Collection 101 - GALA Oral History Project

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ZA GALA MR-RT-101

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GALA Oral History Project

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  • 1940 - 2000 (Accumulation)

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2 boxes; 82 audio cassettes; 3 video cassettes; 105 photographs; scrapbook. 4 items relate to Rivonia Trial ; Sound recordings, Still images

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GALA's Oral History Project was launched in co-operation with journalist Mark Gevisser to provide background material for Gevisser's film biography of Cecil Williams (The Man who Drove with Mandela). Williams was a well-known theatre director in South Africa in the 1950s. He was also a communist, underground activist and gay. These interviews form the bulk of the collection (Series A). It consists of more than 60 interviews on audio cassette with lesbians and gay men older than 60 at the time of the interview. Some of the interviews have been transcribed, and include some photographs and memorabilia. The interviews keyworded "Rivonia treason trial" are A1.12, A1.18, A1.32 and A1.49. A.1. are all interviews with gay men and lesbians about their lives in South Africa in the 1950s and 1960s. Restrictions apply.

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Restricted. Contact repository.

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Inventory available online - http://www.historicalpapers.wits.ac.za/inventory.php?iid=8809

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