The Drakenstein Heemkring‘s vision is to collect and preserve documents, books, visual and oral records, and to some extent artifacts that are specific to Paarl and the Drakenstein Valley. It is then regarded to be a repository of primary research resources.
Many of the resources are donated and are taken up in individual collections.
Resources include the following:
Newspapers, magazines and books. The archive also has a large collection of old newspapers on microfilm;
Drakenstein Marriages / Huwelike: 1694-1732;
Drakenstein Baptisms / Dope: 1694-1732;
Baptism and Marriage Records: 19th century - most churches in the valley;
Gibble Collection: An estimated 40,000 photographs, including photographs of old buildings in Paarl etc, and other portrait studies of residents of Paarl and other towns in the Cape Colony; and
Collection on farm ownership in the Drakenstein Valley, and Cape Colony.