Extensive archive on Mandela goes online

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archive.nelsonmandela.org. Along with historians, educationalists, researchers, activists, and many others around the world, readers can access a wealth of information and knowledge about the life and legacy of this extraordinary African leader. The new online multimedia archive includes Mandela?s correspondence with family, comrades and friends, diaries written during his 27 years of imprisonment, and notes he made while leading the negotiations that ended apartheid in South Africa. The archive will also include the earliest-known photo of Mandela and never-before seen drafts of Mandela?s manuscripts for the sequel to his autobiography Long Walk to Freedom. Readers can search and browse the archives to explore different parts of Mandela?s life and work in depth: Early Life, Prison Years, Presidential Years, Retirement, Books for Mandela, Young People and My Moments with a Legend. For example, one might be interested in Nelson Mandela?s personal memories of the time he was incarcerated and click into the Prison Years exhibit. A curated set of materials can be immediately seen 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 first time on December 13, 1989 for two and a half hours in prison; the Warrants of Committal issued by the Supreme Court which sent him to prison; the earliest known photo of Nelson Mandela?s prison cell on Robben Island circa 1971; and a personal letter written from prison in 1963 to his daughters, Zeni and Zindzi, after their mother was arrested, complete with transcript. From there, all the letters held by the archive can also be seen. Click ?See more? in the letters category, where one can discover all personal letters or use the time filter to explore his diaries and calendars written between 1988 and 1998, where one can also see that in the last page of the last diary, he met with President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni of Uganda to exchange ideas about the situation in northern Uganda. Various fragments of Madiba?s memory that relate to Ahmed Kathrada, his long-time comrade, politician and anti-apartheid activist can also be researched together with the photos, videos, manuscripts and letters that relate to him. Finally, by clicking into the exhibit, My Moments with a Legend, Madiba?s personal materials will be unveiled to get a diverse perspective through photos, videos and stories, via the memories of people like Archbishop Desmond Tutu, F.W. De Klerk and Nomfundo Walaza, a community worker. The Nelson Mandela Digital Archive project is an initiative by the Nelson Mandela Center of Memory and the Google Cultural Institute, which helps to preserve and promote diverse cultural and historical heritage.]]>

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