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 Department of Arts and Culture.
Name of CollectionPermanent Art Collection
Collection ChampionA. Oberholzer (Tel no.: +27 12 441 3611, Cell: +27 83 407 7839, Fax no.: +27 12 441 3456, E-mail address: andries.oberholzer@dac.gov.za)
 Multimedia; Private Bag x897; Pretoria; 0001
Status of CollectionDigitising under way - Planned
Accessibility of CollectionPartial Open Access
Physical Location of CollectionKingsley Centre; Cnr Beatrix and Church Streets; Arcadia; Pretoria; 0083


Description of CollectionPaintings, sculptures and lithographs.
Period Covered-2009
Beneficiaries of Digitized CollectionAll the people in SA as the protection of visual heritage will benefit future generations.
Justification for Digitization and PreservationUnique art collection representing artists in SA. Copyright Department of Arts and Culture


Type of ResourcesArtworks
Type of MaterialText; Still image
Type of File formatsdoc; jpeg
Size of Collection100-1000



 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



 Ethekwini Municipality. Local History Museums
Name of CollectionPhotographic Collection
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 - Planned
Accessibility of CollectionAccess via Archivist
Physical Location of CollectionCnr Old Court House Museum & 77 Aliwal Street; Durban; 4001


Description of CollectionThe Local History Museums Archive includes a very broad spectrum of subjects from early Durban and its maritime heritage, to more recent urban images of cultural, religious and political significance. From a historical perspective this is a very unique and significant collection. It includes collections from the Daily News and many other donors. Many of the old photographs and transparencies are deteriorating, making the digital preservation a necessary component.
Beneficiaries of Digitized CollectionResearchers: Scholars use our collections for all types of research. Learners: Educators often send their learners to the museum to do projects, Industry: the images are sometimes used for advertising and promotional activities and also for interior decoration.
Justification for Digitization and PreservationSelection is done by the staff and is based on various factors. Initially we want to get some sort of a representative sample of our collections.


Type of ResourcesPhotographs; Slides
Type of MaterialStill image
Type of File formatstiff; jpeg



 eThekwini Municipality. eThekwini Libraries & Heritage Department
Name of CollectionUlwazi Indigenous Knowledge
Collection ChampionBetsie Greyling (Tel no.: +27 31 311 2425, Cell: +27 83 447 1747, Fax no.: +27 31 311 2454, E-mail address: greylingb@durban.gov.za)
 Libraries & Heritage; PO Box 917; Durban; 4001
Status of CollectionDigitising under way - Planned
Website Address of Collectionhttp://www.ulwazi.org
Accessibility of CollectionOpen Access
Physical Location of Collection99 Umgeni Road; Durban; 4000


Description of CollectionThe programme is collecting local indigenous knowledge from the eThekwini Metropolitan Area, covering from CatoRidge in the West, to Tongaat in the North, to Umkomaas in the South. It is collecting oral histories and other material from local communities, as well as loading established knowledge from municipal records.
Language(s) of the CollectionEnglish; Afrikaans; isiZulu
Beneficiaries of Digitized CollectionLocal communities as well as the global information society at large.
Justification for Digitization and PreservationMuch of the knowledge pertaining to Durban history is unique and it is being lost without proper recording. It is important for research and for the preservation of cultural heritage. It is also important for local communities to become part of the global information society.


Ontology StandardsFree-text Keywords
Type of ResourcesPhotographs; Drawings
Type of MaterialText; Sound; Moving image
Type of File formatsdoc; pdf; jpeg
Size of Collection1000-5000



 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



 Human Sciences Research Council. Directorate: Information Services
Name of CollectionCollection of micro-data
Collection ChampionFaye Reagon (Tel no.: +27 12 302 2042, Cell: +27 84 657 1067, Fax no.: 27 12 302 2041, E-mail address: freagon@hsrc.ac.za)
  Private Bag x41; Pretoria; 0001
Status of CollectionDigitising under way - Planned
Accessibility of CollectionPartial Open Access
Physical Location of Collection134 Pretorius Street; Pretoria; 0002


Description of CollectionThe data-sets are generated from research projects in the HSRC.
Language(s) of the CollectionEnglish
Beneficiaries of Digitized CollectionResearchers, scientists, government, public and policy makers.
Justification for Digitization and PreservationThe information management policy of the HSRC prescribes the preservation of all research documents and data-sets. The motive for this is for re-use. It is also for preservation of the HSRC corporate memory. All our datasets are organised for preservation and access.


