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


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


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



 University of Cape Town. UCT Libraries. Manuscripts & Archives Department
Name of Collection1976 Student Unrest: Clippings and Reports
Collection ChampionLesley Hart (Tel no.: +27 21 650 4424, Cell: +27 21 686 1505, E-mail address: lesley.hart@uct.ac,za)
 Special Collections; Private Bag x3; Rondebosch; Cape Town; 7701
Status of CollectionDigitising under way - Planned
Accessibility of CollectionOpen Access
Physical Location of CollectionGround Floor; Harry Oppenheimer Institute; Library Road; Upper Campus; University of Cape Town; Cape Town; 8001


Description of CollectionAt the time of the unrest, history students, under the supervision of Dr Robin Hallett, assembled records of the unrest, particularly its occurrence in Cape Town. This resource is used every year for essays and digitisation would both preserve it and make it more readily accessible.
Beneficiaries of Digitized CollectionScholars
Justification for Digitization and PreservationThis resource is used every year for essays and digitisation would both preserve it and make it more readily accessible.


Type of ResourcesManuscripts; Photographs; Newspaper clippings
Type of MaterialText
Size of Collection1000-5000



 University of Cape Town. UCT Libraries. Manuscripts & Archives Department
Name of CollectionVarsity
Collection ChampionLesley Hart (Tel no.: +27 21 6504424, Fax no.: +27 21 686 1505, E-mail address: lesley.hart.ac.za)
 Special Collections; Private Bag X3; Rondebosch; Cape Town; 0081
Status of CollectionDigitising under way - Planned
Accessibility of CollectionOpen Access
Physical Location of CollectionGround Floor; Harry Oppenheimer Institute; Library Road; Upper Campus; University of Cape Town; Cape Town; 8001


Description of CollectionContains student views of UCT and many years of national events.
Language(s) of the CollectionEnglish
Beneficiaries of Digitized CollectionScholars
Justification for Digitization and PreservationHeavily used. University of Cape Town history.


Type of ResourcesPeriodicals
Size of Collection100-1000



 University of Cape Town. UCT Libraries. Manuscripts & Archives Department
Name of CollectionUytenbogaardt Architectural Drawings
Collection ChampionLesley Hart (Tel no.: +27 21 650 4424, Fax no.: +27 21 686 1505, E-mail address: lesley.hart@uct.ac.za)
 Special Collections; Private Bag X3; Rondebosch; Cape Town; 7701
Status of CollectionDigitising under way - Planned
Accessibility of CollectionOpen Access
Physical Location of CollectionGround Floor; Harry Oppenheimer Institute; Library Road; Upper Campus; University of Cape Town; 8000


Description of CollectionArchitectural drawings by the architect, Roelof Uytenbogaardt.
Beneficiaries of Digitized CollectionScholars
Justification for Digitization and PreservationWork of an important South African architect. Ensures accessibility.


Type of ResourcesDrawings
Type of MaterialStill image
Size of Collection100-1000



 University of Cape Town. UCT Libraries. Manuscripts & Archives Department
Name of CollectionStudent Protests
Collection ChampionLesley Hart (Tel no.: +27 21 6504424, Fax no.: +27 21 686 1505, E-mail address: lesley.hart@uct.ac,za)
 Special Collections; Private Bag X3; Rondebosch; Cape Town; 7701
Status of CollectionDigitising under way - Planned
Accessibility of CollectionOpen Access
Physical Location of CollectionGround Floor; Harry Oppenheimer Institute; Library Road; Upper Campus; University of Cape Town; Cape Town; 8001


Description of CollectionIncludes various protests for academic freedom as well as protests against government actions. Photographs, clippings from BUZV collection and other collections. Parts of this collection very heavily used (e.g., student protests). Is part of our own institutional history and digitisation will serve both access and preservation needs. Do selectively.
Beneficiaries of Digitized CollectionScholars
Justification for Digitization and PreservationPhotographs and clippings from BUZV collection and other collections. Parts of this collection very heavily used (e.g., student protests). Is part of our own institutional history and digitisation will serve both access and preservation needs. Do selectively.


Metadata StandardsDublin Core
Type of ResourcesPhotographs; Newspaper and clippings.
Type of MaterialStill image
Size of Collection100-1000



 University of Cape Town. UCT Libraries. Manuscripts & Archives Department
Name of CollectionArchival Films: Rhodes-Harrison
Collection ChampionLesley Hart (Tel no.: +27 21 686 1505, Fax no.: +27 21 686 1505, E-mail address: lesley.hart@uct.ac,za)
 Special Collections; Private Bag X3; Rondebosch; Cape Town; 7701
Status of CollectionDigitising under way - Planned
Accessibility of CollectionOpen Access
Physical Location of CollectionGround Floor; Harry Oppenheimer Institute; Library Road; Upper Campus; University of Cape Town; Cape Town; 8001


Description of CollectionFilms on Southern Africa in the 1930s-1960s.
Beneficiaries of Digitized CollectionScholars


Metadata StandardsDublin Core
Type of ResourcesFilm
Type of MaterialMoving image
Size of Collection100-1000



 University of Cape Town. UCT Libraries. Manuscripts & Archives Department
Name of CollectionPolitical Posters
Collection ChampionLesley Hart (Tel no.: +27 21 650 4424, Fax no.: +27 21 686 1505, E-mail address: lesley.hart@uct.ac,za)
 Special Collections; Private Bag X3; Rondebosch; Cape Town; 7701
Status of CollectionDigitising under way - Planned
Accessibility of CollectionOpen Access
Physical Location of CollectionGround Floor; Harry Oppenheimer Institute; Library Road; Upper Campus; University of Cape Town; Cape Town; 8001


Description of CollectionPolitical posters held in the African Studies Library. Should digitise those not already done by other institutions.
Language(s) of the CollectionEnglish
Beneficiaries of Digitized CollectionScholars
Justification for Digitization and PreservationPolitical posters held in the African Studies Library. Should digitise those not already done by other institutions.


Metadata StandardsDublin Core
Type of ResourcesPosters
Size of Collection>100



 University of Cape Town. UCT Libraries. Manuscripts & Archives Department
Name of CollectionPhotographic exhibitions from the 1980s: Staffrider, Beyond the barricades, etc.
Collection ChampionLesley Hart (Tel no.: +27 21 6504424, Fax no.: +27 21 686 1505, E-mail address: lesley.hart@uct.ac.za)
 Special Collections; Private Bag x3; Rondebosch; Cape Town; 7701
Status of CollectionDigitising under way - Planned
Accessibility of CollectionOpen Access
Physical Location of CollectionGround Floor; Harry Oppenheimer Institute; Library Road; Upper Campus; University of Cape Town; Cape Town; 8001


Beneficiaries of Digitized CollectionScholars
Justification for Digitization and PreservationVery valuable. Unique photographs of events in South Africa in the 1980s.


Metadata StandardsDublin Core
Type of ResourcesPhotographs
Type of MaterialStill image
Size of Collection100-1000



 University of Cape Town. UCT Libraries. Manuscripts & Archives Department
Name of CollectionManuscripts & Archives Department Photographs
Collection ChampionLesley Hart (Tel no.: +27 21 650 4424, Fax no.: +27 21 686 1505, E-mail address: lesley.hart@uct.ac,za)
 Special Collections; Private Bag X3; Rondebosch; Cape Town; 7701
Status of CollectionDigitising under way - Planned
Accessibility of CollectionOpen Access
Physical Location of CollectionGround Floor; Harry Oppenheimer Institute; Library Road; Upper Campus; University of Cape Town; Cape Town; 8001


Beneficiaries of Digitized CollectionScholars
Justification for Digitization and PreservationUniversity of Cape Town history.


