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UKZN Alan Paton Centre & the Struggle

Archives Pietermaritzburg Campus

Tel: 033 260 5926
Fax: 033 260 6143

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Shortly after the death of Alan Paton in 1988, his study was established as a permanent living memorial to him. These include his papers, manuscripts of his poetry and short stories, correspondence, archives of the South African Liberal Party Head Office in Pietermaritzburg, which had been forced to close in 1968, documents of organizations involved in the struggle against apartheid e.g. the Black Sash; the Detainees Aid Committee and the Five Freedoms Forum. Individuals involved in the struggle have also donated their papers to the Centre.

The APC also houses the Special Collections of the Natal Society, which include books collected over the last 150 years, the O’Brien and Hattersley Collections. Recently, the archives of CINDI (Children in Distress Network) have been added. This is an archive with a library and museum component. An Annual Alan Paton Lecture is held each year as well as a Heritage Day Seminar (Peter Brown Memorial Seminar).

Open: Mon-Fri 8:30-13:00; 14:00-16:30 by appointment