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Private and Personal Papers

  • ZA COM NMPP 2009/7
  • Series
  • c1930-2007
This series is divided into 2 subseries:
I: Nelson Mandela’s 3 passports, including his first legal passport, which was issued on 19 February 1990.
II: A copy of the death certificate of Mandela’s mother, Fanny Nosekeni Mandela and 6 Methodist church membership cards (Sunday School).

Mandela, Nelson Rolihlahla

Luyolo Stengile Collection, 1938, Healdtown: [8 Photographic Prints]

Photos of Healdtown College. In the Class photograph are, among others: Nelson Mandela (back row, fifth from the right), Myrtle Workman (white woman), Rev. Arthur Wellington (next to Myrtle), Rev. S. M. Mokitimi (next to Wellington), Jane Methola (next to Mokitimi) and Gilbert Nzimani (behind Mokitimi).

Stengile, Luyolo

Mayibuye Archives, 1940s-1960s, South Africa: [Set of 52 still images]

Collection of historical photographs held by the Mayibuye Archives: Yusuf Dadoo and Joe Slovo in a march in London, 1963, in response to increasing repression against apartheid in South Africa and the arrest of Nelson Mandela and other comrades; Mandela with members of the National Liberation Front of Algeria in 1962; Mandela posing for a photo with Batshaka Cele, a relative of Winnie Madikizela Mandela.

Mayibuye Archives

Jürgen Schadeberg series, 1950s, Johannesburg: [4 photographic prints]

Four prints depicting Nelson Mandela in his law office, standing behind his desk and with documents in his hand; Mandela with Ruth First at the ANC Conference in Bloemfontein, with ANC President JS Moroka and Yusuf Dadoo during the Defiance Campaign Trials, Mandela leaving court during the Treason Trial

Schadeberg, Jürgen

Kholvad House ,1953, Johannesburg: [Set of 4 still images]

Photographs were taken on the rooftop of flat number 13 Kholvad House, 27 Market Street, Johannesburg. The group photo is with from L to R: Yusuf Cachalia (SAIC), DU Mistry (SAIC), Dan Tloome (SACTU/ANC), Goolam Pahad (SAIC), OR Tambo (ANC), David Bopape (Transvaal ANC), Molvi Cachalia (SAIC).

Shore, Herbert

Abdul Bham Collection

  • ZA COM NMAP 2014/7
  • Series
  • c1954-1980s
The collections consists of documents, memorial booklets, pamphlets, photographs and musical sheets of struggle songs. It includes a letter signed by Walter Sisulu and appendices, from the National Action Council of the Congress of the People; several photographs taken during Nelson Mandela's trip through Africa in 1962, in Morroco.

African National Congress (ANC)

Motsamayi Mpho Collection

  • ZA COM NMAP 2009/29
  • Series
  • ca. 1956 - 1995
The collection is made up of copies of material from Motsamayi Mpho and his participation in the struggle for liberation in South Africa. The collection has the rare 1950s and early 60s collection of newspaper clippings amongst which is a photo of Nelson Mandela in Tunisia and Ethiopia. There are copies of private correspondence. The collection has been organised in the following categories: correspondence, Women's Anti pass Campaign, speeches, pamphlets and publications.

Mpho, Motsamayi

Maniben Sita Collection

  • ZA COM NMAP-2009/1
  • Series
  • 1957-1964

Sita’s 1963 diary, with additional entries from 1962. Also includes leaflets: “The Group Areas Act & Mr. Nana Sita” (1964?), SA Indian Congress, London; and pamphlets: “I Accuse!” Speeches to court by Nelson Mandela, 1962-1963 trial (origin unknown); “South Africa’s Treason Trial” (1957), “Afrika!” Publications, Johannesburg.

Sita had concealed these documents in a cushion to avoid them being confiscate during raids by the security police at her family home. In 2008, Sita gifted the cushion to Mandela for his 90th birthday stating on an accompanying note that he will find the contents of the cushion interesting. When the gift was received, the cushioned was unstitched revealing the documents.

