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 SA Apartheid Museum. Archive
Name of CollectionPermanent Exhibition
Collection ChampionJacqui Masiza (Tel no.: +27 11 309 4729, Cell: +27 76 822 2335, Fax no.: +27 11 309 4726, E-mail address: research@apartheid.org)
  SA Apartheid Museum; PO Box 82283; Southdale; Johannesburg; 2135
Status of CollectionDigitising under way - Planned
Website Address of Collectionwww.apartheidmuseum.org
Physical Location of CollectionNorthern Parkway & Gold Reef Road; Ormonde; Johannesburg; 2001


Language(s) of the CollectionEnglish
Beneficiaries of Digitized CollectionResearchers: To know the collection and use it for reference purpose; Community: To understand where we come from and where we going in history; Visitors to the Museum: To see and understand the collection; and Student: to research their papers.


Type of ResourcesManuscripts; Letters; Artifacts; Photographs; Posters
Type of MaterialText; Still image
Type of File formatsJPEG



 Sabinet Gateway. African Journal Archive
Name of CollectionAfrican Journal Archive
Collection ChampionMerle Ruff (Tel no.: +27 12 643 9500, Cell: +27 84 588 8922, Fax no.: +27 12 643 3543, E-mail address: merle@sabinet.co.za)
  PO Box 9785; Centurion; 0046
Status of CollectionDigitising under way - Planned
Accessibility of CollectionPartial Open Access
Physical Location of Collection1021 Bank Avenue; Centurion; 0046


Description of CollectionAfrican Scholarly Journal literature published in Africa about Africa.
Period Covered-August 2012
Language(s) of the CollectionEnglish
Beneficiaries of Digitized CollectionPeople involved in scholarly research, students, corporate users both in SA, Africa and the international community. Publishers and instiutions that otherwise lack funds for digitisation. Publishers also obtain increased visibilty on the Internet.
Justification for Digitization and PreservationUrgency for African literature to be digitized as well as exposure to a widespread audience - lack of instituitional funding. Proposal has been accepted and funding has been granted for a four year project made available to Sabinet Gateway from Carnegie Corporation. Collection policy is restricted to journals published in Africa about Africa (subject coverage in Social Sciences an Humanities, Sciences and Interdisciplinary studies with a cross continental focus).

Copyright: Publishers of journal literature retain copyright over the intellectual content. Sabinet Gateway obtains license from the copyright holders for a non-exclusive agreement to digitise, host the material and make it searchable on an electronic platform with preferential subscription model (World Bank income ratings). Sabinet Gateway has exclusive rights over the digitised copies and any metadata created.


Metadata StandardsDublin Core
Type of ResourcesJournals
Type of MaterialText
Type of File formatspdf; tiff
Size of Collection50000+



 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



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


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


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



 South African Broadcasting Corporation. Media libraries
Name of CollectionTranscription Recordings (Inhouse music)
Collection ChampionAlan Visser (Tel no.: +27 11 714 2770, Cell: +27 83 709 5574, Fax no.: +27 11 714 4419, E-mail address: visseral@sabc.co.za)
  PO Box 931; Auckland Park; Johannesburg; 2006
Status of CollectionDigitising under way - Planned
Accessibility of CollectionRestricted to Members
Physical Location of CollectionHenley Road; Auckland Park; Johannesburg; 2006


Description of CollectionThe Transcription Department, one of the oldest departments of the SABC was established during the 1950s. Initially the Department was based on the International Broadcasting template of recording local music for use as broadcast content, whilst conserving the music for future generations. The Department is now responsible for digitising the collection and re-distributing the music to all media libraries in the country. In diversifying its facilities the Department further offers various services to the SABC and its clients.
Keywords Describing the CollectionMusic
Period Covered-2011-12-31
Beneficiaries of Digitized CollectionSABC broadcasters
Justification for Digitization and PreservationUniqueness, urgency, deterioration of specimens and importance for research or heritage.