Metadata StandardsDublin Core
Type of ResourcesPhotographs
Type of MaterialStill image
Size of Collection1000-5000



 University of Cape Town. UCT Libraries. Manuscripts & Archives Department
Name of CollectionMozambiquan Political Clippings
Collection ChampionLesley Hart (Tel no.: +27 21 650 4424, Fax no.: +27 21 686 1505, E-mail address: lesley.hart@uct.ac,za)
 Special Collections; Private Bag X3; Rondebosch; Cape Town; 7701
Status of CollectionDigitising under way - Planned
Accessibility of CollectionOpen Access
Physical Location of CollectionGround Floor; Harry Oppenheimer Institute; Library Road; Upper Campus; University of Cape Town; Cape Town; 8001


Language(s) of the CollectionPortuguese; English
Beneficiaries of Digitized CollectionScholars
Justification for Digitization and PreservationA unique and thorough collection of the history of Mozambique.


Metadata StandardsDublin Core
Type of ResourcesManuscripts; Newspaper clippings
Size of Collection50000+



 University of Cape Town. UCT Libraries. Manuscripts & Archives Department
Name of CollectionArchival Films: Ken Howes-Howell
Collection ChampionLesley Hart (Tel no.: +27 21 6504424, Fax no.: +27 21 686 1505, E-mail address: lesley.hart@uct.ac,za)
 Special Collections; Private Bag X3; Rondebosch; Cape Town; 7701
Status of CollectionDigitising under way - Planned
Accessibility of CollectionOpen Access
Physical Location of CollectionGround Floor; Harry Oppenheimer Institute; Library Road; University of Cape Town; Cape Town; 8001


Beneficiaries of Digitized CollectionScholars
Justification for Digitization and PreservationFilms are reel-to-reel, therefore not accessible at the moment. Digitisation will ensure access.


Metadata StandardsDublin Core
Type of ResourcesFilm
Type of MaterialMoving image
Size of Collection100-1000



 University of Cape Town. UCT Libraries. Manuscripts & Archives Department
Name of CollectionGlass Plate Slides: Madagascar
Collection ChampionLesley Hart (Tel no.: +27 21 6504424, Fax no.: +27 21 686 1505, E-mail address: lesley.hart@uct.ac.za)
 Special Collections; Private Bag X3; Rondebosch; Cape Town; 7701
Status of CollectionDigitising under way - Planned
Accessibility of CollectionOpen Access
Physical Location of CollectionGround Floor; Harry Oppenheimer Institute; Library Road; Upper Campus; University of Cape Town; Cape Town; 8001


Beneficiaries of Digitized CollectionScholars
Justification for Digitization and PreservationUnique and fragile items.


Metadata StandardsDublin Core
Type of ResourcesGlass plate slides
Size of Collection100-1000



 University of Cape Town. UCT Libraries. Manuscripts & Archives Department
Name of CollectionGlass Plate Negatives
Collection ChampionLesley Hart (Tel no.: +27 21 6504424, Cell: +27 21 686 1505, E-mail address: lesley.hart@uct.ac,za)
 Special Collections; Private Bag X3; Rondebosch; Cape Town; 7701
Status of CollectionDigitising under way - Planned
Accessibility of CollectionOpen Access
Physical Location of CollectionGround Floor; Harry Oppenheimer Institute; Library Road; Upper Campus; University of Cape Town; Cape Town; 8001


Beneficiaries of Digitized CollectionScholars
Justification for Digitization and PreservationContain valuable early images of South Africa.


Metadata StandardsDublin Core
Type of ResourcesGlass plate negatives
Size of Collection100-1000



 University of Cape Town. UCT Libraries. Manuscripts & Archives Department
Name of CollectionBlack Churches in Soweto: Photographs, 1970s
Collection ChampionLesley Hart (Tel no.: +27 21 6504424, Fax no.: +27 21 686 1505, E-mail address: lesley.hart@uct.ac.za)
 Special Collections; Private Bag X3; Rondebosch; Cape Town; 7701
Status of CollectionDigitising under way - Planned
Accessibility of CollectionOpen Access
Physical Location of CollectionGround Floor; Harry Oppenheimer Institute; Library Road; Upper Campus; University of Cape Town; Cape Town; 8001


Beneficiaries of Digitized CollectionScholars
Justification for Digitization and PreservationUnique research material.


Metadata StandardsDublin Core
Type of ResourcesPhotographs; Photographs negatives
Type of MaterialStill image
Size of Collection100-1000



 University of Cape Town. Centre for Curating the Archive
Name of CollectionBleek and Lloyd Archive
Collection ChampionPippa Skotnes (Tel no.: +27 21 480 7112, E-mail address: pippa.skotnes@uct.ac.za)
  Private Bag X3; Rondebosch; Cape Town; 7701
Status of CollectionDigitising under way - Planned
Website Address of Collectionhttp://lloydbleekcollection.cs.uct.ac.za/
Accessibility of CollectionOpen Access
Physical Location of CollectionGround Floor; Harry Oppenheimer Institute; Library Road; Upper Campus; University of Cape Town; Cape Town; 8001


Description of CollectionThe Collection is a United Nations site of the Memory of the World. Approximately half of the 80 000 or so pages have been digitised.
Period Covered-2009
Language(s) of the CollectionEnglish; |xam; !kun; !nusa; San languages
Beneficiaries of Digitized CollectionScholars all over the world, the San themselves and the institutions who own the material.
Justification for Digitization and PreservationIt is a collection of national and global importance. It is studied throughout th world. The indigenous people who gave up their freedom to contribute to the archive wanted their stories to be widely known.


Type of ResourcesManuscripts; Letters; Diaries; Photographs; Artworks; Drawings
Type of MaterialText; Still image; Physical object
Type of File formatstiff
Size of Collection50000+



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


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


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



 University of Cape Town. Centre for Popular Memory
Name of CollectionCentre for Popular Memory Audio Archive
Collection ChampionRenate Meyer (Tel no.: +27 21 650 4758, Fax no.: +27 21 650 3611, E-mail address: renate.meyer@uct.ac.za)
 Department of Historical Studies; Private Bag X1; University of Cape Town; Rondebosch; Cape Town; 7701
Status of CollectionDigitising under way - Planned
Website Address of Collectionhttp://www.popularmemory.org.za
Accessibility of CollectionPartial Open Access
Physical Location of CollectionRoom 116 - 119; Beattie Building; Upper Campus; University of Cape Town; Cape Town; 7700


Description of CollectionOral History interviews predominantly conducted in the Western Cape, but including Eastern Cape and other provinces. CPM Archive spans 22 years of collected material around the following themes: COMMUNITIES - Forced Removals and Life under Apartheid. ENVIRONMENT - The relation of people to landscape, heritage areas and built environment. LIFE HISTORIES - Biographical life stories. ARTS - Visual Art, Food and Culture, Music and Performance. WORK - The working life of individuals in Education and Industrial sectors. POLITICS - The role of Activists and Organisations during and after the liberation struggle. MIGRANCY and REFUGEES - Displacement and Diasporic movement of African, European and Asian people. TRAUMA and MEMORY - Stories and memories of individuals who have experienced trauma, and the observations of related organizations. IDENTITIES - The perceptions of individual and group identities within communities. HEALTH - Narratives of those working in health-related fields and of individuals affected by illness.
Language(s) of the CollectionLingala; Afrikaans; English; Xhosa; French
Beneficiaries of Digitized CollectionScholars, students, researchers, educators and communities.
Justification for Digitization and PreservationCPM`s Audio interviews have been gathered over 22 years and cover topics and themes of unique historical value. Oral history interviews highlight the diverse and personal recollections of a collective past not necessarily reflected in written text. Many are currently housed on analogue cassette so are vulnerable to rapid deterioration and hardware obselesence. Fragility, priority, and obselesence. CPM under the legal entity of UCT owns copyright on collections. In certain instances researchers own the copyright of the material and assign archival management rights to CPM. Interviews are accompanied by copyright release forms stating individuals restriction requirements.