Sita, Maniben

Judge Thumba Pillay Collection

  • ZA COM NMAP 2010/9
  • Series
  • 1959-01-01 - 1979-12-31
This series consists of two letters smuggled out of Robben Island in 1977. Mac Maharaj gave them to Judge Thumba Pillay of legal firm of Pillay Seedat & Co. The letters are written by Nelson Mandela and Ahmed Kathrada, both of them wishing to appoint the firm to act on their behalf in legal proceedings against the Department of Prisons. Since the authorities refused contact with their attorneys, they had to use this "illegal" method to seek legal representation. The collection includes an envelope that Judge Pillay had posted addressed to his law firm. He did this in the event that the Security Police questioned him about how he received the letters, he would be able to prove that they were posted anonymously to him.
A second donation of Judge Thumba Pillay contains correspondence and documents (mainly copies) pertaining to the case of Mandela vs Minister of Prisons.

Mandela, Nelson Rolihlahla

Anti-Apartheid Movements, The Netherlands

  • ZA COM NMAP 2012/68
  • Series
  • 1960s-1990s
Mandela- and ANC-related materials from the former Anti-Apartheid Movements in the Netherlands. Included is a large collection of digital photos from the Solomon Mahlangu Freedom College (ANC) in Tanzania, as well as some other ‘ANC in exile’ photos, documents, t-shirts, and other memorabilia. The materials were created by the ANC, IDAF, and others.

Anti-Apartheid Movement, Netherlands

Anonymous Photo Donation

  • ZA COM NMAP 2009/75
  • Series
  • 1960s-1990s
This collection consists of 12 photographs taken over a period of time, created by several photographers and used by The Sowetan newspaper in South Africa.

Unknown

Mozambican order of arrest

  • ZA COM NMAP 2010/11
  • Series
  • 1961-10-27
Copies of documents of the Governor of Lourenço Marques, Mozambique, and one photo of Mandela, stuck on black cardboard.
In Portuguese. English translation available.

Unknown

Bob Hepple Collection

  • ZA COM NMAP-2013/1
  • Series
  • 1964
Includes 4 textual items: copy of article "Rivonia: The Story of Accused no. 11 by Bob Hepple, reprinted from Social Dynamics 30:1 (2004); Note by Hepple (papers listed in the note were not received); Document Rivonia Trial - Mandela's comment on evidence of Walter Sisulu and copy of letter by Sisulu to Hepple; Programme of ANC 70th anniversary concert, London. Includes Cantata in homage of Mandela.

Hepple, Bob

George Bizos Collection

  • ZA COM NMAP 2010/01
  • Series
  • 1962 - 2010
Manuscript of the book 'Apartheid's Justice' by George Bizos, including correspondence and research materials. A draft of Joel Joffe's book 'The Rivonia Story' is included.

Bizos, George

Project Mandela – Documentary

  • ZA COM NMPP 2010/27
  • Series
  • 1962 - 1990
Documentary on Nelson Mandela's struggle against apartheid. Comprises Nelson Mandela's 1962 interview, comments by Barbara Masekela and Neil Barnard, Nelson Mandela's initiative to start negotiations with the Apartheid government, transfer to Pollsmoor and Victor Verster, Nelson Mandela turning down Botha's offer of conditional release read by Zindzi, Anti-Apartheid campaign, and his release from prison.

