Directory entries of
Archival Repositories




Address: Street: 36 Pilgrim Street, Barberton, 1300
  Postal: Private Bag X1626, Barberton, 1300
Telephone: (013) 712-4208
Fax: (013) 712-4208
Enquiries to: The Curator
Hours of opening: Monday - Friday 07h45-13h00,
Access: Museum staff will assist visitors/ researchers during office hours.

Brief history: The collection consists of documents which have been collected by the museum for research purposes. The museum was established in 1898.

Acquisitions policy: The museum collects documents, photographs and artefacts which are associated with the history of Barberton.

Areas of specialisation: Mining history. Barberton area. Transport. Personal diaries and letters of old inhabitants.

Core holdings: Photographs of Barberton area. Personal letters and diaries of old Barbertonians. Mining documents.

Finding aids: Unpublished.

National register participation: No.



Address: Street: 180 Katherine Street, Barlow Park
  Postal: P.O. Box 782248, Sandton, 2146
Telephone: (011) 445-1185
Fax: (011) 445-1511
Enquiries to: The Group Archivist
Hours of opening: Monday - Friday 08h30-12h30
(excluding Public Holidays)
Access: By appointment only. Only archives and private papers which have been arranged and described, will be made accessible.

Brief history: Established by Rand Mines Limited in 1963 to assist the author of the company’s 75th anniversary book. When Barlows acquired Rand Mines in June 1971 it was decided to establish an archives department on a proper footing and appoint an archivist, i.e. Maryna Fraser, who assumed the position in 1973.

Acquisitions policy: Not a specific policy because our archives contain only records of companies in the Barloworld group which are deposited voluntarily.

Areas of specialisation: Mining predominantly.

Core holdings: The old records of Rand Mines and its parent companies: H Eckstein and Co., 1887-1910. Wernher, Beit and Co., 1890-1910. The Central Mining and Investment Corporation Limited, London and Johannesburg, 1911-1950s. Rand Mines Limited, 1893-1990s. Thos Barlow and Sons. CG Smith Limited. Some private papers, notably those of Sir Lionel Phillips.

Finding aids: Inventories.

National register participation: NAREM. Linked for on-line retrieval.



Address: Street: Federation Road, Parktown, Johannesburg
  Postal: P.O. Box 87184, Houghton, 2041
Telephone: (011) 646-6024
Fax: (011) 486-1651
Enquiries to: The Librarian
Hours of opening: 09h00-12h30, 14h00-16h30
Access: By appointment

Brief history: The Brenthurst Library is a private institution. It houses the Africana Collections of Oppenheimer family.

Acquisitions policy: An Africana Library purchasing material relating in particular to Southern Africa.

National register participation: Contribution of holdings to NAREM in progress. Linked for on-line retrieval.



Address: Street: Gladstone Street, East London, 5201
  Postal: P.O. Box 652, East London, 5200
Telephone: (043) 722-4992
Fax: (043) 743-1729
Enquiries to: Reference Services Librarian
Hours of opening: Monday – Thursday 09h00-18h00
Friday 09h00-17h00
Saturday 08h30-12h30
Access: Closed collection, not available to school children. Material to be signed for and used in the reference library only. Photocopy facilities are available.

Brief history: Dr Joseph Denfield offered his collection of historical material on East London to the library in 1967. This formed the foundation of the Local History Collection now housed in the Denfield Africana Library.

Acquisitions policy: Donations of material related to the history of East London are accepted, with the provision that the librarian decides what to do with the material.

Areas of specialisation: History of East London and environs.

Core holdings: Minutes, correspondence etc. of some East London Societies. Memorabilia of some East Londoners.

Finding aids: No published finding aids. List of material kept in the reference library.

National register participation: No.