Metadata StandardsDublin Core Qualified
Ontology StandardsLibrary of Congress
Type of ResourcesPhotographs; Posters; Slides; Audio: Analogue Cassette, Mini-disc, Digital 4 bit , Solid; Transcripts: Handwritten, Typed, MS, Word and Docs.
Type of MaterialStill image; Text; Sound
Type of File formatspdf; jpeg; wav
Size of Collection5000-10000



 University of Cape Town. Centre for Popular Memory
 Historical Studies; Department of Historical Studies; University of Cape Town; Private Bag 1; Rondebosch; Cape Town; 7701
Status of CollectionDigitising under way - Planned
Website Address of Collectionhttp://www.popularmemory.org.za
Accessibility of CollectionPartial Open Access
Physical Location of CollectionRoom 116-119; Beattie Building; Upper Campus; University of Cape Town; Cape Town; 7001


Description of CollectionOral history collection focusing mainly on the South Western Cape (and some sub collections in other provinces). spans the 22 years of the organization's (CPM) history.
Language(s) of the CollectionXhosa; English; Afrikaans
Justification for Digitization and PreservationEquipment becoming obselete. Material fragile and unique.


Content StandardsDublin Core Qualified
Ontology StandardsFree-text Keywords
Type of ResourcesTranscripts
Type of MaterialText; Sound
Type of File formatstranscripts pdf watermarked, audio archived at 96 000hz/access at 44 oooHZ
Size of Collection1000-5000



 University of Fort Hare. Library
Name of CollectionANC Archives
Collection ChampionYoli Soul Cell: +27 82 200 9252, E-mail address: ysoul@ufh.ac.za)
  Private Bag x1314; Alice; 5700
Status of CollectionDigitising under way - Planned
Physical Location of CollectionUniversity of Fort Hare; Alice; 5700


Description of CollectionThe African National Congress (ANC) archives include the records of thirty-three foreign missions. It is composed of a wide range of material including administrative and subject files, project and campaign materials, discussion papers, correspondence, news briefings and releases, publications, maps, posters, photographs, and memorabilia. The ANC collections also include the records of the Solomon Mahlangu Freedom College (SOMAFCO). The SOMAFCO records are the largest group from the ANC currently in the University Library. The collection includes the administration archives as well as the work of the students across all age ranges and levels.
Justification for Digitization and PreservationAllow greater access and preserve fragile materials.


Type of ResourcesNews briefings; Letters; Photographs; Maps; Posters
Type of MaterialStill image; Text



 University of Fort Hare. Library
Name of CollectionPan Africanist Congress of Azania (PAC)
  Private Bag x1314; Alice; 5700
Status of CollectionDigitising under way - Planned
Physical Location of CollectionUniversity of Fort Hare; Alice; 5700


Description of CollectionThe Pan Africanist Congress of Azania (PAC) archives include the records of foreign missions - United Nations, London, and Zimbabwe - as well as a collection of audio radio programmes and PAC publications.


Type of ResourcesRadio programme recordings Publications
Type of MaterialSound; Text



 University of Fort Hare. Library
Name of CollectionThe Azanian Peoples Organisation (AZAPO) / Black Consciousness Movement of Azania (BCMA) Archives
Collection ChampionYoli Soul (Tel no.: +27 40 602 2011, Cell: +27 82 200 9252, E-mail address: ysoul@ufh.ac.za)
  Private Bag X1314; Alice; 5700
Status of CollectionDigitising under way - Planned
Physical Location of CollectionUniversity of Fort Hare; Alice; 5700


Description of CollectionThe Azanian Peoples Organisation (AZAPO) / Black Consciousness Movement of Azania (BCMA) Archives include correspondence, minutes of meetings, reports, statements, speeches, press releases, projects and proposals, policy documents, biographies, subject files, and organisational publications.
Justification for Digitization and PreservationGreater access and preservation of fragile material.


Type of ResourcesLetters; Organisational publications
Type of MaterialText



 University of Fort Hare. Library
Name of CollectionNew Unity Movement (NUM) Archives
Collection ChampionYoli Soul
  Private Bag X1314; Alice; 5700
Status of CollectionDigitising under way - Planned
Physical Location of CollectionUniversity of Fort Hare; Alice; 5700




Type of ResourcesAudio recordings
Type of MaterialSound



 University of Fort Hare. Library
Name of CollectionOliver Tambo Papers
Collection ChampionYoli Soul
  Private Bag X1314; Alice; 5700
Status of CollectionDigitising under way - Planned
Accessibility of CollectionOpen Access
Physical Location of CollectionUniversity of Fort Hare; Alice; 5700


Description of CollectionThe Oliver Tambo papers are a full record of the political life of O.R. Tambo including his speeches, correspondence, photographs and other materials generated during his tenure as president of the ANC. The collection is fundamental for researchers who are interested in developing an understanding of ANC operations in exile, biographical profiles and portfolios of key ANC leaders, and the struggle against apartheid both within and outside of South Africa's geographical borders.
Justification for Digitization and PreservationAccess


Type of ResourcesLetters; Photographs; Speeches
Type of MaterialStill image; Text



 University of Fort Hare. Library
Name of CollectionGovan Mbeki Papers
Collection ChampionYoli Soul
  Private Bag X1314; Alice; 5700
Status of CollectionDigitising under way - Planned
Accessibility of CollectionOpen Access
Physical Location of CollectionUniversity of Fort Hare; Alice; 5700


Description of CollectionThe Govan Mbeki papers include his songs and music from Robben Island, as well as artefacts, such as his beloved guitar with its island built case. The collection consists of his correspondence, manuscripts of his books, some of which was written on toilet paper and smuggled out of prison, and a record of his life on the Island and after his release from prison, including his role as Chancellor of the UFH.


