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Special Collections: Manuscripts

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

Collection of the month

J.J Smith Collection 333

Professor Johannes Jacobus “Jan Smith” was a leading figure in the Afrikaans language movement and the compiler of the first standard Afrikaans dictionary. He was a professor of languages at Stellenbosch University in 1919 until his retirement in 1945.

His collection is housed at the document centre, has correspondence, articles, photographs, manuscripts, note books, radio talks, speeches, personalia, varia , clippings. For more info :


Finding Aids

What is a finding aid?

Finding aids are tools that help a user find information in a specific collection, or search in manuscripts. Examples of finding aids include published and unpublished inventories, catalogues and indexes. Formal publications that help a user find information regarding a record group, collection, or series of archival materials are also finding aids.


What is Referencing?

We reference to acknowledge the other person's intellectual property. Intellectual owners can be an author of a book or article, a designer of a poster or product, creators of films etc. 

About Manuscripts

About the section:

  • We preserve original manuscript collections reflecting South Africa’s past.
  • More than 400 collections of individuals and institutions.
  • The Manuscripts section, in collaboration with Library Senior Management, will consider donations of original manuscript material of individuals and institutions with research value.
  • With donations, a donor agreement between the Library and Information Service and the donor must be signed.
  • This section strives to build a collection relevant to current academic research and collects works within its focus areas, worthy of preserving for the future.
  • Manuscript collections are sorted, fully indexed and catalogued and finding aids for the collections (inventories and catalogues) are available in the section.


Patricia Khati

Librarian: Manuscripts


Telephone: 021 808 4012

Busiswa Mofu

Librarian: Manuscripts


Telephone: 021 808 4881