Address: Street: 72 Roeland Street, Cape Town
  Postal: Private Bag X9025, Cape Town, 8000
Telephone: (021) 462-4050
Fax: (021) 465-2960
E-mail:  (general correspondence)  (Records Management)
Enquiries to: The Head
Hours of opening: Monday - Friday 08h00-16h00,
Thursdays until 19h00
(excluding Public Holidays)
Access: Records, both public and non-public, twenty years or older can be consulted in the reading room of the repository. Records younger than twenty years may be consulted after approval of the National Archivist on the recommendation of the Head of the Repository. Written applications for access are to be addressed to the Head of the Repository.

Brief history: In 1876 the Cape government appointed a commission whose most important task was to collect, examine, classify and index the archives of the Colony. In 1879 Dr George McCall Theal was charged with the part-time supervision over the archives. In January 1881 he was succeeded by the Rev HCV Leibbrandt. All colonial archives dating before 1806 were transferred to the Government Public Library. From 1886 the archives were housed in fireproof rooms in the basement of the Parliament. Leibbrandt devoted much of his time to the binding of documents and the publication of his well-known Précis of the Archives of the Cape of Good Hope. In 1908 Leibbrandt retired and his post was not refilled. In 1909 a commission was appointed “to have the custody on behalf of the Colonial Government of the Archives”. Two officials were appointed to arrange and inventorize the archives after office hours. Mr CG Botha was transferred to the Cape Archives as chief in 1912 and the commission held its last meeting in February 1913. As a result of the re-organization of the archives service in 1919, the Cape Archives became an integral part of the SA government archives administration. From 1934-1989 the Cape Archives occupied the building of the University of South Africa in Queen Victoria Street. At the end of 1989 the Cape Archives moved to its present location, a custom-designed building in Roeland Street and subsequently assumed the name Cape Town Archives Repository.

Acquisitions policy: In accordance with the National Archives of South Africa Act (Act 43 of 1996) all public records in the Western Cape are transferred to the Cape Town Archives Repository when they are twenty years old. The repository also collects non-public records with enduring value pertaining to the history of the Western Cape Province and its diverse communities.

Areas of specialisation: Public and non-public records concerning the history of the Cape Colony/Province and in particular the Western Cape which are supplemented by collections of maps, photographs, microfilms, books, pamphlets and official publications.

Core holdings: The archives in the custody of the repository are the documentary legacies of offices which functioned during the administration of the Dutch East India Company, 1652-1795; the period of the First British Occupation, 1795-1802; the Batavian Period, 1803-1806; the British Colonial Period, 1806-1910 and the Union/Republic Period after 1910. The post-1910 archives are principally those of the Cape Provincial Administration, sub-offices of central government departments in the Cape Province (eg. magistrates’ offices) and offices of local authorities in the Cape Province (eg. municipalities). Archival groups: Council of Policy, 1651-1795. Court of Justice, 1652-1843. Master of the Supreme Court, Cape Town, 1670-1958. Slave Office, 1789-1845. Colonial Office, 1795-1912. Government House, 1800-1911. Batavian Republic, 1801-1806. Registrar, Supreme Court, Cape Town, 1828-1975. Registrar of Births, Marriages and Deaths, 1892-1972. Non-public records: Sir B D’Urban, 1823-1854 (A519). FS Malan, 1795-1941 (A583). St. George’s Cathedral, 1806-1923 (A1939). Sir Richard Southey, 1834-1899 (A611). Maclear-Mann Papers, 1811-1909 (A515). Urban Foundation, 1973-1991 (A2562). Photographic collections: General, Elliott, Jeffreys, Ravenscroft and Steer collections. Microfilms: Algemeen Rijksarchief, The Hague, 1602-1946 (ZA). London Missionary Society, 1795-1923 (ZL). Public Record Office, London, 1795-1910 (ZP).

Finding aids: Computerized finding aids in the form of guides (arranged archives and non-public records) and lists (map, photograph, microfilm, verbatim copies and publications collections as well as series of computerized archives) are available in the reading room. Computer terminals can be utilized for further accessing. Other finding aids comprise typescript inventories of arranged archives groups and collections of non-public records and indexes to various collections and a number of archives groups.

