About us

The APC collects, preserves and conserves documents, manuscripts, papers, books, journals, tapes, videos, posters, artefacts and information on aspects of resistance to apartheid in the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands.

The APC is used by staff and students of the University of KwaZulu-Natal, researchers and visitors from all over the world, postgraduate and undergraduate students from other tertiary institutions in South Africa, scholars from local schools and members of the public from Pietermaritzburg and other areas of KwaZulu-Natal.

There is no entry fee. Use of documents is restricted in only a few instances, at the donor’s request.  School groups need to make a booking.  It is preferable for researchers to contact the APC in advance, so that the research material can be ready when they arrive.

Where to find us:

We are situated on the Pietermaritzburg campus, in Milner Road.  The Centre is a short walk away from the University Library, a shopping complex, internet café and B&B.


Opening hours

We are open from Monday to Friday 8:30 – 13:00 and by appointment in the afternoon from 14:00 to 16:30

We offer:

Reading room with lockers; video and tape facilities; access to collections and iLink; current photocopy rates; assistance with research; and a pleasant work environment.


us at:

The Alan Paton Centre & Struggle Archives
University of KwaZulu-Natal
Private Bag X01

South Africa

Tel (033)2605926; Fax (033)2606143