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 McGregor Museum. Photographic Department
Name of CollectionDuggan-Cronin Ethnographic Photo Collection
Collection ChampionDr L. Jacobson/ Mr R. Hart (Tel no.: +27 53 839 2703/2743, Fax no.: +27 53 842 1433, E-mail address: jake@museumsnc.co.za / photos@museumsnc.co.za)
  PO Box 316; Kimberley; 8300
Status of CollectionDigitised - Completed
Accessibility of CollectionPartial Open Access
Physical Location of CollectionAtlas Street; Kimberley; 8301


Description of CollectionA.M. Duggan-Cronin bequeathed his collection of photos and negatives to the McGregor Museum. Approximately 6000 photos are of the indigenous peoples of southern Africa (South Africa, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Angola, Mocambique, Swaziland, Lesotho and Zambia.
Beneficiaries of Digitized CollectionIt is intended to produce books, museum displays and a web site in order to make the images accessible to the public and researchers. Three major displays have already been held, i.e., Kimberley (Duggan-Cronin Gallery, ongoing), Museum Africa (Johannesburg, ongoing) and Cape Town and a booklet has been printed (together with an additional edition in Zulu).
Justification for Digitization and PreservationThere was an urgent need to rescue this particular collection of negatives from deterioration as well as the safety of the entire collection as a whole. The negatives are mainly nitrate based which means they were inherently unstable and could spontaneously combust. These photos, taken between 1919 and 1939, have been described by, amongst others, Mr Nelson Mandela and Mrs A. Cartier-Bresson of the Paris Museum, as of outstanding quality and artistic merit and of international relevance.


Type of ResourcesPhotographs; Photograph negatives
Type of File formatstiff
Size of Collection5000-10000



 National Library of South Africa. Special Collections
Name of CollectionBleek Collection
Collection ChampionMelanie Geustyn (Tel no.: +27 21 487 5620, Cell: +27 82 785 4166, Fax no.: +27 21 423 3359, E-mail address: melanie.geustyn@nlsa.ac.za)
 Preservation Services; PO Box 496; Cape Town; 8000
Status of CollectionDigitised - Completed
Accessibility of CollectionPartial Open Access
Physical Location of Collection5 Queen Victoria Street; Cape Town; 8001


Description of CollectionUNESCO Memory of the World Project
Geograhic CoverageNorthern Cape
Period Covered-2004
Language(s) of the CollectionSan langugage - Northern Cape
Beneficiaries of Digitized CollectionResearchers and scholars and wider public.
Justification for Digitization and PreservationWorldwide interest in San culture. Used for exhibitions locally and abroad and published books. Reduce use of originals. Easily damaged sketches with charcoal.


Type of ResourcesManuscripts; Artworks; Drawing
Type of MaterialText; Still image
Size of Collection100-1000



 National Library of South Africa. Stack Management
Name of CollectionHistorical Maps
Collection ChampionSusan Battison (Tel no.: +27 12 401 9700, Fax no.: +27 12 326 7642, E-mail address: susan.battison@nlsa.ac.za)
 Preservation Services; PO Box 496; Cape Town; 8000
Status of CollectionDigitised - Completed
Physical Location of Collection5 Queen Victoria Street; Cape Town; 8001


Description of CollectionHistorical maps of Africa and Southern Africa.
Period Covered-August 2008
Language(s) of the CollectionDutch; English
Beneficiaries of Digitized CollectionVisitors of map library. Possibly published in catalogue. Also posting on library website.
Justification for Digitization and PreservationDigitized copies usef for display. Originals stored in safe.


Metadata StandardsMARC
Ontology StandardsLibrary of Congress; DDC
Type of ResourcesManuscripts; Maps
Type of Materialtext
Type of File formatspdf
Size of Collection100-1000



 North-West University. Information Systems
Name of CollectionETD@PUK
Collection ChampionMr Louw Venter (Tel no.: +27 18 299 2000, Cell: 073 1575 412, Fax no.: +27 18 299 2807, E-mail address: louw.venter@nwu.ac.za)
 Library Services Potchefstroom Campus; PO Box X05; Noordburg; Potchefstroom; 2522
Status of CollectionDigitised - Completed
Website Address of Collectionhttp://dspace.nwu.ac.za/handle/10394/2
Accessibility of CollectionOpen Access
Physical Location of CollectionFerdinand Postma Library; 11 Hoffman Street; Potchefstroom; 2520


Description of CollectionCollection content description: Contains the original digitized versions of research conducted at the North-West University (Potchefstroom Campus) since 2004.
Keywords Describing the CollectionGeneral
Language(s) of the CollectionAfrikaans; English
Beneficiaries of Digitized CollectionEnd-users
Justification for Digitization and PreservationTo start with an Institutional Repository and to raise awareness about the benefits of Open Access and digital archiving.


