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 Cape Peninsula University of Technology. CPUT Libraries
Name of CollectionTheses and Dissertations
Collection ChampionDeborah Becker (Tel no.: +27 21 953 8460, E-mail address: beckerd@cput.ac.za)
  Symphony Way; Bellville; 7535
Status of CollectionDigitised - Ongoing
Accessibility of CollectionOpen Access
Physical Location of CollectionKeizergracht Street; Cape Town; 7535


Description of CollectionAll postgraduate theses from the Cape Technikon, Peninsula Technikon and Cape Peninsula University of Technology.
Keywords Describing the CollectionTheses; Business; Education; Engineering; Health design; Applied sciences
Geograhic CoverageWestern Cape; South Africa
Language(s) of the CollectionAfrikaans; English
Beneficiaries of Digitized CollectionThey will be of special importance to South African researchers and post-graduate students
Justification for Digitization and PreservationTechnikon research was unique and these will be the only copies of the theses from these institutions. As such they are not easily available and are not usually available for ILL. There is also an increasing demand to access theses.


Metadata StandardsDublin Core Qualified
Content StandardsAACRII
Ontology StandardsFree-text Keywords
Type of ResourcesTheses and dissertations
Type of MaterialText
Type of File formatspdf
Size of Collection100-1000



 Cape Peninsula University of Technology. CPUT Libraries
Name of CollectionFaculty collections
Collection ChampionI. Baderoen (Tel no.: +27 21 460 3223, Fax no.: +27 21 460 3699, E-mail address: baderoeni@cput.ac.za)
  Keizergracht Street; Cape Town; 7001
Status of CollectionDigitised - Ongoing
Accessibility of CollectionOpen Access
Physical Location of CollectionKeizergracht Street; Cape Town; 7535


Description of CollectionArticles, presentations, etc. by staff
Keywords Describing the CollectionBusiness; Education; Engineering; Health design; Applied sciences
Geograhic CoverageWestern Cape; South Africa
Language(s) of the CollectionEnglish
Beneficiaries of Digitized CollectionCPUT community
Justification for Digitization and PreservationTo develop a collection of academic output by the CPUT community


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



 Council for Scientific and Industrial Research. CSIRIS
Name of CollectionSANSP (South African National Sciences Programme)
Collection ChampionAdele van der Merwe (Tel no.: +27 12 841 3944, Cell: +27 82 829 4501, Fax no.: +27 12 842 7023, E-mail address: avdmerwe@csir.co.za)
 R&D Core: Information Services; PO Box 395; Pretoria; 0001
Status of CollectionDigitised - Ongoing
Website Address of Collectionhttp://researchspace.csir.co.za/dspace/handle/10204/2013
Accessibility of CollectionOpen Access
Physical Location of CollectionMeiring Naude Road; Brummeria; Pretoria; 1000


Period Covered-Oct 2008
Language(s) of the CollectionEnglish


Metadata StandardsDublin Core
Ontology StandardsFree-text Keywords
Type of ResourcesPhotographs; Graphs; Cartographic material
Type of MaterialText
Type of File formatspdf
Size of Collection100-1000



 Human Sciences Research Council. Directorate: Information Services
Name of CollectionResearch Outputs
Collection ChampionFaye Reagon (Tel no.: +27 12 302 2042, Cell: +27 84 657 1067, Fax no.: +27 12 302 3041, E-mail address: freagon@hsrc.ac.za)
  Private Bag x41; Pretoria; 0001
Status of CollectionDigitised - Ongoing
Website Address of Collectionhttp://www.hsrc.ac.za/index.php?module=pagesetter&tid=8&nav=navigate&navigationtype=pubyear&pubyear=2008&filter=pubyearlike2008
Accessibility of CollectionOpen Access
Physical Location of Collection134 Pretorius Street; Pretoria; 0002


Description of CollectionEach output generated in the HSRC is digtised and processed. They cover the full social science and humanities disciplines.
Language(s) of the CollectionEnglish


Metadata StandardsDublin Core
Ontology StandardsDDC; Library of Congress; Free-text Keywords; Hasset Thesaurus
Type of ResourcesManuscripts; Slides; Posters
Type of MaterialText
Type of File formatspdf
Size of Collection1000-5000



