Guide to the Cory Library Card Catalogues
Cory Library has several card catalogues for retrieval of older material not yet transferred to the online catalogue. Specialist catalogues were compiled by previous Cory Library staff , as well as successive years of Library and Information Science (LIS) students at Rhodes. We suggest searching through the card catalogues as well as on the OPACs.
Author / Title catalogue
Covers mainly published material held in Cory.
A useful guide to books, documents, some periodical articles and maps; also family names.
Manuscripts and Documents Catalogue
Manuscripts (MS) and printed documents (PR) include mainly personal documents such as diaries, autobiographies, family histories and farmers' diaries, and well as material from churches, local political and non-governmental organisations, business and professional bodies, service clubs and education institutions.
Grahamstown Journal (GTJ) Index
This index covers 1831-1920, the run of the newspaper before being absorbed by Grocotts Penny Mail. This index is alphabetical by surname containing notices for births, marriages and deaths, as well as events relevant to local citizens, such as voter registration. It covers mainly Grahamstown but also Lower Albany, Fort Beaufort, King William’s Town, Peddie, Queenstown and environs.
Note: Many entries are in full, so the fragile newspapers do not need to be consulted.
Grocott’s Mail Index
Covering 1955-1965. It is arranged by surname and subject.
Eastern Province Herald
Covers 1845-1960. Arranged by surname.
Cape Monthly Magazine
Covers the 1870s and is sorted by author, and separately, by title.
Annals of the Grahamstown Historical Society
The index covers 1972-1989. There is a useful index to illustrations at the back.
From 1906-1946. Omitted 1906-1943: Office bearers in sports clubs, team members, details of matches, plays, names of performers and producers, some debating society speakers. From 1944, all references to individuals are indexed. The index was compiled by Miss AC Dick, a Library and Information Science lecturer.
This covers Cory Library holdings of mainly 1800s periodicals. Arranged by title.
The catalogue is subdivided into: alphabetical; area classification (e.g.: Midlands, Border Area); by cartographer, and a listing of our old 1:50 000 topographical series maps for South Africa.
This includes art, photographs and other pictorial works, arranged by surname as well a wide variety of subjects.
Eastern District Court (EDC) and Salem Baptisms
Covers the period 1862-1871. These two series are in one catalogue as entries often refer to the same person. Arranged by surname, it includes Jury lists.
From 1815 onwards, referring to obituaries published in the British and South African Methodist Church Minutes of Conference.
Selective entries for baptisms, marriages and burials for the following places: Aliwal North, Bathurst, Bell, Chalmers, Peddie, Colesberg, Fort Hare, Ely, Auckland, Keiskamma Mouth, Somerset East, Graaff-Reinet and Grahamstown (St George’s Cathedral and Christ Church). A more comprehensive listing is the Guide to Church Registers found in the Genealogy reading room. These are arranged by place, denomination and individual church. The registers are available on request from the librarians.
Cory Biographical Notes
This useful index has been compiled from a variety of sources in the Cory Library, compiled by various library staff over many years. Arranged by surname.
Registers of Documents
These printed accessions registers are available on request and are the key for searching specific collections. The bulk of the earlier collections have been included in the National Register of Manuscripts (NAREM).