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 Africa Institute of South Africa. Information Services
Name of CollectionArica Insight
Collection ChampionMs Segametsi Molawa (Tel no.: +27 11 304 9768, Cell: 078 459 8360, Fax no.: +27 12 325 9781, E-mail address: sngobeni@ai.org.za)
 Library and Documentation Services; PO Box 630; Pretoria; 0001
Status of CollectionDigitising under way - Not Yet Planned
Accessibility of CollectionRestricted to Members


Description of CollectionArticles on political, social and economic affairs in Africa. All other issues geared at the development of Africa.
Keywords Describing the CollectionHistory - Africa; Food security; Zenophobia; Political studies; Democratic governance
Geograhic CoverageAfrica
Language(s) of the CollectionEnglish
Beneficiaries of Digitized CollectionResearch, Business, NGOs, Government and International stakeholders
Justification for Digitization and PreservationCompiled to address development in Africa from all angles and raise awareness of Africa and African affairs.


Metadata StandardsMARC
Content StandardsAACRII
Ontology StandardsDDC
Type of MaterialText
Type of File formatspdf
Size of CollectionDon't know



 Cape Peninsula University of Technology. CPUT Libraries
Name of CollectionInstitutional History
Collection ChampionDeborah Becker E-mail address: beckerd@cput.ac.za)
  PO Box 1906; Bellville; 7535
Status of CollectionDigitising under way - Not Yet Planned
Accessibility of CollectionOpen Access
Physical Location of CollectionSymphony Avenue; Bellville; Cape Town; 7535


Description of CollectionThe history of the Cape Technikon, Peninsula Technikon and CPUT as preserved in photos and various types of manuscripts and publications.
Language(s) of the CollectionAfrikaans; English
Beneficiaries of Digitized CollectionSouth African society as a whole and the CPUT and its antecedent community in particular, as well as educational and historical researcers.
Justification for Digitization and PreservationA unique record of 3 higher education institutions' development including historical District Six images and documents. A valuable heritage collection which urgently needs ordering into a more accessible format for research and preservation.


Metadata StandardsDublin Core Qualified
Type of ResourcesManuscripts; Letters; Photographs; Artworks; Drawings; Posters
Type of MaterialText
Type of File formatspdf



 Cape Peninsula University of Technology. CPUT Libraries
Name of CollectionTeacher training at Wellington
Collection ChampionDeborah Becker E-mail address: becekrd@cput.ac.za)
  PO Box 1906; Bellville; 7535
Status of CollectionDigitising under way - Not Yet Planned
Accessibility of CollectionOpen Access
Physical Location of CollectionSymphony Avenue; Bellville; Cape Town; 7535


Description of CollectionTeacher training at Wellington started in 1896 - this covers the history from that time, as well the history of Paarl Teachers College which amalgamated with Wellington in 1990. Printerd material as many objects have been preserved.
Language(s) of the CollectionAfrikaans; English
Beneficiaries of Digitized CollectionSouth African society as a whole, and in particular the educational community. In addition researchers will be able to access material at present inaccessible.
Justification for Digitization and PreservationA unique collection of artifacts with many unique manuscripts and ephemera. This not only forms part of our heritage, but also provides an unusually rich source of research material. The objects are in many cases extremely sensitive to handling and light and will easily deteriorate if handled.


Metadata StandardsDublin Core Qualified
Type of ResourcesArtworks; Photographs; Cartoons; Manuscripts; Specimens
Type of MaterialText
Size of Collection1000-5000



 Cape Peninsula University of Technology. CPUT Libraries
Name of CollectionArchive
Collection ChampionI. Baderoen (Tel no.: +27 21 953 8460, E-mail address: beckerd@cput.ac.za)
  Keizergracht Street; Cape Town; 7001
Status of CollectionDigitising under way - Not Yet Planned
Accessibility of CollectionOpen Access
Physical Location of CollectionKeizergracht Street; Cape Town; 7535


Description of CollectionItems in the archival collection of the CPUT library
Keywords Describing the CollectionDistrict Six; Cape Technikon; Peninsula Technikon; Cape Peninsula University of Technology
Geograhic CoverageWestern Cape; South Africa
Language(s) of the CollectionAfrikaans; English
Beneficiaries of Digitized CollectionGeneral Public
Justification for Digitization and PreservationTo make the collective histories of the merged institutions available digitally


Metadata StandardsDublin Core Qualified
Content StandardsAACRII
Ontology StandardsFree-text Keywords
Type of ResourcesArticles; Circulars; Diaries; Photographs; Posters
Type of MaterialText; Still image; Event
Type of File formatspdf; jpeg; mpeg
Size of CollectionDon't know



 eThekwini Municipal Libraries. Don Africana Library
Name of CollectionDon Africana Collection
Collection ChampionRenu Rabilall (Tel no.: +27 31 337 6246/7, Cell: +27 84 941 0185, Fax no.: +27 31 337 4700, E-mail address: Rabilallr@durban.gov.za)
  PO Box 917; Durban; 4000
Status of CollectionDigitising under way - Not Yet Planned
Accessibility of CollectionAccess via Archivist
Physical Location of Collection10th Floor; Liberty Towers; Cnr West & Aliwal Streets; Durban; 4093


Description of CollectionOne of the finest and most prestigious Africana collections (Africa South of the Sahara) in South Africa. Amongst the collection of approx 50 000 catalogued works are many very rare and valuable works such as French and Italian editions dated 1550 and 1556 of "The History and Description of Africa" by Leo Africanus.
Language(s) of the CollectionEnglish
Beneficiaries of Digitized CollectionFulfills an increasing demand for cultural content; takes collections to new audiences (international), new services and fosters new business opportunities; fulfills public role and engenders new partnerships; and fosters diversity and knowledge exchange.
Justification for Digitization and PreservationBroad coverage of Africa South of the Sahara; access to the material currently restricted due to its condition, value, vulnerability and location; rareness; and historical significance condition, urgency, deterioration of specimens, importance for research or heritage etc.


