Firefighters try to extinguish a fire in the Jagger Library, at the University of Cape Town. Photo by Rodger Bosch/AFP via Getty Images

A collection of African studies material, including important archival resources on anti-apartheid history and a large collection of African films are feared to have been lost to a wildfire that spread to the Cape Town University library, artnet reports.

The Jagger library’s African collections held more than 85,000 prized materials, which drew scholars from all over the world seeking important documents relating to anti-colonial and liberation movements all over Africa. 

Confirming the incident, the library’s executive director Ujala Satgoor cautioned against speculation over what may have been lost to the fires, which had spread from foothills of South Africa’s Table Mount. She also stated that the library’s reading room had been completely destroyed.

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