National register participation: The repository contributes to NAREM and NAREF, and is linked for on-line retrieval.



Address: Street: The Castle, Buitenkant Str., Cape Town
  Postal: PO Box 1, Cape Town, 8000
Telephone: (021) 787-1153
Fax: (021) 787-1136
Enquiries to: The Curator
Hours of opening: Monday – Sunday 09h00 – 16h00
Access: The museum is open daily to the public. For researchers to use the museum’s reference library an appointment must be made owing to staff shortages. An annual publication is printed on a Cape military historical subject.

Brief history: The theme of the Castle Military Museum is Cape military history. This is portrayed in the museum’s displays. The museum was developed from a nucleus of its predecessor the Military and Maritime museum at the Castle. The latter was established c1963.

Acquisitions policy: Only artefacts pertaining to Cape military history are collected. The library specialises in South African military history, therefore only books relating to the above subject are acquired.

Areas of specialisation: Medals, badges, uniforms, edged weapons (swords, bayonetts) small arms (hand guns etc), documents, maps, illustrations, paintings and photographs regarding Cape Military History.

Manuscripts, theses and books are acquired. The theses and books do not include Air Force or Naval publications, though there are a few grey areas.

Core holdings: The core holdings are the same as the items mentioned under areas of specialization. The items are too numerous to be listed here.

Finding aids: All the items are written up in registers. The artefacts have a separate register from the books. The library has a catalogue card system.

National register participation: No.



Address: Street: 3 Third Avenue, Victoria Park, 2195
  Postal: P.O. Box 44029, Linden, 2104
Telephone: (011) 782-4935
Fax: (011) 888-3939
Enquiries to: The Archivist
Hours of opening: Monday 09h00-13h00,
Tuesday 09h00-13h00
Access: Members of the public can consult the Archivist and have access to the collection, with the permission of the Archivist.

Brief history: The repository commenced in 1925 as the De Mazenod Circle at the Belmont Scholasticate, Dublin, Ireland. The aim was to collect material relating to the Oblates of the Irish Province. When Father JE Brady, OMI, arrived in Pretoria in 1930, the name was changed to the Catholic History Bureau. Emphasis was placed on collecting all early material of the Oblate Missions in South Africa. Exhibitions were held in 1937, 1938, 1947 and 1954. Journal articles and books were produced based on material housed in the Archives. In 1961 the Catholic History Bureau became a member of the S.A. Society of Archivists. The archives were housed in various locations until 1977, when a room was loaned to the Director in the William Cullen Library, at the University of the Witwatersrand. In August 1992, a permanent building was opened in Victory Park, Johannesburg, which houses the present collection.

Acquisitions policy: The aim is to collect historical accounts of the origin and development of the Oblate Order and of the work being done in countries such as Canada, Australia and Southern Africa. There are also some accounts of the missionary work of other Orders and of the development of the various parishes of the Roman Catholic Church. There is a section of general Africana which provides historical background to the work of the church. Material collected includes books, journals, diaries, manuscripts, correspondence and newspaper clippings. Acquisition has been mainly through donation. There is a small budget for book acquisition.

Areas of specialisation: History of the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate in South Africa. History of the various churches in the former Transvaal area and the Witwatersrand.

Core holdings: Journals including Etudes Oblates; Vie Oblate (Oblate Life); Oblate Missionary Record; Catholic Magazine for South Africa; Southern Cross. Other periodical publications include the Southern African Catholic Directories (from 1908 onwards); the OMI Personnel and the OMI Necrologium. Manuscript collections include the correspondence of early bishops of the Transvaal Vicariate such as Bishop W Miller and Bishop C Cox. There are also various pamphlets commemorating church anniversaries and important occasions. There is a vast collection of photographs which includes personalities, important occasions and meetings of church dignitaries, church buildings and educational institutions affiliated to the church.

Finding aids: Unpublished catalogue on cards to books, journals and pamphlets. The photographs and manuscript collections are being catalogued electronically.

