VASSA’s aims are to amass relevant information relating to South African vernacular architecture and cultural landscapes. Which is why we are asking you to condider joining the Members’ Gallery by adding your photos to Vasa’s repository. This could become a hugely valuable resource for everyone interested in ‘things vernacular’.
James Walton bequeathed his significant collection to the Stellenbosch University Library.
Doyen of vernacular architecture in South Africa, he was the honorary life president and founder member of the Vernacular Society of South Africa.
He was the author of more than two hundred papers in jouirnals and collected works and of several books and pamphlets including Homesteads and Villages of South Africa, African Village, Cape Dovecots and Fowl-runs and Watermills, Windmills and Horse-mills of South Africa.
He donated his extensive archive for use by researchers. The complete collection consists of manuscripts, drawings, photographs, newsletters, lectures, portfolios, albums, plans, newspaper clippings, pamphlets and brochures. A detailed catalogue may be consulted on-line here.
Another invaluable collection safeguarded by the Stellenbosch University Library is that of author, photographer and conservationist André Pretorius. Look over his comprehensive photographic archive.