MNET

Warrants of Committal - Nelson Mandela

  • NMAP 2010/07
  • Series
  • 1962-11-07 - 1964-06-12
Following Nelson Mandela’s sentencing on 7 November 1962, the Pretoria Magistrates Court issued a warrant committing him to prison for five years.
He had been convicted and sentenced that day to three years for on charges of “inciting to trespass laws” (to strike) and two for leaving South Africa without a passport. It was stipulated that the two sentences were to run consecutively.
The second Warrant of Committal was issued by the Transvaal Provincial Division of the Supreme Court of South Africa on June 12, 1964, the same day the judge handed down a sentence of life imprisonment for Mr Mandela and his colleagues, who was convicted on four counts of sabotage in the Rivonia Trial.
The first two counts were for contravening Section 21(1) of the General Laws Amendment Act (Sabotage Act) No. 76 of 1962; the third in contravention of Section 11(a), read with Sections 1 and 12 of Act No. 44 of 1950; and the fourth was for contravening Section 3(1) (6), read with Section 2 of Act No. 8 of 1953 (as amended).

Supreme Court of South Africa

Ahmed Kathrada Collection

  • ZA COM NMAP-2009/3
  • Series
  • 1963 to 1964
Consists of an annotated and signed copy of Mandela’s speech from the dock and carbon copy of the charge sheet from the Rivonia Trial, The State vs Mandela and others.

Kathrada, Ahmed Mohamed (Kathy)

Lionel Shapiro Collection, 1964, Pretoria: [Set of 7 still images]

The photos are taken on 12 June 1964, the day of the verdict in the Rivonia Trial. Lionel Shapiro took the photos whilst studying at Wits and taking pictures once a week for the student paper. Nelson Mandela leaving court in a prison van, protestors, Winnie Mandela and Mandela's mother.

The collection consists of 4 photographs - LS001: Winnie Mandela and Mandela's mother, Nosekeni leaving court; LS002: June Mlangeni leaving the court; LS003: The trialists leaving court after the sentencing in a prison van. Mandela is the first person on the left in the van; and LS004: A supporter outside the court with placard "We are proud of our leaders".

Shapiro, Lionel

Afrapix Collective, 1980s, South Africa: [Set of 23 Still Images]

Afrapix was a documentary photographers' collective established by a small group of black and white photographers and political activists in 1982. It played a seminal role in the development of a socially informed school of documentary photography in apartheid South Africa. The group produced some of the most compelling photographic statements on apartheid and the popular uprising in the 1980s.Some nine photographers are represented in this small collection.

Cobbins, Julian

Sahm Venter Collection

  • ZA COM NMAP 2009/14
  • Series
  • 1984 to 2000
Documents accumulated by Sahm Venter from ca. 1984-2002 as part of her work as a journalist as well as a dedicated political activist during the struggle for liberation in South Africa. The documents have been categorised and arranged by the following subjects or formats:
Personal papers
Organisations / Community based organisations
Court cases, Petitions and Appeals
Speeches and writings
Universities
Publications.

Venter, Sahm

Zindzi Mandela reading her father's speech in Jabulani Stadium, 1985.02.10, Soweto: [Still image]

Nelson Mandela's daughter Zindzi Mandela reads out his father's rejection letter, the 'My father says' speech, to a mass gathering in Jabulani Stadium, Soweto. This was when the then State President PW Botha offered Nelson Mandela his freedom on condition that he 'unconditionally rejected violence as a political weapon'.

Zwi, Morris

Mells Park Talks - ANC Notes

  • ZA COM NMAP 2010/21-1
  • Series
  • 1987 to 1990
Copies of notes taken by Tony Trew of the secret meetings which took place between the ANC and the apartheid government at Mells Park, United Kingdom.

Trew, Tony

Jack Swart Collection

  • ZA COM NMAP 2012/32
  • Series
  • 1988 to 2012
Jack Swart was Mr Mandela's warder and chef from 7 Dec 1988 to 11 Feb 1990 at Victor Verster Prison. This collection includes notes by Mandela to Swart, correspondence, photographs, recipes and menus of the food Swart cooked for Mandela, and a manuscript of Swart's life story in Afrikaans. It includes a video clip of the drive from the Victor Verster House to the prison gates that Mandela would have taken on 11 Feb 1990 when he was released.

