This digital publication is part of a Llarec project to digitise, research and publish the Bleek and Lloyd Archive. The Digital Bleek and Lloyd includes scans of every page of the 110 Lucy Lloyd |xam notebooks, 17 Lloyd (mostly) !kun notebooks and 28 Wilhelm Bleek |xam notebooks. It also includes Jemima Bleek's solitary Korana and !kun notebook and four Lloyd Korana notebooks in the Maingard collection of the Library at the University of South Africa, as well as Dorothea Bleek's 32 notebooks. All the drawings and watercolours made by |han≠kass'o, Dia!kwain, Tamme, |uma, !nanni and Da are also in the digital collection. The digital archive includes a 280 000-word searchable index, cross-referenced and including notes and summaries for each of the stories listed. Notes in italics are direct quotes from the reports of Bleek and Lloyd in which they detailed the progress of their research.
Llarec (the Lucy Lloyd Archive, Resource and Exhibition Centre) is part of the Centre for Curating the Archive, a University of Cape Town research centre directed by Pippa Skotnes and located at the Michaelis School of Fine Art. The initial "Digital Bleek and Lloyd" accompanied the publication "Claim to the Country: the Archive of Wilhelm Bleek and Lucy Lloyd" by Pippa Skotnes (2007), published by Jacana Media and Ohio University Press. Subsequently Jemima Bleek's and Dorothea Bleek's notebooks have been added, as well as the Digital Stow, featuring the rock art copies of George Stow. The search index and summaries have also been extended and currently the Bleek and Lloyd dictionaries are being digitised. Please refer to the CCA website at http://www.cca.uct.ac.za for updates.
The project has been made possible by funding provided by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and De Beers; and is the result of the cooperation of the four curating institutions: University of Cape Town, Unisa, Iziko South African Museum and The National Library of South Africa.
Scanning and retouching was done by Scan Shop and the Centre for Curating the Archive.
DVD and website developed by Hussein Suleman, Department of Computer Science, University of Cape Town.
Project team: Pippa Skotnes (director), Eustacia Riley, Thomas Cartwright, Cara van der Westhuizen and Fazlin van der Schyff.
Publication: Llarec, Centre for Curating the Archive, Michaelis School of Fine Art, University of Cape Town. www.cca.uct.ac.za
The Digital Bleek and Lloyd is associated with ARC: the Visual University and its Columbarium. www.arc.uct.ac.za