Type of MaterialSound
Size of Collection10000-50000



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


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


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



 South African Broadcasting Corporation. Media Libraries
Name of CollectionNewspaper Cuttings
Collection ChampionMonica van Deventer (Tel no.: +27 11 714 3232, Cell: +27 82 928 4771, Fax no.: +27 11 714 4419, E-mail address: vandeventerm@sabc.co.za)
  PO Box 931; Auckland Park; Johannesburg; 2006
Status of CollectionDigitising under way - Planned
Accessibility of CollectionPartial Open Access
Physical Location of CollectionHenley Road; Auckland Park; Johannesburg; 2006


Description of CollectionBefore 1961 the SABC had no library. Staff members and departments ordered books individually and did not organise or store them properly. Dr Burgers, the then Head of the Afrikaans Service, identified the need for this to be done. The result was the establishment of a library in Johannesburg. By 1979 the collection had grown to 10 000 books that were catalogued on a card system and comprised both fiction and non-fiction. During 1988 the library was computerised and started ordering and circulating periodicals on behalf of all SABC staff. Today the Information Library has a huge collection comprising of 25 000 books, more than 400 magazine titles and newspaper cuttings consisting of the following: General subjects 12 408 files; Biographies 10 581 files; TRC 693 files; Africa and South Africa 1083 files; Political Parties 193 files; and SABC 2 907 files. A totoal of 179 639 articles have been indexed electronically.
Period Covered-2011
Language(s) of the CollectionAfrikaans; English
Beneficiaries of Digitized CollectionJournalists, researchers
Justification for Digitization and PreservationValuable source for research


Ontology StandardsDDC
Type of ResourcesNewspapers
Type of MaterialText
Type of File formatstiff
Size of Collection50000+



 South African Broadcasting Corporation. Media Libraries
Name of CollectionSABC CD & LP Collection (Record Library)
Collection ChampionThersia Francis (Tel no.: +27 11 714 2010, Cell: +27 83 709 5573, Fax no.: +27 11 714 4419, E-mail address: francist@sabc.co.za)
  PO Box 931; Auckland Park; Johannesburg; 2006
Status of CollectionDigitising under way - Planned
Accessibility of CollectionAccess via Archivist
Physical Location of CollectionHenley Road; Auckland Park; Johannesburg; 2006


Description of CollectionThe Record Library collection was established in the mid 1950s. The vast collection comprises at least: 200 000 LPs, 21 000 Classical CDs and 51 000 Light CDs.
Period Covered-2011
Language(s) of the CollectionEnglish; Afrikaans
Beneficiaries of Digitized CollectionSABC broadcasters
Justification for Digitization and PreservationAccessibility, security and heritage.


Type of MaterialSound
Size of Collection50000+



 South African Broadcasting Corporation. Media Llibraries
Name of CollectionRadio Archive
Collection ChampionBennie Jacobs (Tel no.: +27 11 714 4480, Cell: +27 83 265 1222, Fax no.: +27 11 714 4419, E-mail address: jacobsb@sabc.co.za)
  PO Box 931; Auckland Park; Johannesburg; 2006
Status of CollectionDigitising under way - Planned
Accessibility of CollectionAccess via Archivist
Physical Location of CollectionHenley Road; Auckland Park; Johannesburg; 2006


Description of CollectionThe SABC Radio Archives were established in 1964 and preserve broadcast material from all the SABC Radio Stations in all official languages.
Period Covered-2011
Beneficiaries of Digitized CollectionJournalists, public, production houses and researchers.
Justification for Digitization and PreservationDeterioration of specimens, uniqueness, condition, urgency and importance for research or heritage.


Type of MaterialSound
Type of File formatsbwf; wav
Size of Collection50000+



 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 CollectionARC Grass and Woody Cover in Private Reserves
Collection ChampionVictoria Goodall (Tel no.: +27 21 799 8745, Fax no.: 086 555 9332, E-mail address: victoria@saeon.ac.za)
 Fynbos Node; Private Bag X7; Claremont; 7735
Status of CollectionDigitising under way - Planned
Accessibility of CollectionPartial Open Access
Physical Location of CollectionSAEON Ndlovu Node; Pharlaborwa Gate; Kruger National Park; Phalaborwa; 1390