Type of ResourcesMicro data and supporting documents; Slides; Photographs
Type of File formatstxt
Size of Collection>100



 Iziko Museums of Cape Town. Natural History Collections
Name of CollectionEntomology
Collection ChampionDr Simon van Noort (Tel no.: +27 21 481 3865, Fax no.: +27 21 481 3993, E-mail address: svannoort@iziko.org.za)
  PO Box 61; Cape Town; 8000
Status of CollectionDigitising under way - Planned
Accessibility of CollectionOther
Physical Location of Collection25 Queen Victoria Street; Cape Town; 8001


Description of CollectionApproximately 720000 specimens/samples.
Period Covered-Undetermined
Beneficiaries of Digitized CollectionMainly researchers, but secondary products would benefit learners and public in general - e.g. use of images on Iziko's Biodiversity Explorer website.
Justification for Digitization and PreservationAvailability of information for research. Imaging of specimens makes this collections available to all. Lower risks to the collections by lowering need for loans and unnecesary handling of specimens.


Type of ResourcesNone
Size of Collection50000+



 Iziko Museums of Cape Town. Natural History Collections
Name of CollectionTerrestrial Vertebrates
Collection ChampionDenise Hamerton (Tel no.: +27 21 481 3870, Fax no.: +27 21 481 3993, E-mail address: ddrinkrow@iziko.org.za)
  PO Box 61; Cape Town; 8000
Status of CollectionDigitising under way - Planned
Physical Location of Collection25 Queen Victoria Street; Cape Town; 8001


Description of CollectionCoverage is mainly southern Africa.
Period Covered-Unspecified
Beneficiaries of Digitized CollectionResearchers in particular. e.g. images of bones could by used by palaeontologists and archaeologists in identifying bones from their excavations.
Justification for Digitization and PreservationImaging of the specimens would make them accessible to a broad audience, particularly for research and education.


Type of ResourcesNone
Size of Collection10000-50000



 Iziko Museums of Cape Town. Natural History Collections
Name of CollectionMarine Biology
Collection ChampionDr Wayne Florence (Tel no.: +27 21 481 3919, Fax no.: +27 21 481 3993, E-mail address: wflorence@iziko.org.za)
  PO Box 61; Cape Town; 8000
Status of CollectionDigitising under way - Planned
Website Address of Collectionhttp://www.iobis.org/
Physical Location of Collection25 Queen Victoria Street; Cape Town; 8001


Description of CollectionAbout 200 000 samples mainly from southern African seas.
Period Covered-Unspecified
Beneficiaries of Digitized CollectionResearchers, learners and educators. An important phase of the digitisation process is the imaging of the specimens, which has not started yet.
Justification for Digitization and PreservationImprovement of accessibility for research - with the stringent regulations regarding transport of flammable liquids it is becoming increasingly difficult to loan specimens overseas.


Type of ResourcesNone
Size of Collection50000+



 Iziko Museums of Cape Town. Natural History Collections
Name of CollectionInvertebrate Palaeontology
Collection ChampionDr Herbert Klinger (Tel no.: +27 21 481 3875, Fax no.: +27 21 481 3993, E-mail address: hklinger@iziko.org.za)
  PO Box 61; Cape Town; 8000
Status of CollectionDigitising under way - Planned
Physical Location of Collection25 Queen Victoria Street; Cape Town; 8001


Description of CollectionMainly from southern Africa.
Beneficiaries of Digitized CollectionMainly researchers, but also learners and educators via secondary products (e.g. use of images in associated Biodiversity Explorer website).
Justification for Digitization and PreservationImaging of the fossils would make them widely accessible for research and education.


