Jagger Recovery Project at Special Collections
The University of Cape Town Libraries Special Collections consists of published and archival holdings considered significant to the institution. It was previously housed in the Jagger Library, until it was destroyed by fire in April 2021. Special Collections remains in recovery to rebuild and restore its world-renowned collections. Visit the Jagger Recovery page to learn more about our progress after the Jagger Library fire and recovery.


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.

Audiovisual Archive

The Audiovisual Archive includes some 20,000 items, including 35 and 16-mm film and video.


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.

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