Ontology StandardsDDC
Type of ResourcesDiaries; Maps; Manuscripts
Type of MaterialText
Size of Collection50000+



 eThekwini Municipal Libraries. Reference Library
Name of CollectionShakespeare Hillier Collection
Collection ChampionR. Rabilall (Tel no.: +27 31 337 6246/7, Cell: +27 84 941 0185, Fax no.: +27 31 337 4700, E-mail address: Rabilallr@durban.gov.za)
 Don Africana Library; PO Box 917; Durban; 4000
Status of CollectionDigitising under way - Not Yet Planned
Accessibility of CollectionAccess via Archivist
Physical Location of Collection10th Floor; Liberty Towers; Cnr West & Aliwal Streets; Durban; 4093


Description of CollectionRare Shakespearana important to academics and researchers.
Language(s) of the CollectionEnglish
Beneficiaries of Digitized CollectionShakespeare scholars throughout the world.


Ontology StandardsDDC
Type of MaterialText
Type of File formatsManuscripts
Size of Collection1000-5000



 Ethekwini Municipality. Local History Museums
Name of CollectionDocuments and Publications
Collection ChampionRobert Luyt (Tel no.: +27 31 335 3487, Cell: +27 72 124 7598, Fax no.: +27 31 311 2224, E-mail address: luytr@durban.gov.za)
  PO Box 1014; Durban; 4001
Status of CollectionDigitising under way - Not Yet Planned
Accessibility of CollectionAccess via Archivist
Physical Location of CollectionCnr Old Court House Museum & 77 Aliwal Street; Durban; 4001


Description of CollectionCollected by the museum and covering a period of more than 100 years - mainly of historical significance. Documents and publications most of which pertain to Durban and KwaZulu-Natal in some way.
Beneficiaries of Digitized CollectionResearchers, Learners, General Public.
Justification for Digitization and PreservationItems are unique and of great historical importance and are deteriorating due to conservation restraints.


Type of MaterialText
Type of File formatsManuscripts; Letters; Diaries



 Ethekwini Municipality. Local History Museums
Name of CollectionArtefacts
Collection ChampionRobert Luyt/ Mlungisi Ngubane (Tel no.: +27 31 335 3487, Cell: +27 72 124 7598, Fax no.: +27 31 311 2224, E-mail address: luytr@durban.gov.za)
 History Museums; PO Box 1014; Durban; 4001
Status of CollectionDigitising under way - Not Yet Planned
Accessibility of CollectionAccess via Archivist
Physical Location of CollectionCnr Old Court House Museum & 77 Aliwal Street; Durban; 4001


Description of CollectionMost items relate to the KwaZulu-Natal region. This is a very unique collection. The beadwork and costume collection is probably one of the best in the country. Very important paintings and other collections are also located at the seven museums administered by the Local History Museums. Range of artefacts from beadwork to stamps, textiles, furniture, etc.
Beneficiaries of Digitized CollectionResearchers, educators, the public, including tourists and film makers.


Type of ResourcesPosters; Artworks; Drawings
Type of MaterialSound; Moving image



 Iziko Museums of Cape Town. Natural History Collections
Name of CollectionIziko SA Museum Library Photographic Collection
Collection ChampionSadeck Casoojee (Tel no.: +27 21 481 3899, Fax no.: +27 21 481 3993, E-mail address: scasoojee@iziko.org.za)
  PO Box 61; Cape Town; 8000
Status of CollectionDigitising under way - Not Yet Planned
Accessibility of CollectionPartly by appointment, partly restricted.
Physical Location of Collection25 Queen Victoria Street; Cape Town; 8001


Description of CollectionThe core historical photographic collection of the South African Museum, mainly ethnographic in nature .
Beneficiaries of Digitized CollectionResearchers such as historians. Also has many educational spin-offs in terms of use of images in books and websites.
Justification for Digitization and PreservationImprove accessibility to valuable historical records. Certain historical ethnographic images are restricted. Start with non-restricted images.


Type of ResourcesPhotograhs; Drawings
Type of MaterialStill image
Size of Collection10000-50000



 Iziko Museums of Cape Town. Natural History Collections
Name of CollectionIziko SA Museum Library Archive
Collection ChampionSadeck Casoojee (Tel no.: +27 21 481 3899, Fax no.: +27 21 481 3993, E-mail address: scasoojee@iziko.org.za)
  PO Box 61; Cape Town; 8000
Status of CollectionDigitising under way - Not Yet Planned
Accessibility of CollectionBy appointment, with restrictions for certain documents.
Physical Location of Collection25 Queen Victoria Street; Cape Town; 8001


Description of CollectionThis collection first needs to be properly ordered and numbered before it can be digitised - currently no system has been impmlemented.
Beneficiaries of Digitized CollectionMainly historians
Justification for Digitization and PreservationValuable historical record, mainly about the South African Museum.


Type of ResourcesManuscripts; Letters; Diaries; Photographs; Artworks; Drawings
Type of MaterialText; Still image
Size of Collection10000-50000



 Johannesburg (South Africa) Dept Arts, Culture & Heritage. Information Services
Name of CollectionGeology Museum
Collection ChampionDiana Wall (Tel no.: +27 11-8335624, Cell: 0824649627, E-mail address: dianaw@joburg,org.za)
  PO Box 517, Newtown; Johannesburg; 2113
Status of CollectionDigitising under way - Not Yet Planned
Accessibility of CollectionOpen Access
Physical Location of CollectionMuseum Africa, 121 Bree Street, Newtown; Johannesburg; 2000


Description of CollectionCollections of the Transvaal Chamber of Mines (started in 1889) and Geological Society of SA (started 1895) were amalgamated in 1897 and donated to City of Johannesburg in 1927.
Beneficiaries of Digitized CollectionGeologists
Justification for Digitization and PreservationImportance for research or heritage etc


Type of ResourcesSpecimens
Type of File formatstiff
Size of Collection10000-50000



 Johannesburg (South Africa) Dept Arts, Culture & Heritage. None
Name of CollectionHector Pieterson Museum
Collection ChampionAli Hlongwane (Tel no.: +27 11 536-0611/3, Cell: 0824639869, E-mail address: alih@joburg.org.za)
 Information Services; P O Box 517, Newtown; Johannesburg; 2113
Status of CollectionDigitising under way - Not Yet Planned
Accessibility of CollectionOpen Access
Physical Location of CollectionMuseum Africa, 121 Bree Street, Newtown; Johannesburg; 2000


Description of CollectionSoweto Uprisings of 1967, Museum opened in 2001.
Beneficiaries of Digitized CollectionHeritage interest public ad researchers
Justification for Digitization and PreservationImportance for research or heritage etc.


