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UCT Archives

The university preserves paper records in 2 sets of collections:

  • Administrative Archives
  • University Libraries' Special Collections.
  1. The university's Administrative Archives house all the university's administrative records, from 1829 and embodies a rich and prominent collection of:
    • formal records (minute books of Council, Senate and university committees)
    • correspondence of importance to UCT
    • personnel files (former staff members, selection committee papers, important historical documents)
    • financial records (permanently archived)
  2. Special Collections stores university papers and records that are not administrative in nature, but which chart the history of the university, its academic work and the people who have worked here. These include:
    • research material
    • photographs of university staff and publications.

Where to send records

  • Physical administrative records of the type referred to in (1) above (that are no longer currently in use in your department) must be sent to the Administrative Archives.
  • Records of the type collected by Special Collections must be sent to the University Libraries' Special Collections.
  • Any other record that you believe we may consider worth preserving may be sent to either Renate Meyer (Special Collections) or Lionel Smidt (Administrative Archives).
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