Record Group MR-MM - Mandela Materials

Identity area

Reference code



Mandela Materials


  • 1940s-2013 (Creation)

Level of description

Record Group

Extent and medium

Contains 638 records as of September 2020. This will increase as more information is added.

Context area

Name of creator

(1999 -)

Administrative history

The Nelson Mandela Foundation is a non-profit organisation focused on memory, dialogue and legacy work, founded by Nelson Mandela in 1999.

Archival history

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Content and structure area

Scope and content

The archival record relating to the late Mr Nelson Mandela is infinite, fragmentary and scattered, both geographically and institutionally, throughout the world, making it almost impossible to physically locate. The imperative, therefore, is to document this vast resource, facilitate access to it, and promote its preservation and use.

The Mandela Materials Database is a guide to the Mandela archive elsewhere, other than the Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory. Both local and international repositories have been surveyed for any material on Mr Mandela to include in the database. The purpose of this database is to point researchers to the relevant repositories holding the actual archival material.

Appraisal, destruction and scheduling


This database is a work in progress, and will be added to as additional information is received. Please contact us if you are aware of other resources we have not yet identified in the database.

System of arrangement

Migrated from the Mandela Resources Databases (Jan-2019). Note the unique Reference ID: ### has been replaced by the chronological reference code MR-MM-# with the original Reference ID from each Database available in the Description identifier field.

Conditions of access and use area

Conditions governing access

Contact location

Conditions governing reproduction

Contact location

Language of material

Script of material

Language and script notes

Physical characteristics and technical requirements

Finding aids

Allied materials area

Existence and location of originals

see repositories for each entry

Existence and location of copies

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Notes area

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Access points

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Name access points

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Description control area

Description identifier

Institution identifier

Rules and/or conventions used


Level of detail

Dates of creation revision deletion


  • English



Accession area

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