Collection NMAP 2022/03 - Barbara Masekela Collection

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ZA COM NMAP 2022/03


Barbara Masekela Collection


  • 1991 (Creation)

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1 Folder

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(18 July 1941-)

Biographical history

Political activist, academic and ambassador. Left South Africa in the 1960s and studied in Botswana, Swaziland and Ghana. Graduated with a BA from Ohio State University and was assistant professor of English literature at Staten Island Community College, New York, and then at Rutgers University, New Jersey, until 1982. Served as the chair of the US regional political committee of the African National Congress. Headed the ANC’s Department of Arts and Culture, 1983. Returned to South Africa in 1990 and was elected to the ANC National Executive Committee in 1991. Became Mandela’s personal assistant in 1990. Has served as South Africa’s Ambassador to the United States, France and UNESCO.

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Records donated by Barbara Masekela who served as the personal assistant to Nelson Mandela when he was the deputy president and then president of the African National Congress.

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Donated by Barbara Masekela to the Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory

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1 folder of textual documents consisting of faxes; invitations; lists of things to do; artwork catalogue; correspondence; draft agenda for NEC of 2 June 1992 and NWC of 10 June 1992 and handwritten notes, some in Mandela's handwriting, and some relating to Mandela's 13th Avenue, Houghton home.

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Textual documents

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QB 02/01

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Description created on 01 March 2022 by Myeka, Zandile




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