Uganda Digital Library of Documentary Heritage

Welcome to Uganda Digital Library of Documentary Heritage. Documentary heritage, in all its diversity is an important part of the heritage of human kind as a record of information, as a collection of sources of history, and artistic expressions and as an important part of recorded collective memory including orally transmitted tradition. Documentary heritage reflects the diversity of languages, peoples and cultures that forms a mirror of the world and its memory. Such heritage include written /printed, objects, books, maps, rare books, manuscripts, books, newspapers, etc), non-textual items (drawings, prints, maps, music. etc), local history collections, oral history, archives, manuscripts in the form of text, digital, microform and other forms of historical importance in connection with Africa that are in most cases kept in museums, libraries and archives. They are in such carriers as: paper, plastic, papyrus, parchment, and palm leaves, audiovisual items (films, discs, tapes, photographs), virtual items (websites and electronic documents).

In many cases this heritage is not known to or, accessed by the public, It is also now at risk of destruction from overuse, wrong handling, the elements as well as natural and man-made disasters. This has become evidenced by a number of disasters, ranging from accidental or deliberate displacement of holdings and collections, to the effects of wars, weather and climate, historical circumstances, political barriers, which all have a negative effect on the national heritage. Consequently, such memory becomes fragile and in most cases some irreplaceable parts of the memory disappear forever. Despite Uganda’s rich history, it is currently among those countries under-represented in the UNESCO Memory of the World (MoW) Registers. Uganda’s diversity in documentary heritage is of particular importance, as it allows the memories of different cultures and communities as a lasting source of history of societies and nationals and an agent for civilization change.


  • National Library of Uganda
  • Uganda National Archives

Communities in the Documentary Heritage Library Collection

Recently Added

  • NRM pubblication (NRM publication, 1986)
    This book contains the NRM ten-point programme which was formulated when the movement was still waging a people's struggle against the neo-colonial regimes.The ten point programme or areas which the regime pledged to cover ...
  • Uganda Survey, Land and Mines department (1959)
    This map of Masaka District, Buganda Province in the Uganda Protectorate (present-day Uganda) was issued by the Uganda Department of Lands and Surveys in 1959. It was compiled by the department from earlier maps and from ...
  • Uganda Survey, Land and Mines department (Entebbe: Uganda. Survey, Land, and Mines Department, 1945)
    This map of Mubende District, Buganda Province, Uganda Protectorate (present-day Uganda) was issued in 1945 by the Survey, Land and Mines Department of the protectorate. Uganda was a British protectorate from the 1890s ...
  • Bishop Stuart University (Bishop Stuart University, 2016)
    This is an artistic drawing as taken from the Vice Chancellors office at Bishop Stuart University, Mbarara March, 2016.
  • West, Henry W. (Entebbe: UPPC, 1965)
    The book traces the roots of customary land tenure in the region prior to British influence and explains the origins of the Baganda people and how land became a sensitive issue, because peasant occupancy rights were ignored ...

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