Record Group MR-RT - Rivonia Trial

Identity area

Reference code

MR-RT

Title

Rivonia Trial

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Extent and medium

The database included entries for more than 60 institutions and more than 160 archival collections. In addition, the official trial record is not complete, with some files having been lost by the apartheid administration and others stolen from its custody.

Context area

Name of creator

(1999 -)

Administrative history

Archival history

Concentrated initial research, focused on major collections in South Africa, was conducted between May and November 2009.

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Content and structure area

Scope and content

The Rivonia Trial, arguably the most significant political trial in South African history, generated a vast archive, ranging from the official court records to media coverage of the trial. This database, and the records audit on which it is built, constitutes a first step towards documenting the archive. The need for the database was determined by the fragmentary and scattered nature of the archive.

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Accruals

This is a work in progress. We welcome additional information.

System of arrangement

Migrated from the Nelson Mandela Rivonia Trial Database (Jan-2019). Note the unique Reference ID: ### has been replaced by the chronological reference code MR-RT-# with the original Reference ID available in the Description identifier field.

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Description control area

Description identifier

mr-rt-3

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Dates of creation revision deletion

2019-01-18

Language(s)

  • English

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