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About the Archives


The material at the University Archives reveals the origin and development of the University from 1910 when the Natal University College (NUC) was established, through the years of the former University of Natal (1949-2003), to the present day University of KwaZulu-Natal. In 2004, the University of Natal merged with the University of Durban-Westville to form the University of KwaZulu-Natal.


The collection covers both the Pietermaritzburg (PMB) and Durban campuses (Howard College and Medical School) and more recently publications from the Edgewood and Westville campuses.


The University Archives collects, appraises, organises and preserves unique and historical records, reflecting the history of the University from the time that it was established. It serves as the official memory of the University and consists of a wide variety of materials. The Archives preserves and ensures the accessibility of records of permanent value. The Archives aims to provide an effective and efficient information service to patrons.