The Personal Archives category currently comprises 170 collections from and about individuals who were or are connected to southern Africa in the 20th and 21st century. These Personal Archives normally contain text and image documents. Often, they also include sound and/or film.
The Personal Archives contain i.a. private collections and estates from academics, researchers, collectors, journalists and politicians.
They further comprise a correspondence archive of a farmer’s family spanning several generations; various diaries by travellers, game hunters, and soldiers; the purchase and sales book of a wholesale merchant; the correspondence of a colonial official; and a postcard collection.