Type of ResourcesLetters; Photographs; Posters; Sound recordings; Videos; Specimens
Type of MaterialText; Sound; Still image



 Johannesburg (South Africa) Library and Information Services. City of Johannesburg Library and Information Services
Name of CollectionMichaelis Art Library
Collection ChampionAnn Antrobus / Karen Naude (Tel no.: Ann +27 011 870 1226 / Karen +27 11 226 0913, Cell: +27 83 288 9114 / +27 83 406 5822, Fax no.: +27 11 870 1252 / Karen +27 11 226 0973, E-mail address: anna@joburg.org.za / karenn@joburg.org.za)
 Johannesburg Public Library (Johannesburg Central Library); Private Bag X93; Marshalltown; Johannesburg; 2017
Status of CollectionDigitising under way - Not Yet Planned
Accessibility of CollectionRestricted to members
Physical Location of CollectionCity of Johannesburg Library; Cnr Market & Fraser Street; Beyers Naude Square; Johannesburg; 2000


Description of CollectionThe Michaelis Art Library is named after Sir Max Michaelis, one of the most self-effacing of the South African mining magnates that contributed vastly to the cultural development of the country in the early part of the 20th century. He donated a thousand pounds towards the establishment of an Art Library for the Johannesburg Art Gallery in 1912. Lady Florence Phillips selected 672 books in London and these were shipped to South Africa and delivered to the Johannesburg Public Library in 1912. The library acted as custodian for the Art Gallery who lacked the capacity to house the collection and eventually the library took ownership of it because the collection was more suited to public library users. Ever since then the Johannesburg City Council has developed the collection to its present holdings of 50,000 books and journals. Stock Overview: The Michaelis Art Library houses a special collection of books and journals on art, design and architecture. It is part of the Johannesburg Public Library and as such it is the biggest and only collection of its kind open to the public in South Africa. Sir Max Michaelis would be proud to know that today more than ever the collection is appreciated and used by the general public. Situated in the heart of the Johannesburg CBD it is accessible to professional artists, architects and designers, entrepreneurs, teachers, academics, students and all who wish to educate themselves in the visual arts. The Library has a focus on African and South African art, design and architecture and collects all worthy publications as funds allow. Contemporary, local and international art, architecture and design are also focused on in order to expose the library users to the latest developments and trends in the global village. Resources for digitization include the following: 1) The Library is the custodian of rare art resources such as: a) A newspaper clipping collection on South African art and artists; and b) South African buildings - schools, churches, monuments and sculptures - greater focues on those in Johannesburg - approx. 5000 cuttings - condition varies; and 2) The Library collects art exhibition invitations and catalogues, and maintains an index to these resources( Art Exhibition Invitation Index) The collection provides visual and biographical material on lesser-known South African artists not documented elsewhere. These collections date back to the 1950s. It is envisaged that these collections will be digitised in the future, and therefore eventually will be accessible on the World Wide Web. As it stands the library receives local and international electronic enquiries relating to its material.
Language(s) of the CollectionAfrikaans; English
Beneficiaries of Digitized CollectionLibrary users, researchers, scholars, tertiary level students, journalists, etc.
Justification for Digitization and PreservationPreservation of rare and heritage resources, deterioration of originals, greater access by more people for research purposes. Resources to be digitized would be assessed using the criteria of 1) Urgent preservation of original material due to fragile condition; 2) Usage made of resource; and 3) Capacity to provide greater access to resources for staff and public by digitization.


Ontology StandardsFree-text Keywords; DDC
Type of ResourcesNewpaper clippings; Exhibition invitations; Cartoons; Photographs; Posters; Artworks; Drawings
Type of MaterialText; Still image
Type of File formatstiff; jpeg; pdf
Size of Collection50000+



 Mintek. Communications
Name of CollectionPhoto Library
Collection ChampionAntony Cowey (Tel no.: +27 11 709 4308, Fax no.: +27 11 793 4122, E-mail address: antonyc@mintek.co.za)
  Private Bag x3015; Randburg; Johannesburg; 2125
Status of CollectionDigitising under way - Not Yet Planned
Accessibility of CollectionPartial Open Access
Physical Location of Collection200 Malibongwe Drive; Randburg; Johannesburg; 2194


Beneficiaries of Digitized CollectionSouth African community
Justification for Digitization and PreservationPreserve Mintek's heritage.


Type of ResourcesPhotographs
Type of MaterialStill image
Size of Collection1000-5000



 Mintek. Communications
Name of CollectionMintek Annual Report Collection
Collection ChampionAntony Cowey (Tel no.: +27 11 709 4308, Fax no.: +27 11 793 4122, E-mail address: antonyc@mintek.co.za)
  Private Bag x3015; Randburg; Johannesburg; 2125
Status of CollectionDigitising under way - Not Yet Planned
Accessibility of CollectionOpen Access
Physical Location of Collection200 Malibongwe Drive; Randburg; Johannesburg; 2194


Description of CollectionAnnual Reports
Beneficiaries of Digitized CollectionGeneral community
Justification for Digitization and PreservationContains Mintek's business history. Part of South Africa's heritage.


Type of ResourcesManuscripts
Type of MaterialText
Size of Collection>100



 Mintek. Library
Name of CollectionMintek Publications (Open)
Collection ChampionManil Kanniappen (Tel no.: +27 11 709 4277, Fax no.: +27 11 793 4122, E-mail address: manilk@mintek.co.za)
  Private Bag x3015; Randburg; Johannesburg; 2194
Status of CollectionDigitising under way - Not Yet Planned
Physical Location of Collection200 Malibongwe Drive; Randburg; Johannesburg; 2125


Description of CollectionTechnical reports and published papers in the field of minerals processing and metallurgy.
Language(s) of the CollectionEnglish predominantly.
Beneficiaries of Digitized CollectionInternational research communities.
Justification for Digitization and PreservationThis is a unique collection of Mintek's research.