Period Covered-Dec 2009
Language(s) of the CollectionEnglish
Beneficiaries of Digitized CollectionThe scientific community, farm managers, data owners. Any research looking at long-term information and requiring long-term vegetation information, especially on the savanna.
Justification for Digitization and PreservationThe importance of the data, preserving data, preventing loss of data (some of which has already happened). Copyright ARC


Metadata StandardsEML
Type of ResourcesManuscripts
Type of MaterialText
Size of Collection10000-50000



 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



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


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


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



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


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


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



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


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


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



 South African Environmental Observation Network (SAEON).
Name of CollectionHistory - C L Wicht and forest hydrology
Collection ChampionVictoria Goodall (Tel no.: +27 21 799 8745, Fax no.: 086 555 9332, E-mail address: victoria@saeon.ac.za)
  Fynbos Node; Private Bag X7; Claremont; 7735
Status of CollectionDigitising under way - Planned
Accessibility of CollectionOpen Access
Physical Location of CollectionCSIR; Stellenbosch;


Description of CollectionThis is a collection of the official correspondence of C.L. Wicht who was the research leader of the forestry research station at Jonkershoek was established in the 1930's. The Jonkershoek experimental catchement monitoring sites are one of the oldest hydrological monitoring sites in the world.
Language(s) of the CollectionEnglish
Beneficiaries of Digitized CollectionMembers of the public and scientific community.
Justification for Digitization and PreservationThe importance of the data, preserving data, preventing loss of data and completing the collection of Jonkershoek data.


Metadata StandardsEML
Type of Resourcesmanuscripts
Type of Materialtext
Size of CollectionDon't know



 South African Heritage Resources Agency.
 Corporate Affairs; PO Box 4637; Cape Town; 8000
Physical Location of Collection111 Harrington Street; Cape Town; 8001


Language(s) of the CollectionEnglish; Afrikaans


Type of ResourcesLetters; Photographs; Reports
Type of MaterialText; Still image



 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 CollectionTargetted Collection and Digitisation Projects
Collection ChampionCatherine Kennedy (Tel no.: +27 11 717 1973, E-mail address: sfj@saha.org.za)
  PO Box 31719; Braamfontein; 2017
Status of CollectionDigitising under way - Planned
Accessibility of CollectionPartial Open Access
Physical Location of CollectionWilliam Cullen Library Witwatersrand; Braamfontein; East Campus; University of the Witwatersrand; Braamfontein; Johannesburg; 2017


Description of CollectionSAHA has undertaken two collection drives in two areas (the arms deal and military intelligence during apartheid South Africa) that will identify and collect materials for SAHA in these areas, create a reader to accompany these materials and select key items for digitisation.
Period Covered-2009
Beneficiaries of Digitized CollectionCurrent and future historians, civil society, etc.
Justification for Digitization and PreservationCurrency (arms deal) and urgency (history of destruction of state records relating to military intelligence).


Metadata StandardsDublin Core
Ontology StandardsFree-text Keywords
Type of ResourcesAudio
Type of MaterialSound; Text
Type of File formatspdf; tiff
Size of Collection100-1000



 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



 South African Institute for Aquatic Biodiversity. Library
Name of CollectionInstitute Publications
Collection ChampionMargie Shaw (Tel no.: +27 46 603 5800, Fax no.: +27 46 622 2403, E-mail address: m.shaw@ru.ac.za)
 Library / Information Systems; Private Bag 1015; Grahamstown; 6140
Status of CollectionDigitising under way - Planned
Website Address of Collectionhttp://www.saiab.ac.za
Accessibility of CollectionOpen Access
Physical Location of CollectionSomerset Street; Grahamstown; 6139


Period Covered-2009
Language(s) of the CollectionEnglish
Beneficiaries of Digitized CollectionIchthyology and Fisheries Researchers.
Justification for Digitization and PreservationUnique collection and important for research.


