Much has been written about the history of the Eastern Cape and the indigenous people and settlers who first occupied and developed the region.
The Kowie Museum has an excellent collection of approximately 450 books which were recently catalogued and broadly classified by Gwynn Crothall in order to make the subject matter more accessible. This collection is available to researchers in the museum.
The subjects cover the history of the Eastern Cape in general and the 1820 Settlers, family histories, and hamlets and villages such as Southwell, Salem, Kasouga and Bathurst in particular.
There are also several small collections of books on South African culture, art and architecture, shells and marine life, shipwrecks, and historical monuments and museums.