It’s been 20 years since the fall of apartheid in South Africa in 1994. and for the last year now, students and faculty here at the University of Missouri have been assisting the University of Western Cape to help preserve an archive of thousands of photographs, films, artifacts, oral histories and other historical documents related to the struggle for freedom during apartheid.
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.
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.
The Missouri School of Journalism’s role in the archive project is to tell the stories contained in the archive, and we’ll largely be talking about that effort today.
Randy Smith, Professor of Convergence Journalism at MU
Lauren Langille, Graduate Student at MU
Kevin Drew, Graduate Student at MU
Harold Herman, Professor at University of Western Cape, South Africa