 North-West University. Information Systems
Name of CollectionGeskiedenis van die PUK
Collection ChampionMr Louw Venter (Tel no.: +27 18 299 2000, Fax no.: +27 18 299 2807, E-mail address: fpbalg@nwu.ac.za)
 Library Services Potchefstroom Campus; PO Box X05; Noordburg; Potchefstroom; 2522
Status of CollectionDigitised - Ongoing
Accessibility of CollectionOpen Access
Physical Location of CollectionFerdinand Postma Library; 11 Hoffman Street; Potchefstroom; 2520


Description of CollectionCollection content description: Digitized versions of publications on the History of the Potchefstroom University for Christian Higher Education. Publications named as: In U lig, Sages en Legendes en Wonderdaad
Keywords Describing the CollectionHistory
Geograhic CoveragePotchefstroom; North-West Province
Language(s) of the CollectionAfrikaans
Beneficiaries of Digitized CollectionEnd-users
Justification for Digitization and PreservationEasy access


Metadata StandardsDublin Core
Type of ResourcesHistorical publications
Type of MaterialText
Type of File formatspdf
Size of CollectionDon't know



 Rhodes University. ILAM (International Library of African Music)
Name of CollectionILAM Sound Recording Collections
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 CollectionDigitised - Ongoing
Website Address of Collectionhttp://ilam.ru.ac.za/gsearch.html
Physical Location of CollectionArtillery Road; Grahamstown; 6139


Description of CollectionThe International Library of African Music (ILAM ) is a rare and valuable archive of the research-generated sound recordings, photographs, films and print publications amassed by Hugh Tracey (1903-1977) from the 1930s through to the early 1970s, as he 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.
Period Covered-2008
Beneficiaries of Digitized CollectionStudents and researchers in ethnomusicology.
Justification for Digitization and PreservationUniqueness, condition, urgency, deterioration of sound recordings and importance for research or heritage.


Metadata StandardsDublin Core
Type of Resourcesacetate discs [1,379]; vinyl test pressings [4,289]
Type of MaterialSound
Type of File formatsmp3; wav
Size of Collection10000-50000



 Rhodes University. International Library of African Music
Name of CollectionILAM Photograph 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 CollectionDigitised - Ongoing
Website Address of Collectionhttp://ilam.ru.ac.za/
Accessibility of CollectionLow resolution images open access; high resolution images requested from archive.
Physical Location of CollectionArtillery Road; Grahamstown; 6139


Description of CollectionThe International Library of African Music (ILAM) is a rare and valuable archive of the research-generated sound recordings, photographs, films and print publications amassed by Hugh Tracey (1903-1977) from the 1930s through the early 1970s, as he 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. Thousands of photographs taken in the course of his field research are also arcived.
Period Covered-2007
Beneficiaries of Digitized CollectionResearchers, students and any other individuals interested in undertaking research projects and music education projects.
Justification for Digitization and PreservationUniqueness, deterioration of photographs, importance for research and heritage and improved access (not previously indexed or catalogued).


Metadata StandardsDublin Core
Type of ResourcesPhotograhs
Type of File formatstiff; jpeg
Size of Collection5000-10000



 Rhodes University. ILAM (International Library of African Music)
Name of CollectionILAM Sound Recording Collections
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)
 Library; PO Box 184; Grahamstown; 6140
Status of CollectionDigitised - Ongoing
Website Address of Collectionhttp://ilam.ru.ac.za/ http://www.disa.ukzn.ac.za/cgi-bin/library.exe?site=localhos t&a=p&p=about&c=ilamupdate&l=en&w=utf-8
Accessibility of CollectionOther
Physical Location of CollectionArtillery Road; Grahamstown; 6139


Description of CollectionILAM Sound Recording Collections already digitized by ILAM/SAMAP Project (completed August 2008): 1. acetate discs [1,379] 2. vinyl test pressings [4,289] 3. commercial 78 rpm records [4,065] and 4. 185 quarter-inch reels of the Hugh Tracey Broadcast Series.
Period Covered-August 2008
Beneficiaries of Digitized CollectionResearchers, students and any other individuals interested in undertaking research and music education projects, or simply wanting full sound files of the recordings, should contact ILAM directly to obtain permission for use.
Justification for Digitization and PreservationThe International Library of African Music (ILAM) is a rare and valuable archive of the research-generated sound recordings, photographs, films and print publications amassed by Hugh Tracey (1903-1977) from the 1930s through the early 1970s, as he 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. Uniqueness of collection, condition and deterioration of sound recordings.