Ontology StandardsFree-text Keywords
Type of ResourcesManuscripts
Type of MaterialText
Type of File formatspdf
Size of Collection1000-5000



 Mintek. Library
Name of CollectionTheses Collection
Collection ChampionManil Kanniappen (Tel no.: +27 11 709 4277, Fax no.: +27 11 793 4122, E-mail address: manilk@mintek.co.za)
  Private Bag x3015; Randburg; 2194
Status of CollectionDigitising under way - Not Yet Planned
Accessibility of CollectionOpen Access
Physical Location of Collection200 Malibongwe Drive; Randburg; Johannesburg; 2125


Description of CollectionCovers all subject areas with emphasis on minerals processing and metallurgy.
Language(s) of the CollectionEnglish predominantly
Beneficiaries of Digitized CollectionMetallurgical researchers/students.
Justification for Digitization and PreservationThis is a collection of theses with emphasis on metallurgy/minerals processing. This is not urgent as theses form part of university collections.


Ontology StandardsFree-text Keywords
Type of ResourcesManuscripts
Type of MaterialText
Size of Collection1000-5000



 Mintek. Library
Name of CollectionMintek Publications (Open)
Collection ChampionManil Kanniappen (Tel no.: +27 11 709 4277, Fax no.: +27 11 793 4122, E-mail address: manilk@mintek.co.za)
 Library and Documentation Services; Private Bag x3015; Randburg; PO Box 630; Johannesburg; 2194
Status of CollectionDigitising under way - Not Yet Planned
Physical Location of Collection200 Malibongwe Drive; Randburg; Johannesburg; 2125


Description of CollectionTechnical research reports in the specialised field of minerals processing and metallurgy.
Beneficiaries of Digitized CollectionInternational research community.
Justification for Digitization and PreservationThis is a unique collection of Mintek's IP. As the collection is so specialised, it will benefit the international research community.


Ontology StandardsFree-text Keywords
Type of ResourcesJournals; Conference papers
Type of MaterialText
Size of Collection5000-10000



 National Library of South Africa. Stack Management
Name of CollectionSouth African Official Publications
Collection ChampionWillem Vorster (Tel no.: +27 12 401 9700, Cell: +27 72 920 4874, Fax no.: +27 12 326 7642, E-mail address: willem.vorster@nlsa.ac.za)
 Preservation Services; PO Box 496; Cape Town; 8000
Status of CollectionDigitising under way - Not Yet Planned
Accessibility of CollectionOpen Access
Physical Location of Collection5 Queen Victoria Street; Cape Town; 8001


Description of CollectionSpecial historical records of early colonial times.
Language(s) of the CollectionAfrikaans; English
Beneficiaries of Digitized CollectionResearchers, students, schools.
Justification for Digitization and Preservationimprove preservation and access of and to collections.


Ontology StandardsLibrary of Congress
Type of MaterialText
Size of Collection50000+



 National Library of South Africa. ISAP
Name of CollectionSouth African Periodicals
Collection ChampionAntoinette Kotze (Tel no.: +27 12 401 9700, Fax no.: +27 12 326 7642, E-mail address: antoinette.kotze@nlsa.ac.za)
 Preservation Services; PO Box 496; Cape Town; 8000
Status of CollectionDigitising under way - Not Yet Planned
Accessibility of CollectionOpen Access
Physical Location of Collection5 Queen Victoria Street; Cape Town; 8001


Description of CollectionAcademic (all disciplines)
Keywords Describing the CollectionGeneral
Language(s) of the CollectionSouth African languages
Beneficiaries of Digitized CollectionAcademic environment and business sector.
Justification for Digitization and PreservationAccording to academic value and based on the current list of titles included in the ISAP product/service.


Ontology StandardsFree-text Keywords
Type of ResourcesCartoons; Photographs; Artworks
Type of MaterialText
Size of Collection1000-5000



 National Library of South Africa. Reprographic & Digital Services
Name of CollectionBooks
Collection ChampionAntenie Carstens (Tel no.: +27 21 487 5617, Cell: +27 73 303 7125, Fax no.: +27 21 423 3359, E-mail address: antenie.carstens@nlsa.ac.za)
 Preservation Services; PO Box 496; Cape Town; 8000
Status of CollectionDigitising under way - Not Yet Planned
Accessibility of CollectionOpen Access
Physical Location of Collection5 Queen Victoria Street; Cape Town; 8001


Language(s) of the CollectionSouth African languages
Beneficiaries of Digitized CollectionScholars, students and schools.
Justification for Digitization and PreservationTo make out of print-books available. Best authors. Literature. South African vernacular languages.


Ontology StandardsLibrary of Congress; DDC
Type of MaterialText
Size of Collection5000-10000



 Rhodes University. Cory Library for Historical Research
Name of CollectionGrahamstown Training Collection
Collection ChampionGwenda Thomas / Shirley Kabwato (Tel no.: +27 46 603 8079, Fax no.: +27 46 622 3487, E-mail address: g.thomas@ru.ac.za / s.kabwato@ru.ac.za)
 Library; PO Box 184; Grahamstown; 6140
Status of CollectionDigitising under way - Not Yet Planned
Accessibility of CollectionAccess via Archivist
Physical Location of CollectionArtillery Road; Grahamstown; 6139


Description of CollectionPhotograph Albums (1920-1982); minute books (1954-1991); and records relating to the Old Girls Guild including pamphlets on the Sisters' Chapel, Mother Cecile, the story of a vocation and minutes of meetings.
Language(s) of the CollectionEnglish
Beneficiaries of Digitized CollectionResearchers of Grahamstown education history (1954-1991) and early history of one of the first colleges in Grahamstown and its impact to society (1920-1982).
Justification for Digitization and PreservationPhotographs are originals and only copies available. Not yet catalogued, thus unknown to the public. Digitization will provide wider access. Frequency of use and physical condition,


Metadata StandardsDublin Core
Type of ResourcesPhotograph albums; Minute books
Type of MaterialText; Still image
Type of File formatspdf; tiff; jpeg; txt
Size of Collection1000-5000



 Rhodes University. International Library of African Music
Name of CollectionILAM Instrument Collection
Collection ChampionProf. Diane Thram, Director, ILAM / Mr. Elijah Madiba, (Tel no.: +27 46 603 8557, Fax no.: +27 46 622 4411, E-mail address: d.thram@ru.ac.za / e.madiba@ru.ac.za)
 Library; PO Box 184; Grahamstown; 6140
Status of CollectionDigitising under way - Not Yet Planned
Physical Location of CollectionArtillery Road; Grahamstown; 6139


Description of Collection350 African musical instruments (inventory to be sent to the NRF separately) collected between 1930s and 1970s. Intruments were collected throughout east, central and southern Africa.
Beneficiaries of Digitized CollectionResearchers, students and any other individuals interested in undertaking research and music education projects. World-wide access to this unique collection.
Justification for Digitization and PreservationUnique collection - urgency because of deterioration of instruments, protection of instruments, importance for research and importance for heritage.