Metadata StandardsDublin Core
Content StandardsAACRII
Ontology StandardsFree-text keywords
Type of ResourcesTheses and Dissertations
Type of MaterialText; Still image
Type of File formatspdf
Size of CollectionDon't know



 South African Bureau of Standards. Sales and Promotion
Name of CollectionSANS Standards Collection
Collection ChampionMr T. Moodley (Tel no.: +27 12 428 7101, Fax no.: +27 12 428 7101, E-mail address: moodlet@sabs.co.za)
  Private Bag X191; Pretoria; 0001
Status of CollectionDigitised - Completed
Website Address of Collectionhttp://www.sabs.co.za
Physical Location of CollectionNo 1 Dr Lategan Drive; Groenkloof; Pretoria; 0001


Description of CollectionThe collection consists of all current South African National Standards (SANS).
Period Covered-2006
Language(s) of the CollectionEnglish
Beneficiaries of Digitized CollectionStandards users as well as SABS staff members will benefit.
Justification for Digitization and PreservationUniqueness of the collection. Also the fact that there is a great demand for standards, including an increasing demand to download them from the internet (on input of a credit card number). The international trend is towards digitised standards. Standards are ideally suited to being downloaded from the internet as they generally consist of small files with minimal graphics and colour. The value is in the content, not the appearance, so special printing requirements are minimal. The standard can be stored digitally or printed, according to the preference of the purchaser.


Ontology StandardsFree-text Keywords; BSI Root thesaurus
Type of MaterialText
Type of File formatspdf
Size of Collection5000-10000



 South African Environmental Observation Network (SAEON).
Name of CollectionHans Hoheisen Research Facility
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 CollectionDigitised - Completed
Website Address of Collectionhttp://dataknp.sanparks.org
Accessibility of CollectionOpen Access
Physical Location of CollectionPhalaborwa Gate; Kruger National Park; Phalaborwa; 1390


Description of CollectionSeveral research projects. Research and monitoring information have been stored in the vault and all require digitisation.
Period Covered-June 2009
Language(s) of the CollectionEnglish
Beneficiaries of Digitized CollectionScientific and research community.
Justification for Digitization and PreservationPrevent the loss of potentially valuable information. The most complete datasets are digitised. If insufficient metadata cannot be obtained then datasets are not digitized.


Metadata StandardsEML
Ontology StandardsFree-text Keywords
Type of Resourcesspecimens
Type of MaterialText
Type of File formatsjpeg
Size of Collection>100



 South African Environmental Observation Network (SAEON).
Name of CollectionMkuze Vegetation Data
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 CollectionDigitised - Completed
Accessibility of CollectionRestricted to members
Physical Location of CollectionSAEON Ndlovu Node; Phalaborwa Gate; Kruger National Park; Phalaborwa; 1390


Description of CollectionMkuze Game Reserve, EKZN Wildlife
Period Covered-Jan 2008
Language(s) of the CollectionEnglish
Beneficiaries of Digitized CollectionThe scientific community and particularly researchers investigating change over time.
Justification for Digitization and PreservationImportant for research or heritage. The dataset covers 30 years of vegetation monitoring data. Copyright: Pete Goodman, KZN Wildlife.


Metadata StandardsEML
Type of MaterialText
Size of Collection1000-5000



 Stellenbosch University. Visual Studies
Name of CollectionSouth African portrait photographs of Gustav Theodor Fritsch, 1863-1865
Collection ChampionProf. Keith Dietrich (Tel no.: +27 21 808 3046, Cell: 0829205087, Fax no.: +27 21 808 3044, E-mail address: kd2@sun.ac.za)
 Department of Visual Arts; Victoria Street; Stellenbosch; 7602
Status of CollectionDigitised - Completed
Accessibility of CollectionOpen Access
Physical Location of CollectionDepartment of Visual Arts; Victoria Street; Stellenbosch; 7602


