Independent Newspapers Archive

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This significant, under threat and extensive archive of about 850 000 images, now housed at UCT, spans a period from about the 1900’s – 2000. The archive has been identified as having highly significant social history and heritage value with a particular connection to Cape Town, Western Cape and UCT. Topics range from social conditions in and around Cape Town, key protests in pre- and post apartheid periods as well as a broad spectrum of political activity, sport and very large collection of images on prominent figures (sport, social, political). UCT Libraries has selected and scanned nearly 6 000 images with appropriate metadata. It will complement other collections on the history of Cape Town and the province in Special Collections. The archive intersects with History, Film and Media Studies, Sociology, and African Studies and is a valuable portal of our regional social history.


A steam train travels under the power lines of the electricity-driven trains, Cape Town
A street has been barricaded with burning tyres and plants, Cape Town
A street in Meadowridge, Cape Town
A train carriage full to capacity with commuters, Cape Town
A view of the two oceans, Cape Town
A weed harvester at work, Cape Town
AIDS Fun Run, Cape Town
AIDS Memorial Service, Cape Town
AIDS activism, Cape Town
AIDS campaigns, Cape Town
AIDS march, Cape Town
AIDS victim, Cape Town
ANC Cape Regional Conference, Cape Town
ANC MPs and executives of the Women's League outside Parliament, Cape Town
ANC Rally at Grand Parade ,Cape Town
ANC Rally, Cape Town
ANC Women's League protest, Cape Town
ANC Women's League protest, Cape Town
ANC Youth League demonstrates against Ciskei repression, Cape Town
ANC Youth toyitoyi at the Grand Parade, Cape Town
ANC [African National Congress] supporters celebrate after Nelson Mandela wins the Presidency
ANC [African National Congress] supporters crowd around the car carrying Mandela, Cape Town
ANC arms cache, Cape Town
ANC flag in Hout Bay, Cape Town
ANC funeral, Cape Town
ANC leaders at D.F.Malan, Cape Town
ANC marshals, Cape Town
ANC members deliver memorandum to Hout Bay Police, Cape Town
ANC prisoners released from Robben Island, Cape Town
ANC prisoners released from Robben Island, Cape Town
ANC rally at Nyanga, Cape Town
ANC rally, Cape Town
ANC regional executive member Mr Ebrahim Rasool, Cape Town
ANC supporter with "Free Mandela Now" badge, Cape Town
ANC supporters confront police, Cape Town
ANC supporters dress for success in the 1994 democratic elections
ANC supporters, Cape Town
ANC supporters, Khayelitsha, Cape Town
ANC supporters, arms raised in victory, Paarl sportsground, Cape Town
Abandoned buildings, Robben Island, Cape Town

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