National register participation: No.



Address: Street: Rhodes University, Eden Grove, Grahamstown, 6139
  Postal: P.O. Box 184, Grahamstown, Eastern Cape, 6140
Telephone: (046) 603-8438
Fax: (046) 603-8493
Enquiries to: The Cory Librarian
Hours of opening: Monday - Friday 08h30-17h00
Access: The Cory Library has a very wide usership pattern promoted by the staff as part of our open door policy. In addition to the staff and students of Rhodes University, users include researchers from all over the world, postgraduate and undergraduate students from other tertiary institutions in South Africa, scholars from local schools and members of the public from Grahamstown and the wider Eastern Cape.

Brief history: The Cory Library for Historical Research is a special collection in the field of Southern African history and other related disciplines. Begun in the 1930s with the presentation by Sir George Cory of his collection of historical books and documents to the Library of Rhodes University College, the Cory Library has developed into a specialised library within the Rhodes University Library service.

Acquisitions policy: The Cory Library collects material of all kinds to support research into the history of Southern Africa and related fields in the social sciences. The aim has been to build up collections of historical records irrespective of physical form and to catalogue these in detail so that the maximum amount of information can be made available quickly to the researcher. Collections include manuscripts and other documents, Cape and other government publications, rare and modern books, periodicals and newspapers, maps, pictorial materials, microforms, video and audio recordings and electronic media. Records include personal documents such as diaries, autobiographies, family histories and farmers’ diaries as well as institutional collections of churches, local, political and non-governmental organisations, business and professional bodies, mining houses, service clubs and educational institutions.

Areas of specialisation: Cory Library holdings are particularly strong with regard to the history and politics of the Cape and Southern Africa, the Xhosa people, churches, missions, education, mining, Eastern Cape commerce and agriculture, as well as local history and Xhosa literature.

Core holdings: The holdings of the Cory Library are extensive. Examples of our largest and/or most frequently used collections include the Archives of the Methodist Church of Southern Africa, the Archives of the Eastern Cape Presbyteries of the Presbyterian Church, the Archives of the Diocese of Grahamstown, the Archives of the Order of Ethiopia, the Archives of the Baptist Church (Eastern Cape), the Church Registers Collection, the Lovedale Collection, the Healdtown Collection, the Gold Fields Collection, the Archives of the Association of Round Tables of Southern Africa (ARTSA), the Archives of the Grahamstown Foundation and the Archives of Rhodes University itself.

Finding aids: All material housed in Cory Library is listed in detail on the Library’s OPAC or in the card catalogues in the Library. The computerised catalogue is accessible via the Library’s home page at

National register participation: Cory Library contributes to NAREM, NAREF and NAROM to which it is linked for on-line retrieval.

23. CSIR


Address: Street: CSIR Campus, Building 3
  Postal: PO Box 395, Pretoria 0001
Telephone: (012) 841-4491
Fax: (012) 841-3549
Enquiries to: Mrs Christa Fryer
Hours of opening: Weekdays 08h00 – 16h30
Access: In addition to the CSIR staff and students, users include researchers from all over the world, postgraduate and undergraduate students from tertiary institutions in South Africa, scholars from local schools and members of other Science Councils.

Brief history: The CSIR Archives maintain the central collection of CSIR documents, corporate publications and audiovisual material (photo’s, slides & videos) with historical value. The first archivist was appointed at the CSIR in January 1970, but the historical documentation had been kept since the establishment of the CSIR in 1945 in the Registry Department.

Acquisitions policy: The CSIR Archives has a special collection in the field of science, technology and industrial research. The aim is to collect records, which have informational and evidential value to people both inside and outside the organisation for purposes of historical research and legal protection. Records exist to document functions and their primary value is to the office/Business Unit (inside the CSIR) were they originated. The informational value of records for purposes of historical research is a secondary one which only emerges once the records have served their primary purpose. Records do not necessarily have continuing value for the offices where they originated and need to be appraised to determine whether they should be preserved permanently or disposed of.

