UCT Libraries Special Collections has launched a valuable digital archive on the ‡Khomani San of the southern Kalahari, which is made up of much of the material gathered for their successful land claim in 1999. It includes irreplaceable audio material of the N|uu language, once thought lost.
After more than 50 years, four German letters penned by Neville Alexander in the early 1960s find their way “home”.
The Neville Alexander collection at UCT, which I was privileged to arrange and describe, is a substantial one, comprising more than two cubic meters of documentation. Yet in this voluminous archive there are only two letters that date from the early 1960s, and they do not reveal anything of Neville Alexander the man as he was then. The value of these four letters is therefore incalculable.
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