California Donors William and Yvonne Jacobson grant for UCT Digital Africana Program

Alumnus William Jacobson’s pledge for the William and Yvonne Jacobson Digital Africana Program at UCT Library Collections.

Mr. and Mrs. Jacobson have committed to a five year pledge totalling $15,000.00 to support a collaborative with Stanford University in California and the University of Cape Town’s Digital Library.

2010 Annual Progress Report

About the Jacobson Digital Africana Program

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The William and Yvonne Jacobson Digital Africana Program is an attempt to place major collections of antique African maps and documents on connected web sites, for any historian, student or curious reader, anywhere in the world to view in detail on their personal computers or other electronic reading devices, and compare rare images from different times and origins.

The program is the outgrowth of contributions and research by William Jacobson, a graduate of University of Cape Town (B.Com, LLB, 1958) and Stanford University, California (MBA, 1960). He collaborated with Stanford to acquire the Oscar I. Norwich collection, and build one of the largest and deepest antique African map collections in the United States.

The Jacobson Africana Program has assisted Stanford University digitize rare maps and documents from the 15th to the 20th centuries, and supports a joint initiative between Stanford University Libraries and UCT Libraries, whereby both libraries’ antique documents are digitized and available on each other’s websites, together with materials from other sites around the world.

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