Areas of specialisation: The CSIR Archives are particularly strong with regard to the history and establishment of the CSIR in 1945. We also have a wide spectrum of historical documentation with regards to our different Business Units, spanning Biotechnology; Building and Construction Technology; Chemicals; Defence and Aeronautics; Environment; Food, Beverages & Fishing; Information and Communications Technology; Manufacturing and Materials; Mining, Metals and Minerals; and Transport.

Core holdings: The holdings of the CSIR Archives are extensive and it would be difficult to give details of each major collection. Examples of our largest and/or most frequently used collections include the Scientiaes, and research requests have been received predominantly on Dr Stefan Meiring Naude, the Wadley Receiver and the Tellurometer.

Finding aids: All material housed in the CSIR Archives is listed on a computerised database system (Access) or in the filing system in the archives.

National register participation: No.



Address: Street: Basement, Union Buildings
  Postal: Private Bag X152, Pretoria
Telephone: (012) 351-1000
Enquiries to: The Archivist
Hours of opening: 08h00-16h30
Access: On application to the Director-General.

Acquisitions policy: All documents created at the political desks of the department over time are kept at the archives for twenty years.

Areas of specialisation: Biographies of all our diplomats from 1910-1997.

Core holdings: Documents regarding the Dominions in pre-union era as well as the developments during the establishment of the Diplomatic Corps of South Africa and biographical documents of diplomats during 1927-1997. The largest group which is also heavily consulted is the political files where our relations with foreign countries are described. These files give a thorough overview of our relations with other countries.

Finding aids: Our finding aids are unpublished and consist of eighty-five files with lists of documents.

National register participation: No.



Address: Street: Schweickerdt Building, 20 Visagie Street, Pretoria, 0001
  Postal: Private Bag X289, Pretoria, 0001
Telephone: (012) 339-4600
Fax: (012) 339-4631
Enquiries to: The Deputy Director Documentation Centre
Hours of opening: 08h00-16h00
Access: Access is in accordance with the Promotion of Access to Information Act (Act No. 2 of 2000), National Archives and Record Service of South Africa Act (Act No. 43 of 1996) and the Protection of Information Act (Act No. 84 of 1982).

Brief history: The Department of Defence Archives (DOD Archives) was established as the SA Defence Force Archives on 14 May 1968 following the approval by the Minister of Education of a separate military archives. Prior to this date an organisation for the preservation of the archives of the SA Defence Force did exist but it had no legal status. Presently the DOD Archives is part of the Documentation Centre.

Acquisitions policy: All records of offices of the Department of Defence are transferred to the DOD Archives when they are ten years or older. The personnel records of all members of the Department of Defence are also transferred to the DOD Archives when they leave the service.

Areas of specialisation: The holdings of the DOD Archives contain the archival records of the South African National Defence Force (SANDF), the statutory forces which were integrated into the SANDF in 1994, ie the South African Defence Force (SADF) – including that of its predecessor the Union Defence Force (UDF) – and the military forces of the former Transkei, Ciskei, Bophuthatswana and Venda. The records in the DOD Archives date from 1912 (when the UDF was established) to 1992 and reflect the main business activities of the above-mentioned bodies. The business activities relate to operational, administrative and technical aspects and reflect war and peace time activities. The records are supplemented by a collection of military related photographs and maps as well as official manuscripts. The personnel records also date back to 1912 and are valuable as a source of biographical detail.

Core holdings: The holdings of the DOD Archives are extensive and cover the business activities of the DOD on all levels, i.e. from the ministry of Defence down to unit level. The approximately 2,2 million correspondence files are arranged in 2000 different archival groups. The personnel files number approximately 1 million and include the records of all former members of the SANDF, SADF and UDF. As from 1994 the personnel records of all former PSAP members are also preserved in the DOD Archives.

