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The database included entries for more than 60 institutions and more than 160 archival collections. In addition, the official trial record is not complete, with some files having been lost by the apartheid administration and others stolen from its custody.
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Concentrated initial research, focused on major collections in South Africa, was conducted between May and November 2009.
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The Rivonia Trial, arguably the most significant political trial in South African history, generated a vast archive, ranging from the official court records to media coverage of the trial. This database, and the records audit on which it is built, constitutes a first step towards documenting the archive. The need for the database was determined by the fragmentary and scattered nature of the archive.
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This is a work in progress. We welcome additional information.
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Migrated from the Nelson Mandela Rivonia Trial Database (Jan-2019). Note the unique Reference ID: ### has been replaced by the chronological reference code MR-RT-# with the original Reference ID available in the Description identifier field.
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