Type of ResourcesManuscripts; Letters; Songs and other music; Specimens; Guitar with Island built case
Type of MaterialText; Sound



 University of Fort Hare. Library
Name of CollectionWalter Sisulu Papers
Collection ChampionYoli Soul
  Private Bag X1314; Alice; 5700
Status of CollectionDigitising under way - Planned
Accessibility of CollectionOpen Access
Physical Location of CollectionUniversity of Fort Hare; Alice; 5700


Description of CollectionThe Walter Sisulu papers document much of his work as a member of the ANC National Executive after his release from Robben Island. It includes correspondence, speeches, writings, and some documents that he was able to salvage from before his imprisonment.
Justification for Digitization and PreservationAccess


Type of ResourcesManuscripts; Letters; Speeches
Type of MaterialText



 University of Fort Hare. Library
Name of CollectionLionel Forman Papers
Collection ChampionYoli Soul (Tel no.: +27 40 602 2011, Fax no.: +27 40 653 1554, E-mail address: ysoul@ufh.ac.za)
  Private Bag X1314; Alice; 5700
Status of CollectionDigitising under way - Planned
Physical Location of CollectionUniversity of Fort Hare; Alice; 5700


Description of CollectionThe Lionel Forman Papers include valuable materials on the early history of white occupation and colonisation of South Africa, the growth of black political organisations, the first alternative newspapers (The World, Spark, New Age, Guardian, etc.), early publications, a unique Zulu diary of Cetshwayo`s visit to Queen Victoria, work on the national question, student politics and the National Union of South African Students (NUSAS).
Justification for Digitization and PreservationAccess


Type of ResourcesDiaries; Newspapers
Type of MaterialText



 University of Fort Hare. Library
Name of CollectionAC Jordan Papers
Collection ChampionYoli Soul (Tel no.: +27 40 602 2011, Fax no.: +27 40 653 1554, E-mail address: ysoul@ufh.ac.za)
  Private Bag X1314; Alice; 5700
Status of CollectionDigitising under way - Planned
Accessibility of CollectionOpen Access
Physical Location of CollectionUniversity of Fort Hare; Alice; 5700


Description of CollectionThis collection includes correspondence, teaching materials, manuscripts, folktales, language and folktale materials, Africana, subject files, and historical biographies. It is particularly rich for Xhosa and other indigenous language studies, and provides a documentary record of Jordan's struggles against the apartheid state.
Language(s) of the CollectionXhosa; African languages
Justification for Digitization and PreservationAccess


Type of ResourcesManuscripts; Letters
Type of MaterialText



 University of Fort Hare. Library
Name of CollectionContemporary South African Black Art
Collection ChampionYoli Soul (Tel no.: +27 40 602 2011, Fax no.: +27 40 653 1554, E-mail address: ysoul@ufh.ac.za)
  Private Bag x1314; Alice; 5700
Status of CollectionDigitising under way - Planned
Accessibility of CollectionOpen Access
Physical Location of CollectionUniversity of Fort Hare; Alice; 5700


Description of CollectionThe Contemporary South African Black Art Collection covers a wide range of fine art disciplines such as etchings, woodcuts, woodblocks, linocuts, serigraphs, drawings, paintings and sculptures representing more than 150 artists. They include the works of internationally recognised figures such as Gerard Sekoto, George Pemba, Dumile Mhlabe Feni, Sydney Khumalo John Muafangejo, Lucas Sithole, Ephraim Ngatane, John Mohl, Cyprian Shilakoe, Ezrom Legae and Louis Maqhubela. The most important component of the collection dates between the 1930's and the 1980's. Together with lesser known artists, the works of Sekoto and Pemba represent the pioneers of township scenery and lifestyles. The paintings and prints produced between 1960 and 1970 are representative of the socially and politically complex contexts of that time, and served to provide a firm foundation for visual arts development over the next few decades. The third most representative period of this collection is the period between the 1970's and 19...?
Justification for Digitization and PreservationIt's a national cultural treasure.


Type of ResourcesArtworks
Type of MaterialStill image



 University of Fort Hare. Library
Name of CollectionEstella Hamilton-Welsh Collection
Collection ChampionYoli Soul (Tel no.: +27 40 602 2011, Fax no.: +27 40 654 1554, E-mail address: ysoul@ufh.ac.za)
  Private Bag X1314; Alice; 5700
Status of CollectionDigitising under way - Planned
Accessibility of CollectionOpen Access
Physical Location of CollectionUniversity of Fort Hare; Alice; 5700


Description of CollectionThe Estella Hamilton-Welsh Collection of indigenous artefacts was collected between 1880 and 1940, and consists of objects from the Eastern Cape, Mpumalanga, and KwaZulu-Natal. It includes Xhosa, Mfengu, Thembu, Mpondo, Zulu and Ndebele beadwork, costumes from different ethnic groups, grass work, wooden artefacts, charms, medicines, weapons, and many other small items.
Justification for Digitization and PreservationAccess and preservation


Type of ResourcesSpecimens
Type of MaterialPhysical object



 University of Fort Hare. Library
Name of CollectionFS Malan
Collection ChampionYoli Soul (Tel no.: +27 40 602 2011, Fax no.: +27 40 653 1554, E-mail address: ysoul@ufh.ac.za)
  Private Bag x1314; Alice; 5700
Status of CollectionDigitising under way - Planned
Accessibility of CollectionOpen Access
Physical Location of CollectionUniversity of Fort Hare; Alice; 5700


Description of CollectionThe F.S. Malan Collection of indigenous artefacts dates from the mid 1930's and contains a wide range of Southern African cultural materials. It includes mainly beadwork, cloth, animal skin bags, traditional skirts dyed in red and yellow orchre for girls and women, agricultural implements, traditional hunting weapons, medicines, specimens of edible plants, indigenous diving bones and equipment, as well as carved wooden walking sticks and reflects the diversity of cultures of the Xhosa , Mfengu, Thembu, Mpondo, Zulu, Shangaan, Swazi, Venda, Pedi, Tlokwa and Ndebele. The artefacts were collected as far as the Mpumalanga, Northern Province, the North West Province and the Free State.
Justification for Digitization and PreservationAccess and preservation


Type of ResourcesSpecimens



 University of Fort Hare. Library
Name of CollectionPiper Collection
Collection ChampionYoli Soul (Tel no.: +27 40 602 2011, Fax no.: +27 40 653 1554, E-mail address: ysoul@ufh.ac.za)
  Private Bag X1314; Alice; 5700
Status of CollectionDigitising under way - Planned
Physical Location of CollectionUniversity of Fort Hare; Alice; 5700


Description of CollectionThis collection represents the unique photography and cinematography of Dr. Pauline Ingle at All Saints Hospital and Engcobo in the Eastern Cape between 1949 and 1976. It consists of more than 4 000 images of slides, negatives, photographic prints, digital images and exhibit materials, as well as a number of films and related documentary footage from that period. In combination, these collections afford immense research and educational possibilities as well as provide powerful opportunities for present and future generations of South Africans to explore, understand and interpret their heritage. Additionally, the University is currently in the process of detailed planning for a Connector building facility that would provide a state of the art integrated space for display, study and research into all of these collections.
Justification for Digitization and PreservationAccess


Type of ResourcesNone
Type of MaterialStill image



 University of Johannesburg. Library and Information Centre
Name of CollectionN.J. van Warmelo Collection
Collection ChampionH. Latsky, A. van Vuren, B. Swanepoel (Tel no.: +27 11 559 2630, Fax no.: +27 11 726 7723, E-mail address: henriettel@uj.ac.za)
 Archiving, Special Collections and Institutional Repository; Kingsway Campus; PO Box 524; Auckland Park; Johannesburg; 2006
Status of CollectionDigitising under way - Planned
Website Address of Collectionhttp://ujdigispace.uj.ac.za
Accessibility of CollectionOpen Access
Physical Location of CollectionKingsway Campus; Cnr University & Kingsway Roads; Auckland Park; Johannesburg; 2006


