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African Traditional Healers and psycotherapy

A photograph of part of a display of books, taken by Nompumelelo Prudence Kubheka, one of the speakers at the Analytical Psychology lecture – African traditional healers & psychotherapy, the merging of two worlds.


There are almost 4,000 print and audio-visual items in various Collections. Click on underlined words to see a list of each Collection’s contents. Prefixes indicate particular Collections. Books on Jungian psychology and complementary topics comprise the Main Collection. The broad range of subjects supported is listed here. Owing to the multi-topical nature of their contents, books are shelved alphabetically by the first four letters of the author or editor’s surname.

There is a considerable collection of books on child and adolescent psychology interspersed in the Main Collection, thanks to the professional members of the Cape Town Child & Adolescent Psychology Group who bring their expertise to bear on developing these areas.

Print Collections

The Reference Collection

These books are for use in the Library. They are marked with the prefix R. Two copies of Jung’s Red Book are kept in Reference; one of the copies may be borrowed under certain conditions.

The FM Collection

Collections of fairytales, folklore, myths and legends derived from countries and cultures all over the world are shelved alphabetically by compiler or editor in the FM section.

Hallway display of Library Collections

Hallway display of library collections

The General Collection

Relevant books in related fields such as Philosophy (G100), Comparative religion (G200), Sociology (G300) & Anthropology (G500) – particularly of Africa and Southern Africa – and a few books on Art (G700), are shelved in their broad subject groups.

The Journal Collection

Journal issues are shelved in a single stack in the Library, and are available for borrowing in the same way as books. The latest issues are kept on display in the Library for perusal, until replaced by a new issue.

Mantis Index

The print Index covers all issues since Vol. 1 no. 1, Spring 1988 to the current issue. Articles may be looked up in lists of Author, Title and Subject content.

The Pamphlet Collection

Ephemeral material such as articles, pamphlets, and booklets have been catalogued and shelved separately. Refer to the Librarian for retrieval.

Jung’s Writings

A set of the Collected Works (20 v.) is held as Reference works. Each volume has duplicates that may be taken out. Other writings by Jung, along with numerous edited compilations of Jung’s writings on various themes, are available to be borrowed. Jung’s letters and extended correspondence with noted figures also stand in this section.

Audio-visual Collections

SAAJA’s Analytical Psychology Lectures were recorded and put on to CD from 2008-2018. Additional talks on CD are purchased from overseas. See the complete list here.

We have a collection of recorded talks given by Julian David on CD.

The growing DVD Collection has mostly been sourced from overseas.