The Nelson Mandela Foundation has in its custody an archive of the life and time, works and writings of its Founder, the late Mr. Nelson Mandela. The physical collections include the handwritten papers, official records and unique artefacts from the personal archive of Nelson Mandela in addition to records from the Office of Nelson Mandela after his retirement as President of South Africa in 1999, and the records of related significant organisations and individuals.

It is the NMF’s imperative to document this vast resource, facilitate access to it, and promote its preservation and use. This site contains the archival descriptions, finding aids and many of our digitised items. More material will be added over time.

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Private and Personal Papers


Mandela Materials Database

Nelson Mandela Tributes