Series NMAP 2014/7 - Abdul Bham Collection

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ZA COM NMAP 2014/7


Abdul Bham Collection


  • c1954-1980s (Creation)

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Extent and medium

25 items consisting of 112 digital images on 1 CD

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Name of creator

(8 January 1912 -)

Administrative history

Established as the South African Native National Congress (SANNC) in 1912. Renamed African National Congress (ANC) in 1923. Following the Sharpeville Massacre in March 1960, the ANC was banned by the South African government and went underground until the ban was lifted in 1990. Its military wing, Umkhonto weSizwe (MK), was established in 1961, with Mandela as commander-in-chief. The ANC became South Africa’s governing party after the nation’s first democratic elections on 27 April 1994.

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Archival history

Abdul Bham, ANC activist who was in exile (1963 - 1991), over a period of over 50 years has collected several anti-apartheid documentation, especially from the African National Congress and South African Communist Party. Some of this material has been digitised by the NMF in Feruary 2014, and the originals returned to Bham.

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Abdul Bham

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Scope and content

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.

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Conditions governing access

Access by permission of the Nelson Mandela Foundation.
Some materials may contain personal or confidential information. Access to these materials may be restricted as stipulated by legislation, Archives policy, or the donor. Please consult the archivist for details.

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Permission of copyright holder required.
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tiff files on a DVD

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NMF photo taxonomy

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Existence and location of originals

NMF digitised archives collection CD# DA 0017

Existence and location of copies

External hard drive - archival documents master

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Additional digitised photos of Mandela in Morocco may be found in NMF Digital Photo Taxonomy

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Description created 2014-04-17.


  • English



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