Our archive is a gathering point for materials pertaining to the making of South Africa’s Constitution. This ever-growing body of collections aims to offer researchers, students and the public searchable online access to reference materials which illustrate the myriad stages and processes of negotiation which culminated in the adoption of South Africa’s Constitution.
Core materials include the official collections from the National Archive and Record Services of South Africa (NARSSA), as well as those from institutions and individuals who participated in critical historical events in our history. These include landmark events such as the adoption of the Freedom Charter at Kliptown in 1955, the coming together of 19 parties at the Convention for a Democratic South Africa (CODESA) in 1991, the behind-the-scenes working of the Constitutional Assembly, and the debates and discussions relating to the establishment of the Constitutional Court. Our archive also houses material pertaining to the heritage site of Constitution Hill.