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Archive collections of particular interest have been worked on in WWW research in two connected ways. A large number have had all their letters contents read and archive fieldnotes written about them. A smaller but still large number have been worked on in greater detail. Here all of the contents have been read and a searchable database compiled, containing detailed information for a 1 in 5 Sample of letters, with the same detail recorded for many Extra items that contain particularly interesting material, usually on ethnicity and race. In addition to letters, a small number of linked diaries are included. ‘Farm diaries’ were a required way of recording various information to be returned to government sources and often used in a legal context. They have some attributes of letter-writing, having an implicit external third-person addressee, and the information recorded largely concerns labour, the African people who did it, and race matters.

The collections information accessible via the links below are those worked on in detail and for which fully searchable databases are available as the WWW research dataset is published. This gives interpretive overviews of the work that has been carried out on each collection, the analysis made and the key features of interest arising. While more in-depth analysis will be found in the Traces and also in Figurations as well as project publications, these interpretive overviews provide the first-level analysis of each collection.

David Chalmers Aiken Diary, Killie Campbell Library, Durban

Apartheid Archive Narratives, University of Witwatersrand

William Ayliff Letters, Killie Campbell Library, Durban

Cape Colony Letters, Bodleian Library, University of Oxford

Forbes Family Letters, National Archives Depository, Pretoria

Findlay Family Letters, University of Witwatersrand

Forbes Family Diaries, National Archives Depository, Pretoria

Henry Francis Fynn Letters, Killie Campbell Library,  Durban

James Henderson Collection, Cory Library, Grahamstown

May Hobbs Letters From Jan Smuts, National Archives Depository, Pretoria

LMS Matabeleland Letters, London Missionary Society Collection, SOAS, University of London

LMS South Africa Letters Set 1, London Missionary Society Collection, SOAS, University of London

LMS South Africa Letters Sets 2 and 3, London Missionary Society Collection, SOAS, University of London

John Lys Diary, Pietermaritzburg Archive Depot

Mary Moffat Letters, Cory Library, Grahamstown

Parkinson Family Letters, Pietermaritzburg Archive Depot

Elizabeth Lees Price Letters, Cory Library, Grahamstown

Pringle Family Collection, Cory Library, Grahamstown

ME Pringle Diaries, Cory Library, Grahamstown

Rhodes Papers, Bodleian Library, University of Oxford

Gottlob Schreiner LMS Letters, London Missionary Society Collection, SOAS, University of London

Schreiner-Hemming Collection, Manuscripts & Archives, University of Cape Town

RHW Shepherd Letters, Cory Library, Grahamstown


Southey Family Collection, Killie Campbell Library, Durban

Joseph Stirk Journal, Cory Library, Grahamstown

Voss Family Collection, National Archives Depository, Pretoria

Robert White Letters, Cory Library, Grahamstown


Last updated: 10 May 2017


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