Content StandardsDublin Core
Ontology StandardsOther
Type of File formatsmp3; wav
Size of Collection10000-50000



 Sabinet Online. ePublishing
Name of CollectionSA Gazettes
Collection ChampionMariaan Smit (Tel no.: +27 12 643 9500, Fax no.: +27 12 663 3543, E-mail address: mariaan@sabinet.co.za)
  PO Box 9785; Centurion; 0046
Status of CollectionDigitised - Ongoing
Website Address of Collectionhttp://www.sabinet.co.za
Accessibility of CollectionRestricted to Members
Physical Location of Collection1021 Bank Avenue; Centurion; 0046


Description of CollectionSouth African Government and Provincial Gazettes from 1994 onwards. We are also investigating retrospective digization of the Government Gazettes.
Language(s) of the CollectionEnglish
Beneficiaries of Digitized CollectionAny organization/individual interested in gazetted information.
Justification for Digitization and PreservationTo create online, timely searchable access to gazetted information.


Ontology StandardsFree-text Keywords
Type of ResourcesGazettes
Type of MaterialText
Type of File formatspdf
Size of Collection50000+



 Sammy Marks Museum.
Name of CollectionSammy Marks Museum
Collection ChampionMs M Schulze and Mrs N Walters (Tel no.: +27 12 755 9541/2, Cell: 0832803797, Fax no.: 0866519588, E-mail address: marks@nfi.museum)
Status of CollectionDigitised - Ongoing
Accessibility of CollectionRestricted to Members
Physical Location of CollectionOld Bronkhosrspruit Road; Kungwini;


Description of CollectionHeritage site: building and household collections, farmyard, garden collection, site, archive.
Keywords Describing the CollectionHistory; Cultural history; Household items; Gardens
Geograhic CoverageZwartkoppies; Gauteng
Period Covered1886-1920
Language(s) of the CollectionEnglish
Beneficiaries of Digitized CollectionPublic


Type of ResourcesArticles; Cartoons; Photographs; Paintings
Type of MaterialPhysical object
Size of Collection5000-10000



 South African History Archive.
Name of CollectionDISA / Aluka Collections
Collection ChampionCatherine Kennedy (Tel no.: +27 11 717 1973, E-mail address: sfj@saha.org.za)
  PO Box 31719; Braamfontein; 2017
Status of CollectionDigitised - Ongoing
Website Address of Collectionhttp://www.disa.ukzn.ac.za/
Accessibility of CollectionOpen Access
Physical Location of CollectionWilliam Cullen Library; East Campus; University of the Witwatersrand; Braamfontein; Johannesburg; 2017


Description of CollectionThis collection comprises a range of archival materials selected by content specialists across a number of SAHA collections, focussing on the following thematic areas - struggle art, SACP, UDF, Trade Unions and SADF.
Period Covered-2009
Language(s) of the CollectionAfrikaans; English
Beneficiaries of Digitized CollectionAcademic communities both locally and internationally able to access online content. Educational publishers / heritage organisations able to use high-resolution copies of scans to producing publications, exhibitions etc. More broadly, all South Africans, for the safe-guarding of history and heritage.


Metadata StandardsDublin Core
Ontology StandardsFree-text Keywords
Type of ResourcesLetters; Postcards Posters; Flyers
Type of MaterialText
Type of File formatspdf; tiff; jpeg
Size of Collection5000-10000



 South African History Archive.
Name of CollectionTraces of Truth Website
Collection ChampionPiers Pigou (Tel no.: +27 11 7171941, E-mail address: director@saha.org.za)
  PO Box 31719; Braamfontein; 2017
Status of CollectionDigitised - Ongoing
Website Address of Collectionhttp://truth.wwl.wits.ac.za
Accessibility of CollectionPartial Open Access
Physical Location of CollectionWilliam Cullen Library; East Campus; University of the Witwatersrand; Braamfontein; Johannesburg; 2017


