• Contact Information

    • Name:

      Campbell Collections of the University of Natal
    • Postal Address:

      220 Marriott Road
      4001 Durban
      South Africa
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    • Director:

      Prof. Yonah N. Seleti, Ph.D.
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  • Collections

    • Type of repository:

    • Types of source material:

      Archival records
      Business records
      Ecclesiastical records
      Government records
      Grey literature
      Oral histories
      Personal papers
      Sound recordings
    • Size:

      200 linear metres
    • Holdings:

      The Campbell Collections include the Killie Campbell Africana Library, William Campbell Furniture and Art Collection and the Mashu Museum of Ethnology. Apart from a wide-ranging collection of published material, the Killie Campbell Library contains an extensive manuscript collection, dealing with Southern Africa in general and with the KwaZulu Natal region in particular. Key subjects covered by the collection include politics, cultural anthropology, African art and 19th and 20th century history. Amongst the best-known collections are the James Stuart Papers, a collection of oral testimonies by Zulu-speakers dating from the early years of the twentieth century; the Oral History Project undertaken by the Campbell Collections during the late 1970's and early 1980's reflecting the circumstances of a cross-section of mostly Zulu-speakers in the Durban functional region at the time; and the Bourquin Papers which reflect aspects of the administration of Durban's African townships between the 1950's and the 1970's. Personal narratives of events such as the Anglo-Zulu War (1879) and the South African War (1899-1902), as well as the papers of prominent politicians and educationalists, and also the records left by more obscure individuals, make the collection a rich source of information about the KwaZulu Natal region.

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    • Languages:

      English, Zulu
  • Access Conditions

    • Access conditions:

      Researchers and members of the general public are welcome in the reading room provided that they comply with the procedures and regulations.

    • Access restrictions:

      Library is closed access; library material is available for consultation in the reading room.

    • Finding tools:

      Accession lists or registers
      Card catalogs
      Electronic catalogs
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