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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Limpopo Provincial Archives and Records Management Services

The Limpopo Provincial Archives and Records Management Services is administered as a sub-programme of the Library and Information Services branch in the Department of Sport, Arts and Culture in Limpopo.

The Limpopo Archives inherited three repositories from the abovementioned former ‘homelands’:

  1. The Mopani Archives Repository in Giyani (Gazankulu),
  2. The Sekukhune Archives Repository in Lebowakgomo (Lebowa) and
  3. The Vhembe Archives Repository in Makwarela, Thohoyandou (Venda).

Kotzee (Kotzé) Family of Winburg

This document, authored by Robin Morgan Pelteret of Cape Town, South Africa, is constituted of his research into the origins of a family into which he married, namely the family Kotzee (Kotzé) of Winburg, Orange Free State, South Africa.

A completely free genealogy site, mainly for those researching their roots in South Africa.


Horst Kleinschmidt - A Personal Journey

Horst Gerhard Hermann Kleinschmidt writes on this website that ‘over the past number of years I have been writing a fairly regular Newsletter on my research into my family history and on events in my own past. I also write to the newspapers on South African politics and concerns I have about our young and fragile democracy. Besides that I write to my ‘Ubumelwane’, my neighbourhood in the Southern Cape Peninsula about problems concerning our unequal and racially divided suburbs. And I often comment on the fisheries administration in South Africa where I worked at the end of my career.


The purpose of this website is to bring all these writings and related photographs under one roof.

Genealogical Institute of South Africa (GISA)

The Genealogical Institute of South Africa (GISA) was established to collect and preserve genealogical source material in a scientific manner and conduct genealogical research with a view to rendering a service and publishing genealogies and family histories of all South African families. GISA is registered with SARS as a non-taxable institution.


ABLEWiki is a publicly accessible, open access repository that documents and also creates awareness of our built environment heritage. It is an initiative of the Universtiy of Pretoria.

Iziko Slave Lodge

The Slave Lodge is one of the oldest buildings in Cape Town. The many names of the building over three centuries – Slave Lodge, Government Offices Building, Old Supreme Court, and SA Cultural History Museum – reflect the long and rich history of the building.

Fried Contemporary

Fried Contemporary is housed in a converted residential property in Pretoria. The Gallery aims to promote young, upcoming and previously unrecognised artists working in a contemporary idiom, and showcases the work of a number of leading artists based in Pretoria. The gallery also runs a variety of art classes.

Centurion Art Gallery

The Centurion Art Gallery aims to show a variety of art forms, reflecting the cultural diversity of South Africa. Promoting visual literacy, making the visual arts accessible to the layman. Exhibiting emerging talent, promoting particularly Tshwane artists.

Melrose House

Named after the famous Melrose Abbey in Scotland, Melrose House was built in 1886 by prosperous Pretoria businessman George Jesse Heys. Today this elegant house museum stands as a superb example of the transition of Victorian to Edwardian architectural styles and interiors. The interior is characterised by colourful stained glass windows, paintings by English artists, carpets in rich colours, ornate ceilings and fireplaces, as well as valuable porcelain ornaments, the majority of which belonged to the Heys family.

Dutch Reformed Church of Africa Archives Repository (Nederduitsch Hervormde Kerk v Afrika)

Prof. Dr. S.P. Engelbrecht as first archivist of the Nederduitsch Hervormde Kerk since 1924, gained permission in that year from the then Minister of Interior Affairs Dr. D.F. Malan to conserve the records. In 1957 he became full time archivist. In 1959 the Dirk van der Hoff building was built to accommodate the archives of church offices. In the 1950’s he moved his Collection to the church, containing the core of all the records. In 1954 Prof. Engelbrecht retired and Dr. H.M. Rex became head of the archives. Since 1981 Mr. F.S. van Rensburg heads the archives.

Afrikaans Protestant Church Archives (Afrikaanse Protestantse Kerk)

The archives of the Afrikaans Protestant Church include the documentation relating to the establishment of the church; own publications for membership instruction (Sunday School/catechism); books for adults for Bible study and about topical subjects; church administrative matters; own church marriage registers.

ABSA Group Archives

The Absa Group Archives focuses on banking and business history; history of the Absa Group and its predecessors and numismatics.

National Archives Repository (Public Records of Central Government since 1910) [SAB]

According to the National Archives and Records Service of South Africa Act (No. 43 of 1996 as amended) all central government offices are expected to transfer their archival records which have been in existence for 20 years to the National Archives Repository. A policy regarding the acquisition of non-public records is being drawn up. It will be designed to fill the gaps in official memory and to redress the imbalances of the previous collecting activities.

Records of central government, provincial government (Gauteng and former Transvaal), commissions of inquiry and transitional government processes. Official publications, library material on archival science and history, cartographic material and photographs. Non-public records received as donations.

National Archives and Records Service of South Africa, Head Office

Areas of specialisation: , commissions of inquiry and transitional government processes. Official publications, library material on archival science and history, cartographic material and photographs. Non-public records received as donations.

James Hall Museum of Transport

The James Hall Museum of Transport in Pioneers’ Park in La Rochelle, Johannesburg, is a must for anyone keen on vehicles, history, or just meandering through a small sector of South Africa’s past. The museum is a treasure trove of information and displays dealing with over a hundred years of land transport in all its forms.

