NIOH/NHLS is documenting historical activities of the organization over a period of time. The archives wish to collect any records/items that demonstrate how the NIOH/NHLS has evolved and developed over time. The focus period is 1912 to current year; any items you wish to donate to the archive will be accepted and appraised by the Archivist.

The archives continue to develop and grow as new acquisitions to the collection are constantly received as donations to the archives; these include:

  • Historical Papers: focus is on primary sources (manuscripts, field notes, unpublished reports)- Historical papers can also be any paper material with a natural historical integrity, including personal papers, loose papers, some printed ephemera (cards), Autographed Letters, Posters and Personal Papers relating to medical practitioners and related health profession in South Africa
  • Obsolete Instruments that were used over certain periods of time and how they changed/improved
  • Slides, some x-rays, sample some registers
  • Newspaper Cuttings on health, occupational health, communicable diseases etc.
  • Rare Books will be taken care of as our special collection
  • Photographs

Benefits of the Archives

Our primary aim is to serve the broader community as well as the institute and to transform archives into accessible Centre for research. The archives have afforded lucrative benefits to those who had made use of the archive.

Here are some of their testimonies:

  1. The archives allow harvesting to past projects, activities
  2. Archives provide evidence of the historical development, and changes of the organization over time
  3. Archives document fully and preserve the character and identity of the organization. (Institutional Memory)
  4. Archives are preserved for cultural and historical reasons. (Archives tell our stories)
  5. Archives give an identity and integrity to an organization. (who we are, where we come from, our heritage)
  6. Archives give an identity and integrity to an organization. (who we are, where we come from, our heritage)
  7. Archives welcome requests for access for any use in displays (exhibitions), research, education, further publications and for illustrated talks (Public programs)

For more information and to access the archives please contact:

Mr. Simphiwe Yako | | Tel: +27(011)712 6518