Metadata StandardsDublin Core
Ontology StandardsFree-text Keywords
Type of MaterialText
Type of File formatspdf
Size of Collection100-1000



 South African Institute for Aquatic Biodiversity. Information Systems
Name of CollectionSAIAB Slide Collection
Collection ChampionWillem Coetzer (Tel no.: +27 46 603 5800, Fax no.: +27 46 622 2403, E-mail address: w.coetzer@ru.ac.za)
 Library / Information Systems; Private Bag 1015; Grahamstown; 6140
Status of CollectionDigitising under way - Planned
Website Address of Collectionhttp://www.saiab.ac.za
Accessibility of CollectionPartial Open Access
Physical Location of CollectionSomerset Street; Grahamstown; 6139


Description of CollectionSlides of freshwater, estuarine and marine fishes of southern Africa.
Period Covered-2010
Beneficiaries of Digitized CollectionIchthyology and Fisheries Researchers.
Justification for Digitization and PreservationFor morphological comparison.


Metadata StandardsDarwin Core
Ontology StandardsFree-text Keywords
Type of Resources35 mm Slides
Type of MaterialStill image
Type of File formatsjpeg
Size of Collection10000-50000



 South African Institute for Aquatic Biodiversity. Art Department
Name of CollectionSAIAB Art Collection
Collection ChampionElaine Heemstra (Tel no.: +27 46 603 5800, Fax no.: +27 46 603 2403, E-mail address: e.heemstra@ru.ac.za)
 Library / Information Systems; Private Bag 1015; Grahamstown; 6140
Status of CollectionDigitising under way - Planned
Website Address of Collectionhttp://www.saiab.ac.za
Accessibility of CollectionPartial Open Access
Physical Location of CollectionSomerset Street; Grahamstown; 6139


Period Covered-2010
Beneficiaries of Digitized CollectionIchthyology and Fisheries Researchers
Justification for Digitization and PreservationFor morphological comparison.


Metadata StandardsDarwin Core
Ontology StandardsFree-text Keywords
Type of ResourcesArtworks
Type of File formatstiff
Size of Collection10000-50000



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


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


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



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


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


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



 Stellenbosch University. Library and Information Service
Name of CollectionAfricana Map Collection
Collection ChampionMimi Seyffert (Tel no.: +27 21 808 4398, Fax no.: +27 21 808 3723, E-mail address: mseyf@sun.ac.za)
 Special Collections; Private Bag x5036; Stellenbosch; 7599
Status of CollectionDigitising under way - Planned
Accessibility of CollectionAccess via Archivist
Physical Location of CollectionMerriman Avenue; Stellenbosch; 7600


Description of CollectionMaps of Africa dating before 1860.
Beneficiaries of Digitized CollectionMostly local Stellenbosch University researchers, but researchers external to the organisation will be able to access the digitized collection through the archivist.
Justification for Digitization and PreservationUniqueness, importance for research or heritage and that the current (paper) format is inaccessible to most researchers.


Metadata StandardsDublin Core Qualified
Ontology StandardsLibrary of Congress
Type of ResourcesMaps
Type of File formatstiff
Size of Collection100-1000



 Stellenbosch University. Library and Information Service
Name of CollectionPictorial Africana
Collection ChampionMimi Seyffert (Tel no.: +27 21 808 4398, Fax no.: +27 21 808 3723, E-mail address: mseyf@sun.ac.za)
 Special Collections; Private Bag x5036; Stellenbosch; 7599
Status of CollectionDigitising under way - Planned
Accessibility of CollectionPartial Open Access
Physical Location of CollectionMerriman Avenue; Stellenbosch; 7600


Description of CollectionPictorial Africana works ranging from oil paintings to engravings (circa 1700 - 1900).
Beneficiaries of Digitized CollectionLocal and external researchers, as well as students.
Justification for Digitization and PreservationUniqueness and importance for heritage.


Metadata StandardsDublin Core Qualified
Ontology StandardsLibrary of Congress
Type of ResourcesPaintings; Artworks
Type of MaterialStill image
Type of File formatstiff
Size of Collection100-1000



 Stellenbosch University. Library and Information Service
Name of CollectionPhotograph Collections
Collection ChampionMimi Seyffert (Tel no.: +27 21 808 4398, Fax no.: +27 21 808 3723, E-mail address: mseyf@sun.ac.za)
 Special Collections; Private Bag x5036; Stellenbosch; 7599
Status of CollectionDigitising under way - Planned
Website Address of Collectionhttps://lib.sun.ac.za/jspui/handle/10019.2/36
Accessibility of CollectionOpen Access
Physical Location of CollectionMerriman Avenue; Stellenbosch; 7600


Description of CollectionPhotograph collections which form part of manuscript collections. For example: Sheila Cussons, NP van Wyk Louw, WEG Louw, Audrey Blignault, CJ Langenhoven. Also historical photos of Stellenbosch University.
Period Covered-2009
Beneficiaries of Digitized CollectionMembers of society who are interested.
Justification for Digitization and PreservationUniqueness, importance for research or heritage and frequency of use.


