n Mousaion - Exploiting cape colonial parliamentary publications

Volume 28, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0027-2639



The published documents produced by and for the Parliament of the Cape of Good Hope contain a mass of primary data and continue to be relevant to current research particularly in the humanities. Compete sets of documents were distributed widely to Colonial and other libraries. This paper offers techniques by which these sets of documents in libraries and archives may be accessed through the use of printed bibliographies and by means of electronic resources on the Internet. Future trends are mentioned. Recommendations include first and foremost the need to compile a comprehensive analytical bibliography providing subject analysis in addition to title listing, and secondly, the pressing need to make digital surrogates of these documents in view of the sadly deteriorated state of a large proportion of the printed originals and to enable the contents to be more conveniently consulted.

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