Description of CollectionSelected materials on the TRC from collections held by SAHA and Historical Papers at Wits.
Period Covered-2006
Beneficiaries of Digitized CollectionLocal and international history, social science, legal and transitional justice researchers and South Africans.
Justification for Digitization and PreservationNeed to raise awareness about the TRC (notably unfinished business ) both nationally and internationally. Material from a variety of sources, some documents copyrighted, some with privacy implications. Copyright clearance was undertaken by HP. On advice of Wits lawyer, any visitor to the site attempting to access collections must read and accept the following: Copyright Notice: All materials on this site are protected by South African copyright law and may not be reproduced, distributed, transmitted, displayed, or otherwise published in any format, without the prior written permission of the copyright owner. Please note: Every attempt has been made to obtain copyright clearance for the material on this website. However, we have not been able to trace some rightsowners. We have included their material in this digital collection, but invite anyone who can assist us with contact details for the rightsowners, to contact us at pickover.m@library.wits.ac.za so that we can obtain formal permission. Thank you.Disclaimer and Terms of Use: Provided that you maintain all copyright and other notices contained there.


Ontology StandardsFree-text Keywords
Type of MaterialText
Type of File formatsjpeg; tiff
Size of Collection1000-5000



 South African History Archive.
Name of CollectionZenzo Nkobi Collection
Collection ChampionCatherine Kennedy (Tel no.: +27 11 717 1973, E-mail address: sfj@saha.org.za)
  PO Box 31719; Braamfontein; 2017
Status of CollectionDigitised - Ongoing
Accessibility of CollectionOpen Access
Physical Location of CollectionWilliam Cullen Library; East Campus; University of the Witwatersrand; Braamfontein; Johannesburg; 2017


Period Covered-2009
Beneficiaries of Digitized CollectionSouthern African and international historians, Zimbabwean and Zambian National Archives and South Africans.
Justification for Digitization and PreservationUniqueness and urgency in terms of the state of the negatives. Copyright is held by Nkobi heirs who are agreeable to making the materials freely available for educational and non-commercial purposes.


Metadata StandardsEAD
Ontology StandardsFree-text Keywords
Type of ResourcesPhotographs; Slides
Size of Collection1000-5000



 Stellenbosch University. Visual Studies
Name of CollectionFamily photographs and narratives of selected Western Cape communities
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 - Ongoing
Accessibility of CollectionRestricted to Members
Physical Location of CollectionDepartment of Visual Arts; Victoria Street; Stellenbosch; 7602


Description of CollectionThis project forms part of the Retrieval and Archival Practice module of the BA Honours programme in Visual Studies. The module takes the form of a retrieval project where photographs and related stories and oral histories are collected from selected historically marginalised communities in the Western and Northern Cape. To date four communities have been researched, namely Suurbraak and Slangrivier in the Overberg district, Jamestown in the Stellenbosch district and Goedverwacht in the Piketberg district. The collection comprises family photographs and associated documents, sound recordings and student photographs.To date roughly 3,000 photographs, sound recordings, documents and interviews have been collected
Keywords Describing the CollectionFamily photographs, Oral Histories, Cultural Anthropology, Biographical Turn, Dialogic Fieldwork, Western Cape, Eastern Cape, Northern Cape, Suurbraak, Slangrivier, Jamestown, Goedverwacht, Photo retrieval, Heritage Studies, rural marginalised, cultural heritage and identity formation, Coloured communities.
Geograhic CoverageWestern Cape; Eastern Cape; Northern Cape
Period Covered-2009
Language(s) of the CollectionAfrikaans; English
Beneficiaries of Digitized CollectionResearchers, members of the communities represented in the collection and other interested parties.
Justification for Digitization and PreservationAs in most parts of South Africa, the voices, stories and histories of margenalised (Coloured) communities of the Western Cape have been largely omitted from the historical records of this area. The project aims to redress this through gathering and recording family photographs and associated information and narratives of the peoples of selected historic and long-established rural marginalised communities of the Western, Eastern and Northern Cape regions. These communities all have rich and complex histories, some of which predate colonialism, though most were established in the nineteenth century as land grant settlements (as mission, ex-slave or indigenous trust land consolidated in 1989 under the Rural Areas Act 9).


