Collection 147 - Mary Benson Papers

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GB ULSOAS MR-RT-147

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Mary Benson Papers

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  • 1946 - 1974 (Accumulation)

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4 boxes ; Publications

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(1919-2000)

Biographical history

A friend of Mandela’s, Benson was a journalist, author, and anti-apartheid activist. After serving as an aide to various generals in World War II she settled in England. She returned to South Africa in 1957 and worked to raise funds for the defence of Mandela and 155 other accused in the Treason Trial. Mandela visited her in London on his clandestine trip
out of South Africa in 1962. Among her books is Mandela: The Man and the Movement (New York: W. W. Norton, 1986).

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The sections of the collection related to the Rivonia Trial are press cuttings concerning political protest, especially the Treason and Rivonia Trials c 1958-1962. Related collection also at Institute of Commonwealth Studies, London University.

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Unrestricted

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Unpublished handlist for the South African Materials Project (SAMP) arranged by MS number

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Collection available online - http://www.archiveshub.ac.uk

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