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.
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.
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.
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.