Library

Documentation Centre for African Studies

The Unisa Documentation Centre for African Studies was established in 1974 with the aim of collecting historical and contemporary documents concerning the Black, Coloured and Indian communities in southern Africa. Since 1994, the acquisition policy of the Documentation Centre has been broadened to include other groups in southern Africa.

The Documentation Centre promotes and facilitates research in the political, theological, social, economic, cultural and historical fields by collecting and making available unpublished historical and contemporary material.

Documents of various organisations are collected and preserved, including documents and archives of, among others:

  • political parties
  • welfare associations
  • church bodies
  • youth organisations
  • chambers of commerce

The papers include :

  • constitutions of organisations
  • policy manifestos of parties and of candidates in elections for local and central government
  • factual papers
  • circulars
  • speeches
  • statements
  • agendas and minutes of meetings
  • memoranda
  • reminiscences and notes
  • photos
  • pamphlets
  • letters
  • archives of persons and organisations and sound recordings

Contact person : Ammi Ryke

tel: +27 12 429 2560