Metadata StandardsDublin Core Qualified
Type of ResourcesPhotographs
Type of MaterialStill image
Type of File formatstiff; jpeg
Size of Collection100-1000



 Stellenbosch University. Library and Information Service
Name of CollectionManuscript Collections
Collection ChampionMimi Seyffert (Tel no.: +27 21 808 4398, Fax no.: +27 21 808 3723, E-mail address: mseyf@sun.ac.za)
 Special Collections; Private Bag x5036; Stellenbosch; 7599
Status of CollectionDigitising under way - Planned
Website Address of Collectionhttps://lib.sun.ac.za/jspui/handle/10019.2/36
Accessibility of CollectionOpen Access
Physical Location of CollectionMerriman Avenue; Stellenbosch; 7600


Description of CollectionParts of manuscript collections which are frequently used and exhibited.
Period Covered-2009-12-31
Language(s) of the CollectionEnglish; Afrikaans
Beneficiaries of Digitized CollectionMembers of society interested. Researchers.
Justification for Digitization and PreservationUniqueness, condition, importance for research or heritage and frequency of use. Selection criteria based on frequency of use.


Metadata StandardsDublin Core Qualified
Ontology StandardsLibrary of Congress
Type of ResourcesManuscripts; Letters; Diaries
Type of File formatstiff; jpeg
Size of Collection100-1000



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


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


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



 Stellenbosch University. Library and Information Service
Name of CollectionLeyds Boer War Collection
Collection ChampionMimi Seyffert (Tel no.: +27 21 808 4398, Fax no.: +27 21 808 3723, E-mail address: mseyf@sun.ac.za)
 Special Collections; Private Bag X5036; Stellenbosch; 7599
Status of CollectionDigitising under way - Planned
Accessibility of CollectionOpen Access
Physical Location of CollectionMerriman Avenue; Stellenbosch; 7600


Description of CollectionAnglo-Boer War Collection.
Period Covered-2010-12-31
Language(s) of the CollectionDutch; English
Beneficiaries of Digitized CollectionGeneral public.
Justification for Digitization and PreservationUniqueness, condition, deterioration of paper and importance for research or heritage. Dublin Core Qualified The most fragile should be digitized first.


Metadata StandardsDublin Core Qualified
Ontology StandardsLibrary of Congress
Type of ResourcesJournals; Pamphlets; Newspapers
Type of MaterialText
Type of File formatspdf
Size of Collection1000-5000



 Stellenbosch University. Library and Information Service
Name of CollectionStellenbosch Newspaper Collection
Collection ChampionMimi Seyffert / Niel Hendriksz (Tel no.: +27 21 808 4398, Fax no.: +27 21 808 3723, E-mail address: mseyf@sun.ac.za)
  Private Bag X5036; Stellenbosch; 7599
Status of CollectionDigitising under way - Planned
Accessibility of CollectionOpen Access
Physical Location of CollectionMerriman Avenue; Stellenbosch; 7600


Description of CollectionLocal community as well as institutional newspapers and publications.
Language(s) of the CollectionEnglish; Dutch; Afrikaans
Beneficiaries of Digitized CollectionGeneral public.
Justification for Digitization and PreservationUniqueness, condition, urgency, deterioration of paper and importance for research or heritage. Entire collection(s) to be digitized.