Type of ResourcesFossils
Type of MaterialPhysical object
Size of Collection10000-50000



 Iziko Museums of Cape Town. Natural History Collections
Name of CollectionGeology
Collection ChampionDr Herbert Klinger (Tel no.: +27 21 481 3875, Fax no.: +27 21 481 3993, E-mail address: hklinger@iziko.org.za)
  PO Box 61; Cape Town; 8000
Status of CollectionDigitising under way - Planned
Accessibility of CollectionAccess via Archivist
Physical Location of Collection25 Queen Victoria Street; Cape Town; 8001


Description of CollectionRock and mineral specimens.
Geograhic CoverageSouthern Africa
Beneficiaries of Digitized CollectionResearchers, educators and learners.
Justification for Digitization and PreservationTo increase access to researchers, educators and learners.


Type of ResourcesSpecimens
Type of MaterialPhysical object
Size of Collection10000-50000



 Iziko Museums of Cape Town. Iziko Museums of Cape Town
Name of CollectionKaroo Palaeontology
Collection ChampionDr Roger Smith (Tel no.: +27 21 481 3879, Fax no.: +27 21 481 3993, E-mail address: hrobertson@iziko.org.za)
 Natural History Collections; PO Box 61; Cape Town; 8000
Status of CollectionDigitising under way - Planned
Physical Location of Collection25 Queen Victoria Street; Cape Town; 8001


Description of CollectionMainly from the Karoo strata. There is an ongoing growth of this collection.
Geograhic CoverageKaroo; Western Cape
Beneficiaries of Digitized CollectionResearchers, educators, learners and the public in general. Images from the primary database would be used selectively in education websites such as Biodiversity Explorer.
Justification for Digitization and PreservationThe information associated with the collection has all been digitised - what remains is imaging of specimens, which would vastly improve access to this collection by researchers and others.


Type of ResourcesFossils; Specimen
Type of MaterialPhysical object
Size of Collection5000-10000



 Iziko Museums of Cape Town. Natural History Collections
Name of CollectionCenozoic Palaeontology
Collection ChampionDr Deano Stynder (Tel no.: +27 21 481 3894, Fax no.: +27 21 481 3993, E-mail address: dstynder@iziko.org.za)
  PO Box 61; Cape Town; 8000
Status of CollectionDigitising under way - Planned
Physical Location of Collection25 Queen Victoria Street; Cape Town; 8001


Description of CollectionAbout 270 000 accessioned and unaccessioned samples. Fossils are mainly from the Western Cape, particularly Langebaanweg.
Keywords Describing the CollectionFossils
Geograhic CoverageWestern Cape
Beneficiaries of Digitized CollectionResearchers, as well as educators and learners through use of specimen images on websites such as Biodiversity Explorer.
Justification for Digitization and PreservationImprove accessibility, particularly for researchers. Imaging of specimens are particularly important. Still in the process of digitising information associated with specimens. Imaging of specimens needs to commence.


Type of ResourcesSpecimen
Size of Collection50000+



 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



 Iziko Museums of Cape Town. Natural History Collections
Name of CollectionNatural History Slide Collections
Collection ChampionDr Hamish Robertson (Tel no.: +27 21 481 3849, Cell: +27 83 462 9561, Fax no.: +27 21 481 3993, E-mail address: hrobertson@iziko.org.za)
  PO Box 61; Cape Town; 8000
Status of CollectionDigitising under way - Planned
Accessibility of CollectionAccess via Archivist
Physical Location of Collection25 Queen Victoria Street; Cape Town; 8001


Description of CollectionSlides of natural history subjects arising mainly from research.
Beneficiaries of Digitized CollectionResearchers, educators and authors.
Justification for Digitization and PreservationImages useful for varied applications such as books, websites and research.


