Natalia has been published annually in Pietermaritzburg by the Natal Society since 1971. The journal publishes articles on the history (in the broadest sense) of KwaZulu Natal and continues to hold true to the early vision of the Natal Society when, in 1865, it stated its purpose as:
"The acquisition and preservation of information of local value and interest, and the general encouragement of habits of study, investigation and research".
The first editor of Natalia was historian and Deputy Vice Chancellor at the University of Natal, Professor Colin Webb.
The Natalia Editorial Review Committee includes established historians and writers who have published a wide variety of books, papers and articles on the history, languages, cultural traditions, buildings, geography, natural history and environmental conservation of the Province.
Submission of articles for Natalia:
The journal is published in December each year. Submissions of original manuscripts are invited and should be sent by e-mail to the Editor at email@example.com.
Please follow the Natalia style-guide document which can be downloaded here.
The annual deadline for manuscripts to be considered for publication in that year is the end of May. Articles may be submitted as e-mail attachments to the editor in MSWord or Rich Text Format. Factors affecting final publication include the quality of the manuscript, the associated peer review process, and the number of manuscripts which have already been accepted.
Back numbers of Natalia:
Printed copies of back numbers of Natalia are still available at R50 a copy except for the following numbers which are now out of print: 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 8, and 17. We also only have a few of the following left (the number of copies in parenthesis): 7(5), 12(7), 15(7), 20(6), 34(2). From No. 41 on, the journals cost R90 each.
If you would like to order the present issue or any back numbers please contact the NSF Administrator (firstname.lastname@example.org). Alternatively write to us: The Administrator, The Natal Society Foundation, PO Box 11093, Dorpspruit 3206, Pietermaritzburg, South Africa.
Download articles free of charge:
All numbers of Natalia have been digitised and converted into downloadable PDF files. Clicking on a volume in the column on the left will take you to the cover picture and the contents list for that volume. To download the article you want simply click on the underlined link.
In the belief that humankind can best advance through open access to information, this service is provided free of charge for personal use in research, teaching and private study. The year of publication and Natalia volume number appear at the foot of the first page of each PDF file for citation purposes.
For commercial use permission must be obtained in advance from the Administrator of the Natal Society Foundation at the contact details provided on this web-site.
The downloadable files for each volume are divided into the following PDF files:
- Front pages (including cover picture caption, and editorial) and end pages (recent KZN publications, Notes on contributors) combined in a single PDF file. If you select the
Editorial hot link, you are going to get the other bits and pieces as well!
- Main articles (separate PDF files)
- Notes and queries (usually a single PDF file)
- Obituaries (individual PDF files)
- Book reviews and notices (a single PDF file)
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