Series NMPP 2009/8 - Notebooks and Notes

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Reference code

ZA COM NMPP 2009/8


Notebooks and Notes


  • 1990 - 2001 (Accumulation)

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Extent and medium

8 archival boxes; 28 notebooks, 11 folders and 2 diaries

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Name of creator

(18 July 1918-5 December 2013)

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Deposited by Nelson Mandela

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Scope and content

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.

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Conditions governing access

Access by permission of the Nelson Mandela Foundation.
Box 4, Files 1 -2; Box 5, Files 3 - 5; Box 7, Files 9 and 11 are closed.
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.
Copyright held by the Nelson Mandela Foundation

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  • English

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  • English



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