Type of ResourcesSlides
Type of MaterialStill image
Type of File formatstiff
Size of Collection50000+



 Johannesbueg (City) Dept Arts, Culture & Heritage.
Name of CollectionBensusan Museum of Photography
Collection ChampionDudu Madonsela (Tel no.: +27 11-8335624, E-mail address: dudum@joburg.org.za)
 Information Services; PO Box 517, Newtown; Johannesburg; 2113
Status of CollectionDigitising under way - Planned
Accessibility of CollectionOpen Access
Physical Location of CollectionMuseum Africa, 121 Bree Street, Newtown; Johannesburg; 2000


Description of CollectionArtefacts recording the history of the Artefacts recording the history of the technology and uses of photography. Includes equipment, photographs and documentary artefacts.
Beneficiaries of Digitized CollectionPublic
Justification for Digitization and PreservationImportance for research or heritage etc. Exhaustive collection with appeal to general and specialist audience. Unique items relating to the history of photography e.g. earliest negatives. Prints of the work of renowned photographers, with SA focus.


Type of ResourcesPhotographs; Slides; Film negatives; Specimens; Antique film types such as ambrotypes
Type of MaterialText; Physical object; Moving image; Still image
Type of File formatstiff
Size of Collection10000-50000



 Johannesburg (South Africa) Dept Arts, Culture & Heritage.
Name of CollectionMuseum Africa
Collection ChampionCurator: Ali Hlongwane (Tel no.: +27 11-8335624, Cell: 0824639869, Fax no.: +27 11-8335636, E-mail address: alih@joburg.org.za)
 Information Services; P O Box 517, Newtown; Johannesburg; 2113
Status of CollectionDigitising under way - Planned
Accessibility of CollectionOpen Access
Physical Location of CollectionMuseum Africa, 121 Bree Street, Newtown; Johannesburg; 2000


Description of CollectionApprox. 850 000 items. Collection covers histoy of Southern Africa. Has been in existence since 1935, when the City bought the collection of John Gaspard Gubbins. It is expanding all the time.

Cultural history museum collection artefacts: eg furniture, costume, textiles ceramics, silver, philately, numismatics, ethnology, weapons, archaeology, statues, equipment, household equipment etc.
Language(s) of the CollectionAfrikaans; English; Dutch
Beneficiaries of Digitized CollectionWe supply over 1000 images oper annum to current clients, without any advertising or web presence. We know there is a customer base out there for purchase, which can only increase dramatically with a web presence. The digitised images will be linked to our collections database and via that to the web, so we will be fulfilling our public access mandate. Having digitised versn avaable for the public will obviae having to pull then originals from storage for them to use.
Justification for Digitization and PreservationPublic demand for eg publications, education, displays in other museums Uniqueness Deterioration of film negatvesImportance for research or heritage.


Type of Resourcesspecimens; Cartoons; Photographs; Slides; Posters; Artworks; Drawings; Maps; Bookplates; Stamps; Paper money; Film negatives
Type of Materialtext; Sound; Still image
Type of File formatstiff; jpeg
Size of Collection50000+



 Johannesburg (South Africa) Dept Arts, Culture & Heritage.
Name of CollectionJohannesburg Art Gallery
Collection ChampionAntoinette Murdoch (Tel no.: +27 11-7253130, Cell: 0732312002, E-mail address: antoinettem@joburg.org.za)
 Information Services; P O Box 517, Newtown; Johannesburg; 2113
Status of CollectionDigitising under way - Planned
Accessibility of CollectionOpen Access
Physical Location of CollectionMuseum Africa, 121 Bree Street, Newtown; Johannesburg; 2000


Description of CollectionSouth African and international art, including Contemporary Art, Traditional Southern African Objects and Historical Art. Collection has been in existence since 1910.3D artworks such as sculture and multi media. Black cultural artefacts uch as carvings and beadwork
Justification for Digitization and PreservationUniqueness, Importance for research or heritage etc. Publ;ic demand, Public access


Type of ResourcesCartoons; Photographs; Posters; Artworks; Specimens; Drawings
Type of MaterialStill image
Type of File formatsjpeg
Size of Collection5000-10000



 Johannesburg (South Africa) Dept Arts, Culture & Heritage. None
Name of CollectionJames Hall Museum of Transport
Collection ChampionPeter Hall (Tel no.: +27 11-4359718, Cell: 0824649629, E-mail address: peterh@joburg.org.za)
 Information Services; PO Box 517; Newton; Johannesburg; 2113
Status of CollectionDigitising under way - Planned
Accessibility of CollectionOpen Access
Physical Location of CollectionMuseum Africa, 121 Bree Street, Newtown; Johannesburg; 2000


