MU joins South African preservation effort

Written by Muleskinner Staff

(COLUMBIA, Mo., AP) — The University of Missouri is teaming up with South African researchers to preserve historical records related to political prisoners at an infamous symbol of the apartheid era.
Missouri’s College of Education has signed a research agreement with the University of the Western Cape in Capetown and the Robben Island Museum. The island is where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned for most of his 27 years behind bars in the country he would later lead.
Missouri already works on several projects with the historically black university in South Africa, including a study-abroad program in the MU law school.
The new agreement will enlist archivists and research librarians from Missouri to help digitally preserve Robben Island documents for use by researchers worldwide.