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NMF_Desk_Calender_3_058

1 page of a printed desk calendar with handwritten notes covering the year of 1979. The calendar was used as a diary by Nelson Mandela while in prison and contains entries concerning matters such as visits, dreams, films, books, personal health and politics.

Mandela, Nelson Rolihlahla

Assorted Papers

The subseries consists of a 1990 diary given to him by JN and Radhi Singh, Methodist Church Sunday Service booklet and a file of assorted papers.

Mandela, Nelson Rolihlahla

CNA 1990 Diary

The item consists of a 1990 diary given to Mandela by JN and Radhi Singh when they visited him at Victor Verster Prison. Mandela made very few entries, and his last entry is on 13 January. He describes a group of ducks that had wandered into the house which served as his jail. Only the pages with writing on it has been digitised and the back and front cover and will be described in detail.

Mandela, Nelson Rolihlahla

NMF_File-15_082

Inside 2 pages of the 1990 CNA diary. List of one name and address. Handwriting unknown.

NMF_File-15_083

Inside 2 pages of the 1990 CNA diary. Mandela wrote on 1 January 1990

Mandela, Nelson Rolihlahla

NMF_File-15_084

Inside 2 pages of the 1990 CNA diary. Mandela wrote on 2 January 1990

Mandela, Nelson Rolihlahla

NMF_File-15_085

Inside 2 pages of the 1990 CNA diary. Mandela wrote on 13 January 1990

Mandela, Nelson Rolihlahla

NMF_File-15_088

Inside 2 pages of the 1990 CNA diary. List of two names and addresses. Handwriting unknown.

NMF_File-15_090

The back cover of the 1990 CNA diary.

Mandela, Nelson Rolihlahla

NMF_File-15_076

Inside 2 pages of the 1990 CNA diary.

Mandela, Nelson Rolihlahla

NMF_File-15_077

Inside 2 pages of the 1990 CNA diary. List of three names and addresses. handwriting unknown.

Unknown

NMF_File-15_078

Inside 2 pages of the 1990 CNA diary. List of five names and addresses. Handwriting unknown.

NMF_File-15_079

Inside 2 pages of the 1990 CNA diary. List of seven names and addresses. Handwriting unknown.

NMF_File-15_080

Inside 2 pages of the 1990 CNA diary. List of nine names and addresses. Handwriting unknown.

Lyrics of two songs

Handwritten by Laloo Chiba lyrics of two songs: That Lucky Old Sun [by Louis Armstrong] and Be Faithful Darling [Remember You’re Mine, Recorded by Pat Boone, written by Bernie Lowe and Kal Mann]. Reverse side - handwritten in pencil - calculations[?] by Mandela

Prisoner's cash

  • NMPP-PC-NMPP-PC-2009/5.2-5.2.8
  • subsubseries
  • 1982; 1985-1986
  • Part of Prison Collection

Various income and expenditure receipts and reconciliation sheets for Mandela

Letter from Matlata

3 pages of a letter written by Matlata [surname not included] to Mandela re update on family matters.

Matlata

Letter from F C Swart

Letter to Mandela from the Senior matron in Charge, Miss F C Swart, Volks Hospital thanking Mandela and his wife for the gift of a box of chocolates for the hospital staff.

Swart, F C

Letter from Isaac Amuah

Letter by Isaac Amuah to Mandela re update inter-alia on life in Boston, studies, award function in New York.

Amuah, Isaac

Mandela’s unpublished autobiographical manuscript written on Robben Island

Electronic files (MS Word - converted to PDF and jpeg) of Nelson Mandela's original autobiography written on Robben Island. It covers his life story from birth to about 1976. It was intended that the manuscript be published to mark Mr Mandela's 60th birthday in 1978 and help draw attention to the freedom struggle. The ANC leadership decided not to publish it. It later formed the basis for Mr Mandela's autobiography "Long Walk to Freedom".

Mandela, Nelson Rolihlahla

Childhood Days

Chapter 1 of the unpublished autobiography written on Robben Island in 1976, covering the period between his birth and his passage of rite into manhood.

Mandela, Nelson Rolihlahla

The heat rises

Chapter 10 of the unpublished autobiography written on Robben Island. It covers the period between 1956 and 1961 that had been omitted from earlier chapters.
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