Description of CollectionAll forms of vehicles and accessories, road and rail. Most comprehensive collection in SA, with some unique items. Donated to the City in 1962 by Mr James Hall, continuously augmented.
Beneficiaries of Digitized CollectionPublic
Justification for Digitization and PreservationPublic access, Uniqueness, Heritage research


Type of ResourcesArtefacts
Type of MaterialPhysical object; Still image
Type of File formatsjpeg
Size of Collection1000-5000



 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 CollectionHarold Strange Library of African Studies (Strange)
Collection ChampionAnn Antrobus / Karen Naude (Tel no.: Ann +27 11 870 1226 / Karen 27 11 226 0913, Cell: Ann +27 83 288 9114 / Karen +27 83 406 5822, Fax no.: Ann +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
Accessibility of CollectionRestricted to members
Physical Location of CollectionJohannesburg Central Library; Cnr Market & Fraser Streets; Beyers Naude Square; Johannesburg; 2000


Description of CollectionThe Harold Strange Library of African Studies is one of the biggest collections of Africana in South Africa. A rare book about the Cape was the first item to be bought for the Africana collection in 1896. Later purchases included those on Wild Sports of Southern Africa by Harris; Ruined cities of Zululand by Walmsley; and Explorations in South-West Africa by Baines published in 1864. At this time the Johannesburg Public Library was a subscription library, and members and the librarian made suggestions regarding the material to be purchased. It was felt that the library should have a collection of South African books. In 1910 further works were purchased and some gifts from the Library Committee were received. The private collection of material from the Library of Harold Strange was purchased in 1913 and the Africana Library became known as the Harold Strange Africana Library. The name was changed in 1996 and became the Harold Strange Library of African Studies. This Library is known to librar to library staff as 'Strange'. Stock overview: This collection is a preservation collection. It is not loaned to any library, institution, department or member of the public. It is handled and stored in a manner so that it can be preserved for future users. Historically the stock selection was determined and described by geographical area, i.e. Africa south of the Sahara, but more specifically Southern Africa, south of the Zambezi. This includes the islands around the South African coast and also Antarctica to a lesser degree. This means the countries in West, Central, East and Southern Africa (i.e. non-Arabic Africa). Obviously South Africa is the most important area if budgetary contraints are in force. Countries that fall into Southern Africa south of the Zambesi are: Zambia, Namibia, Botswana, Lesotho, Swaziland, Zimbabwe, Mozambique and Antarctica (a few early maps) and include the following islands: Robben Island, Ascension, St. Helena, Tristan da Cunha, Gough Island, Prince Edward Island, Marion Island, Mauritius, Madagascar, Reunion, the Comoros and the Seychelles. The library contains resources on subject areas such as anthropology, history, religion, the botanical sciences, zoology, agriculture, cookery, specific diseases and natural therapies. The resources on art and craft include photography, pottery, indigenous architecture and sculpture. The performing arts include both scores and books about indigenous music, instruments and dance. Belles-lettres, biographies, family histories and genealogy are also part of this library's stock. English is the predominant language of the resources. Materials are collected across a wide range of African languages including Afrikaans, IsiZulu, IsiXhosa, Sesotho, Sepedi, Setswana and the other official South African languages. African post-colonial political studies have been collected since the late 1950's in a wide variety of languages forming an in depth collection of some note. Works of significant value relating to African Francophone countries, the African Portuguese (Lusophone) countries and German colonies have been collected. A large collection of specifically South African political studies' material covering the period from the late 1800's up to the present dispensation is actively collected. More recently material on the environment, pollution, etc. has been acquired. During World War II and until the end of the 1940s there was little demand for Africana by British and European collectors. Prices dropped, and more stock was acquired by the Library during this period from British antiquarians. Resources that would be suitable for digitization are numerous, and include the Portrait Index.
Language(s) of the CollectionSouth African languages; French; German; Portuguese; Italian; Russian
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 their to fragile condition; (2) Use made of the resource; and (3) Capacity to provide greater access to resources for staff and public by digitization.


