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.


Wednesday, 14 April 2021

The Jagger Reading Room will close physically from Wednesday, 18 March 2020 to restrict transmission of COVID-19 through social distancing and limiting physical contact with materials.

Publication Date:
Thu, 19 Mar 2020 - 10:15
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
Africa Day 2020: Showcasing our ongoing work on African collections

UCT Libraries is working with African Tongue to develop a new showcase of the ǂKhomani San community. This will involve re-development of a showcase website in close collaboration with community members, African Tongue, Special Collections and Digital Library Services.

On 16 May, Dr Sanjin Muftic (DLS) and Dr Kerry Jones (African Tongue) co-presented at the  First Workshop on Resources for African Indigenous Languages  organised by the South African Centre for Digital Language Resources (SADiLaR). This conference was originally meant to be held at the LREC 2020 conference in Marseille, France.

Learn more about the work being done to share the story of the ǂKhomani San community.

Publication Date:
Mon, 25 May 2020 - 15:45
New edition: Guide to the Manuscripts in the UCT Libraries

An updated edition of the Guide to the Manuscripts in the UCT Libraries has been published and is accessible on the Special Collections website. The Guide provides a synoptic collection-level overview of the manuscript and archival holdings of UCT Libraries’ Special Collections.

Publication Date:
Fri, 20 Mar 2020 - 12:30