Explore Mandela’S Archives Online

Last twelvemonth nosotros announced a $1.25 1000000 grant to the Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory to attention save too digitize thousands of archival documents, photographs too videos virtually Nelson Mandela. Based inwards Johannesburg, South Africa, the Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory (NMCM) is committed to documenting the life too times of 1 of the world's greatest statesmen too spreading his flush to promote social jurist throughout the world.

Today, the Mandela archive has give-up the ghost a reality. Along alongside historians, educationalists, researchers, activists too many others unopen to the world, you lot tin mail away access a wealth of data too noesis virtually the life too legacy of this extraordinary African leader. The new online multimedia archive includes Mandela’s correspondence alongside family, comrades too friends, diaries written during his 27 years of imprisonment, too notes he made spell leading the negotiations that ended apartheid inwards South Africa. The archive volition besides include the earliest-known photograph of Mr. Mandela too never-before seen drafts of Mr. Mandela's manuscripts for the sequel to his autobiography Long Walk to Freedom.


We’ve worked closely alongside the NMCM to practise an interactive online sense which nosotros promise volition inspire you lot every bit much every bit us. You tin mail away search too browse the archives to explore dissimilar parts of Mandela’s life too function inwards depth: Early Life, Prison Years, Presidential Years, Retirement, Books for Mandela, Young People too My Moments alongside a Legend.

For example, you lot mightiness live interested inwards Nelson Mandela’s personal memories of the fourth dimension he was incarcerated too click into the Prison Years exhibit. You tin mail away right away run across a curated railroad train of materials threaded together into a broader narrative. These include handwritten notes on his desk calendars, which show, for example, that he met President F.W. De Klerk for the start fourth dimension on Dec 13, 1989 for 2 too a one-half hours inwards prison; the Warrants of Committal issued past times the Supreme Court which sent him to prison; the earliest known photo of Nelson Mandela’s prison theatre cell on Robben Island circa 1971; too a personal letter written from prison theatre inwards 1963 to his daughters, Zeni too Zindzi, afterward their woman nurture was arrested, consummate alongside transcript.


From there, you lot mightiness desire to run across all the letters held past times the archive, too click “See more” inwards the letters category, where you lot tin mail away uncovering all personal letters or work the fourth dimension filter to explore his diaries too calendars written betwixt 1988 too 1998, where you lot tin mail away run across that inwards the last page of the concluding diary, he met alongside President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni of Republic of Uganda to telephone commutation ideas virtually the province of affairs inwards northern Uganda. If you lot were a researcher, you lot tin mail away search through various fragments of Madiba’s retention that relate to Ahmed Kathrada, his long-time comrade, pol too anti-apartheid activist, where you lot tin mail away detect photos, videos, manuscripts too letters that relate to him.

Finally, past times clicking into the exhibit, My Moments alongside a Legend, you lot tin mail away give-up the ghost beyond Madiba’s personal materials to larn a various perspective through photos, videos too stories, via the memories of people similar Archbishop Desmond Tutu, F.W. De Klerk too Nomfundo Walaza, a community worker.


The Nelson Mandela Digital Archive projection is an inaugural past times the Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory too the Dead Sea Scrolls too bringing the Yad Vashem Holocaust materials online.

You tin mail away start exploring the Nelson Mandela archive correct at nowadays at archive.nelsonmandela.org. We promise you’ll live inspired past times this influential leader—the facial expression upwards of South Africa’s transition to democracy.


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