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Historical Papers Research Archive

Established in 1966, the Historical Papers Research Archive is "one of the largest and most comprehensive independent archives in Southern Africa." With more than 3,000 collections spanning from the 17th century to present day, the archive memorializes human rights movements throughout history. The intentional documentation of civil society is rooted in the belief that "archives provide the bedrock for society's understanding of the past." To navigate the various collections, users may want to employ the tools on the left-side panel. Here, readers can browse by collection or search across all the collections. Clicking the "Collections Database" link (found on the Home page under Browse Collections) also allows users to sort options alphabetically. Items include newspaper clippings, amnesty applications, and committee records, among many other documents. New users may also enjoy browsing the "Historical Papers Guide" (linked under Finding Aids). Historical Papers is a project of the University of Witwatersrand's William Cullen Library and receives funding from the Atlantic Philanthropies Foundation and the Carnegie Corporation of New York.
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