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Mandela’s unpublished autobiographical manuscript written on Robben Island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Chapter 1 of the unpublished autobiography written on Robben Island in 1976, covering the period between his birth and his passage of rite into manhood.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

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

To Hemarie Vehalie Aminabehn [Amina Cachalia]

  • ZA COM NMPP-PC-NMPP-PC-2009/6-NMF_Dcard_V1_017
  • Item
  • 1969-04-08
  • Part of Prison Collection

This item consists of a letter of 2 pages written by Mandela to Amina Cachalia. The letter is addressed to "Hemarie Vehalie Aminabehn" which means "our dear sister Amina" in Gujarati.

Mandela, Nelson Rolihlahla

To My dear Niki [Niki Iris Xaba]

  • ZA COM NMPP-PC-NMPP-PC-2009/6-NMF_Dcard_V1_027
  • Item
  • 1969-07-15
  • Part of Prison Collection

This item consists of a letter of 2 pages written by Mandela to his sister-in-law Niki Iris Xaba about the detention of Winnie Madikizela-Mandela.

Mandela, Nelson Rolihlahla

To Dade Wethu [Winnie Madikizela-Mandela]

  • ZA COM NMPP-PC-NMPP-PC-2009/6-NMF_Dcard_V1_051
  • Item
  • 1969-11-16
  • Part of Prison Collection

This item consists of a letter of 4 pages written by Mandela to Winnie Madikizela-Mandela discussing her upcoming trial.

Mandela, Nelson Rolihlahla

To My dear Tshezi [Adelaide Mase]

  • ZA COM NMPP-PC-NMPP-PC-2009/6-NMF_Dcard_V1_049
  • Item
  • 1969-11-03
  • Part of Prison Collection

This item consists of a letter of 2 pages written by Mandela to Mrs Adelaide Mase discussing Tembi's funeral and other matters.

Mandela, Nelson Rolihlahla

NMF_Dcard_V1_102.jpg

  • ZA COM NMPP-PC-NMPP-PC-2009/6-NMF_Dcard_V1_101-102
  • page
  • 1970-08-01
  • Part of Prison Collection

Page 2 of a letter written by Nelson Mandela to Duggie Lukhele

Mandela, Nelson Rolihlahla

To our dear ma [Mrs S M Molema]

  • ZA COM NMPP-PC-NMPP-PC-2009/6-NMF_Dcard_V1_107
  • Item
  • 1970-08-31
  • Part of Prison Collection

This item consists of a letter of 2 pages written by Mandela to Mrs. SM Molema

Mandela, Nelson Rolihlahla

To Heit my bla [Makgatho Mandela]

  • ZA COM NMPP-PC-NMPP-PC-2009/6-NMF_Dcard_V1_111
  • Item
  • 1970-08-31
  • Part of Prison Collection

This item consists of a letter of 2 pages written by Mandela to his son Makgatho Mandela

Mandela, Nelson Rolihlahla

NMF_Smuggled_Letter_2_002.jpg

This item consists of a letter written by Nelson Mandela to the legal firm of Seedat Pillay & Co. that was smuggled out of Robben Island Prison. Mandela wished to appoint the firm to act on his behalf in legal proceedings against the Department of Prisons. Since the authorities refused to allow him contact with his attorneys, he had to use this "illegal" method to seek legal representation.

Mandela, Nelson Rolihlahla

Letter to Kofi Annan [un001.jpg]

Page 1 of 2 of a letter written by Nelson Mandela to Kofi Annan, Secretary General of the United Nations re the Burundi Peace Mission.

Mandela, Nelson Rolihlahla

Notebooks and Notes

  • ZA COM NMPP 2009/8
  • Series
  • 1990 - 2001
This series consists of 28 notebooks, 11 folders of notes written on a variety of sheets of paper, in notebooks and diaries by Nelson Mandela. It also includes 2 diaries kept by his secretaries.
It contains Nelson Mandela’s handwritten notes from the time of his release until his retirement from politics. There are also desk diaries from the Presidential period. It documents deliberations, personal thoughts, important meetings with heads of state, ANC meetings and communication with comrades, formal and informal discussion with people from all walks of life. Also included are notes received from other people by Mr Mandela.

Mandela, Nelson Rolihlahla

Codesa_N_003.jpg

A ‘while you were out’ slip which contains a message that Cde Tambo is on the line.

Mandela, Nelson Rolihlahla

We Defy : 10,000 volunteers protest against 'unjust laws'

  • ZA COM MR-S-005
  • Item
  • Aug-52
  • Part of Speeches

Occasion -Statement of the Campaign's aims
Summary - This statement focuses on the support by masses of volunteers from all races for the first stages of the Defiance of Unjust Laws Campaign. It also reiterates the main aims of the Campaign: to oppose an unjust system and struggle for freedom for non-Europeans.

Mandela, Nelson Rolihlahla

Message to the second national consultative conference of the ANC

  • ZA COM MR-S-014
  • Item
  • June 1985
  • Part of Speeches

This message, from the leaders in Pollsmoor and Robben Island prisons, and signed on their behalf by Nelson Mandela, was read to the Conference and later presented to a press conference in Lusaka on 25 June 1985 by the President of the ANC, Oliver Tambo.

Mandela, Nelson Rolihlahla

Nelson Mandela's address to rally in Cape Town on his release from prison

  • ZA COM MR-S-016
  • Item
  • 11 February 1990
  • Part of Speeches

First public speech by Mandela in 27 years, after his release from prison. Mandela ends this address with a quote from his speech from the dock given at Rivonia trial in 1964. Note he is quoting from the prepared speech and not as he actually delivered at the trial. Both the verbatim and prepared speeches are reproduced.

Mandela, Nelson Rolihlahla

Mandela emphasises commitment to peace

  • ZA COM MR-S-018
  • Item
  • 13 February 1990
  • Part of Speeches

Press conference given to local and foreign journalists by Nelson Mandela on his release from prison

Mandela, Nelson Rolihlahla

Nelson Mandela's address to rally in Durban

  • ZA COM MR-S-020
  • Item
  • 1990-02-25
  • Part of Speeches

Occasion: First address in Durban after his release from prison
Presentation notes:
Text in CAPITALS indicates where the address was delivered in Zulu. Pangas referred to in the text are machetes, widely used in Natal's sugar growing areas for cutting cane. Rev. John Langalibelele Dube, first President of the ANC and Pixley ka Isaka Seme, ANC founder member and its President between 1930-7, are referred to in paragraph 5. The "1986 Indaba solution" was a proposal for a change in the structure of regional government in Natal "Asinamali", means we have no money, and was a slogan of the 1983 campaign against rent increases in Durban townships.

Mandela, Nelson Rolihlahla

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