This guide was compiled from the printed guide and first supplement entitled Handlist of Manuscripts in the University of Cape Town Libraries, which was published during 1968, and three typewritten accession lists. This NAREM edition was assembled and updated in accordance with guidelines laid down by the National Archivist of the Republic of South Africa. The bulk of the manuscripts in the University of Cape Town Libraries consists of collections of family papers and other private papers, but miscellaneous documents (i.e. literary and music manuscripts), and even single items, are also included. The manuscripts are mainly of South African interest, but there are a small number of non-South African manuscripts.