Type of ResourcesMusical instruments
Type of MaterialPhysical object
Size of Collection100-1000



 Rhodes University. International Library of African Music (ILAM)
Name of CollectionHugh Tracey Field Cards
Collection ChampionProf. Diane Thram, Director, ILAM (Tel no.: +27 46 603 8557, Fax no.: +27 46 622 4411, E-mail address: d.thram@ru.ac.za)
 Library; PO Box 184; Grahamstown; 6140
Status of CollectionDigitising under way - Not Yet Planned
Accessibility of CollectionAccess via Archivist
Physical Location of CollectionArtillery Road; Grahamstown; 6139


Description of CollectionDates from the 1930s through the early 1970s, as Hugh Tracey pioneered in the scholarly study of African music. ILAM was founded by Hugh Tracey in 1954 as a library, research centre and repository for his field collections, commercially published recordings and his collection of African musical instruments. Many thousands of African songs, together with detailed documentation on purpose-designed field cards (with 15 individual information fields, covering everything from performers name, address, instrument played, language group to length of recording in minutes and seconds and the equipment it was recorded on) were collected by Tracey in the course of 19 field excursions that took him throughout east, central and southern Africa.
Beneficiaries of Digitized CollectionResearchers, students and any other individuals interested in undertaking research and music education projects, archivists and staff in ILAM.
Justification for Digitization and PreservationUnique collection, accessibility of collection, importance for research and heritage.


Content StandardsDublin Core
Type of ResourcesHandwritten field cards (both sides)
Size of Collection10000-50000



 Sol Plaatje Municipality. Africana Library
Name of CollectionKimberley Africana
Collection ChampionShirley James (Tel no.: +27 53 8306241, Cell: 0824646519, Fax no.: 0865364729, E-mail address: fvandyik@solplaatje.org.za)
Status of CollectionDigitising under way - Not Yet Planned
Accessibility of CollectionAccess via Archivist


Description of CollectionBooks since1475; manuscripts; photos; newspapers since1866; letters; maps. early African indigeous languages; first cape printed words (1800-1837); early European travellers in the region; missionary activities; SA war 1899-1902; diamond diggings.
Keywords Describing the CollectionHistory
Period Covered1475-2009
Language(s) of the CollectionEnglish; Afrikaans; African languages
Beneficiaries of Digitized CollectionNational and International researchers
Justification for Digitization and PreservationValuabel and rare material are used continuously and are in brittle state. Needs digitising urgently


Ontology StandardsDDC
Type of ResourcesArticles; Bio-graphies; Drawings; Diaries; Manuscripts; Photographs; Books; Newspapers
Type of MaterialText; Still image
Type of File formatsjpeg
Size of Collection50000+



 South African Broadcasting Corporation. Media Libraries
Name of CollectionMusic Library
Collection ChampionSuzette Lombard (Tel no.: +27 11 7142 437, Fax no.: +27 83 687 1811, E-mail address: lombards@sabc.co.za)
  PO Box 931; Auckland Park; Johannesburg; 2006
Status of CollectionDigitising under way - Not Yet Planned
Accessibility of CollectionOpen Access
Physical Location of CollectionHenley Road; Auckland Park; Johannesburg; 2006


Description of CollectionThe SABC Music Library came into existence in the 1930s as a supporting library for the SABC Orchestra which eventually became known as the National Symphony Orchestra. Over the years, the SABC invested generously in the library, purchasing instruments of the best quality and a huge repertoire of printed music. The library currently houses one of the biggest collections of printed music in the whole of Africa. These assets are rented out to professional orchestras and other music organizations, nationally as well as internationally. The income generated in this way is used to maintain and protect the music assets.
Beneficiaries of Digitized CollectionOrchestras, musicians, researchers
Justification for Digitization and PreservationResearch, heritage, business


Ontology StandardsFree-text Keywords
Type of ResourcesMusical scores/sheet music
Type of MaterialSound
Size of Collection50000+



 South African Environmental Observation Network (SAEON).
Name of CollectionKruger National Park Rangers Diaries
Collection ChampionVictoria Goodall (Tel no.: +27 21 799 8745, Fax no.: 086 555 9332, E-mail address: victoria@saeon.ac.za)
 Fynbos Node; Private Bag X7; Claremont; 7735
Status of CollectionDigitising under way - Not Yet Planned
Accessibility of CollectionPartial Open Access
Physical Location of CollectionSAEON Ndlovu Nodes; Phalaborwa Gate; Kruger National Park; Phalaborwa; 1390


Description of CollectionCovers the extent of the Kruger National Park. Ranger diaries of Kruger National Park section rangers from the 1950s to 1980s.
Language(s) of the CollectionEnglish; Afrikaans
Beneficiaries of Digitized CollectionMembers of the public and scientific community.
Justification for Digitization and PreservationHeritage. Potential of important ecological information that can be mined from these diaries. Copyright: Kruger National Parks, SANPARKS


Metadata StandardsEML
Ontology StandardsFree-text Keywords
Type of ResourcesDiaries
Type of MaterialText
Size of Collection1000-5000



 South African Environmental Observation Network (SAEON).
Name of CollectionColonial Botanist Reports
Collection ChampionVictoria Goodall (Tel no.: +27 21 799 8745, Fax no.: 086 555 9332, E-mail address: victoria@saeon.ac.za)
 SAEON Ndlovu Node; Fynbos Node; Private Bag X7; Claremont; 7735
Status of CollectionDigitising under way - Not Yet Planned
Accessibility of CollectionOpen Access
Physical Location of CollectionSouth African national Biodiversity Institute; Kirstenbosch; Rhodes Drive; Cape Town;


Description of CollectionThe originals of the Colonial Botanist reports from 1860's until the 1900's. Also some Parks and Garden reports from 1900's.
Language(s) of the CollectionEnglish
Beneficiaries of Digitized CollectionMembers of the public and scientic community.
Justification for Digitization and PreservationThe importance of the data, preserving data, preventing loss of data.


