Archival materials are records that are created (or collected) by an individual, family, or organisation during the execution of their duties or functions. For example:
Archival materials are generally unpublished materials. They are often referred to as primary sources.
Archival material is collected for many reason, such as:
Archival materials held by UCT Libraries include:
At present, the answer is NO.
AtoM@UCT exposes only the very top layer of descriptive information to be harvested by Primo. Primo will direct users to the AtoM@UCT record, where they will be able to view the full finding aid.
There are some 1600 physical collections of archival materials housed at UCT Libraries Special Collections. Each of these collections has a finding aid. A finding aid is a document that provides descriptive information regarding the contents of an archival collection.
Hard-copy finding aids are available in the Jagger Library Reading Room (for location, see http://www.uct.ac.za/main/contacts/campus-maps#google).
An on-line catalogue, AtoM@UCT, provides electronic access to many of the finding aids (not all legacy finding aids have been loaded yet). AtoM@UCT can be accessed at www.atom.lib.uct.ac.za.
At present, archival collections must be accessed in the reading room. In time, more and more digitised content from the collections will be made available via AtoM@UCT. A document delivery service is available, making it possible for researches to request digitised content. Queries regarding digitised content should be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.