Ontology StandardsDDC; Free-text Keywords
Type of ResourcesManuscripts; Letters; Diaries; Cartoons; Photographs; Slides; Posters; Newspapers; Maps; Posters; Theatre programmes & ephemera
Type of MaterialStill image; Text
Type of File formatspdf; tiff
Size of Collection50000+



 Johannesburg (South Africa) Library and Information Services. City of Johannesburg Library and Information Services
Name of CollectionNewspaper and Picture Collection (Newsroom); Newspaper Collection
Collection ChampionAnn Antrobus; Karen Naude; Mymona Ballim (May); Kathy Barrow (Tel no.: Ann +27 11 870 1226/ Karen +27 11 226 0913/ May 011 870 1236, Cell: Ann +27 83 288 9114 / Karen +27 83 406 5822, Fax no.: Ann +27 11 870 1252 / Karen +27 11 226 0973, E-mail address: anna@joburg.org.za/ karenn@joburg.org.za/ mayb@joburg.org.za)
 Johannesburg Public Library (Johannesburg Central Library); Private Bag X93; Marshalltown; 2017
Accessibility of CollectionRestricted to members
Physical Location of CollectionJohannesburg Central Library; Cnr Market & Fraser Streets; Beyers Naude Square; Johannesburg; 2000


Description of CollectionNewspapers - local and national and some from neighbouring countries have been subscribed to from the time the library opened in 1886, and thus the collection is extensive. There are in excess of 75 titles and of these approximately 38 titles are in a fragile condition. Various newspaper runs are also on microfilm, and a number of these are also in a fragile condition. It is both the paper based fragile newspaper and the fragile microfilm copies that would have to be digitized or re-formatted. The copyright permissions would have to be obtained prior to the digitization/reformatting can take place. The following are examples of newspaper runs requiring digitization and are by no means comprehensive. Cape Argus, Oct 1920+. Diamond Fields Advertiser, 1887+, Pretoria News, 1898+, Cape Times Weekly, 1891-1917. Vaderland, 1918-1980, Daily Independent, 1889-1893, Noticias, 1950-1976. Suiderstem, 1936-1949, Suidwes Afrikaner, 1954-1976. Elethu Mirror, 1962-1964, Umteteli wa Bantu, 1923-1954. In many instances the digitizing of these resources would have to be outsourced. Specialized equipment - book cradles, and copiers/scanners capable of taking larger and bound formats would be required. Fragility of the resources would necessitate very specific handling.
Language(s) of the CollectionAfrikaans; Portuguese; Zulu; English; Afrikaans
Beneficiaries of Digitized CollectionLibrary users, researchers, scholars, tertiary level Students, journalists, etc.
Justification for Digitization and PreservationThe newspaper runs would be assessed according to usage, condition of resources, rarity and heritage/preservation of resources - although not necessarily in that order.


Ontology StandardsDDC; Free-text Keywords
Type of ResourcesCartoons; Photographs; Newspapers
Type of MaterialText; Still image
Type of File formatsjpeg; tiff; pdf
Size of Collection50000+



 Johannesburg (South Africa) Library and Information Services. City of Johannesburg Library and Information Services
Name of CollectionJohannesburg Reference Library
Collection ChampionAnn Antrobus / Karen Naude (Tel no.: +27 11 870 1226 / +27 11 226 0913, Cell: +27 83 288 9114 / +27 83 406 5822, E-mail address: anna@joburg.org.za / karenn@joburg.org.za)
 Johannesburg Public Library (Johannesburg Central Library); Private Bag X93; Marshalltown; 2017
Accessibility of CollectionRestricted to members
Physical Location of CollectionJohannesburg Central Library; Cnr Market & Fraser Streets; Beyers Naude Square; Johannesburg; 2000


