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Archbishops of Cape Town, Part 3 records

  • ZA HPRA AB2546
  • Fonds
  • 1872 - 1996

The first part of the collection of CPSA records deals with the foundation and progress of the various dioceses and activities of the church, and mainly covers the years 1848-1938.

It has been described in 'Selected Records of the Archbishops of Cape Town', No 6, in the library's series of Historical and Literary Papers: Inventories of Collections.

The second part, 'Selected Records of the Archbishops of Cape Town, Part II' describes records transferred to the Library from Bishopscourt, the home of the Archbishops of Cape Town, by Mrs Kotze, the Provincial Archivist. The records in Part II relate mainly to the years 1940-1982, and are described in No 16 of the Historical and Literary Papers: Inventories of Collections.

This present inventory consists mainly of additional records transferred from Bishopscourt between the years 1983 and 1996, and covering the episcopacies of Archbishops Russell and Tutu. (There are also some records from Church House, the Diocesan headquarters in Cape Town which cover an earlier period, - from 1855 - but for the sake of convenience these have been combined with the Bishopscourt records.) The files are arranged alphabetically by subject according to the Bishopscourt filing system. As in Part II, a condensed description of each subject file is given in the inventory together with an index of personal names, churches, parishes and selected subject fields, and a list of the names of bishops in each diocese, from the origin of the diocese to date, has been provided together with a map showing the dioceses of the CPSA in existence in 1998.

The records relate to the Church of the Province as a whole, but there is a preponderance of Cape records due to the Archbishop's dual role as head of the Cape Town Diocese and metropolitan for the province. They include the Archbishops' correspondence with bishops of the various dioceses and with clergy and lay people, and they reflect the administration of the CPSA and its work, as well as the Church's attitude to social and political problems in South Africa such as abortion, homosexuality and the church, conscientious objection, race, sanctions, violence and political negotiations.

A number of these files do not relate specifically to the CPSA but reveal the various interests of the Archbishops. Archbishop Tutu's files include correspondence from numbers of organisations within and outside South Africa that were dedicated to removing apartheid and restoring a just society. Examples are the Bishop Desmond Tutu Refugee Scholarship Fund, the Educational Opportunities Council, West European Parliamentarians for Action against Apartheid, etc. This collection therefore gives an indication of Bishop Tutu's influence, both in the Church and as a participant in many human rights and welfare organisations.

Anglican Church of Southern Africa (ACSA)

Archibald Gumede and 5 Others vs The Minister of Law and Order

  • ZA HPRA AK2164
  • Fonds
  • 1984

Volume 1: pp 1-106.

Volume 2: pp 107-202.

Volume 3: Appellants' Heads of Argument.



In the matter between:




MAWALAL RAMGOBIN Fourth Applicant.

BILLY NAIR Fifth Applicant.




Volume 1: pgs 1-106.

Volume 2: pgs 107-212.


  • recordgrp
  • 1966-

The Guides provide an overview of all collections at the Historical Papers Research Archive. The descriptions are provided on Fonds level.

The collections housed at Historical Papers include diaries, letters, memoranda, reports, minute-books, press clippings, pamphlets, photographs, drawings, maps, oral interviews, trial transcripts and financial, legal and personal documents. They are contained in various formats such as paper based records, microfiche, microfilm, photographs, slides, negative and positive film, tapes, DVD and CDs, audiovisual formats and digital formats.

Historical Papers Research Archive, The Library, University of the Witwatersrand

Arthur Aaron Boss

  • ZA HPRA A1631
  • Fonds
  • 1879

Arthur Aaron Boss (1861-1955) was a soldier and stockbroker. His diary, dated 22 February - 29 June 1879, relates to the campaign against Chief Morosi, the taking of the mountain and death of the Chief which resulted in the decline of the Baphuti tribe. It is accompanied by a plan of the mountain, a typscript of the diary by Dr P.H. Butterfield (30 pages) and an article on the campaign in The Star, 29 June 1929. The original can be found in the Johannesburg Public Library.

Arthur Chaskalson Papers

  • ZA HPRA A3404
  • Fonds
  • 1954-2012

The collection contains the personal and professional papers of Chief Justice Arthur Chaskalson.

Chaskalson, Arthur

Arthur Vine Hall, Poem

  • ZA HPRA A609
  • Fonds
  • 1902-1946

South African poet

'South Africa; Treaty of Vereeniging signed May 31, 1902', a poem written 1902 and revised 1946.

Artworks, Church of the Province of South Africa

  • ZA HPRA AB3008
  • Fonds
  • 1900s

Artworks relating to various locations of the Anglican Church, including St. Cuthbert's Mission Tsolo; Bishopscourt; and Grace Dieu.

Anglican Church of Southern Africa (ACSA)

A.S. Dawson, Writings

  • ZA HPRA A455
  • Fonds
  • 1872 - 1881

Manuscript in handwriting of the author A.S. Dawson, written under the pseudonum Arthur Percival, 357 leaves, by the title of "Ten years in the Transvaal 1872-1881; a story of stirring times by one who went through them".

Explanatory handwritten notes by F.W. Bell in 1931 (publisher?). Accompanied by photos of early Pretoria with explanatory notes, around 1881-1897, taken by C. Robertson, which were part of the original manuscript. Also included a newspaper article "Burial of the British Flag" from the 'Transvaal Argus', August 1881.

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