Underrepresented communities: including the Portuguese community in South Africa’s historiography and archival heritage

  • Antonio Rodrigues Department of Information Science, University of South Africa
Keywords: Under-documented communities, social history, community archiving, immigrant archives, archives management, records management, South African-Portuguese community


This research article emanates from a doctoral study which investigated the potential inclusion of the records generated by South African Portuguese community-based organisations into a workable archival collecting initiative of the community. The specific purpose of this article is to report on the current status of underrepresentation of the Portuguese community in South Africa’s contemporary social historiography and the community’s interrelated underrepresentation in the country’s archival heritage. Based on the situation outlined, the article goes on to advocate for the need to broaden representation by incorporating the records generated by local Portuguese community-based organisations into the archival heritage of South Africa.

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