Finding aids: The main finding aids comprise inventories, indexes and a computer retrieval system. A List of Archives reflects the entire content of the repository. Information such as the name of the archival group, abbreviation, the extent of the group in terms of archive boxes, the location and security classification are provided. Inventories contain detailed information on the content of each archival group. The items are described individually according to the file reference, the dates and the box number. Card indexes are available on the computer retrieval system.

National register participation: No.


Address: Street: Stellenbosch University Music Library, Department of Music, Neethling Street, Stellenbosch 7600
  Postal: Documentation Centre for Music, Stellenbosch University Music Library, Private Bag X1, Matieland 7602
Telephone: 021 808 2597 (Archivist); (021) 808 2337 (Music Library: general enquiries)
Fax: 021 808 2340
Enquiries to: Archivist (DOMUS)
Hours of opening: Mon-Fri 08h00-16h30
Access: Material is available to researchers in DOMUS during opening hours. Restrictions apply to some materials. Researchers include staff and students from Stellenbosch University, researchers from institutions internationally and members of the public (mostly from the surrounding areas).

Brief history: The Documentation Centre for Music (DOMUS), at the Stellenbosch University Music Library, has its origins in the work and interests of staff and students at the Department of Music at Stellenbosch University. Due to the efforts of Dr. Stephanus Muller, and funding provided by the Stellenbosch University and external donors, DOMUS was formally established in August 2005, and has ever since been able to start processing an already existing body of collections, donated to the Stellenbosch University Music Library and Department.

Acquisitions policy:. DOMUS collects various materials to support research on South African music. Collections include manuscripts, sound recordings, photographs, monographs, periodicals, newspaper cuttings, diaries and artifacts. All material is donated. See also Voorraadbou Eng.pdf

Areas of specialisation:
South African music research.

Core holdings:
DOMUS houses fairly extensive holdings, which include the Scott collection of rare early editions, monographs and printed scores of the composer Arnold van Wyk, the Frits Stegmann collection of correspondence and photographs of well-known music personalities internationally, the collection of autograph scores of the famed composer-conductor Albert Coates, the collection of the Musicological Society of Southern Africa and the Konservatorium collection, amongst others. Further acquisitions include the collections of Prof. George van der Spuy and the EOAN Opera Group, and manuscripts of the composer, Stefans Grové.

Taking into account an already existing archive from an art music perspective, DOMUS furthermore aims to acquire music and literary collections of composers, performers and scholars active in popular music and jazz. From a cultural-historical point of view, these idioms are often more reflective of the times that we live in.

Finding aids:
All material housed in DOMUS is listed on their website ( Links are provided to the finding aids of processed materials. Preliminary inventories (print and electronic) are available on request.

National register of participation: No.



Address: Street: 18 Swellengrebel Street, Swellendam, 6740
  Postal: 18 Swellengrebel Street, Swellendam, 6740
Telephone: (028) 514-1138
Fax: (028) 514-2675
Enquiries to: Museum Manager
Hours of opening: Monday – Friday: 08h00 – 17h00
Access: The Drostdy Museum’s objective is to promote the use of the Museum Library and archival collections by researchers and students from tertiary institutions in South Africa, scholars from local schools and members of the public of Swellendam

Brief history: The collection was started in 1938 by a member of the Drostdy Commission, later to become the Drostdy Museum.

Acquisitions policy: The collection of manuscripts and documents covers the history of Swellendam and related fields in the Overberg Region. This has been to build up collections of historical records so that the maximum amount of information is available to the researcher. The collections include manuscripts and other documents, Cape and other government publications, rare and modern books, periodicals and newspapers, maps and pictorial materials. Records include personal documents such as diaries, biographies, family histories as well as institutional collections of churches, political and non-governmental organisations, business, professional bodies, service clubs and educational institutions.

Areas of specialisation: Local history with regard to the history of Swellendam and the Overberg in the Western Cape, the settler families, churches, education, commerce and agriculture. The Drostdy Museum is presently building up a collection of oral histories and interviews.

