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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
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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

News

Monday, 14 June 2021
Photo Essay: UCT’s historic Jagger Reading Room lost to fire

Dismay and grief met the news that the University of Cape Town’s (UCT) historic Jagger Reading Room had been lost to fire on 18 April. The Jagger Reading Room was home to the African Studies collection, started in 1953, as well as portions of many other collections: journals, ephemera, manuscripts, film and video, and maps and rare antiquarian books.

Publication Date:
Fri, 23 Apr 2021 - 15:15
Sad moment as ‘treasured’ Jagger Reading Room remembered

A “tragedy of unspeakable proportions” is how current and past staff of the University of Cape Town’s (UCT) Jagger Reading Room described the fire that left their beloved library – a safe, beautiful space, and home away from home – in utter ruins.

Publication Date:
Fri, 23 Apr 2021 - 15:00
The loss of the Jagger Reading Room: A sad day for UCT Libraries

An unexpected natural disaster struck at the heart of UCT Libraries today and I write this message with a deep sense of sorrow and loss at the havoc and devastation it wrought upon the Reading Room of the Jagger Library.

Publication Date:
Sun, 18 Apr 2021 - 02:30
Cover of Howard Phillips' book
Shining a light on archival sources at UCT Special Collections

The 14th of August marks the anniversary of the 1968 UCT sit-in over the Mafeje Affair. To mark this occasion, archivist Clive Kirkwood  has written a blog post showcasing the wide range of primary sources used in Emeritus Professor Howard Phillips’ second volume of a history of the University of Cape Town. UCT under Apartheid Part I: From Onset to Sit-in covers the years 1948-1968 and draws on primary sources held in UCT Libraries’ Special Collections.

Publication Date:
Fri, 14 Aug 2020 - 06:15

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