Description of CollectionDr Van Warmelo was an anthropologist-linguist of international standing. He was a prolific writer: he published 29 books (12 as co-author) and 25 scientific articles (two as co-author). During his term as Government Ethnologist (1930-1969), the Ethnological Section published 44 monographs, 20 written by Van Warmelo himself, recording ethnographical and ethno-historical data on the Black peoples of South Africa and Namibia. The 8000 photographs in the collection provide a valuable and unique record of his research Dr Van Warmelo was an anthropologist-linguist of international standing. A prolific writer, he published 29 books (12 as co-author) and 25 scientific articles (two as co-author). During his term as Government Ethnologist (1930-1969), the Ethnological Section published 44 monographs, 20 written by Van Warmelo himself. The collection contains 8000 photographs.
Period Covered-December 2011
Beneficiaries of Digitized CollectionHistorians and researchers.
Justification for Digitization and PreservationVan Warmelo's recorded ethnographical and ethno-historical data on the Black peoples of South Africa and Namibia. The 8000 photographs in the collection provide a valuable and unique record of all the Southern African people he researched.


Metadata StandardsDublin Core
Ontology StandardsFree-text Keywords
Type of ResourcesPhotographs
Type of MaterialStill image
Type of File formatsjpeg
Size of Collection5000-10000



 University of Johannesburg. Archiving, Special Collections and Institutional Repository
Name of CollectionTEBA Archives
Collection ChampionH. Latsky, K. Brookes, A. van Vuren, B. Swanepoel (Tel no.: +27 11 559 2630, Fax no.: +27 11 726 7723, E-mail address: henriettel@uj.ac.za)
 Library and Information Centre; PO Box 524; Auckland Park; Johannesburg; 2006
Status of CollectionDigitising under way - Planned
Accessibility of CollectionOpen Access
Physical Location of CollectionKingsway Campus; Auckland Park; Johannesburg; 2006


Description of CollectionThe collection contains valuable minute books, circulars, films, slides etc. on the history of mining recruitment in Southern Africa.
Period Covered-Dec 2012
Language(s) of the CollectionEnglish
Beneficiaries of Digitized CollectionHistorians and researchers
Justification for Digitization and PreservationThe collection is a unique primary information source for research on labour recruitment for the gold mines and contains information on diverse subjects, such as migration patterns, weather patterns, social conditions, health related matters, transport and many others. Copyright: TEBA


Metadata StandardsDublin Core
Ontology StandardsFree-text Keywords
Type of ResourcesManuscripts; Slides; Films
Type of MaterialText; Moving image; Still image
Type of File formatsjpeg; bup; tiff
Size of Collection1000-5000



 University of Johannesburg. Archiving, Special Collections, Institutional Repository
Name of CollectionG.M. van der Waal Collection
Collection ChampionH. Latsky, A. van Vuren (Tel no.: +27 11 559 2630, Fax no.: +27 11 726 7723, E-mail address: henriettel@uj.ac.za)
 Library and Information Centre; Kingsway Campus; PO Box 524; Auckland Park; Johannesburg; 2006
Status of CollectionDigitising under way - Planned
Accessibility of CollectionOpen Access
Physical Location of CollectionKingsway Campus; Cnr University & Kingsway Rds; Auckland Park; Johannesburg; 2006


Description of CollectionThe collection consists of documents, photographs, postcards, negatives, house-plans and historical documents relating to buildings in Johannesburg.
Beneficiaries of Digitized CollectionHistorians and researchers
Justification for Digitization and PreservationThe City Council of Johannesburg commissioned Dr Gerhard-Mark van der Waal in the 1970s to compile a list of all the existing historical buildings in the City. His doctorate, 'Die boukuns van Johannesburg', completed in 1985 at the University, forms the basis of the material bought by the Library. The photographs he took of buildings that have been demolished, provide valuable information on the history of Johannesburg.


Metadata StandardsDublin Core
Ontology StandardsFree-text Keywords
Type of ResourcesPhotographs
Type of MaterialStill image
Type of File formatstiff; jpeg
Size of Collection100-1000



 University of Johannesburg. Archiving, Special Collections and Institutional Repository
Name of CollectionW.B. Vosloo (SBDC) Collection
Collection ChampionH Latsky, A van Vuren (Tel no.: +27 11 559 2630, Fax no.: +27 11 726 7723, E-mail address: henriettel@uj.ac.za)
 Library and Information Centre; Kingsway Campus; PO Box 524; Auckland Park; Johannesburg; 2006
Status of CollectionDigitising under way - Planned
Accessibility of CollectionOpen Access
Physical Location of CollectionKingsway Campus; Cnr University & Kingsway Roads; Auckland Park; Johannesburg; 2006


Description of CollectionDr. W.B. Vosloo, first Managing Director of the Small Business Development Corporation, donated his extensive document collection to the university in May 2000.
Language(s) of the CollectionEnglish; Afrikaans
Justification for Digitization and PreservationThe documents provide a unique insight into the South African political economy during the 1980s and early 1990s and are valuable research material for various disciplines, e.g. economics, political studies and historical studies.


Metadata StandardsDublin Core
Ontology StandardsFree-text Keywords
Type of ResourcesManuscripts
Type of MaterialText
Type of File formatstiff; jpeg
Size of Collection100-1000



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


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


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



 University of Johannesburg. Library and Information Centre
Name of CollectionUniversity of Johannesburg Archives
Collection ChampionH. Latsky, A. van Vuren, B. Swanepoel (Tel no.: +27 11 559 2630, Fax no.: +27 11 726 7723, E-mail address: henriettel@uj.ac.za)
 Archiving, Special Collections and Institutional Repository; Kingsway Campus; PO Box 524; Auckland Park; Johannesburg; 2006
Status of CollectionDigitising under way - Planned
Website Address of Collectionhttp://ujdigispace.uj.ac.za
Accessibility of CollectionOpen Access
Physical Location of CollectionKingsway Campus; Cnr University & Kingsway Roads; Auckland Park; Johannesburg; 2006


Description of CollectionThe library strives to reflect, through its archives, the University's history and character since its founding.
Language(s) of the CollectionEnglish; Afrikaans
Beneficiaries of Digitized CollectionHistorians and researchers
Justification for Digitization and PreservationThe ultimate aim is to acquire, preserve and place at the disposal of interested researchers, documents with permanent research value, that reflect the history and character of the University as well as the two historical institutions, the Rand Afrikaans University and the Technikon Witwatersrand.


