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On 13 October 2008, during a departmental Colloquium of the Department of Music, DOMUS archivist Santie de Jongh introduced her new national database of music archives and special document collections. De Jongh started to develop the database in 2007 as a master’s degree project at Stellenbosch University. She spent two years corresponding with institutions across the country and doing field trips to various libraries and museums to gather information. Her studies were financially supported by DOMUS and the South African Music Archive Project (SAMAP), based at the University of Kwazulu-Natal.



Research on South African musical materials is hampered by the inaccessibility of primary sources. Not only are archives spread across a vast geographical area, but until De Jongh’s groundbreaking work no nationally coordinated database has existed to locate materials or to ascertain the status of such materials. The database already lists 569 collections from 38 institutions across 7 provinces, and will be maintained and continually expanded by DOMUS eventually to include provincial, local and private collections. It is hoped that this development will stimulate research on neglected materials, as well as raise awareness of preservation concerns regarding many collections.
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