Archives are usually associated with dust, mould and the acrid smell of old books. The new ‘Archives and Special Collections’ of the UJ Library and Information Centre at the Doornfontein Campus wants to modernise this perception and would like to showcase the treasures found in archival store rooms or in a library consisting of rare books and special collections.
Creativity and innovation are concepts associated with the University of Johannesburg and advancement in general; this is expressed in the current exhibition. Interactive communication between the Archives and its users, or the display of crown jewels of a rare book collection is the culmination of a new way of thinking about archives.
Riette Zaaiman is the Manager, Archives and Special Collections, Library and Infrormation Centre, University of Johannesburg.