Archives created in Asia and South Africa
9. Archives in Cape Town
archives in Cape Town are perhaps the best preserved of any
administration in the octrooigebied.
Because the Cape, like Ceylon, was an area where colonists
settled, in their structure the archives there bear a strong
resemblance to those in Colombo. They seem to be pretty well
organized. The short inventory compiled by Graham Botha gives
a good idea of the structure(17).
The archives of the Dutch administration consist of three
separate blocks: the archives from the Politieke
Raad (Council of Policy), those from the Raad
van Justitie, and those from the weeskamer.
When the inventory was compiled in 1918, important Dutch collections
were still housed in the Hooggerechtshof
(High Court), to wit the civil rolls of the Raad
van Justitie, or in the office of the Surveyor-General
(the landadministratie or
administration of land).
of the Raad van Justitie:the Counsil of Justice.
(click to enlarge)
The archives of the Politieke
Raad (Council of Policy) are the real government archives.
These consist of a series of both ordinary and secret resoluties
with series of annexes, series of incoming and outgoing letters,
one series of dagregisters,
a series of reports from diplomatic missions and expeditions
and ship's logs, registers of commissions and instructions,
muster-rolls, petitions, and various series of protocollen
van civiele akten heard before the court. There are
also a great many other series, most of which are characterized
by either greater or smaller lacunae. The archives of the
Politieke Raad also contain
a number of miscellaneous volumes and documents concerning
other establishments in the octrooigebied.
Very little to do with the book-keeping has survived. A few
miscellaneous remnants from the archives of other bodies have
been added to the archives of the Politieke
The archives of the Raad
van Jusititie are very large. However, a number of
the series contain fairly considerable gaps. The weeskamer
archives are also extensive.