Metadata StandardsDublin Core
Type of ResourcesManuscripts; Oral histories; Interviews; Photographs
Type of MaterialText; Sound; Still image
Type of File formatspdf; tiff; mpeg
Size of Collection1000-5000



 University of Cape Town. UCT Libraries
Name of CollectionBlack Sash: Selected Records
Collection ChampionLesley Hart (Tel no.: +27 21 6504424, Fax no.: +27 21 686 1505, E-mail address: lesley.hart@uct.ac.za)
 Manuscripts & Archives Department; Private Bag X3; Rondebosch; Cape Town; 7701
Status of CollectionDigitised - Ongoing
Website Address of Collectionhttp://www.lib.uct.ac.za/blacksash/
Accessibility of CollectionAccess via Archivist
Physical Location of CollectionGround Floor; Harry Oppenheimer Institute; Library Road; Upper Campus; University of Cape Town; Cape Town; 8001


Period Covered-2008
Language(s) of the CollectionEnglish
Beneficiaries of Digitized CollectionScholars
Justification for Digitization and PreservationDigitised as part of Aluka/DISA Struggles for freedom database. Because of the nature of the work of the Black Sash, the collection is heavily used and digitisation will make it more widely accessible. Various criteria: research value, uniqueness, frequency of use, condition and suitability for digitisation.


Content StandardsDublin Core
Ontology StandardsOther
Type of MaterialText
Type of File formatstiff
Size of Collection100-1000



 University of Pretoria. Veterinary Science
Name of CollectionSouth African National Veterinary Repository
Collection ChampionErica vd Westhuizen E-mail address: erica.vanderwesthuizen@up.ac.za)
  Private Bag X04; Onderstepoort; Pretoria; 0028
Status of CollectionDigitised - Ongoing
Physical Location of CollectionOnderstepoort Academic Information Centre; Sir Arnold Theiler Building; Faculty of Veterinary Science; Pretoria; 0110


Beneficiaries of Digitized CollectionVeterinary researchers
Justification for Digitization and PreservationUnique. Contains material of both veterinary institutions (Faculty of Veterinary Science and the Onderstepoort Veterinary Institute). Ensures permanent storage as well as accessibility of items of national and international importance - especially for veterinary researchers worldwide of specimens, importance for research or heritage, etc.


Type of ResourcesPhotographs; Letters
Type of MaterialText; Still image
Size of Collection1000-5000



 University of Pretoria. Veterinary Science
Name of CollectionImportant SA Veterinary Role Players - Arnold Theiler
Collection ChampionErica vd Westhuizen E-mail address: erica.vanderwesthuizen@up.ac.za)
  Private Bag X04; Onderstepoort; Pretoria; 0038
Status of CollectionDigitised - Ongoing
Physical Location of CollectionOnderstepoort Academic Information Centre; Arnold Theiler Building; Onderstepoort; Pretoria; 0110


Beneficiaries of Digitized CollectionVeterinary historians
Justification for Digitization and PreservationTheiler was the first dean of the faculty and the most important veterinary figure in SA veterinary history.


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



 University of Pretoria. Veterinary Science
Name of CollectionImportant SA Veterinary Role Players: Jotello F. Soga
Collection ChampionErica vd Westhuizen E-mail address: erica.vanderwesthuizen@up.ac.za)
  Private Bag X04; Onderstepoort; Pretoria; 0028
Status of CollectionDigitised - Ongoing
Physical Location of CollectionOnderstepoort Academic Information Centre; Sir Arnold Theiler Building; Onderstepoor; Pretoria; 0110


Beneficiaries of Digitized CollectionVeterinary historians
Justification for Digitization and PreservationSoga has become most significant this year as the first (black) South African having qualified as a vet (1886, Edinburgh) long before there was a vet school in SA. This library will be officiall named after him in 2009.


