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.


"Americans" gangsters, Cape Town
"Bury the racist republic" placard at march, Cape Town
"Buy S.A. - Buy Bellville" Parade, Cape Town
"Free hunger strikers now" placard, Cape Town
"God Save the King" sung at the Opera House, Cape Town
"Gqozo is FW's puppet" placard, Cape Town
"Q" Town, Cape Flats, Cape Town
"SA says no to plutonium death ships", Cape Town
"Whites only" sign prohibits others from using the water slide, Cape Town
, Cape Town
11 ANC members treason trial charges, Cape Town
132 Long Street, Cape Town, 1983
17th century water canal, Adderley Street, Cape Town, 1982
1950s traffic in Voortrekker Road, Bellville, Cape Town
1958 General Elections, Cape Town
1961 Apartheid elections, Cape Town
1973 Cape Show, Cape Town
1989 political demonstrations, Cape Town
50th Anniversary of VE Day, Cape Town
50th anniversary of World War I, Cape Town, 1964
60 Crossroads families, Cape Town
60 Shacks burned down in Crossroads, Cape Town
A Group of Ministers stand in the gardens of Tuynhuys, Cape Town
A bus so full, that people are sitting on the roof, Cape Town
A crowded Muizenberg Pavilion, Cape Town
A district midwife on her way to work, Cape Town
A domestic worker speaks out, Cape Town
A full car park , Cape Towner's point
A group of nurses sit and wait, Cape Town
A man inspects the damage done by a fire, Cape Town
A mock AWB flag burnt, Cape Town
A policeman talks to a protester while others look on, Cape Town
A policewoman protects her eyes from the sun at a march, Cape Town
A residence in Mowbray, Cape Town
A restored Koornhoop, Cape Town
A riot policeman stands near an overturned car that was set alight, Cape Town
A row of apartments on fire, Cape Town
A sign on Winnie Mandela's office door, Cape Town
A steam locomotive makes its last trip before being decommissioned, Cape Town
A steam train on its last trip before it is to be decommissioned, Cape Town

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