ARCHIVE DIGITAL CENTRE
At the time of the merger of the former Technikon Natal and ML Sultan Technikon to form what has now become the Durban University of Technology, probably the the largest single component of this process was the ex-Technikon Natal Archives collection which was housed in a space made available by the Library and under the responsibility of the library. The archival collection from ML Sultan was also located in the library. Other material from various departments that relocated as a result of the merger have also passed on material for the proposed archives. Due to space constraints at the time of the merger this complete collection has had to be reallocated without due consideration for safety and preservation of valuable resources. Since the end of 2007 the DUT Archives collection has been in storage in boxes and has largely been inaccessible. The historical significance and providing open access for some of these materials will contribute to the global knowledge as well as enhance DUT visibility and presence for many researchers.
The archive collection has never been part of the Library collection and is not catalogued or processed in any way. Many attempts were made over the years to get a more formal organization and arrangement for the Archives but none succeeded owing to the low priority given to such a matter in the face of many other challenges facing the institution. A draft DUT Archives policy was circulated in institutional committees during 2008 and 2009 for comment and has subsequently become a formal policy of the institution. It is hoped that the establishment of an archives and digital centre will finally result in the formalization and recognition of what is a very interesting, useful and historically significant collection.
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