Explore the Library

A collection of links often used by the information officers. Description of each site retrieved from the specific website

African Studies Collection

The African Studies Collection is an internationally-renowned Africana research library, holding extensive collections of monographs, periodicals, ephemera, pamphlets, videos, sound recordings, maps, conference papers, and newspapers.

Alan Paton Centre and Struggle Archives Alan Paton's papers, his poetry and short story manuscripts and his correspondence.

ANC Archives

The material on this website is a snapshot of the full digitized archive at Fort Hare University in the Eastern Cape, South Africa. The digitized archive is managed using MEMAT, a custom written Digital Asset Management System that stores files, manages metadata, allows organization, display and retrieval of digital images, audio files and video files using IPTC and XMP standards. The digitized archive can be accessed remotely by authorized academics, researchers, scholars and other interested parties.

Archival Platform

The Archival platform is a civil society initiative committed to deepening democracy through the use of memory and archives as dynamic public resources.

Baileys African History Archive

Bailey's African History Archives holds 40 years of material from all the editions of Drum Magazine and it's various sister publications - Golden City Post, Trust, True Love and City Press. The Archives contains a wealth of information from politics to culture and complexities of the vast Anglophone African nations.


DISA is a freely accessible online scholarly resource focusing on the socio-political history of South Africa, particularly the struggle for freedom during the period from 1950 to the first democratic elections in 1994, providing a wealth of material on this fascinating period of the country’s history.

Harold Strange Library of Africa Studies

History of Johannesburg and the Witwatersrand; languages and literatures of Southern Africa; Anglo-Boer War, 1899-1902; theatre in Johannesburg; historical buildings of Johannesburg; Southern African shipwrecks; and various political parties in South Africa.

Historians of Africa

Where Historians of Africa from around the world can stay current and connected.

Historical Papers

Historical Papers is one of the largest and most comprehensive independent archives in Southern Africa. We house over 3300 collections of historical, political and cultural importance, encompassing the mid 17th Century to the Present.

Killie Campbell Africana Library

The Killie Campbell Africana Library is well known for its comprehensive collection of books, manuscripts and photographs, covering a broad sweep of information about the south east African region and its population.

Mayibuye Archive

One of the largest archives of liberation struggle materials in the country – the collections include many unique materials relating to the struggle for freedom, or to Robben Island and imprisonment under apartheid.

Morija Archives

The Morija Archives hosts a unique collection assembled by missionnaries since late 19th century, that forms part of the unique history of the Basotho nation. It actively carries out further research projects, takes part in unique publications, and aims at digitizing its assets.

National Archives and Records Service / National Archives of South Africa

"...to provide for a National Archives and Records Service; the proper management and care of the records of governmental bodies; and the preservation and use of a national archival heritage; and to provide for matters connected therewith." Preamble to the National Archives and Records Service of South Africa Act (No 43 of 1996 as amended).

Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory

The Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory contributes to a just society by providing an integrated public information resource on his life and times

Robben Island Museum

A symbol of the triumph of the human spirit over adversity.

South Africa Archive

The historical documents contained in South Africa's archives and related institutions are a modern treasure. These primary sources illuminate compelling pasts—from the biography of Mahatma Gandhi to the strategies of movements opposing racism. Increasingly, such vital materials are in danger of being lost, if they are not preserved with new technologies

South African History Online

South African History Online (SAHO) is the largest, independent, history education and research institute in the country. SAHO’s aim is to promote history and the arts and to address the bias in the way history is written and represented in South African educational and cultural institutions.

Truth and Reconciliation Commission

The South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) was set up by the Government of National Unity to help deal with what happened under apartheid. The conflict during this period resulted in violence and human rights abuses from all sides. No section of society escaped these abuses. The TRC was based on the Promotion of National Unity and Reconciliation Act, No 34 of 1995 (pdf)

South African History Archive

The South African History Archive (SAHA) is an independent human rights archive dedicated to documenting, supporting and promoting greater awareness of past and contemporary struggles for justice through archival practices and outreach, and the utilisation of access to information laws

South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission Videotape Collection

The South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission Videotape Collection features 84 episodes of news broadcasts assembled by journalist Max Du Preez, covering the history and activities of the Commission. The site features finding aids to the collection, summaries of each tape, and full-length Flash videos of each episode.

William Cullen Library

The Early Africana collection comprises books and periodicals published before 1850 and runs up to 1925.It can be described as covering all rare and important books which are not Africana. It includes the Landau collection of books related to Judaica and the Ernest Oppenheimer collection of books on Portuguese studies.

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