Newspaper articles and books about Sharpeville and human rights on display in Special Collections.
Remembering Sharpeville
Special Collections provides an important record of the history of Sharpeville. For more detailed information on our collections dealing with the South African struggle for human rights and dignity, take a look at the finding aids on AtoM
Pamela Reynolds with Costain Mangisi and Tonga children
The archive of Pamela Reynolds’ research
Disphyma crassifolium (L.) L.Bolus Page, Mary Maud.
Illustrations of Plant Species
Between 1911 and 1955 Mary Page and Beatrice Carter produced some 2,000 plus botanical illustrations. These works are highly regarded within the world of botanical illustrators and can be viewed in our digital collections.

Jagger Library Recovery

Visit our dedicated Jagger Library support page to share your #JaggerLibraryMemories with us, send a message of support or offer assistance. Follow our recovery efforts on the Memory@UCT Blog


Wednesday, 26 January 2022
Heritage Month: After the Salvage

Mandy Noble, Principal Librarian in Special Collections, pays tribute to the Published Collections team who led an enormous amount of recovery work since the salvage after the fire in the Jagger Library.

Publication Date:
Wed, 08 Sep 2021 - 14:00
Temporary Database access during #JaggerLibraryRecovery

Following the devastating loss of some special collections at the Jagger Library, our vendors have generously provided temporary access to their historical databases spanning multiple subject disciplines. These databases also contain materials relating to Africa and African history. Explore the list of databases and ebooks.

Publication Date:
Tue, 15 Jun 2021 - 09:00
A message of thanks from our ED #JaggerLibrarySalvage

On 18 April 2021 our professional lives were changed so unexpectedly and drastically by the quirkiness of both fire and water. It's been a month of shock and deep-seated pain that witnessed the sad and joyous coming together of friends and colleagues to mourn the loss and celebrate the influence this elegant and splendid library had on many individuals, scholars and librarians; the selflessness and selfishness of human nature during a time of crisis; the generosity of spirit and goodwill to ease the burden of loss; and the commitment of time, effort and expertise to find the best solutions to salvage and recover that which was under threat.

Publication Date:
Fri, 21 May 2021 - 12:00
Completion of Phase One: Salvage

Today, a month ago, the Jagger Library, the home of UCT Libraries Special Collections, was gutted by fire. A renowned and well-loved library amongst UCT alumni, academics and scholars, and the training ground for many professional librarians, the shock waves of its destruction by a freak of nature reverberated across the world. From a former active contact library abuzz with students to a more scholarly Reading Room since 2012, this disaster has catapulted it into the annals of library history.

Publication Date:
Tue, 18 May 2021 - 08:45