Swart, Jack

Local Authorities Against Apartheid – Netherlands

  • ZA COM NMAP 2010/32
  • Series
  • 1988-07-12 to 1988-07-13
Letter of LOTA (Lagere Overheden Tegen Apartheid-- Anti-Apartheid Local Authorities) to Nelson Mandela to congratulate him on his 70th birthday and to inform him of the founding of LOTA.

Lagere Overheden Tegen Apartheid (LOTA)

Nelson Mandela and P.W. Botha's secret meeting, South Africa: [Still image]

Nelson Mandela's secret meeting with President P.W. Botha. From l to r: General Williamsen, Nelson Mandela, Neil Barnard, Pres. Botha and Kobie Coetsee. Only photograph of the meeting that took place on 5 July 1989. Other people in the photo are General Johan Willemse (Commissioner of Prisons), Niel Barnard (Head of National Intelligence), and Hendrik "Kobie" Coetsee (Minister of Justice).

Ehlers, Ters

Good Cheer Mandela (Jindabad Mandela)

  • ZA COM NMAP-2013/2
  • Series
  • 1990
Song written in Bengali for Mandela's visit to Kolkata (Calcutta), India, 1990. Includes English translation by Dr. Nripen Dutta Baruah.

Hazarika, Bhupen

Anthony Sampson Audio Collection

  • ZA COM NMAP 2012/60
  • Series
  • 1990s[?]
Copies of 2 interviews of Nelson Mandela by Anthony Sampson.

Sampson, Anthony

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

Resolution of Oakland City Council, 1990

  • ZA COM NMAP 2011/37
  • Series
  • 1990-02-20
Resolution of Oakland City Council reaffirming support for comprehensive sanctions against apartheid and declaring End Apartheid Week March 5-11, 1990.

Oakland City Council

Peter Magubane Collection II

  • ZA COM NMAP 2010/18
  • Series
  • 1990-03-02
Photo slide show produced by Peter Magubane: Madiba – 20 days after release.

Magubane, Peter

Goldstone Commission of Inquiry Collection

  • ZA COM 11
  • Series
  • 1991-1994
Judge Richard Goldstone was appointed as chair of the Commission of Inquiry Regarding the Prevention of Public Violence and Intimidation in Ocotber 1991 by President F W de Klerk, to investigate political violence and intimidation that occurred between July 1991 and the 1994 general election that ended apartheid in South Africa. It became known as the Goldstone Commission.

Goldstone, Richard Joseph

Hassen Ebrahim Collection

  • ZA COM NMAP 2015/51
  • Series
  • 1991-01-01 - 1998-12-31
Digital and textual records of the Transitional Executive Council (TEC), the Conference for a Democratic South Africa (CODESA) and the Constitutional Assembly collected by Ebrahim

Ebrahim, Hassen

Len Sak Cartoons

  • ZA COM NMAP 2011/13
  • Series
  • 1991 to 1994
Copies of Len Sak Cartoons in the Sowetan newspaper during the 3 years leading up to the elections in April 1994. Some of the cartoons were used for a virtual exhibition "The Cartoons of Len Sak 1990 to 1994".

Sak, Len

Mandela's visit to Gabon in 1991

  • ZA COM NMAP 2011/42
  • Series
  • 1991-02-16
Series of photos of Mandela’s visit to Gabon and the Omar Bongo University.

Unknown

Mandela notes during CODESA

  • ZA COM NMPP-2009/84
  • Series
  • 1992
Two notes by Mandela: one to Winnie on CODESA notebook page; one with notes on back of ‘while you were out’ slip.

Mandela, Nelson Rolihlahla

Rick Stengel Interviews with Nelson Mandela

  • ZA COM NMPP 2009/57
  • Series
  • 1993 - 1994
Audio recordings and transcripts of conversations that Rick Stengel had with Nelson Mandela for the research of Long Walk to Freedom, covering Nelson Mandela's life from 1918-1994.

Mandela, Nelson Rolihlahla

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