Description of CollectionThe Johannesburg Reference Library began in a humble way as part of the Johannesburg Public Library and was housed in a section of the main reading room of the Kerk Street library building in 1896. Prior to 1924 there was no Reference Library per se, merely a collection of books gathered for the time when a reference library should be opened. In 1924 the Johannesburg Public Library ceased to be a subscription library, and fell under municipal control i.e. a free library. The role of the Seymour Memorial Library (SML) and its huge impact on the Johannesburg Reference Library must be understood. The Seymour Memorial Library was named after Major Louis Irving Seymour who was the Chief Mechanical Engineer to Rand Mines Ltd. He was killed in action in 1900. (Read Chapter 12, p 416- 445 of The heart of a city, by R.F. Kennedy.) Kennedy wrote of SML in the following way: This Library, perhaps the finest Scientific Library in South Africa, contains a large collection of scientific and technical works. During the years that S.B. Asher was librarian (1911-1924) the stock of reference books were built up. This selection was confined almost entirely to the humanities, apart from ready reference books and general periodicals. Asher knew of the Seymour Memorial Library and the depth of its scientific and technical collection. In July 1927 the Seymour Memorial Library was formally taken back by the Johannesburg Public Library. In 1931 a request for permanent custody of the Seymour Memorial Library by the Johannesburg City Council was made to the University of the Witwatersrand where it had earlier been housed, and granted in August 1933 by the Supreme Court. The Reference Library stock and SML stock were housed together in the new Library building (1935) due to lack of space. It had been anticipated that the SML a specialist science and technology collection would eventually have its own quarters worthy of its standing. Today, the two collections are amalgamated and there is no separate SML. The stock of the Reference Library was built up consistently for many years by the City Librarian incumbent, and later the Stock librarian officially appointed to select the Reference Library resources. The incumbent concentrated on gaps in older standard works and strengthening weak sections in the library. In this way additions were made to the Navy List from the 1830s and she added the East India Register and Directory, (10 Vols) and built up the collections in American, French and German literature. The stock of the Reference Library increased formidably, and additional storage was required. Negotiations to build the stack began in 1959, and finally saw fruition when the excavations for two levels of underground parking and a further third level for the new stack began in 1965. In 1968 the first volumes of newspapers were moved into the new stack. Stock Overview The Library serves the population of the greater Johannesburg area. The Johannesburg Reference Library contains over 600 000 resources covering all aspects of human knowledge. There are about 68,352 linked volumes and 550,000 unlinked volumes on over 40 km of shelving, in the Reference Room and in the underground Stack. Mainly used by students from academic institutions, researchers, business people and entrepreneurs, lawyers and other adult members of the community. The library has reference material in various formats, ranging from practical handbooks to advanced scientific treatises. Recently published encyclopaedias, handbooks, textbooks and periodicals covering business, computer and information science, religion, economics, health, tourism, manufacturing, literature and history and other subject matter are acquired. Legal resources such as government gazettes, the statutes and individually published Acts and regulations are all available. This library has been in existence since 1924 a Many of the resources held in the special collections of the Reference Library would be suitable for digitization. Selection and prioritization would have to take place. Special collections within the Reference library stock include: (a) Government Gazettes (from the 1800s) - Zuid Afrikaanse Republiek Gazettes and other rare documents pre-Union (1910); (b) Commissions of Inquiry - various - spanning many years - condition reasonable; (c) Annual reports of companies listed on the JSE - `Dead` Company Reports - 2918 in total - old mining companies and those companies listed at the inception of the JSE - condition varies'; (d) Heraldry collection the Coats of Arms of Towns and Provinces in South Africa - original letterheads and photocopies - condition good - approx. 15,000; (e) Private Presses - total 1520, from 17th century - condition excellent - limited digitization - Title, Index & Contents Pages; (f) E-Folio - total 609, Folio (Atlas Collection included) total 1140 - condition is variable; (g) Map collection -13692 in total. The late 19th century are earliest items stretching to approxiametly the year 2004. Includes roadmaps, City of Johannesburg Street Maps, Witwatersrand Gold Mines, Farms of South Africa, Aeronautical (S.A.), Hydrographical (S.A.), Geological (U.S. & Europe Topographical(S. A. and African countries), Topocadastral(S.A. & Africa), Botanical Survey (Bechuanaland, S.A. Admiralty Charts, S.A. Aeromagnetic and Airborne Radiometric. South African coverage is predominant, but other countries in Africa also represented. Condition varies. Selected maps to be digitized The above are some, not all the resources which could be digitized. There are too many to describe in detail.
Beneficiaries of Digitized CollectionLibrary users, researchers, tertiary level students, entrepreneurs, etc.
Justification for Digitization and PreservationResources 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 patrons.