Metadata StandardsEML
Type of ResourcesManuscripts
Type of MaterialText
Size of Collection>100



 South African Environmental Observation Network (SAEON).
Name of CollectionKruger National Park Fixed Point Photography
Collection ChampionVictoria Goodall (Tel no.: +27 21 799 8745, Fax no.: 086 555 9332, E-mail address: victoria@saeon.ac.za)
 SAEON Ndlovu Node; Fynbos Node; Private Bag X7; Claremont; 7735
Status of CollectionDigitising under way - Not Yet Planned
Accessibility of CollectionPartial Open Access
Physical Location of CollectionSAEON Ndlovu Node; Phalaborwa Gate; Kruger National Park; Phalaborwa; 1390


Description of CollectionFixed Point Photographs from various locations within the Kruger National Park.
Language(s) of the CollectionEnglish
Beneficiaries of Digitized CollectionThe scientific communicty and particularly researchers investigating change over time.
Justification for Digitization and PreservationImportant for research and future monitoring of change.


Metadata StandardsEML
Type of Resourcesphotographs
Type of MaterialStill image
Type of File formatstxt
Size of CollectionDon't know



 South African Medical Research Council. Information Services Division
Name of CollectionPretoria
  PO Box 19070; Tygerberg; Cape Town; 7505
Status of CollectionDigitising under way - Not Yet Planned
Accessibility of CollectionPartial Open Access
Physical Location of CollectionFrancie van Zijl Drive; Parowvallei; Tygerberg; Cape Town; 7505


Description of CollectionHealth and Biomedical Research. National and International Research.
Language(s) of the CollectionAfrican languages; English
Beneficiaries of Digitized CollectionResearchers, scientists, science councils and the nation at large.
Justification for Digitization and PreservationImportance for research and heritage, preservation and conservation and accesibility.


Metadata StandardsDublin Core
Ontology StandardsDDC
Type of ResourcesManuscripts; Books; Journals; Photographs; Slides; Posters
Type of MaterialText
Type of File formatspdf; jpeg; html; xhtml; tiff
Size of Collection5000-10000



 South African Medical Research Council. Information Services Division
Name of CollectionKwaZulu-Natal
Collection ChampionN. Langdown and T. Kolo (Tel no.: +27 21 938 0470/0527, Fax no.: +27 21 938 0808/0864, E-mail address: document.delivery@mrc.ac.za)
 Information Services Division; PO Box 19070; Tygerberg; Cape Town; 7505
Status of CollectionDigitising under way - Not Yet Planned
Accessibility of CollectionPartial Open Access
Physical Location of CollectionFrancie van Zijl Drive; Parowvallei; Cape Town; 7505


Language(s) of the CollectionAfrican languages; English
Beneficiaries of Digitized CollectionGeneral public
Justification for Digitization and PreservationImportance for research and heritage, conservation and preservation and accesibility. Importance for research or heritage, conservation and preservation.


Metadata StandardsDublin Core
Ontology StandardsDDC
Type of ResourcesBooks; Journals; Photographs; Slides; Posters
Type of MaterialText
Type of File formatshtml; gif; jpeg; tiff; pdf
Size of Collection100-1000



 Stellenbosch University. Library and Information Service
Name of CollectionRare Africana
Collection ChampionMimi Seyffert (Tel no.: +27 21 808 4398, Fax no.: +27 21 808 3723, E-mail address: mseyf@sun.ac.za)
 Special Collections; Private Bag x5036; Stellenbosch; 7599
Status of CollectionDigitising under way - Not Yet Planned
Accessibility of CollectionRestricted to members
Physical Location of CollectionMerriman Avenue; Stellenbosch; 7600


Description of CollectionTraveler's journals in Africana need to be digitized for ease of use.
Language(s) of the CollectionEnglish, German, French, Dutch and Swedish.
Beneficiaries of Digitized CollectionResearchers and students.
Justification for Digitization and PreservationUniqueness, condition and frequency of use.


Metadata StandardsDublin Core Qualified
Ontology StandardsLibrary of Congress
Type of ResourcesBooks
Type of MaterialText
Type of File formatspdf
Size of Collection>100



 Tshwane University of Technology. Library and Information Services
Name of CollectionTUT Archives
Collection ChampionArchives Librarian (Yvette Dumas until vacancy is filled) (Tel no.: +27 12 382 5487, Fax no.: +27 12 382 5485, E-mail address: dumasye@tut.ac.za)
  Private Bag x680; Pretoria; 0001
Status of CollectionDigitising under way - Not Yet Planned
Accessibility of CollectionRestricted to members
Physical Location of CollectionStaatsartillerie Road; Pretoria West; 0183


Description of CollectionCollection to function as an institutional repository (historical), comprising of components and collections from the new as well as former institutions.
Period Covered-2011
Beneficiaries of Digitized CollectionResearchers and Historians
Justification for Digitization and PreservationUniqueness and importance for research and heritage, Owner: TUT and former institutions. Copyright protected as per corporate policies and relevant Acts and as per individual documents. Copyright managed by TUT Legal Services.


