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Archival Research Inquiries

The Kaplan Centre Archive is home to one of the largest collections of historical material relating to Jewish life in South Africa.  Our archive contains personal papers as well as congregational and organisational records.

Though the archive is primarily for academic research, we are able to assist with inquiries relating to genealogy and family history.

The archive contains passenger arrival registers for the period between 1924 and 1929, as well as shipping manifests in digital format between 1890 and 1930. The archive does not hold any birth and death certificates, and only a small selection of marriage certificates from particular synagogues in the Western Cape.

Kaplan Centre archivist Katie Garrun is available to assist with research queries at KCarchivist@uct.ac.za.

Research and photocopying related to Lithuanian passport applications, as well as intensive genealogical research, is conducted on a fee-based schedule. For extensive research using our records, we will supply the contact details of an experienced independent researcher.

Rates and Fees:

Research assistance is billed at R200 per half hour. In addition, digital scans of documents are supplied at R100 per image. We provide certified copies at R250 per document.

For those in search of genealogical information, we recommend starting with the websites listed below:

The Jewish Board of Deputies Archive and Isie Maisels Library at the Beyachad in Raedene Johannesburg has substantial collections relating to the Jewish past in South Africa. For additional information, contact their archivist at archives@beyachad.co.za