Ontology StandardsDDC; Free-text Keywords
Type of ResourcesManuscripts; Cartoons; Photographs; Slides; Posters; Building plans and layouts; Pamphlets; Maps; Posters; Photographic scrapbooks
Type of MaterialStill image; Text
Type of File formatstiff; jpeg; pdf
Size of Collection50000+



 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+



 Johannesburg (South Africa) Library and Information Services. City of Johannesburg Library and Information Services
Name of CollectionNewspaper and Picture Collection (Newsroom) - Newspaper Cuttings
Collection ChampionAnn Antrobus/ Karen Naude/ Mymona Ballim(May)/ Kathy Barrow (Tel no.: Ann +27 11 870 1226/Karen +27 11 226 0913/May +2711 870 1236, Cell: Ann +27 83 288 9114 / Karen +27 83 406 5822, Fax no.: Ann +27 11 870 1252/ Karen +27 11 226 0973, E-mail address: anna@joburg.org.za/ karenn@joburg.org.za/ mayb@joburg.org.za)
 Johannesburg Public Library (Johannesburg Central Library); Private Bag X93; Marshalltown; Johannesburg; 2017
Status of CollectionDigitising under way - Planned
Accessibility of CollectionRestricted to members
Physical Location of CollectionJohannesburg Central Library; Cnr Market & Fraser Streets; Beyers Naude Square; Johannesburg; 2000


Description of CollectionBackground: The Newspaper Cuttings Collection was inherited from the Town Clerks Office in 1938. The library extended the coverage of the original collection to provide a comprehensive service to the residents of the city. The News Cuttings Collection covers historical, biographical and sociological topics pertaining to South and Southern Africa with the emphasis on Johannesburg and environs. Items are selected from local and national Johannesburg newspapers cuttings are indexed and classified according to the Dewey Decimal Classification (DDC) prior to filing into pamphlet boxes. This collection is in heavy demand by school children, students at tertiary institutions, journalists, researchers, etc. as it offers unique, current information difficult to locate elsewhere. Items are supplied free of charge on request from library staff from other libraries in the City. The newscuttings from 1935 to 1980 (approx) are on microfiche, and should be transferred at some later stage to an `online` format as Newspapers Cut: Johannesburg Dailies: Beeld, Citizen, The Star, Business Day, Mail and Guardian, Sowetan and This Day. Week-end Newspapers: Sunday Independent, Sunday Times, Rapport, City Press, Sunday World, Weekender, Local Knock n Drops, Bedfordview News, Fourways Review, Rosebank & Killarney Gazette, Joburg East Express, Randburg Sun, Southern Courier, Midrand Reporter, Northcliff and Melville Times, North Eastern Tribune and Sandton Chronicle. Subject Areas: Southern Africa (with emphasis on Johannesburg), 1) Historical, 2) Cultural, 3) Biographical, and 4) Sociological.
Beneficiaries of Digitized CollectionLibrary users, researchers, scholars, tertiary level students, journalists, etc.
Justification for Digitization and PreservationHeritage, deterioration of originals, greater access by more people for research purposes. (See additional information under 2.1) The cuttings that are to be digitized are the current cuttings done on a daily basis, and the pre-current holdings from 1993 to the present. The cuttings from 1935 to late 1992 are available on microfiche. These should in time also be made available `online`. Those cuttings with the most comprehensive detail & facts, depending on subject.


Ontology StandardsFree-text Keywords; DDC
Type of ResourcesNewspaper cuttings; Cartoons; Photographs
Type of MaterialText; Still image
Type of File formatstiff; jpeg; pdf
Size of Collection50000+