Metadata StandardsDublin Core
Type of ResourcesManuscripts; Letters; Photographs; Posters; Artworks; Specimens; Drawings
Type of MaterialText; Sound; Still image
Type of File formatspdf
Size of Collection5000-10000



 University of Johannesburg. Archiving, Special Collections and Institutional Repository
Name of CollectionMaria Katrakis Lyceum of Women Hellenic Archives
Collection ChampionProf B. Hendricks, Ms N. Souris, H. Latsky (Tel no.: +27 11 559 2630, Fax no.: +27 11 726 7723, E-mail address: henriettel@uj.acza)
 Library and Information Centre; Kingsway Campus; PO Box 524; Auckland Park; Johannesburg; 2006
Status of CollectionDigitising under way - Not Yet Planned
Accessibility of CollectionAccess via Archivist
Physical Location of CollectionKingsway Campus; Cnr University & Kingsway Roads; Auckland Park; Johannesburg; 2006


Description of CollectionSince 1991 the South African Branch of the Lyceum Club of Greek Women has been collecting material on the Greek community in South Africa. The photograph collection is a travelling photographic exhibition, which has, among others, been sent to Thessalonica and has been very well- received by the Greek press. New material is continually received and added to the Collection.
Language(s) of the CollectionGreek
Beneficiaries of Digitized CollectionResearchers and historians
Justification for Digitization and PreservationDigitization can be justified by the deterioration of the newspaper collection, and the wish to provide access to the material to researchers in Greece. The material provides a unique insight into the history of the Greek people in Southern Africa.


Metadata StandardsDublin Core
Ontology StandardsFree-text Keywords
Type of ResourcesManuscripts; Letters; Photographs
Type of MaterialText; Still image
Type of File formatstiff; jpeg
Size of Collection1000-5000



 University of Johannesburg. Archiving, Special Collections and Institutional Repository
Name of CollectionEugene N. Marais Collection
Collection ChampionH. Latsky, A. van Vuren (Tel no.: +27 11 559 2630, Fax no.: +27 11 726 7723, E-mail address: henriettel@uj.ac.za)
 Library and Information Centre; Kingsway Campus; PO Box 524; Auckland Park; Johannesburg; 2006
Status of CollectionDigitising under way - Not Yet Planned
Accessibility of CollectionAccess via Archivist
Physical Location of CollectionKingsway Campus; Cnr University & Kingsway Roads; Auckland; Johannesburg; 2006


Description of CollectionThe collection includes the original hand-written and typed manuscripts of 'The soul of the ape', considered by the author as his masterpiece, as well as some letters from Marais to his son (1916 to 1923) and correspondence, between his son and the editor of an overseas journal, regarding the alleged plagiarism of Marais' book 'Burgers van die berge' (1952). Another interesting item in the collection is Marais' sketch- and note book, containing notes, ideas for articles and pencil sketches executed during his sojourn in London at the time of the Anglo Boer War, 1899 - 1902.
Language(s) of the CollectionAfrikaans; English
Beneficiaries of Digitized CollectionHistorians and researchers
Justification for Digitization and PreservationUniqueness of collection and deterioration of material


Metadata StandardsDublin Core
Ontology StandardsFree-text Keywords
Type of ResourcesManuscripts; Letters
Type of MaterialText
Type of File formatspdf
Size of Collection>100



 University of Johannesburg. Archiving, Special Collections and Institutional Repository
Name of CollectionJ. Boyazoglu Artifact Collection
Collection ChampionH. Latsky, A. van Vuren (Tel no.: +27 11 559 2530, Fax no.: +27 11 726 7723, E-mail address: henriettel@uj.ac.za)
 Library and Information Centre; Kingsway Campus; PO Box 524; Auckland Park; Johannesburg; 2006
Status of CollectionDigitising under way - Not Yet Planned
Accessibility of CollectionAccess via Archivist
Physical Location of CollectionKingsway Campus; Cnr University & Kingsway Roads; Auckland Park; Johannesburg; 2006


Description of CollectionThe collection comprises material illustrating French involvement in South African history, including the following: documents and photographs regarding the French attitude to, and observations during the Boer War and a very valuable collection of Boer-War memorabilia, e.g. porcelain, toys, etc.
Beneficiaries of Digitized CollectionResearchers and historians
Justification for Digitization and PreservationThe memorabilia provide a unique look at our Boer War history through the eyes of the French.


Metadata StandardsDublin Core
Ontology StandardsFree-text Keywords
Type of ResourcesPhotographs; Posters; Artworks
Type of MaterialStill image
Type of File formatsjpeg; tiff
Size of Collection100-1000



 University of Johannesburg. Archiving, Special Collections and Institutional Repository
Name of CollectionA.L. Aucamp Memorabilia Collection and Diaries
Collection ChampionH. Latsky / A. van Vuren (Tel no.: +27 11 559 2630, Fax no.: +27 11 726 7723, E-mail address: henriettel@uj.ac.za)
  PO Box 524; Auckland Park; 2006; Johannesburg; 2006
Status of CollectionDigitising under way - Not Yet Planned
Accessibility of CollectionAccess via Archivist
Physical Location of CollectionKingsway Campus; Cnr University & Kingsway Roads; Auckland; Johannesburg; 2195


Description of CollectionRev. Aucamp served for 4 years in the Dutch Reformed Church in Eldoret, Kenia (1933 - 1937). His reminiscences and artifacts that he collected portrays the history of South Africans who lived in Kenia during that period.
Language(s) of the CollectionAfrikaans
Beneficiaries of Digitized CollectionHistorians and researchers.
Justification for Digitization and PreservationUnique collection of African artifacts from the 1930s as well as an unique description of missionary work in Kenia. Copyright: University of Johannesburg, diaries: Prof. P. Aucamp.


Content StandardsDublin Core
Ontology StandardsFree-text Keywords
Type of ResourcesDiaries; Artifacts
Type of MaterialText; Still image
Type of File formatspdf; tiff; jpeg
Size of Collection>100



 University of Johannesburg. Archiving, Special Collections and Institutional Repository
Name of CollectionMISSAK Collection
Collection ChampionH. Latsky, A. van Vuren (Tel no.: +27 11 559 2630, Fax no.: +27 11 726 7723, E-mail address: henriettel@uj.ac.za)
  PO Box 524; Auckland Park; 2006; Johannesburg; 2006
Status of CollectionDigitising under way - Not Yet Planned
Accessibility of CollectionAccess via Archivist
Physical Location of CollectionKingsway Campus; Cnr University & Kingsway Rds; Auckland; Johannesburg; 2195


Description of CollectionJulien Minas Missak (1906-1980) was born in Belgium, the son of an Armenian father and a Flemish mother. In 1950 he immigrated to South Africa. He lived in a mansion in Westcliff and donated many valuable items to the University. The most important items are known as the Ottoman Missak Archives, consisting of almost 500 Ottoman, Armenian, French and Greek documents and old family photographs, which trace the history and genealogy of the Missak dynasty in the Ottoman Empire. The collection also contains interesting artifacts collected by Mr. Missak.
Beneficiaries of Digitized CollectionHistorians and researchers.
Justification for Digitization and PreservationThe 500 Ottoman documents are very old and fragile and should be made accessible to researchers outside Africa.


