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The Historical Papers research archive, situated in the William Cullen Library, was established in 1966. Its first holdings were the Jan Hofmeyr collection and the Gubbins collection as well as manuscripts which were transferred from the Africana section in the William Cullen Library.
It has since become one of the largest and most comprehensive independent archives in Southern Africa. We house over 3300 collections of historical, political and cultural importance, encompass the mid 17th Century to the Present.
An agreement was signed in 1937 between the Church of the Province of South Africa - now known as the Anglican Church of Southern Africa (ACSA) - and the University of the Witwatersrand, whereby the church's Central Record Library was placed on loan with the University. The library consisted of books, pamphlets, periodicals and manuscripts.
The Anglican manuscripts were initially described in Section 2 of the University Library's Guide to the Archives and Papers which ran through three editions between 1967-1975 and a Cumulative Supplement 1975-1979. With the growth of the church’s collection of manuscripts, it became more manageable to publish a separate guide to it. This edition of the Guide to the Archives of the Anglican Church of Southern Africa lists all Anglican Church collections described in previous guides, together with all accessions between 2000 and 2009.
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This Guide provides an overview of the archive of the Anglican Church in Southern Africa. The descriptions are provided on Fonds level.
The collections comprise letters, diaries, minutes, memoranda, press clippings, scrap-books, registers, financial, ecclesiastical and personal documents and pictorial material.
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Arrangement of the entries is by Collection number. The missing numbers in the numerical sequence relate to the general collections at Historical Papers, which are described in the Guide to the Historical Papers Collections, see HP1.
Entries are under the name of a person or organisation or the first word of a title or subject. For persons, a brief biographical note has been supplied with dates of birth and death, where these could be ascertained. Other information includes the type of material, inclusive dates, the extent of an item or collection, names of chief correspondents and important subjects covered. Also included in the collection description is an indication if an inventory or calendar is available. Such inventory can then be accessed in AtoM under its respective collection number (Identifier) . Most collections though have no further inventory.
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The Guide to the Archives of the Anglican Church of Southern Africa (ACSA), has been compiled and is subject to copyright by the Historical Papers Research Archive, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa.
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Other Finding Aids at the Historical Papers Research Archive:
HP1 - Guide to the Historical Papers Collections
HP3 - Guide to Historical Papers Photographs
Guide to Digitised Audio Visual material
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