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Find African Studies books, maps, posters and more.
A wide selection of cartographic material including over 5 000 published African maps covering a range of topics, eras and officially produced atlases and hand-drawn maps.
The Audiovisual Archive includes some 20,000 items, including 35 and 16-mm film and video.
Our archival holdings consist of original research material and personal papers on the political, social, cultural and economic history of Southern Africa, with a strong focus on the Western Cape.
Published Collections included the significant African Studies collections of published monographs and pamphlets. This collection was founded in 1953.
There are many rare and valuable books in the various subject-focused sub-collections in Special Collections.
Special Collections has a large collection of South and Southern African posters and political ephemera.
Newspaper holdings are rich and varied, including nearly-complete runs of the Cape Argus and the Cape Times from the 19th century, as well as many community newspapers and press clippings.
The photographic archive in Special Collections has material that spans a period from the inception of photography to the present day, from fragile prints to digital format.
Our holdings include current academic journals related to African studies in both print and digital formats. Collections of popular magazines with historic significance, and academic and community periodicals which are no longer published.
The African Film Collection comprises Africa-themed documentaries, feature films, and shorts, including television series, which have either been made in Africa or have predominantly African-related content.
Our published collections include African studies books, films, maps, newspapers, government publications, rare and Antiquarian books, and pamphlets.
Our primary collections consist of archival holdings such as manuscripts, audiovisual archives, photographs and the UCT Historical Pamphlets and Photographs Collection.