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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Lutheran Theological Institute (LTI) Archives

The Lutheran Theological Institute (LTI) Archives is a unique collection of archivalia pertaining to its denominational history.

Voortrekker High School Pietermaritzburg Archives and Records

Voortrekker High School is a public co-education Afrikaans medium High School situated in Cordwalles Road, Pietermaritzburg, South Africa.

Voortrekker High School was founded in 1927 and is the oldest Afrikaans High School in KwaZulu-Natal. From January 1992, Voortrekker is the only Afrikaans medium school in Pietermaritzburg. It is rich in tradition with high standards in academics, sport and cultural activities.


Cowan House Co-Educational Preparatory School Archives and Records

Cowan House was founded, as a private venture, in 1948, by David and Joy Black in Mountain Rise, Pietermaritzburg. It was a boys only school. The number of pupils grew to up to 12 by the end of its first year, to 36 in 1948, and by the end of 1950 enrolment had increased to nearly 50. When the area was rezoned, the school purchased a 10 acre property in Hilton, and reopened in 1965.

Forum for School Museums and Archives (KwaZulu-Natal)

The Forum for School Museums and Archives was started in 2010. It meets once a term to discuss matters of mutual concern. Regular training workshops are held. At present there are 11 members.

Macrorie House Museum (Pietermartizburg)

Macrorie House was built about 1860 and in 1867 was described as “the finest and best built family house in the city”. In 1870 it was rented by the new “Bishop of Maritzburg”, William Kenneth Macrorie. They soon bought it and named it “South Hill” and enlarged and improved it in the 25 years they owned it.


Linpark High School Archives Pietermaritzburg

Linpark High School is a co-ed school for boys and girls from grade 8 to grade 12. It is the only school offering three campuses in one. They accommodate divisions of commerce, technology and academics, providing a holistic education equipping our learners with skills necessary to cope in the “real world”.

Howick High School Archives

Howick High School is situated in the picturesque village of Howick in the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands just 20 minutes drive from Pietermaritzburg. The school overlooks Midmar Dam with large scenic grounds that include most out-door sport facilities. Howick High is an English-medium, co-educational school and was established in 1967.

Merchiston Prep School Archives (Pietermaritzburg)

Merchiston Preparatory School, established in 1892, caters for Day Boys from Grades RR to 7 and accommodates Boarders from Grades 3 to 7. Merchiston is steeped in tradition and embraces all the good that the past offered and also seeks to be a forerunner in what the future holds.

Amafa / Heritage

Amafa / Heritage KwaZulu Natal is the provincial heritage conservation agency for KwaZulu Natal. Amafa was established as a statutory body in terms of the KZN Heritage Act of 1997, replaced by the KZN Heritage Act of 2008.

Ncome Museum

The Ncome-Blood River Heritage Site is probably one of the most unique battlefields in South Africa. The site witnessed a major battle between the Voortrekkers and Amazulu on 16 December 1838, and was named after the nearby river known as ‘Ncome’ in isiZulu and ‘Bloedrivier’ in Afrikaans.

Voortrekker Museum / Msunduzi Museum

The nucleus of the Voortrekker Museum / Msunduzi Museum was established in 1912 in the Church of the Vow which had been built in 1840 to fulfill the vow the Voortrekkers had made to God before the Battle of Blood River, or Ncome, that, if he would grant them victory, they would build a Church in his honour.

The museum houses many Voortrekker relics including a water bottle and Bible, which belonged to Piet Retief and were found at KwaMatiwane, where he and his party had been killed on the orders of King Dingane.

African Conservation Trust (ACT)

The African Conservation Trust (ACT) is a 13-year old, legally constituted non-profit organization with a growing reputation for its innovative efforts to conserve South Africa’s natural resources, environment and heritage.

Natal Society Foundation and Special Collections

Founded in Pietermaritzburg in 1851, the Natal Society has served the scientific and literary interests of the community of KwaZulu Natal, South Africa, for more than 160 years. It founded a museum (now a leading national institution) and the largest privately-owned library system in the country (now run by the city’s Msunduzi Municipality).