Metadata StandardsDublin Core Qualified
Ontology StandardsLibrary of Congress
Type of ResourcesJournals; Newspapers
Type of MaterialText
Type of File formatspdf
Size of Collection5000-10000



 Stellenbosch University. Department of Music
Name of CollectionDocumentation Centre for Music (DOMUS)
Collection ChampionSantie de Jongh (Tel no.: +27 21 808 2597, Fax no.: +27 21 808 3723, E-mail address: santiedj@sun.ac.za)
 Library and Information Service; Private Bag X5036; Stellenbosch; 7599
Status of CollectionDigitising under way - Planned
Accessibility of CollectionPartial Open Access
Physical Location of CollectionMerriman Avenue; Stellenbosch; 7600


Description of CollectionMusic and documentary collections of composers, performing artists, musicologists and music institutions in South Africa.
Beneficiaries of Digitized CollectionResearchers, musicologists and members of the public.
Justification for Digitization and PreservationUniqueness, condition and importance for research or heritage. Entire collections to be digitized.


Metadata StandardsDublin Core Qualified
Ontology StandardsDDC; Library of Congress
Type of ResourcesSheet music; Manuscripts; Letters; Diaries; Photographs
Type of MaterialText; Still image; Sound
Type of File formatstiff; jpeg; pdf
Size of Collection1000-5000



 Stellenbosch University. Department of Radiology
Name of CollectionTeaching Cases in Radiology
Collection ChampionDr C. Ackermann E-mail address: ca@sun.ac.za)
 Department of Research Support; Private Bag X1; Stellenbosch; 7602
Status of CollectionDigitising under way - Planned
Accessibility of CollectionPartial Open Access
Physical Location of CollectionVictoria Street; Stellenbosch; 7602


Description of CollectionThis is a collection of teaching cases in radiology covering all modalities from plain film to MRI, spanning a period of 20 years.
Beneficiaries of Digitized CollectionStudents, academics and researchers.
Justification for Digitization and PreservationCondition, urgency, deterioration of specimens and importance for research.


Metadata StandardsDublin Core
Ontology StandardsFree-text Keywords
Type of ResourcesSlides; X-ray films
Size of Collection10000-50000



 Stellenbosch University. Morphology Museum
Name of CollectionAnatomical Pathology
Collection ChampionPaul Pretorius (Tel no.: +27 21 938 9419, E-mail address: pnbp@sun.ac.za)
 Department of Research Support; Private Bag X1; Stellenbosch; 7602
Status of CollectionDigitising under way - Planned
Accessibility of CollectionPartial Open Access
Physical Location of CollectionVictoria Street; Stellenbosch; 7602


Description of CollectionAnatomy, anatomical pathology and forensic pathology.
Beneficiaries of Digitized CollectionStudents, academics and researchers.
Justification for Digitization and PreservationUniqueness, condition, urgency, deterioration of specimens and importance for research.


Metadata StandardsDublin Core
Ontology StandardsFree-text Keywords
Type of ResourcesSpecimens
Size of Collection5000-10000



 Stellenbosch University. Centre for Comic, Illustration and Book Arts
Name of CollectionComic, Illustration and Book Arts
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)
 Visual Arts; Victoria Street; Stellenbosch; 7602
Status of CollectionDigitising under way - Planned
Accessibility of CollectionOpen Access
Physical Location of CollectionDepartment of Visual Arts; Victoria Street; Stellenbosch;


Description of CollectionThe content of the proposed collection will comprise historic and contemporary South African comics, cartoons, graphic novels, illustrations and artist's book material.

The history of comic art, illustration and book art in South Africa is under-researched.Comprehensive bibliographies or databases of visual material in these fields do not exist, public collections ares cattered and uncoordinated, and important collections remain out of reach of researchers. The Centre for Comic, Illustrative and Book Arts aims to pursue the development of an archive of South African comic art, illustration and book art.
Keywords Describing the CollectionComics; Book objects; Artist's books; Comix; Graphic novels; Illustrations; Botanical illustrations; Scientific illustrations; Book arts; Cartoons
Geograhic CoverageSouth Africa
Language(s) of the CollectionEnglish
Beneficiaries of Digitized CollectionResearchers and General Public
Justification for Digitization and PreservationUniqueness and importance for research or heritage.


Metadata StandardsDublin Core
Ontology StandardsFree-text Keywords
Type of ResourcesManuscripts; Articles; Cartoons; Drawings; Manuscripts; Photographs; Paintings; Posters
Type of MaterialText; Still image
Type of File formatspdf; tiff
Size of Collection5000-10000



 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



 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