This collection documents the story of the Rapeport and Meyer family in South Africa. Towards the end of the 19th century, founder members emigrated to South Africa from Lithuania, Courland and Belarus. They include members of the Blieden, Gardner, Gitelzon, Kantor, Kurlansky, Meyer, Simson and Rapeport families. Most settled in the Transvaal Republic. Louis Rapeport settled in Calitzdorp, Cape Colony. Political and economic events shaped their lives in South Africa. Included are birth and death certificates, official documents outlining their arrival in South Africa, applications for naturalisation, wedding and general family photographs. Several images and newspaper articles highlight their involvement in the community and various business interests. An interesting addition to the collection is a certificate issued by the Historical Research Centre concerning the history of the Rapeport family name.