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Overview of the Collection

History

Scope and Content

Restrictions

Index Terms

Related Material

Administrative Information

Detailed Description

Series I: Oral History Transcripts, 2000-2006






African National Congress Oral History Transcripts Collection


Finding aid prepared by Valerie Love.




Archives & Special Collections at the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center
405 Babbidge Road, Unit 1205
Storrs, Connecticut 06269-1205







© 2007 University of Connecticut



Overview of the Collection

Repository: Archives & Special Collections at the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center.
Creator: African National Congress.
Title: African National Congress Oral History Transcripts Collection.
Dates: 2000-2006.
Quantity: 3.5 linear feet.
Identification: MSS20070040
Language: English, isiXhosa, Bisho
Abstract: Established in 1912, the African National Congress was created to provide a political avenue for the struggle for equality of Blacks in South Africa. Working in exile from 1960 until 1990, members of the ANC established foreign offices to continue the political work necessary to end apartheid in South Africa. The governing party since 1994, the ANC has established its archives at the University of Fort Hare, an historically Black institution. In March 1999, the ANC and the University of Connecticut signed a Memorandum of Understanding establishing a partnership to foster training, assistance and cooperation based on the principle of reciprocal learning and consultation. One of the projects resulting from the collaboration between the University of Connecticut and the ANC was the ANC Oral History Project, which conducted and transcribed 133 oral histories of ANC leaders in South Africa between 2000 and 2006.

History

On March 8, 1999, the University of Connecticut signed a partnership agreement with the ANC to promote international understanding and cooperation based on the principle of reciprocal learning and consultation.  The Memorandum of Understanding Between the University of Connecticut and the African National Congress established a number of initiatives including the creation of the Comparative Human Rights Program (which later became the UNESCO Chair and Institute of Comparative Human Rights), the ANC Archives Project, and the ANC Oral History Project.

The goals of the ANC Archives Project were to share knowledge and expertise in archival administration, as well as to “acquire, make accessible, preserve and publicize materials dealing with the African National Congress and human rights.” South African delegates were sent to UConn beginning in 1999 to learn archival techniques and receive training from the staff of the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center.  In 2000, archivists from the University of Connecticut traveled to South Africa to assess the conditions of the ANC collections housed at the University of Fort Hare, as well as to assist in the development of a long term preservation strategy.  Another element of the project was to research the locations of ANC materials held repositories in North America and to “assist in obtaining copies or returning collections to South Africa”  (Memorandum of Understanding Between the University of Connecticut and the African National Congress, 1999).

The ANC Oral History Project was designed to preserve accounts of the lives and struggles of those who fought apartheid in South Africa.  In October 2000, Bruce Stave, Director of the Center for Oral History at the University of Connecticut traveled to Cape Town, South Africa with three assistants and conducted an intensive oral history training workshop over four weeks.  The first two weeks of the program consisted of a training seminar on oral history procedure.  During the final two weeks of the program, the participants conducted 40 interviews followed by an evaluation workshop on the oral histories.  Narissa Ramdhani, archivist for the African National Congress, and an alumna of the University of Connecticut, oversaw the interviews in South Africa.  The initial participants of the oral history training program included Loyiso Pulumani, Portia Matalala, Lungelwa Madyibi, Moses Hadebe, and Zanele Riba.  The interviews continued over the next six years.  As part of the partnership, 133 interview transcripts arrived at the University of Connecticut in March of 2007.   The original transcripts and cassette tapes are held at the University of Fort Hare in South Africa.

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Scope and Content

The collection contains 133 transcripts of oral history interviews conducted in South Africa between 2000 and 2006. The bulk of the transcripts are in English, but the collection also includes interviews conducted in isiXhosa and Bisho. 

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Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

There are no access restrictions on this collection.

Restrictions on Use

Permission to publish from these Papers must be obtained in writing from both the University of Connecticut Libraries and the owner(s) of the copyright.

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Related Material

Archives & Special Collections has a substantial collection of materials pertaining to Human Rights. Archives & Special Collections also has a small collection of ANC memorabilia collected as a result of the UConn/ANC Partnership. See also, the papers of Oliver Tambo and A. B. Xuma, available in microfilm. For detailed information on these collections please contact the curator or ask at the reference desk.

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Index Terms

This record series is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.

Organizations:

African National Congress.

Subjects:

South Africa--Race relations--Political aspects.

Anti-apartheid movements--South Africa.

Political parties--South Africa.

Document Types:

Oral History Transcripts.

Occupations:

Political party.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

[Item description, #:#], African National Congress Oral History Transcripts Collection. Archives & Special Collections at the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center, University of Connecticut Libraries.

Acquisition Information

The transcripts were donated by African National Congress in March 2007.

