Start main page content

Wits Library Digital Collection


Home           Historical Papers WiredSpace


Hathi Trust Digital Library



Internet Archive


International Institute of social History


Welcome to WIReDSpace (Wits Institutional Repository on DSpace), a digital service that collects, preserves, and distributes digital material. Repositories are important tools for preserving an organization's legacy; they facilitate digital preservation and scholarly communication.

For information about WIReDSpace content and services please contact Denise Nicholson via email Denise Nicholson or telephone: +27 11 717 1929. For technical support contact Lewatle Phaladi, Tel : +27 11 717 1930.



The Historical Papers research archive, situated in the William Cullen Library, was established in 1966. We are a friendly, vastly used, valued and popular service as well as unique and accessible hub for human rights research serving civil society, scholars and researchers.

Historical Papers is one of the largest and most comprehensive independent archives in Southern Africa. We house over 3300 collections of historical, political and cultural importance, encompassing the mid 17th Century to the Present.

Our primary aim is to serve the broader community as well as the university and to transform archives into accessible centres for research. Included are the records of many human rights NGOs, trade unions, labour federations, political parties, women's organisations, churches and church bodies, and the papers of human rights activists. We are also home to a huge volume of political trials, photographs, press clippings, oral interviews, and material collected by several research institutions and individual researchers.

With generous funding from the Atlantic Philanthropies Foundation we are continually building up our web-based delivery of digitized resources.

Traces of Truth 

Although the mandated focus of the TRC was on gross human rights violations perpetrated in the period 1960-1994, the TRC consistently attempted to position these violations within broader societal processes.
A wealth of information on the apartheid era has emerged and been fed into a range of other processes committed to shaping South Africa's future through an understanding of its past.



Giving to Wits

School of Public Health Building

Whether you invest in a promising young student, or contribute towards vital research or new buildings and facilities – giving to Wits brings great personal satisfaction and lasting results you can be proud of for years to come.

Give to Wits