Metadata StandardsDublin Core
Ontology StandardsFree-text Keywords
Type of ResourcesPhotographs; Inaugural lectures; Newspaper clippings; Memorial and special lectures
Type of MaterialText; Still image
Type of File formatstiff; jpeg; pdf
Size of Collection1000-5000



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


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


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



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


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


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



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


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


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



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


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


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



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


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


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



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


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


Type of ResourcesMaps
Type of MaterialStill image
Size of Collection50000+



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


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


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



 University of Pretoria. Department of Library Services
Name of CollectionUP Collection(s)
Collection ChampionRia Groenewald (Tel no.: +27 12 420 3792, Cell: +27 82 615 4722, Fax no.: +27 12 362 5182, E-mail address: ria.groenewald@up.ac.za)
  PO Box 12411; Hatfield; Pretoria; 0002
Status of CollectionDigitising under way - Planned
Website Address of Collectionhttps://www.up.ac.za/dspace/
Accessibility of CollectionOpen Access
Physical Location of CollectionLynnwood Road; Hatfield; Pretoria; 0002


Description of CollectionThis includes several sub-collections e.g. Rock Art, Pretoriana, Architecture, Africana books, Veterinary science, Medical, Legal, Education, Mapungubwe and Indigenous Knowledge.
Language(s) of the CollectionEnglish; Afrikaans
Beneficiaries of Digitized CollectionInternational, Africa & SA: research, education and serendipity.
Justification for Digitization and PreservationAccessibilty, most valuable, most use, most possible use (importance for research or heritage). Digitization policy selection criteria per project / collection.


Metadata StandardsDublin Core Qualified
Content StandardsAACRII
Ontology StandardsFree-text Keywords; Library of Congress
Type of ResourcesManuscripts; Letters; Diaries; Photographs; Artworks; Drawings; Posters; Slides; Specimens
Type of MaterialText; Sound; Still image
Type of File formatspdf; tiff; jpeg; wav; doc; xls; mp2, 3, 4; php; png; giv
Size of Collection50000+



 University of Pretoria. Dept of Architecture
Name of CollectionNorman Eaton
Collection ChampionLeon Pienaar
  PO Box 12411; Hatfield; Pretoria; 0028
Status of CollectionDigitising under way - Planned
Physical Location of CollectionLynnwood Road; Hatfield; Pretoria; 0002




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



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




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



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




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



 University of Pretoria. Dept of Architecture
Name of CollectionHerbert Baker
Collection ChampionLeon Pienaar
  PO Box 12411; Hatfield; Pretoria; 0028
Status of CollectionDigitising under way - Planned
Physical Location of CollectionLynnwood Road; Hatfield; 0002




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



 University of Pretoria. Dept of Architecture
Name of CollectionGerhard Moerdyk
Collection ChampionLeon Pienaar
  PO Box 12411; Hatfield; Pretoria; 0028
Physical Location of CollectionLynnwood Road; Hatfield; Pretoria; 0002




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



 University of Pretoria. Dept of Architecture
Name of CollectionMacIntosh
Collection ChampionLeon Pienaar
  PO Box 12411; Hatfield; Pretoria; 0028
Status of CollectionDigitising under way - Planned
Physical Location of CollectionLynnwood Road; Hatfield; Pretoria; 0002




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



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




Type of Resources3-volume book
Type of MaterialText



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


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


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



 University of Pretoria. Veterinary Science
Name of CollectionOnderstepoort J. of Veterinary Research 1903-1996
Collection ChampionErica vd Westhuizen E-mail address: erica.vanderwesthuizen@up.ac.za)
  Private Bag X04; Onderstepoort; Pretoria; 0028
Status of CollectionDigitising under way - Planned
Physical Location of CollectionOnderstepoort Academic Information Centre; Sir Arnold Theiler Building; Faculty of Veterinary Science; Pretoria; 0110


Justification for Digitization and PreservationUnique, as articles describe early research efforts on animal diseases of Africa. Excellent, as they give comprehensive descriptions of research undertaken (rather like today's Lab books).


Type of ResourcesNone
Type of MaterialText
Size of Collection10000-50000



 University of Pretoria. Veterinary Science
Name of CollectionJ. South African Veterinary Association 1924-1996
Collection ChampionErica vd Westhuizen E-mail address: erica.vanderwesthuizen@up.ac.za)
  Private Bag X04; Onderstepoort; Pretoria; 0028
Status of CollectionDigitising under way - Planned
Physical Location of CollectionOnderstepoort Acadmic Information Centre; Sir Arnold Theiler Building; Pretoria; 0110


Beneficiaries of Digitized CollectionVeterinary researchers
Justification for Digitization and PreservationUnique articles describe early research efforts on animal diseases of Africa. Excellent as they give comprehensive descriptions of research undertaken (rather like today's Lab books).


Type of MaterialText
Size of Collection10000-50000



 University of Pretoria. Veterinary Science
Name of CollectionSlides (Learning Objects) of Departments of Pharmacology & Toxicology and of Pathology
Collection ChampionErica vs Westhuizen E-mail address: erica.vanderwesthuizen@up.ac.za)
  Private Bag X04; Onderstepoort; Pretoria; 0028
Physical Location of CollectionOnderstepoort Academic Information Centre; Sir Arnold Theiler Building; Onderstepoort; Pretoria; 0110


Beneficiaries of Digitized CollectionVeterinary lecturers
Justification for Digitization and PreservationUnique lecturers own slide material covering conditions of animals (diseases, pathology, toxic plants etc.) relevant to Africa.


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



 University of Pretoria. Veterinary Science
Name of CollectionChristine Seegers Biomedical Illustrations
Collection ChampionErica vd Westhuizen E-mail address: erica.vanderwesthuizen@up.ac.za)
  Private Bag X04; Onderstepoort; Pretoria; 0028
Status of CollectionDigitising under way - Planned
Physical Location of CollectionOnderstepoort Academic Information Centre; Sir Arnold Theiler Building; Onderstepoort; Pretoria; 0110


Beneficiaries of Digitized CollectionAnimal Anatomical researchers
Justification for Digitization and PreservationUnique artwork showing the anatomy of wild animals of Africa. Of importance to anatomical researchers worldwide.


Type of ResourcesDrawings
Type of MaterialStill image
Size of Collection100-1000



 University of Pretoria. Veterinary Science
Name of CollectionProceedings: 1st Conference of African Animal Health Information Workers, Onderstepoort, 1995.
Collection ChampionErica vd Westhuizen E-mail address: erica.vanderwesthuizen@up.ac.za)
  Private Bag X04; Onderstepoort; Pretoria; 0028
Status of CollectionDigitising under way - Planned
Physical Location of CollectionOnderstepoort Academic Information Centre; Sir Arnold Theiler Building; Onderstepoort; Pretoria; 0110


Beneficiaries of Digitized CollectionVeterinary researchers
Justification for Digitization and PreservationUnique publications of importance in the animal health information sphere, particularly for Africa.


Size of Collection100-1000



 University of Pretoria. Veterinary Science
Name of CollectionProceedings: Pan African Veterinary Conference, Onderstepoort, 1929
Collection ChampionErica vd Westhuizen E-mail address: erica.vanderwesthuizen@up.ac.za)
  Private Bag X04; Onderstepoort; Pretoria; 0028
Status of CollectionDigitising under way - Planned
Physical Location of CollectionOnderstepoort Academic Information Centre; Sir Arnold Theiler Building; Onderstepoort; Pretoria; 0110


Beneficiaries of Digitized CollectionVeterinary researchers
Justification for Digitization and PreservationUnique publications of importance in the animal health information sphere, particularly for Africa.


Type of MaterialText
Size of Collection100-1000



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


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


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



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


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


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



 University of Pretoria. Dept of Architecture
Name of CollectionVan der Waal
Collection ChampionNicholas Clarke (Tel no.: +27 12 420 4542, E-mail address: nicholas.clarke@up.ac.za)
 Special Collections; PO Box 12411; Hatfield; Pretoria; 0028
Status of CollectionDigitising under way - Planned
Physical Location of CollectionLynnwood Road; Hatfield; Pretoria; 0002


Beneficiaries of Digitized CollectionHistorians and students.
Justification for Digitization and PreservationA valuable resource on Pretoria for architects, historians and tourism. Has also been identified by the World Digital Library.


