Archive of Contemporary Affairs (ARCA):
At the end of 1964 a campaign was launched to establish a centre for the collection and preservation of political documents at the University of the Free State with a view to documenting South African political history since 1902.
The stimulation of contemporary historiography was new in South Africa. As a result, the Institute for Contemporary History came into existence towards the end of 1970. The Institute consisted of three divisions:
- Documentation Division,
- Press Cutting,
- Research Division.
In 1998 the Documentation Division became independent and is known as the Archive for Contemporary Affairs.
At present the Archive houses 957 private document collections, covering approximately 3500m of shelving space. This includes collections from economists, politicians, churches and cultural and community leaders.
For complete lists and inventories of the various collections, please consult the following links:
Political Documents Inventories
The ARCA Sound Archive houses a number of recorded interviews and feature programmes. They are available in MP3 format. Unfortunately the recordings are mostly only available in Afrikaans. These include speeches etc by political figures such as HF Verwoerd, JBM Hertzog, JC Smuts, BJ Vorster, and Tom Naude etc.
- Speeches (of Tony Leon)
John Edwards Centre Africa hosts The Morija Archives which houses a unique collection of 19th century documents, consolidated by the first missionary to Masitise, Rev. DF Ellenberger (1835-1920). This valuable collection was preserved and greatly augmented over the past century, most notably by Rev. Albert Brutsch (1916-2000) who was responsible for the archives from the mid-1950s until 1999.
SA Media Archives