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Research sources for Jewish (music) studies

For researchers on (South African) Jewish music, the following resources may be useful:

African Jewish Congress

Black Jews of Southern Africa

Department of Religious Studies, University of Cape Town

Documentation Centre for Music (DOMUS)

Faith Communities and apartheid

International Jewish Cemetery Project: South Africa

Jewish Chabad-Lubavitch Centres in South Africa

Jewish Communities of the World: Jewish South Africa

Jewish Currents

Jewish Genealogy Blog

Jewish Geneology Main Site

Jewish Photo Library

Jewish Research in South Africa (Ancestry24)

Jewish South African SIG (Special Interest Group)

Jewish Women’s Archive

Kaplan Centre, University of Cape Town

Music, Memory and Migration in the Post-Holocaust Jewish Experience-Pro

South Africa: Jewish Family History Research Guide

South African Holocaust and Genocide Foundation

South African Jewish Board of Deputies (SAJBD)

South African Jewish Museum

South African Jewish Year Book Database

South African Union for Progressive Judaism


Tikvath Israel Congregation

Witbank Jewish Community


The South African Music Literature Collection


In a collaborative effort, the Department of Library Services of the University of Pretoria and the Documentation Centre for Music (DOMUS) at the University of Stellenbosch are currently compiling a database of music-related articles from South African cultural journals. The web-publication of these articles, together with comprehensive metadata, are being made available on the institutional repository, UPSpace (temporarily available at http://www.up.ac.za/dspace/handle/2263/2771), under the collection name, South African Music Literature. Links to and from the DOMUS homepage (http://www.domus.ac.za) will be provided.

Initially, this database was an adjunct to Annemie Stimie’s research for a masters’ thesis entitled Cosmopolitanism in early Afrikaans music historiography, 1910-1948 (concluded in 2010). A large proportion of early contributions to the South African music discourse can be found in the Afrikaans cultural journals and newspapers that this thesis introduces. Some publications that also appear in the South African Music Literature Collection include Die Brandwag (1910-1922), Die Huisgenoot (1914-1950), Die Nuwe Brandwag (1929-1933) and Die Brandwag (1937-1950). Despite these texts’ historical and cultural value, there is still no complete bibliography available that could ensure access to it. This database creates thus a platform to compile such a bibliography while it also opens the material for researchers to access freely. With these Afrikaans texts as a starting point, there exists the potential and the vision to expand the database project to include music-related articles in other South African languages that appeared during the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.

This database thus uncovers and presents a historically important body of writings about music that have been inaccessible up to the present time.


To promote research of music and culture in South Africa through providing complete bibliographies of music-related articles in general magazines and newspapers, as well as digitising these articles and making it universally accessible on the internet. Since the digitisation of articles and documents lends wider accessibility to primary research material, this project will open these materials to future researchers on a platform where information will be freely available and fully searchable.

(Annemie Stimie)

Database of South African Music Collections

A lack of funding, staff shortages, and time constraints in the archives, libraries and document centres environment are all factors that inhibit research. A South African music collections database was compiled to address these issues and to stimulate research on South African materials in South Africa and internationally. By collating information on special music collections in South Africa and in an effort to cover the widest possible spectrum in music research, the database provides the location and status of documents and collections. The database can be accessed via the Documentation Centre for Music (DOMUS) Website.