Type of ResourcesPhotographs; Slides; Drawings; Manuscripts; Journal articles; Newspaper articles; Transparancies; Brochures; Maps; Notes
Type of MaterialText; Still image
Size of Collection1000-5000



 University of Pretoria. Special Collections
Name of CollectionWoodhouse
Collection ChampionPieter van der Merwe (Tel no.: +27 12 420 4707, E-mail address: pietervandermerwe@up.ac.za)
  PO Box 12411; Hatfild; Pretoria; 0028
Status of CollectionDigitising under way - Planned
Physical Location of CollectionLynnwood Road; Hatfield; Pretoria; 0002


Description of CollectionDocumentation of almost all the rock art sites in South Africa, as well as some from abroad.
Beneficiaries of Digitized CollectionResearchers
Justification for Digitization and PreservationA valuable information resouece for archaeologists, art historians and anthropologists.


Type of ResourcesSlides; Rock art
Size of Collection10000-50000



 University of Pretoria. Special Collections
Name of CollectionPretoriana Journal
Collection ChampionPieter van der Merwe (Tel no.: +27 12 420 4707, E-mail address: pieter.vandermerwe@up.ac.za)
  PO Box 12411; Hatfield; Pretoria; 0028
Status of CollectionDigitising under way - Planned
Physical Location of CollectionLynnwood Road; Hatfield; Pretoria; 0002


Description of CollectionA complete collection of Pretoriana, a journal published by
Keywords Describing the Collectionthe Association of Old Pretoria from 1951 to 2003.
Beneficiaries of Digitized CollectionResearchers and students.
Justification for Digitization and PreservationComplete set - history of Pretoria. Valuable information.


Type of MaterialText
Size of Collection5000-10000



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


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


Type of ResourcesMagazines
Type of MaterialText



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


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


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



 University of Pretoria. Special Collections
Name of CollectionLetters of Eskia Mphahlele
Collection ChampionPieter van der Merwe (Tel no.: +27 12 420 4707, E-mail address: pieter.vandermerwe@up.ac.za)
  PO Box 12411; Hatfield; Pretoria; 0028
Status of CollectionDigitising under way - Planned
Physical Location of CollectionDepartment of Library Services; Lynnwood Road; Hatfield; Pretoria; 0002


Justification for Digitization and PreservationCelebrated Black Author.


Type of ResourcesLettters
Type of MaterialText



 University of South Africa. Library Archives
Name of CollectionMSS 61 Arthur Nortje Papers 1959-1979
Collection ChampionMarié Coetzee (Tel no.: +27 12 429 2560, Fax no.: +27 12 429 3489, E-mail address: coetzma@unisa.ac.za)
 Department of Library Services, Archives; PO Box 392; Unisa; Pretoria; 0003
Status of CollectionDigitising under way - Planned
Website Address of Collectionhttp://www.unisa.ac.za/Default.asp?Cmd=ViewContent&ContentID=18324
Accessibility of CollectionOpen Access
Physical Location of CollectionLibrary Archives; Samuel Pauw Building PD 2-3; Preller Street; Muckleneuk Ridge; Pretoria; 0003


Language(s) of the CollectionEnglish
Beneficiaries of Digitized CollectionThe Unisa Library Archives and Arthur Nortje (an African poet) will get worldwide recognition and publicity. National and international reseachers and the community will benefit.
Justification for Digitization and PreservationThe Unisa Library bought the Arthur Nortje manuscripts and copyright for the Archives. Nortje is a world famous poet.


Metadata StandardsDublin Core
Type of ResourcesDiaries; Letters; Manuscripts; Poems; Photograps
Type of MaterialText; Still image
Type of File formatspdf; tiff; jpeg
Size of Collection1000-5000



 University of the Free State. Library and Information Services
Name of CollectionAnglo Boer War
Collection ChampionMrs H. Lombard (Tel no.: +27 51 401 2225, Fax no.: +27 51 444 6343, E-mail address: huibre.bib@ufs.ac.za)
  PO Box 301; Bloemfontein; 9300
Physical Location of CollectionNelson Mandela Drive; Bloemfontein; 9301







 University of the Free State. UFS Library and Information Services
Name of CollectionArchive for Contemporary Affairs
Collection ChampionMs H.C. Jones (Tel no.: +27 51 401 2418, Fax no.: +27 51 401 2418, E-mail address: jones.bib@ufs.ac.za)
  PO Box 301; Bloemfontein; 9300
Status of CollectionDigitising under way - Planned
Website Address of Collectionhttp://www.arca.uovs.ac.za
Accessibility of CollectionAccess via Archivist
Physical Location of CollectionMandela Drive; Bloemfontein; 9301


Language(s) of the CollectionAfrikaans; English
Beneficiaries of Digitized CollectionResearchers nationally and internationally.
Justification for Digitization and PreservationUnique private document collections not available elsewhere.


Metadata StandardsDublin Core; EAD
Ontology StandardsFree-text Keywords
Type of ResourcesPhotographs; Audio tapes; Slides; Manuscripts; Letters; Diaries
Type of MaterialText; Still image; Sound
Size of Collection50000+



 University of the Free State. Library and Information Services
Name of CollectionOld Theses
Collection ChampionMrs Huibre Lombard (Tel no.: +27 51 401 2225, Cell: +27 82 597 5544, Fax no.: +27 51 444 6343, E-mail address: huibre.bib@ufs.ac.za)
  PO Box 301; Bloemfontein; 9300
Status of CollectionDigitising under way - Planned
Accessibility of CollectionPartial Open Access
Physical Location of CollectionNelson Mandela Drive; Bloemfontein; 9301


Description of CollectionAll the theses completed at the UFS.
Language(s) of the CollectionEnglish; Afrikaans
Beneficiaries of Digitized CollectionWorld community
Justification for Digitization and PreservationTheses only available in paper copy.


Ontology StandardsDDC
Type of MaterialText
Size of Collection1000-5000



 University of the Free State. Library and Information Services
Name of CollectionAfricana Law Collection
Collection ChampionMrs Huibre Lombard (Tel no.: +27 51 401 2225, Cell: +27 82 597 5544, Fax no.: +27 51 444 6343, E-mail address: huibre.bib@ufs.ac.za)
  PO Box 301; Bloemfontein; 9300
Status of CollectionDigitising under way - Planned
Accessibility of CollectionPartial Open Access
Physical Location of CollectionNelson Mandela Drive; Bloemfontein; 9301


Language(s) of the CollectionLatin; English
Beneficiaries of Digitized CollectionLaw students and lecturers, as well as the worldwide community.
Justification for Digitization and PreservationTo make a unique collection available to the community as well as preserve the very valuable and brittle paper copies.


