• Contact Information

  • Collections

    • Type of repository:

    • Types of source material:

      Archival records
      Oral histories
      Personal papers
      Sound recordings
    • Size:

      Documents:186 linear metres; Books: 30 linear metres; 124 individual collections; 200 audio tapes; 50 videotapes
    • Holdings:

      The main holding is the Alan Paton Collection, donated by his widow, Anne Paton, after his death in 1988. There are 700 file groups, which include Paton poetry manuscripts; manuscripts of unpublished works 1923-1981; correspondence; diaries; etc.The secondary holding is the Papers of the Liberal Party of South Africa (1952-1968). There are 560 file groups which include policy documents, minutes and correspondence. Holdings of other organisations include Natal Midlands Black Sash Papers; Five Freedoms Forum; End Conscription Campaign; Pietermaritzburg Agency for Christian Social Awareness (PACSA); Federal Theological Seminary (FEDSEM) and the Association for Rural Advancement (AFRA). The Centre also houses the papers of many individuals who were involved in the Anti-Apartheid Struggle.

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  • Access Conditions

    • Access conditions:

      Researchers should preferably contact the Alan Paton Centre beforehand by email, phone, or letter indicating the date they will be coming and the topic of research. All researchers are required to complete a registration form giving name, postal address and/or e-mail address, fax or phone number, whether they are staff, students of a college or university, or a member of the public, name of department, topic and purpose of research. There is no access or entry charge.

    • Access restrictions:

      Access is unrestricted except where requested by the the donor in which case the time period is stated.

    • Finding tools:

      Electronic catalogs
    • Copier available?:

  • Repository publications:

    • The Alan Paton Centre. Concord: The newsletter of the Alan Paton Centre for the study of the literature and politics of conflict and conciliation.. Published annually, brochure, n.d.
    • The Alan Paton Centre. brochure, n.d.