Core holdings: The Museum holdings are extensive and include Moodie Collection relating to the Settlers of 1817, Barry and Nephews (mercantile establishment) Collection, Swellendam Societies and Clubs 19th Century, Churches and Education, the Tomlinson Collection and the Swellendam Village Library Collection.

Finding aids: All the material is listed in the card catalogues in the Library and Gids op Manuskripte in die Drostdy Museum, Swellendam. Pretoria: State Archives Service, 1988. First Edition.

National register participation: NAREM. Linked for on-line retrieval.



Address: Street: 14 De Mazenod Road, Nashua House, 2nd Floor, Greyville
  Postal: Private Bag X22, Greyville, 4023
Telephone: (031) 309-5681/2
Fax: (031) 309-5685
Enquiries to: Head, Durban Archives Repository
Hours of opening: Monday - Friday 08h00-16h00
Access: All records which are accessible at the office of origin are accessible at the DAR. All records which are older than 20 years are accessible. Records which fall within the closed period, i.e. less than 20 years, can only be accessed with the permission of the National Archivist. Rights of public access to non-public records can be restricted by the donors of such records if they choose to do so.

Brief history: This repository was established in 1990 as an Intermediate Depot and is now a fully fledged Archives Repository.

Acquisitions policy: All public records within the DAR’s jurisdiction which are identified as having permanent value are acquired, described and preserved permanently. Purchases, donations or loans from other diverse sources are acquired by way of collections. We also aim to produce or secure the production of records to fill gaps in our holdings by way of oral history programmes and photographing of people, events and things.

Areas of specialisation: The DAR serves Durban and the Coastal Region as follows: the North Coast east of the N2 from Sodwana Bay to Empangeni, and the coastal region between KwaZulu and the sea from Empangeni through Eshowe to and including Durban. The division between the Durban and Pietermaritzburg areas along the N3 is at Cato Ridge, which is included in the Pietermaritzburg region. South of Durban, the DAR covers the area between KwaZulu and the sea down to Port Edward.

Core holdings: The largest group at the DAR is the Durban Town Clerk (3/DBN) (1135 lm), followed by the Registrar of the Supreme Court (RSC) (1011 lm), then the Registrar of the North Eastern Divorce Court (RNE) (310 lm). The most heavily consulted groups are the RSC and RNE. The ship’s lists (DIA) are also heavily consulted.

Finding aids: The DAR’s holdings comprise of 4728,9 lm. Of this 3293,3 lm are arranged and have inventories. 1194,12 lm have a transfer list and 1334.53 lm is data-coded and can be traced electronically. 139,66 lm are without any finding aids.

National register participation: We do not contribute as yet, but are linked on-line.



Address: Street: Dirk van der Hoff Building, 224 Jacob Maré Street, Pretoria
  Postal: P.O. Box 2368, Pretoria, 0001
Telephone: (012) 322-8885
Fax: (012) 322-7909
Enquiries to: The Archivist
Hours of opening: Weekdays 08h00-16h00,
On Saturdays by appointment
Access: Full access, except certain private collections.

Brief history: Prof. Dr. S.P. Engelbrecht as first archivist of the Nederduitsch Hervormde Kerk since 1924, gained permission in that year from the then Minister of Interior Affairs Dr. D.F. Malan to conserve the records. In 1957 he became full time archivist. In 1959 the Dirk van der Hoff building was built to accommodate the archives of church offices. In the 1950’s he moved his Collection to the church, containing the core of all the records. In 1954 Prof. Engelbrecht retired and Dr. H.M. Rex became head of the archives. Since 1981 Mr. F.S. van Rensburg heads the archives.

Acquisitions policy: All church historical and cultural records, documents. (Everything produced by congregations and synodal bodies, as well as private collections from ministers.)

Areas of specialisation: All church minutes, correspondence, photographs, including all congregational and synodal records. ZAR - history and pioneer history of Transvaal. Genealogy. The records date back to the 1830’s when the church founded congregations in the old Transvaal.

