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du Pisani Collection

  • PA 2
  • Collection
  • 1935 - 1991

The collection, with some documents going as far back as 1935, is mostly concentrated on the 1960s, 1970s up to Namibia’s independence. It comprises of many official publications of the South African Government, newspaper cuttings, conference papers, periodicals and journal articles referring to aspects of Namibia in pre-independence period. It holds an extensive collection of academic papers on Namibian history and aspects relating to the struggle for independence. The collection pays a special focus on Namibia’s unique international legal status, and the activities of the various internal political parties (DTA, SWAPO, SWAPO-Democrats, SWANU, FCN, UNITAG, Republican, Namibia National Front, United Party,) in the independence process, particularly the Multi-Party Conference, the Transitional Government, the role of the United Nations, Resolution 435, and the lead-up campaign to the independence elections of 1989. Gathered together for the student of Namibian political history, is an irreplaceable collection of party manifestos, declarations, principles, and standpoints on burning issues of the time. The collection also has a tape recording of speeches given by various politicians of the Transitional Government as well as election posters of the parties, flags and other small items used by the parties during campaign. The collection is mainly in English but also contains some documents in Afrikaans and German. The descriptions have been done in the language that the document is made of.

du Pisani, Prof. A.


  • PO
  • Collection
  • 1968 - 1992

The Poster collection consists of various posters from the du Pisani collection mostly depicting activities of internal political parties during the independence process. There are also posters from the UNIN collection portraying various aspects of the liberation struggle. The other posters in the collection are from the University of Namibia and the Academy for Tertiary Education in the form of course charts and other training activities for students.

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Tjitendero collection

  • PA 3
  • Collection
  • 1962 - 1994

The collection holds various publications (books, serials, SWAPO papers, conference papers, news papers, news paper cuttings, personal papers, government publications and UNIN publication). Because of Tjitendero's intensive work with UNIN, most of this collection is related to UNIN .

Tjitendero, DR Mose Penaani

Williams Collection

  • PA 7
  • Collection
  • 1985 - 1994

The Williams collection contains materials which relate to the development of education in Namibia. Through the work of the Commission on Higher Education, the collection documents the plans for education in a new independent Namibia including the establishment of the University of Namibia. The materials in the collection mostly constitute raw documents that were collected by the Commission as part of its consultation. All are paper documents.

Williams, Prof. Peter

Finnish Evangelical Lutheran Mission (FELM)

  • PA 6
  • Collection
  • 1876 - 1997

The Finnish Missionary Society (FMS, Suomen Lähetysseura, SLS in Finnish) was founded in January 1859. FELM operates in about 30 countries on five continents. FELM employs 350 staff members, of whom 220 work in mission’s capacities in about 20 countries. In 1868 FMS sent its first team of missionaries to Ovamboland in present-day Namibia, where they arrived in 1870. Since 1985, FMS has been known in English as the Finnish Evangelical Lutheran Mission, abbreviated FELM. It is the largest Lutheran mission organization in Finland.

FELM - Finnish Evangelical Lutheran Mission

Henderson collection

  • PA 5
  • Collection
  • 1970-9-18 - 2001

The Thelma Henderson collection of some 3-400 items covers the influential period of educational development from 1974 to 2001. It includes documents on colonial education, education in South West Africa, Namibia’s education problems, education and language plans for an independent Namibia. It also covers the history of the country including the fight for freedom. The liberation struggle as well as SWAPO’s literacy campaign efforts are some of the topics found in the collection. Issues of manpower development, adult learning, role of language in development and transition needs and requirements for Namibia are included. Furthermore, the documents also refer to issues of language policy for the country and the consideration of using English as a medium of communication as well as an examination of English proficiency in Namibia. Other notable areas covered by the collection include the work of the United Nations and the UNIN on Namibian education and general development; mobilization of resources; English curriculum and syllabus; research reports on education matters; wages and salaries for the education profession; English teacher training and seminars on education in Namibia. The collection also holds documents on plans to establish an institution for higher learning in Namibia which resulted in the formation of UNAM.

Henderson, Mrs. Thelma

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