This digital archive includes scans of each page of the 114 Lucy Lloyd |xam notebooks, 13 Lloyd !kun notebooks, 28 Wilhelm Bleek |xam notebooks and 32 Dorothea Bleek notebooks. It also includes Jemima Bleek’s !kun and Korana notebooks, and all the drawings and watercolours made by |han≠kass’o, Dia!kwain, Tamme, |uma, !nanni and Da. This represents the coming together of an archive dispersed across four institutions: the National Library of South Africa, Iziko South African Museum, the University of Cape Town and Unisa. The digital archive is accompanied by a 280000-word searchable index, cross-referenced and including notes and summaries for each of the stories listed.

The Bleek and Lloyd archive comprises material housed in a number of national and other collections, including the National Library of South Africa, Iziko South African Museum, the Western Cape Provincial Archives and Records Service, the University of Cape Town and Unisa. While Bleek’s descendants have donated or sold the bulk of the collection, mainly to UCT, several items, particularly objects, still remain with family members. A cupboard once belonging to Lucy Lloyd is owned by Pippa Skotnes.

The digital archive includes:

  • Lucy Lloyd’s |xam and !kun notebooks
  • Wilhelm Bleek’s |xam notebooks
  • Dorothea Bleek’s various notebooks
  • Jemima Bleek’s !kun and Korana notebooks
  • Drawings and watercolours made by |han≠kass’o, Dia!kwain, Tamme, |uma, !nanni and Da
  • Bleek’s !nusa dictionary
  • The |xam dictionary of Wilhelm Bleek and Lucy Lloyd
  • Photographs in the Bleek and Lloyd collection
  • Correspondence and other documents relating to the Bleek and Lloyd families
  • The Digital Bleek and Lloyd