A behind-the-scenes visit to Stellenbosch University’s JS Gericke Library –  The Manuscripts Section, home to the James Walton, André Pretorius  & Joanna Marx collections

Meet at 10:00 am outside the JS Gericke Library

This is “behind the scenes” as we will be hearing about and seeing the products of a project involving the James Walton and Andre Pretorius Collections before its official launch in August. Our guide is Mimi Seyffert who has been involved in various capacities in the project.

The Manuscripts Section in the JS Gericke Library is home to around 420 manuscript collections including the James Walton, André Pretorius and, most recently, Joanna Marx collections. These collections have all been sorted and described in catalogues, indexes or inventories and are accessible to researchers.

Stellenbosch University Library and Information Service was one of six institutions who received a grant from the Carnegie Corporation of New York in 2009 and became part of the Research Libraries Consortium. One of the outcomes of the Consortium was to make unique material in the library more accessible for research. To this end, eight collections from the Manuscripts Section were identified to be partly digitised and made available on a digital platform.

The James Walton and André Pretorius collections were included in this selection and around 300 of Walton’s original drawings and 3000 of Pretorius’s photographs have been digitised and uploaded onto our digital collections platform. This platform is not openly accessible yet, but will be officially launched in August this year.

Mimi Seyffert is currently Manager: Digitisation and Digital Services at Stellenbosch University Library and Information Service. She holds a B.Bibl. degree from the University of Stellenbosch and has been a Special Collections Librarian at Stellenbosch since 1998. She held the position as head of the Special Collections for the past five years, taking responsibility for the Africana, Rare Books and Manuscripts Collections.

Directions: the library is in the pedestrian mall accessible off Victoria St

For parking: Turn off Adam Tas Rd (the R44) into Merriman Avenue and then right into Andringa St. Turn left into Victoria St.  There is a large public parking lot to your right in that first block of Victoria St.  For free parking, you’ll need to find a sidestreet or other clever parking trick!

Outings are limited to members only.