Africana Collections

The Sabinet African Archives portal currently offers an index to collections within academic institutions of South Africa. We are busy expanding this index. Sabinet also offers a hosting and digitisation solution to online collection holders to make it more discoverable to researchers globally.

Disclaimer — The collections listed on the Sabinet African Archives may include materials that reflect the attitudes, perspectives, and beliefs of different times. These materials are presented as part of historical records. Inclusion of these materials does not mean endorsement of or agreement with by Sabinet on any views or terms expressed in the descriptions and/or materials. Read more …

Africana Library


The library houses about 14000 books, 640 manuscripts and 12000 photographs. Included in the collection are early printed editions of African indigenous languages (San, Tswana, Zulu, Xhosa), early books related…

Don Africana Library


These 4 000 items now form the nucleus of the Don Africana Library but, of course, the collection has grown enormously.  There are now over 50 000 catalogued items and…

Africana Collection


The Africana collection includes social, political and economic history, as well as languages and literature of Africa. Current journals in these fields are accessible from the first basement of the…

Africana Collection


The term Africana refers to materials, such as books, documents, or art objects, relating to the history or culture of African peoples. In the case of UWC the Africana Collection…