The collection mainly contains documents and publications relating to the education for the youth, evening schools and continuation classes, religion, justice and peace, human rights, racial issues and Jewish organizations.
The interviews were facilitated and carried out by the Robert Sobukwe Trust and the Robert Mangaliso Sobukwe Museum & Learning Centre, as well as the Wits History workshop, University of the Witwatersrand.
Most of the interviews relate to the history around Graaff-Reinet. However, all of the interviews under "Sobukwe and PAC" relate to topics over and above local history.
It has been recognized that there is no comprehensive and complete archive on The Market Theatre that covers the years mentioned above, and this is a serious gap in historical recording of knowledge in South Africa. The archives that exist at present are housed in various places across the country. These include the Wits Historical Papers, The Star Newspaper, NELM and the State Theatre archive. This project proposed filling that gap by initially establishing what is missing in the various existing archives, negotiating with custodians of said archives in order to possibly bring original material together under one roof or to make copies of this material. The project also aimed at conducting interviews across the country with practitioners who worked at The Market Theatre during that time in order to compile a living memory that will be included in the archive, before this valuable knowledge is lost. This archive will enable those researchers, academic or otherwise, to access knowledge on the art of that era, information on Apartheid and the arts, and The Market Theatre in general. There is no other archive that specifically addresses performance during the Apartheid era. It is thus vitally important that this history is readily available to anyone who might need to access it. It is also imperative that this history is recorded before it is lost. Innovation lies in the content of the archive.
The television documentary was inspired by the story of the march of about 7000 Zulu mine workers from the Witwatersrand to the rural areas of Zululand / Natal at the outbreak of the Anglo-Boer War in 1899. The repatriation march of the mine workers was led by John Sydney Marwick, a public servant at the time, saving them from certain starvation, as Gold mining on the Witwatersrand had come to a grinding halt. The documentary places the story of John Sydney Marwick against the historic background of British colonial conquest in Natal and resistance by the Zulu nation, covering the Battle of Isandlwana in 1879 to the Bambatha rebellion of 1906.
The book "A Just Society" has been published to mark the occasion of the exhibition of 48 works of art by Madelaine Georgette at the Wits Origins Centre in 2012. These works were donated to Wits University, to be accessible in a number of permanent locations across the University after the exhibition. The themes of the project are Apartheid and South Africa's Truth and Reconciliation Commission.