Core holdings: Synodal Archives – National Synod since 1850’s (Algemene Kerkvergadering). All subdivisions e.g. the Moderamen. Congregations – holdings the minutes of the consistory, financial committees. Registrars on baptism, membership of marriage (until 1972). Correspondence. Photographs. The deaconate: old Age Homes e.g. “Ons Tuis” – Pretoria. Orphanage – e.g. Krugersdorp. Theological Faculty at University Pretoria – (The seminary). Private Collections – S.P. Engelbrecht – on church history (local and European). W. Punt – Pretoria History. H.M. Rex – Pretoria History. Several collections on ministers from the church. Nearly all records are written either in Dutch or Afrikaans.

Finding aids: Inventory. Catalogue.

National register participation: NAREM. Linked for on-line retrieval.



Address: Street: Sinodale Sentrum, 345 Burger Street, Pietermaritzburg
  Postal: P.O. Box 649, Pietermaritz-burg
Telephone: (033) 345-2279
Fax: (033) 345-2279
Enquiries to: The Archive Official
Hours of opening: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday,
Friday 08h00-13h00
Access: Research can be done after appointment under control of archive official.

Brief history: The Archive has been an integral part of the administration of the Church since 1836.

Acquisition policy: Formed by resolutions and instructions of Synod.

Core holdings: Repository of records, minutes, documents, membership registers of congregations, committees and institutions of the Dutch Reformed Church since the Voortrekkers entered Natal in 1836.

Finding aids: Electronic and unpublished finding aids, handled by staff.

National register participation: No.



Address: Street: NG Kerk Centre, Grey’s Pass (upper Queen Victoria Street), Cape Town
  Postal: P.O. Box 3171, Cape Town, 8000
Telephone: (021) 423-2853
Fax: (021) 423-2745
Enquiries to: The Archivist
Hours of opening: 08h15-13h00, 14h00-16h00
Access: With the exception of minutes of meetings which are closed for 20 years, all other records are accessible.

Brief history: During the second Synod in 1826, the Registrar, Rev JC Berrange, was instructed to take Synodal archival material into his care and to compile a "“redeneerd Register"”or Synodal Repertory of the proceedings. The Registrar of the Synod performed this role for many years. In 1883 the Synod estabished a Church Office Commission with the mandate to equip a proper church office. The same Synod authorised the purchase of a safe for the archives of the Synod. One of the duties of the commissioner was that he should take over the task of Archivist from the Registrar. The Registrar however still acted as Archivist for a period. After the Synod of 1894 stipulated that the Church Office Commission should decide which records should be included in the Synodal Archives, the Archives increasingly became the responsibility of the commissioner and the Church Office Commission. It was only during the Synod of 1928 that the fully fledged post of Archivist was created and that Rev. A Dreyer was appointed as the first Archivist. He initially fell under the supervision of the Church Office Commission. An independent Archives Commission was established by the Synod of 1940.

Acquisition policy: All archivalia of congregations, circuits, synodal and church institutions of the Western, Northern and Eastern Cape, as well as the General Synod of the Dutch Reformed Church are transferred to archival custody. Records of certain synods of the “Verenigende Gereformeerde Kerk” (former Dutch Reformed Mission Church and Dutch Reformed Church of Africa) are also transferred. Records of private individuals are accepted as voluntary donations.

Areas of specialisation: Church history (family of Dutch Reformed Churches); Genealogy.

Core holdings: The records date from 1665. Congregational record: baptismal, membership and marriage registers, minutes and financial records. Circuit records: minutes and reports. Synodal records: minutes and reports. Private collections (mostly of ministers): sermons, correspondence, etc. Photographs: Ministers, Church buildings, etc.

Library: Church history, congregational history, church periodicals, publications of church publishers, e.g. Lux Verbi and Bybelkor.

Finding aids: Card index. Unpublished inventories and indexes.

National register participation: No.



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