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A Blueprint of Fragments

Chapter 8 of the unpublished autobiography written on Robben Island. It covers the period from 1955 to 1960.

A Circle of Impressions

Chapter 7 of the unpublished autobiography written on Robben Island. It covers the period when Nelson Mandela was banned in the 1950s.

Around Mother Africa

Chapter 13 of the unpublished autobiography written on Robben Island. It covers Nelson Mandela's trip to various countries in Africa soliciting support for the armed struggle.

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

At College

Chapter 2 of the unpublished autobiography written in Robben Island. It covers the period when he attends secondary school, his expulsion from the University of Fort Hare until he runs away to escape an arranged marriage.

Attention: Col. van Aarde

  • ZA COM NMPP-PC-NMPP-PC-2009/6-NMF_Dcard_V1_035
  • Item
  • 1969-07-22
  • Part of Prison Collection

This item consists of a letter of 1 page written by Mandela to the Commanding officer of Robben Island, Colonel van Aarde requesting permission to attend the funeral of his son, Thembekile.

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

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Chapter 1 of the unpublished autobiography written on Robben Island in 1976, covering the period between his birth and his passage of rite into manhood.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

Days of Commitment

Chapter 4 of the unpublished autobiography written on Robben Island. It covers the period of his burgeoning political involvemnt, the formation of the ANC Youth League until the beginning of the Defiance Campaign of 1952.

Donald Card Collection

  • ZA COM NMPP-PC-NMPP-PC-2009/6
  • Subseries
  • 1969-02-04 - 1971-04-01
  • Part of Prison Collection

Two hardcover exercise books containing handwritten drafts of letters from Nelson Mandela to family, friends, and the authorities; and 1 loose sheet with record of family visits.

Mandela, Nelson Rolihlahla

In Johannesburg

Chapter 3 of the unpublished autobiography written on Robben Island. It covers the period when he arrives in Johannesburg until he meets Walter Sisulu and Gaur Radebe and joins the African National Congress

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

Letter from Matlata

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

Matlata

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