Metadata StandardsDublin Core
Ontology StandardsFree-text Keywords
Type of ResourcesManuscripts; Letters; Artifacts
Type of MaterialText
Type of File formatspdf; tiff; jpeg
Size of Collection100-1000



 University of Johannesburg. Archiving, Special Collections and Institutional Repository
Name of CollectionAfrikaner on the Witwatersrand Collection
Collection ChampionH. Latsky, A. van Vuren (Tel no.: +27 11 559 2630, Fax no.: +27 11 726 7723, E-mail address: henriettel@uj.ac.za)
  PO Box 524; Auckland Park; Johannesburg; 2006
Status of CollectionDigitising under way - Not Yet Planned
Accessibility of CollectionAccess via Archivist
Physical Location of CollectionKingsway Campus; Cnr University & Kingsway Roads; Auckland Park; Johannesburg; 2195


Description of CollectionAt the founding of the University in 1967, a research project on the history of the Afrikaans community on the Witwatersrand was launched under the auspices of the History Department of the University. The documents, covering the period 1886 - 1961, provide information on the political, economic, social, educational, religious and cultural activities of the Afrikaner on the Rand.
Language(s) of the CollectionAfrikaans
Beneficiaries of Digitized CollectionHistorians and researchers.
Justification for Digitization and PreservationA selection of historically valuable items, as well as the memorabilia in this collection can be digitized to portray the history of the Afrikaans community in Gauteng. According to historical value, uniqueness and scarcity.


Metadata StandardsDublin Core
Ontology StandardsFree-text Keywords
Type of ResourcesManuscripts; Letters; Diaries; Photographs
Type of MaterialText; Still image
Type of File formatspdf; tiff; jpeg
Size of Collection10000-50000



 University of KwaZulu-Natal. Programme of Geomatics (Land Surveying)
Name of CollectionAerial Film Archive
Collection ChampionCarl Grossmann (Tel no.: +27 31 260 1062, Cell: +27 83 334 3584, Fax no.: +27 86 511 7594, E-mail address: grossman@ukzn.ac.za)
  University of KwaZulu-Natal Progamme of Geomatics (Land Surveying) Howard College Campus; ; 4041
Status of CollectionDigitising under way - Not Yet Planned
Accessibility of CollectionOpen Access
Physical Location of CollectionUKZN Centenary Building; Howard College Campus; Durban; 4041


Description of CollectionApproximately 800 rolls of soft aerial film with approximately 400 000 individual images. In 2004 the University of KwaZulu-Natal's Programme of Geomatics (Land Surveying) became custodian of the entire aerial photograph archive from the Air Survey Company of Africa which had closed down. The Air Survey Company of Africa had pioneered and been involved with the taking of aerial photographs for various purposes from the 1940's. As such this company had amassed a vast archive of aerial photographic canisters of negative film. There are approximately 400 images per large format canister. The University already had an archive of aerial photography taken in the 1950's, 60's and 70's by the then Land Surveying Department of the University of Natal. This is a valuable and irreplaceable collection of aerial photographs covering a large geographical area that is of immense value to historians, environmentalists, surveyors, geologists, social scientists and the general public.
Beneficiaries of Digitized CollectionHistorians, environmentalists, surveyors, geologists, social scientists and the general public.
Justification for Digitization and PreservationIn 2004 the University of KwaZulu-Natal's Programme of Geomatics (Land Surveying) became custodian of the entire aerial photograph archive from the Air Survey Company of Africa which had just closed down. The Air Survey Company of Africa had pioneered and been involved with the taking of aerial photographs for various purposes from the 1940s. As such this company had amassed a vast archive of aerial photographic canisters of negative film. There are approximately 400 images per large format canister. The University already had an archive of aerial photography taken in the 1950s, 60s and 70s by the then Land Surveying department of the University of Natal. This is a valuable and irreplaceable collection of aerial photographs covering a large geographical area that is of immense value to historians, environmentalists, surveyors, geologists, social scientists and the general public.


Type of ResourcesMaps
Type of MaterialStill image
Size of Collection50000+



 University of Pretoria. Dept of Architecture
Name of CollectionJohn Fassler
Collection ChampionLeon Pienaar
  PO Box 12411; Hatfield; Pretoria; 0028
Status of CollectionDigitising under way - Not Yet Planned
Physical Location of CollectionLynnwood Road; Hatfield; Pretoria; 0002




Type of ResourcesLetters; Photographs; Drawings
Type of MaterialText
Size of Collection100-1000



 University of Pretoria. Dept of Architecture
Name of CollectionJ. Cleland
Collection ChampionLeon Pienaar
  PO Box 12411; Hatfield; 0028
Status of CollectionDigitising under way - Not Yet Planned
Physical Location of CollectionLynnwood Road; Hatfield; Pretoria; 0002




Type of ResourcesLetters; Photographs; Drawings
Type of MaterialText; Still image
Size of Collection100-1000



 University of Pretoria. Dept of Architecture
Name of CollectionPlekke en Geboue van Pretoria
Collection ChampionLeon Pienaar
  PO Box 12411; Hatfield; Pretoria; 0028
Status of CollectionDigitising under way - Not Yet Planned
Physical Location of CollectionLynnwood Road; Hatfield; Pretoria; 0002




Type of Resources3-volume book
Type of MaterialText



 University of Pretoria. Special Coillections
Name of CollectionMedia 24
Collection ChampionAnja
  PO Box 12411; Hatfield; Pretoria; 0028
Status of CollectionDigitising under way - Not Yet Planned
Physical Location of CollectionLynnwood Road; Hatfield; Pretoria; 0110


Beneficiaries of Digitized CollectionResearchers and students.
Justification for Digitization and PreservationValuable Africana material. Preserves old Africana texts and makes them available digitally.


Type of ResourcesAfricana Books
Type of MaterialText
Size of CollectionDon't know