Contributing to the Mayibuye Archives in South Africa

Jun 30, 2014

 

It’s been 20 years since the fall of apartheid in South Africa in 1994. For the last year now, students and faculty here at the University of Missouri have been assisting the University of Western Cape in preserving an archive of thousands of photographs, films, artifacts, oral histories and other historical documents related to the struggle for freedom during apartheid. 

Host Ryan Famuliner with guests Lauren Langille, Kevin Drew, and Professor Randy Smith
Host Ryan Famuliner with guests Lauren Langille, Kevin Drew, and Professor Randy Smith

 

The Mayibuye archive is housed at the Main Library of the University of Western Cape in Cape Town and Robben Island. Western Cape played a key role in the struggle against apartheid and was the only “colored” university in the country. Many of the thought leaders in the administration of Nelson Mandela came from the university. 

Lauren Langille, Graduate Student at MU
Lauren Langille, Graduate Student at MU

Kevin Drew, Graduate Student at the University of Missouri
Kevin Drew, Graduate Student at the University of Missouri

The MU College of Education’s School of Information Science & Learning Technologies and the University of Missouri Libraries is working with archivists in Western Cape to digitize much of the archive and make it available online. The two universities have also had a long-running partnership that stretches back into the 1980s.

Randy Smith, Professor of Convergence Journalism at MU
Randy Smith, Professor of Convergence Journalism at MU

The Missouri School of Journalism’s role in the archive project is to tell the stories contained in the archive, and we largely talked about that effort on KBIA's Intersection this week.

Professor Harold Herman of University of Western Cape, South Africa
Professor Harold Herman of University of Western Cape, South Africa