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



 University of Pretoria. Special Collections
Name of CollectionHuisgenoot Journals : 1916 - 1980
Collection ChampionPieter van der Merwe (Tel no.: +27 12 420 4707, E-mail address: pieter.vandermerwe@up.ac.za)
  PO Box 12411; Hatfield; Pretoria; 0028
Status of CollectionDigitised - Ongoing
Physical Location of CollectionDepartment of Library Services; Lynnwood Road; Hatfield; Pretoria; 0002


Language(s) of the CollectionAfrikaans
Beneficiaries of Digitized CollectionResearchers and students.
Justification for Digitization and PreservationValuable Africana material. Needs to be preserved as the originals are disintegrating.


Type of ResourcesMagazines
Type of MaterialText



 University of the Witwatersrand. Rock Art Research Institute
Name of CollectionWits University Rock Art Collection
Collection ChampionAzizo da Fonseca (Tel no.: +27 11 717 6041, Cell: +27 72 157 0349, Fax no.: +27 11 171 6069, E-mail address: azizo@rockart.wits.ac.za)
 Origins Centre; Private Bag x3; PO Wits; Johannesburg; 2050
Status of CollectionDigitised - Ongoing
Website Address of Collectionhttp://www.sarada.co.za
Accessibility of CollectionPartial Open Access
Physical Location of CollectionCnr Yale & Enoch Sontonga; Wits University; Braamfontein; Johannesburg; 2050


Description of CollectionCollections obtained from several institutions in South Africa and donations from private individuals and from abroad.
Period Covered-2012
Beneficiaries of Digitized CollectionThe project benefits researchers, educators, conservators, students and the public.
Justification for Digitization and PreservationThe Rock Art Research Institute has a substantial collection of historical documents, photographs, re-drawings and slides in addition to its large working collection of slides, tracings and re-drawings. Over time, many of the older slides have started to change colour and deteriorate in quality. This deterioration has necessitated a programme to preserve the historical documents, photographs and slides by reducing their handling by researchers and visitors.


Metadata StandardsDublin Core
Ontology StandardsFree-text Keywords
Type of ResourcesLetters; Diaries; Photographs; Slides; Posters; Artworks; Drawings
Type of MaterialText; Still image
Type of File formatspdf; tiff
Size of Collection50000+



 University of the Witwatersrand. Library, Wits
Name of CollectionWits Historical Papers
Collection ChampionMichele Pickover (Tel no.: +27 11 717 1940, Fax no.: +27 11 717 1927, E-mail address: michele.pickover@wits.ac.za)
 Historical papers - Library; Private Bag X1; PO Wits; Johannesburg; 2001
Status of CollectionDigitised - Ongoing
Website Address of Collectionhttp://www.historicalpapers.wits.ac.za
Accessibility of CollectionOpen Access
Physical Location of CollectionWilliam Cullen Library; 1 Jan Smuts Avenue; East Campus; Johannesburg; 2001


Description of CollectionThe University has, as one of its most valuable and prestigious heritage and research assets, the holdings of the Historical Papers collections. Historical Papers is the largest non-state archive in Southern Africa. As such it is uniquely positioned within the South African heritage sector. Historical Papers is a hub for human rights research situated in the William Cullen Library of the University of the Witwatersrand and serves civil society as well as scholars. Historical Papers was established in the 1960s as a centre where South African memory, particularly those under threat, are preserved and made available. It holds over 3000 separate collections of historical, political and cultural importance, which are unique in their breadth and depth. Historical Papers, is a friendly, vastly used, valued and popular service as well as a unique and accessible centre serving the local and global public. Our core business is engaging with ordinary members of the community on a daily basis.
Beneficiaries of Digitized CollectionResearchers, scholars, film makers, publishers, authors and the general public. The university will heighten its profile and build on its resources. Important collections themselves will be safeguarded.
Justification for Digitization and PreservationAccess and preservation. To support collection development policies and enhance resources online.


Metadata StandardsDublin Core
Content StandardsEAD; TEI (Sound)
Ontology StandardsFree-text Keywords
Type of ResourcesPamphlets; Manuscripts; Letters; Diaries; Reports; Memoranda; Cartoons; Photographs; Slides; Posters; Artworks; Videos; Audio tapes; DVD
Type of MaterialText
Type of File formatstiff; pdf; jpeg; Open source database; Thumbnails
Size of Collection50000+