Description of CollectionIn 1863, a year after completing his degree in medicine at the University of Berlin, the 25-year-old Dr Gustav Theodor Fritsch embarked on an expedition to South Africa at his own expense with a view to conducting an anthropological study of the indigenous people of the region. Fritsch's journey was primarily motivated by his scientific interests, particularly in comparative anatomy and anthropology. At a time when many conflicting theories were being advanced in the area of race studies, he sought to reach his own conclusions by conducting primary research in the field. His background in the natural sciences also equipped him to conduct detailed botanical, entomological, ornithological and zoological observations. Compared to earlier traveller-scientists who visited South Africa, Fritsch's contribution to the anthropological literature on indigenous people from southern Africa was unique. He was an accomplished photographer and collected a comprehensive body of photographic records on his travels that were used as source material for the illustrations in his Drei Jahre in Sud-Afrika: Reise-skizzen nach Notizen des Tagesbuchs zusammengestellt (1868) and Die Eingeborenen, and for the etchings in his Atlas, which accompanied Die Eingeborenen Sud-Afrika's ethnographisch und anatomisch beschreiben (1872). The photographs include portrait and full-length studies of individuals, images of groups of people, scenes of African and colonial settlements, and landscapes. Of all these, it is the portraits that far outnumber the rest, and despite their anthropological intention, the quality of the portraits is quite extraordinary.

Fritsch's books and articles have never been translated into English and only a few of his photographs have been published. The material, therefore, remains relatively unknown and his research on South Africa has consequently not been given any exposure. The primary aim of this book, therefore, is to bring together a comprehensive collection of Fritsch's southern African photographs, particularly his portraits. Fritsch's travel account is by no means a dispassionate narration by an unbefangene Beobachter (detached observer), as he often refers to himself. Throughout his work the reader is reminded that the subjective experiences and observations of the writer form the main focus of the volume. Yet his descriptions bring to life the interaction of groups and their idiosyncrasies in a perething that is often missing in contemporary travel accounts, in which African cultures are usually described as static and timeless. Notwithstanding the state of flux in this transitional period of colonial history, when the power and traditional way of life of local communities was being considerably eroded and undermined, the presence of the local people is asserted through the medium of photography.

The 234 of Gustav Fritsch's South African photographs were retrieved from the Ethnologisches Museum, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Stiftung Preußischer Kulturbesitz (from the collection of the BGAEU) (EM-SMB). Four of his South African portraits have also been sourced from the National Library of South Africa Visual Collection, Cape Town Campus (NLSA), and one has been sourced from the Berlin Society for Anthropology, Ethnology and Prehistory (BGAEU).
Keywords Describing the CollectionPhysical Anthropology, Ethnology, Photography, Wet Collodion Photography, Carte de Visite, Cabinet Card, Albumen prints, Colonial history in southern Africa, Travel literature, Travel Illustration, German travellors in South Africa, German travellors in Botswana, Robben Island, Xhosa Chiefs, Tswana Chiefs, Mission Stations
Geograhic CoverageSouth Africa; Botswana
Period Covered1863-1865
Language(s) of the CollectionEnglish; German
Beneficiaries of Digitized CollectionResearchers
Justification for Digitization and PreservationToday we recognise that the cultural diversity of South Africa constitutes one of our major national assets. This collection of photographs sets out to draw on this dynamic by uncovering the rich resources within our cultural heritage, particularly works of cultural and historical importance from overseas collections, and making them accessible to the South African public.


Metadata StandardsDublin Core
Ontology StandardsFree-text Keywords
Type of ResourcesPhotographs
Type of MaterialText; Still image
Type of File formatspdf; tiff
Size of Collection100-1000



 University of KwaZulu-Natal. DISA: Digital Innovation South Africa
Name of CollectionStruggles for Freedom, 1950 to 1994
Collection ChampionPat Liebetrau (Tel no.: +27 31 260 1707, Fax no.: +27 31 260 3550, E-mail address: liebetraup@ukzn.ac.za)
  University of KwaZulu-Natal; Durban; 4041
Status of CollectionDigitised - Completed
Website Address of Collectionuttp://www.disa.ukzn.ac.za
Accessibility of CollectionOpen Access
Physical Location of CollectionEG Malherbe Library; King George V Avenue; Howard Campus; University of KwaZulu-Natal; Durban; 4001


Description of CollectionCoverage is South African history, politics, gender, literature, economics, human rights, leadership, political parties, urban struggles, land issues, trade unions and student unions.
Period Covered-30 Sep 2009
Language(s) of the CollectionAfrican languages; Indian languages; Afrikaans; English
Beneficiaries of Digitized CollectionResearchers worldwide, students and scholars.
Justification for Digitization and PreservationHistorical material of importance and interest to scholars and students, and making this resource easily and universally accessible.


Metadata StandardsMETS; EAD; TEI (Sound); Dublin Core
Content StandardsAACRII
Type of ResourcesManuscripts; Letters; Diaries; Cartoons; Photographs; Posters
Type of MaterialText; Sound; Moving image
Type of File formatstiff; jpeg; pdf; xml; txt; gif
Size of Collection50000+