President Pretorius House Museum

The architecture of the President Pretorius House Museum is proof that the Cape architectural tradition had been maintained after the Great Trek into the interior parts of the country. The major part of Pretorius’s own furniture and his personal possessions were destroyed during the Anglo-Boer War (1899 - 1902). Honouring Pretorius’s devotion to traditional and indigenous practices by favouring traditional architecture, every attempt has been made to restore the house to its original condition.

South African Air Force Museum (SAAF Museum)

The South African Air Force Museum (SAAF Museum) at Swartkop is the largest military aviation museum in South Africa. The museum uses both chronological and subjective layouts to tell the exciting story of aviation development from the days of the Paterson Aviation School at Kimberley to modern-day jets. Exhibits include a variety of aircraft and missiles, as well as family-orientated and historically interesting aeronautical displays. All exhibits and displays are well identified to permit touring without guides. Photography is encouraged, although flash equipment will be required for most of the interior shots.

African Heritage Consultants CC

African Heritage Consultants CC offers a one stop integrated multidisciplinary service in the field of heritage. To be able to deliver an outstanding service African Heritage Consultants CC has developed a team of experts to cover the whole field of heritage resources by professional and experienced expertise.

Voortrekker Monument

The majestic Voortrekker Monument is situated in the northern part of South Africa in the Pretoria (Tshwane) region in a nature reserve. It is a unique Monument which commemorates the Pioneer history of Southern Africa and the history of the Afrikaner and is situated in a beautiful setting.

British Concentration Camps of the South African War 1900-1902: Database (BCCD)

The British Concentration Camps of the South African War, 1900-1902 database is a University of Cape Town initiative is an ongoing project and a number of registers have yet to be completed. Because of the complexity of the sources, most of them produced under wartime conditions, and the incomplete nature of the project, the database does contain duplicates and inconsistencies.

General Smuts Foundation

In 1969, the the Big House was acknowledged as a National Monument by notice in the Government Gazette, No. 2551 of 31 October 1969.  In 1994 the name of the General Smuts War Veterans’ Foundation was changed to The General Smuts Foundation.

DITSONG: Kruger Museum

The Kruger Museum and its contents bear witness to the forceful personality of the man who lived there as leader of a small republic in southern Africa, at a stormy and unsettling time of his people’s long struggle against British imperialism. The Museum consists of the original house in which S.J.P. Kruger, President of the old Zuid-Afrikaansche Republiek (ZAR), and his family lived during the last years of the 19th century.

DITSONG: The National Museum of Military History

The South African National War Museum in Johannesburg was officially opened by Prime Minister Jan Smuts on 29 August 1947 to preserve the history of South Africa’s involvement in the Second World War. In 1975, the museum was renamed the South African National Museum of Military History and its function changed to include all conflicts that South Africa has been involved in. In 1999 it was amalgamated with the Pretoria based Transvaal Museum and National Cultural History Museum to form the NFI.

In April 2010 Ditsong was officially renamed Ditsong Museums of South Africa and the SANMMH was renamed the Ditsong National Museum of Military History.

DITSONG: The National Museum of Cultural History

The National Museum of Cultural History in Pretoria explores South Africa’s cultural diversity in various permanent and temporary exhibitions.

DITSONG: The National Museum of Natural History

The Ditsong National Museum of Natural History formerly known as the Transvaal Museum was founded as the Staatsmuseum of the ZAR on the 1st of December 1892.  And it has, since then acted as custodian and documentation centre of South Africa’s natural heritage.

Engelenburg House Art Collection

The varied and valuable art collection that is housed in the Engelenburg House reflects Engelenburg’s artistic and cosmopolitan character. Part of the collection consists of heirlooms that were shipped to South Africa and transported to the interior.

Telkom Art Collection

The Telkom Art Collection was started in 1992 and consists of over 1000 artworks by 300 South African artists. Their works are displayed in Telkom buildings to inspire and uplift employees and visitors.

Association of Arts Pretoria / Pretoria Kunsvereniging

The Association of Arts has come a long way in promoting the enjoyment of the visual arts in all its forms. It acquired an uncontested place in the art life of Pretoria, the Gauteng Province and in the whole country. The inter-connected art galleries of the Association are situated in the peaceful, picturesque Austin Roberts Park and Sanctuary and are close to the centre of the city and the University of Pretoria. These galleries have become a pivotal part of the local Pretoria and Gauteng art life.

Pretoria Art Museum

The Pretoria Art Museum is an art museum of world renowned, specialising in South African art.

South African Reserve Bank Art Collection

The art collection of the South African Reserve Bank is generally regarded as one of the premier corporate collections in the country, with its outstanding strength being landscape art produced between 1900 and 1970.

Manie van der Schiff Botanical Garden

The Manie van der Schiff Botanical Garden was established in 1934 and is managed by the University of Pretoria. And although the Garden was originally established to support research and conservation of indigenous plants, the Garden is open to the public.

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.

Mary Gunn Library

The Mary Gunn Library is housed in the National Herbarium in Pretoria. This Library is the most comprehensive botanical library of its kind in Africa and serves as one of the important botanical and biodiversity resources in Africa.

National Herbarium of South Africa

Is situated within the Pretoria National Botanical Garden, houses the largest collection of plant specimens in southern Africa with over one million specimens.

Mapungubwe Museum Collection / Archive

The Mapungubwe Museum collection is a dynamic collection, its main purpose being to serve as a conservation, research, education and public information resource which is essential to the interpretation and dissemination of knowledge on Mapungubwe in all its diversity.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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).

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.

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