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, 1 December 2021
Update from UCT Libraries ED: Lessons in despair and hope at the trenches

This last week of salvage and retrieval of materials from the basements of the Jagger Library was a lesson in despair and hope, collegiality and camaraderie, patience and impatience, stoicism and endless possibilities.

Publication Date:
Mon, 03 May 2021 - 09:00
UCT Libraries Executive Director extends a message of thanks #JaggerLibrarySalvage

A huge shout-out to our volunteers - students, academics, retired and current Libraries staff, UCT staff, conservators (retired and current who have taken leave to be with us), staff from sister institutions, and local Capetonians who responded to our call for help this weekend. You made it possible for us to move 2172 crates of materials since Thursday and we will be continuing this week. And so a huge thank you to each one of you for showing up and making a difference.

Publication Date:
Thu, 29 Apr 2021 - 15:15
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