Tatham Art Gallery

The Tatham Gallery has a colourful history spanning more than 100 years. Significant events include the Whitwell donation, the infamous dispersal during the 1960s and the restoration of and move to the Old Supreme Court building.

Bessie Head Library (formerly The Msunduzi Municipal Library and/or Natal Society Library)

Now, the Bessie Head Library (formerly The Msunduzi Municipal Library and/or Natal Society Library) has provided public library services for the people of Pietermaritzburg since May 1851. On 17th June 1975 the Main Library building in Church Street was officially opened with much fanfare. When opened the main Library building was a beautifully furnished, well-equipped, modern library with plenty of space and ample facilities for its users.

Pietermaritzburg Archives Repository [NAB] - Pietermaritzburg

The first records were assembled under the part-time care of a government official in the early 1900’s. Accommodation was provided in 1936 on the present site. The repository was originally known as the Natal Archives Depot and was responsible for the custody of all official records in the province. After the establishment of a repository in Durban, responsibility for that region was assumed by the Durban office and records relevant to it (excluding the colonial period) were transferred to that office.

Durban Archives Repository [TBD] - Durban, KZN

Durban Archives Repository was established in 1990 as an Intermediate Depot and is now a fully fledged Archives Repository. The DAR serves Durban and the Coastal Region as follows: the North Coast east of the N2 from Sodwana Bay to Empangeni, and the coastal region between KwaZulu and the sea from Empangeni through Eshowe to and including Durban. The division between the Durban and Pietermaritzburg areas along the N3 is at Cato Ridge, which is included in the Pietermaritzburg region. South of Durban, the DAR covers the area between KwaZulu and the sea down to Port Edward.

Pietermaritzburg Local History

The Pietermaritzburg Local History website provides access to local community histories of Pietermaritzburg and its surrounding areas, including the cultural and social aspects of history. It is a growing resource to which people in the local communities can contribute.

Natal Inland Family History Society (NIFHS)

The Natal Inland Family History Society (NIFHS) meets on the first and third Wednesday of every month (except third Wednesday of December and the first Wednesday of January) at 7:30pm, at the Natal Carbineers Drill Hall in Geere Street, Pietermaritzburg. Extensive research sources (including many early copies of “The Natal Witness”) are available to researchers at all meetings and normally a speaker on a family history or related subject speaks at the third Wednesday meeting.

South African Archaeological Society (ArchSoc)

The South African Archaeological Society, also known as ArchSoc, is a registered non-profit organisation. Membership is open to anyone with an interest in archaeology. The Society promotes archaeological research in southern Africa and makes the results available to its members and the public through lectures, outings, tours and publications.

KZN a Photographic Record

KZN a Photographic Record is intended to be the single most comprehensive image based record of Historical, Heritage and Architectural sites in KZN in 2012 and 2013. The motivation for this work is to record our heritage that is rapidly being degraded due to neglect, willful destruction and thoughtless developments, particuarly in areas not under the watchful eye of Heritage agencies.

SANBI National Botanical Gardens

SANBI’s Conservation Gardens & Tourism Division manages SANBI’s network of nine National Botanical Gardens (NBGs), each with their associated tourism infrastructure and conservation estate, and Interpretation Section. ‘Conservation Gardens’ is the international term for botanical gardens that include both landscaped and natural areas within their boundaries.

Bews Herbarium (NU)

The collection of the Bews Herbarium is primarily associated with research on the floras of KwaZulu-Natal and the eastern seaboard of South Africa. The flora of the Drakensberg Alpine Region and the Natal Midlands is well documented in the herbarium.

Alan Patan Centre and Struggle Archives

The Alan Patan Centre and Struggle Archives (APC) collects, preserves and conserves documents, manuscripts, papers, books, journals, tapes, videos, posters, artefacts and information on aspects of resistance to apartheid in the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands.

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 Institutional and other Private Art Collections

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

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

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.

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