centers in the United States, Matrix creates and maintains online resources, provides training in computing and new teaching technologies, and creates forums for the exchange of ideas and expertise in the field.

African Digital Library (ADL)

The mission of the African Digital Library (ADL) is to provide digitised full text resources to learners in Africa via the Internet, thereby contributing to the revitalization of education and life long learning on the continent and alleviation of the digital divide between First and Third world countries.

Docomono International

In the last decades, the architectural heritage of the modern movement appeared more at risk than during any other period. This built inheritance glorifies the dynamic spirit of the Machine Age.

At the end of the 1980s, many modern masterpieces had already been demolished or had changed beyond recognition. This was mainly due to the fact that many were not considered to be elements of heritage, that their original functions have substantially changed and that their technological innovations have not always endured long-term stresses.

Southern African Historical Society (SAHS)

The Southern African Historical Society (SAHS) is an active network for communication among professional historians located throughout the subcontinental region and the organisational home for the accredited South African Historical Journal.

South Africa War Graves Project

The goal of the South Africa War Graves Project is to archive photographs of every single South African & Rhodesian war grave from the Second Anglo-Boer War, Bambatha Rebellion, World War I, Rand Revolt, World War II, Korea, Freedom Struggle, Angola-Border War, Non World War and Police to present day.

Society of Africanist Archaeologists (SAfA)

The Society of Africanist Archaeologists (SAfA) is an organization of archaeologists, researchers from associated disciplines and others who share an interest in African archaeology and African societies.

Royal Commonwealth Society (RCS)

From its foundation in 1868, the organisation known successively as the Colonial Society, Royal Colonial Institute, Royal Empire Society, and finally the Royal Commonwealth Society, amassed a library on the British Empire, the Commonwealth and member countries (together with smaller collections on the empires of rival nations) - an astonishing range of books, pamphlets, periodicals, official publications, manuscripts and photographs. The collection now consists of over 300,000 printed items, circa 700 archival collections (including manuscript diaries, correspondence, pictures, cine films, scrapbooks and newspaper cuttings) and over 100,000 photographs.

National Archives of Australia

The National Archives of Australia can best be described as the memory of our nation – collecting and preserving Australian Government records that reflect our history and identity. Their collection traces events and decisions that have shaped the nation and the lives of Australians. As well as preserving our history, the National Archives plays a key role in helping to ensure the Australian Government and its departments are effective and accountable to the people. Visitors are welcome to explore our collection, online or in person, to learn more.

International Council on Archives (ICA)

The International Council on Archives (ICA) is a neutral, non-governmental organisation, funded by its membership, which operates through the activities of that diverse membership. The ICA is dedicated to the effective management of records and the preservation, care and use of the world’s archival heritage through its representation of records and archive professionals across the globe.

Anglo-Boer War Memorials Project

The Anglo-Boer War Memorials Project is dedicated to the recording of memorials to the Anglo-Boer War across the world.

Pelindaba Museums of African and Modern Art (PELMAMA)

PELMAMA is an acronym for the “Pelindaba Museums of African and Modern Art”, a project initiated by The Haenggi Foundation Inc., Johannesburg, South Africa, an Association not for Gain established in 1978, after the 1976 Soweto riots.

Atlantic Philantropies

In 1982, Mr. Charles Feeney established The Atlantic Foundation, the first and by far the largest of The Atlantic Philanthropies.  In 1984, Atlantic received all of the Feeney interests in Duty Free Shoppers and operated anonymously for its first 15 years. Atlantic has made grants totalling more than $6.3 billion as of December 2012. He served on the Atlantic Board for 30 years and continues to work closely with the foundation’s leaders.

Rockefeller Archive Centre

The Rockefeller Archive Centre is a repository of historic documents in a wide variety of media and a research center dedicated to the study of philanthropy and the diverse domains shaped by philanthropy.

Ford Foundation

The Ford Foundation was established on Jan. 15, 1936 and since its founding charter stated that resources should be used “for scientific, educational and charitable purposes, all for the public welfare,” the foundation made grants to many kinds of organizations across the globe - including various regions and countries in Africa.

Google Cultural Institute

Google has partnered with hundreds of museums, cultural institutions, and archives to host the world’s cultural treasures online.

Olive Schreiner Letters Online

The feminist and socialist writer and social theorist Olive Schreiner (1855-1920) was one of the most important and radical social commentators of her day. By publishing almost 4300 of Schreiner’s letters online, ulitmately enables letter-writing practices in the social networks she was part of to be explored over a time-period in which many technological and related changes massively impacted on epistolary exchanges, including the invention of addresses, postage stamps and postal services, steam transport, and also the telegraph.

Ruth First Papers Project

The Ruth First Papers Project aims realize a call for ‘a resource centre to service and support the study of the history, economics and sociology of South Africa and other countries in southern Africa’, and to set-up a resource centre to aid that aim.

South Africa: Overcoming Apartheid, Building Democracy

South Africa: Overcoming Apartheid, Building Democracy is an online archive of a collection of first-hand accounts of this important political movement. Interviews with South African activists, raw video footage documenting mass resistance and police repression, historical documents, rare photographs, and original narratives tell this remarkable story.


JSTOR is a not-for-profit, shared digital library, founded to help academic libraries and publishers.


Aluka is an international, collaborative initiative building an online digital library of scholarly resources from and about Africa.

International Institute of Social History (IISH)

The International Institute of Social History (IISH) conducts advanced research on the global history of work, workers, and labour relations and to this end gathers data, which are made available to other researchers as well.

Institute for Commonwealth Studies (ICS)

The Institute of Commonwealth Studies (ICS), founded in 1949, is the only postgraduate academic institution in the United Kingdom devoted to the study of the Commonwealth.  It is also home to the longest-running interdisciplinary and practice-oriented human rights MA program in the United Kingdom.

UNESCO's Memory of the World Programme

UNESCO’s Memory of the World Programme was established in 1992, and the impetus came originally from a growing awareness of the parlous state of preservation of, and access to, documentary heritage in various parts of the world.

African Activist Archive Project

The African Activist Archive is preserving and making available online the records of activism in the United States to support the struggles of African peoples against colonialism, apartheid, and social injustice from the 1950s through the 1990s.

Basel Mission Archives

Following on from the integration of our historical images into the International Mission Photography Archive (IMPA) website in 2008, it was decided to increase the degree of overall access to the collections in the Basel Mission Archives.

International Genealogical Index (IGI)

The International Genealogical Index (IGI) is a computer file created by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. It was first published in 1973 and continued to grow through December 2008. It contains several hundred million entries, each recording one event, such as a birth, baptism (christening), marriage, or death.

L. Tom Perry Special Collections Library

L. Tom Perry Special Collections Library preserves and houses materials requiring regulation - including materials relating to Mormon history etc. Also, because of their uniqueness, value, or fragility, these materials are given great care to protect them from damage or theft and to ensure their proper long-term use.

Hathi Trust Digital Library

HathiTrust is a partnership of major research institutions and libraries working to ensure that the cultural record is preserved and accessible long into the future. There are more than 80 partners in HathiTrust, and membership is open to institutions worldwide.

Southern Africa Jewish Genealogy Special Interest Group (SA-SIG)

The purposes and goals of SA-SIG are to bring together Jewish genealogy researchers with a common interest in Southern Africa. This page is a portal to our basic information about Southern African research and our research aspirations.

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.

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.


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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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