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Special Collections: Africana

This guide provide information on Special Collections, consisting of Africana, Rare Books and Manuscripts and DOMUS, including usage and policies

About Africana

Africana consists of a collection of valuable books, pamphlets, maps, pictorial works and other items on sub-Saharan Africa, with specific focus on Southern African history.

  •  Africana books are mainly associated with sub-Saharan Africa and its history

  • The collection preserves works dating from the 17th century, but is also continually augmented with new acquisitions reflecting current history.

  • The section strives to build a collection relevant to current academic research and collects works worthy of preserving for the future.

  • The comprehensive Africana collection available in this section today is largely based on the unique and valuable Hugh Solomon library which was bequeathed to Stellenbosch University in 1957. Hugh Ross Solomon (1876-1956) was a Johannesburg lawyer who for many years added to the Africana collection which he had inherited from his father, Sir Edward Philip Solomon

Africana during the COVID-19 period

  • Africana is accessible to students and staff of Stellenbosch University only.
  • Unfortunately we do not allow external visitors until further notice. 
  • Students and staff allowed by appointment only.
  • Only four clients allowed per session
  • Book a visit here