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Welcome to our platform for Research and Community Engagement! 

We are one of the most comprehensive public archives in Southern Africa, with over 3400 collections from NGOs, trade unions, political parties, women's organisations, church bodies, human rights activists and political trials. Many of the photographs, press clippings, oral interviews, and documents, have been digitised and can be accessed on our digital platform 'AtoM', an acronymn for Access to MemoryMore

In 2019 Historical Papers was part of an initiative launching ‘A People's Guide to Archives in South Africa’, which can be accessed through the Historical Papers NEWS item no. 2.

Download FOSATU bookDownload IntroductionDownload Chapter 1Download Chapter 2Download Chapter 3Download Chapter 4 On the 17 February 2011 Historical Papers and Museum Africa jointly held the opening of the FOSATU exhibition and the book launch of 'The future is in the Hands of the Workers' A History of FOSATU'. You can now download the book for FREE.
NEWS
  • COVID-19 INFORMATION
  • LAUNCH of A People's Guide to Archives in South Africa

    How can civil society navigate the many obstacles of obtaining access to archives in South Africa? Who has access to archives? What does the Right to Know, being the Right to Information mean for the citizen?
    These and other questions will be address by a web based Guide to the Archives in South Africa. The Guide will be made available on the websites of leading organisations, particularly from the R2K Network, archives and NGOs.
  • South African Spoken Word Conversion Project

    Building African Digital Research Content:

    In July 2011 the Carnegie Corporation of New York generously provided funding for the digitsation of the 4000 analogue audio tapes which are under the custodianship of Historical Papers. This project has ensured that unique, previously hard-to-find information resources are preserved and are made widely accessible.
    See also the Guide to digitised AudioVisual material, on our Homepage.

  • In the Doldrums: Archival Institutions in South Africa

    By Michele Pickover,
    Former Principal Curator: Historical Papers Research Archive


    "Archives are fundamentally political in nature and as such are mediated sites of power, ideology and memory..."
  • Declaration on Archives in 39 languages

    Adopted by the UNESCO on the 10th November 2011, in Papiamentu, the Declaration is an important step for the understanding and awareness of archives and a powerful, succinct statement of the relevance of archives in modern society.
  • Anglican Church Registers ONLINE!
    You can now research your family history relating to the Anglican Church in Southern Africa online.

    The Family History Library of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has made the registers of the Anglican Church in Southern Africa available online and free of charge.

    You can just click the link in the box below on our website and proceed with your search on the website of The Family History Library.