Ontology StandardsDDC
Type of ResourcesManuscripts; Photographs
Type of MaterialStill image; Text
Size of Collection100-1000



 University of the Free State. Library and Information Services
Name of CollectionArchive for Contemporary Affairs
Collection ChampionH.C. Jones (Tel no.: +27 51 401 2418, Fax no.: +27 51 401 6343, E-mail address: jonese.bib@ufs.ac.za)
  PO Box 339; Bloemfontein; 9300
Status of CollectionDigitising under way - Planned
Website Address of Collectionhttp://arca.uovs.ac.za
Accessibility of CollectionAccess via Archivist
Physical Location of CollectionNelson Mandela Drive; Bloemfontein; 9300


Description of CollectionApproximately 960 private document collections of prominent South Africans from all spheres.
Language(s) of the CollectionAfrikaans; English
Beneficiaries of Digitized CollectionNational and international researchers.
Justification for Digitization and PreservationThe collections are unique and not available elsewhere. It has a strong historical significance and should be preserved and made available for research purposes.


Content StandardsISAD
Ontology StandardsFree-text Keywords
Type of ResourcesPhotographs; Manuscripts; Letters; Diaries; Sound cassettes
Type of MaterialText; Sound; Still image
Type of File formatspdf; tiff



 University of the Witwatersrand. Wits Art Gallery
Name of CollectionWits Art Collection
Collection ChampionProfessor Anitra Nettleton, Julia Charlton, Fiona Rankin-Smith (Tel no.: +27 11 717 4610 / +27 11 717 1363 / +27 011 717 1362, Fax no.: +27 11 717 1369, E-mail address: Anitra.Nettleton@wits.ac.za / Julia.Charlton@wits.ac.za,)
  Private Bag X3; Wits; Johannesburg; 2050
Status of CollectionDigitising under way - Planned
Website Address of Collectionhttp://virtus.wits.ac.za8080-wits-wag
Accessibility of CollectionCollection is accesible by appointment.
Physical Location of CollectionBasement 1; Senate House; Jorissen Street; Braamfontein; Johannesburg; 2950


Description of CollectionThe collection involves African art objects from west central, southern and east Africa, including wood carvings of figures, masks, household objects, ritual objects, ceremonial objects, beadwork and clothing items. The collections also extend to contemporary fine art from South Africa including painting sculpture, photography, graphic prints, ceramics, drawings and video works.
Beneficiaries of Digitized CollectionResearchers, scholars, students and curators working in similar fields and generally others involved in knowledge sharing.
Justification for Digitization and PreservationEach work is individually recorded and this is for dissemination of information with each individual item. It is also part of the information management of each item. Digitization is part of accessioning process and applies to each item in the collection. The collection comprises different sub-collections. One is co-owned by the Sponsor which is Standard Bank and other collections are owned by the University. Copyright rests with the artists and individual arrangements are negotiated as needs be.


Type of ResourcesPhotographs; Slides; Artworks; Drawings
Type of MaterialStill image
Type of File formatstiff; jpeg
Size of Collection10000-50000



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


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


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



 University of the Witwatersrand. Faculty of Health Sciences, Wits University
Name of CollectionAdler Museum of Medicine
Collection ChampionMrs Rochelle Kemp (Tel no.: +27 11 717 2081, Fax no.: +27 11 717 2081, E-mail address: adler.museum@wits.ac.za)
 Adler Museum of Medicine, Faculty of Health Sciences; Private Bag x3; Wits; Johannesburg; 2050
Status of CollectionDigitising under way - Planned
Accessibility of CollectionOpen Access
Physical Location of CollectionWITS Medical School Campus; 7 York Road; Parktown; Johannesburg; 2193


Description of CollectionThe largest medical museum in South Africa open (free of charge) to the public showcasing the history of medicine, dentistry, optometry and pharmacy through the ages. The Museum was established in 1962 by Dr Cyril and Mrs Esther Adler. There are reconstructions of an early 20th century Johannesburg pharmacy, a dental surgery, a doctors consulting room, an optometry display and a hospital operating theatre of the same period. A history of scientific medicine is augmented with displays of several alternative modalities practised in South Africa: traditional Chinese medicine, Unani/Tibb, Ayurveda, Western herbal medicine and homoeopathy. An important stream of medicine in Africa, traditional healing, is showcased in the Museum with displays of an African herb shop and a patient consulting a sangoma (traditional healer). Items of historical interest on display include microscopes and other scientific instruments and early bleeding and cupping equipment with an exquisitely crafted incision knife.
Beneficiaries of Digitized CollectionStaff, researchers and general public. Certain aspects will be available on the museum website.
Justification for Digitization and PreservationTo preserve the uniqueness of the collection. Important reference and research facility to be preserved.


Ontology StandardsDDC
Type of ResourcesManuscripts; Letters; Diaries; Cartoons; Photographs; Slides; Posters; Artworks; Library Books; Videos; Film; Tapes; DVD; specimens
Type of MaterialText; Still image; Physical object
Type of File formatspdf; MS Access; jpeg
Size of Collection10000-50000



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


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


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



 University of the Witwatersrand. Bernard Price Institute for Palaeontological Research
Name of CollectionKaroo Vertebrate Collection
Collection ChampionBernhard Zipfel (Tel no.: +27 11 717 6683, Cell: +27 83 779 3394, E-mail address: bernhard.zipfel@wits.ac.za)
  Private Bag X3; Wits; Johannesburg; 2050
Status of CollectionDigitising under way - Planned
Accessibility of CollectionPartial Open Access
Physical Location of CollectionUniversity of the Witwatersrand; 1 Jan Smuts Avenue; Johannesburg; 2050


Language(s) of the CollectionEnglish


Type of ResourcesComputerized
Size of Collection5000-10000



 University of Venda. Library: Special Collection
Name of CollectionTheses and Dissertations
Collection ChampionMs T.A. Matodzi (Tel no.: +27 15 962 8148, Cell: +27 84 603 4945, Fax no.: +27 15 962 4746, E-mail address: annah.matodzi@univen.ac.za)
  Private Bag x5050; Thonoyandou; 0950
Status of CollectionDigitising under way - Planned
Accessibility of CollectionOpen Access
Physical Location of CollectionUniversity Road; Thohoyandou; 0950


Language(s) of the CollectionEnglish
Beneficiaries of Digitized CollectionAll students and other researchers who can access the collection remotely.
Justification for Digitization and PreservationOur theses and dissertations collection is heavily used by our students and researchers in the Province. The space is limited and outside researchers who can use the collection are limited by the fact that the section is closed after 16h45 and not open on Saturdays and holidays. Pilot test will be done using material from Health Sciences and then Social Work. Thereafter all other disciplines will be included.


Metadata StandardsDublin Core
Ontology StandardsDDC
Type of ResourcesTheses and Dissertations
Type of MaterialText
Type of File formatspdf
Size of Collection100-1000



 University of Zululand. Library
Name of CollectionUzulu Collection
Collection ChampionB. van Wyk (Tel no.: +27 35 902 6476, Cell: +27 82 495 9092, Fax no.: +27 35 902 6451, E-mail address: bvanwyk@pan.uzulu.ac.za)
  Private Bag x1001; KwaDlengezwa; 3886
Status of CollectionDigitising under way - Planned
Accessibility of CollectionPartial Open Access
Physical Location of CollectionUniversity of Zululand; KwaDlangezwa; 3886


Description of CollectionResearch papers and dissertations.
Language(s) of the CollectionEnglish
Beneficiaries of Digitized CollectionResearchers locally and abroad.
Justification for Digitization and PreservationAccessability of research done at the University.


Ontology StandardsDDC
Type of ResourcesManuscripts
Type of MaterialText
Type of File formatspdf
Size of Collection1000-5000