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Detailed Description

Series I: Oral History Transcripts, 2000-2006
1:1 Africa, Samson, 2001 April 11
1:2 Asmal, Kader, 2001 July 5
1:3 Barsel, Esther, undated
1:4 Basopu, Mike, undated
1:5 Belot, Sakhiwo, undated
1:6 Bernstein, Hilda and Rusty, 2001 February 28
1:7 Bizos, George, 2000 October 5
1:8 Brown, David, 2001 December 18
1:9 Bunting, Brian, 2000 October 3
1:10 Bunting, Sonia, 2000 October 4
1:11 Cakwebe, Menzeleli Naledi, undated
1:12 Carneson, Sarah, 2000 October 11
1:13 Coetzee, Dirk, 2005 September 16
1:14 Daniel, John, 2003 December 3
1:15 Dlomo, Albert, 2000 April 24
1:16 Dlomo, Lindiwe, undated
1:17 Dlungwana, Zanele Patricia, undated
1:18 Docrat, Abdul, 2001 February 8
1:19 Duarte, Jessie, 2005 October 14
2:20 Dube, Ernest Frederick, 2001 July 24
2:21 Duma, Mpho, 2001 February 20
2:22 Ebrahim, Ebrahim, 2000 October 10
2:23 Eggenhuizen, Antoine, 2002 June 13
2:24 Faku, Mlamli, undated
2:25 Fihla, Nkosinathi Benson, 2005 July 24
2:26 Fikizolo, Melton Makhwenkew, undated
2:27 Forman, Sadie, 2001 December 19
2:28 Gabru, Yusuf, 2006 February 8
2:29 Ghandhi, Ela, 2000 October 2
2:30 Goldberg, Denis, 2005 September 20
2:31 Goliath, A. H., undated
2:32 Gounden, Swaminathan, 2001 April 26
2:33 Gxowa, Mashaba, 2004 December 7
2:34 Jack, Mkhuseli, 2005 July 26
2:35 Jali, Esther Molatloa, undated
2:36 Jassat, Essop, 2001 December 20
2:37 Jenkin, Tim, 2001 October 6
2:38 Kodesh, Wolfie, 2000 October 4
2:39 Kunene, Mazizi, 2001 April 27
3:40 Langa, Mandla, undated
3:41 Lapsey, Michael, 2000 October 6
3:42 Lebona, Azariel, 2003 September 15
3:43 Lesia, Israel Moiketsi, undated
3:44 Levy, Norman, 2000 October 11
3:45 Luthuli, Albertina, 2000 November 25
3:46 Magagula, Sipho, 2004 August 30
3:47 Magqabaza, Tutu, 2003 August
3:48 Maharaj, Mac, 2000 October 9
3:49 Majala, Wendy, 2004 August 14
3:50 Makana, Siman, 2001 August 17
3:51 Makhaye, Mec Dumisani, 2004 January 20
3:52 Makinta, M. L., undated
3:53 Maloi-Thibeletsa, N. A., undated
3:54 Manyoni, Thabo Moses, undated
3:53 Maphanga, Russel, 2003 July 30
3:56 Matang, Mothate, undated
3:57 Matosa, Zanemvula, undated
3:58 Matthews, Joe, 2000 October 2
3:59 Mayekiso, Maxwell Bonisile, 2002 May 24
4:60 Mayekiso, M-Xhosa, 2002 May 24
4:61 Mayson, Cedric, 2004 February 10
4:62 Mbange, Makonza Blyden, undated
4:63 Mbeki, Epainette, 2001 June 14
4:64 Mbeki, Govan, 2000 October 5
4:65 Mbete, Baleka, 2001 May 9
4:66 McLean, Sherry, 2001 January 15
4:67 Mdze, Milton Nkosentsha, undated
4:68 Metele, Alfred Tot, 2001 October 4
4:69 Mfenyana, Sindiso Gregory, 2001 January 28
4:70 Mhlongo, Simphiwe, 2004 December 18
4:71 Mkwayi, Wilton, 2000 October 6
4:72 Mlangeni, Bawo Andrew 2003 November 5
4:73 Mncwabe, Mthokozisi, 2003 April 18
4:74 Mohammed, Joyce, 2001 December 21
4:75 Mohapi, Oliver, undated
4:76 Mohapi, Rose Mary, undated
4:77 Mokitlane, Modise Casca, undated
4:78 Mokoena, Raymond, 2004 June 4
5:79 Moonsamy, Kay, 2000 December 7
5:80 Motihabaine, Shoes, undated
5:81 Mtongana, Silias, 2005 July 25
5:82 Mzimela, Cletus, 2003 August 12
5:83 Mzuzwana, Zwelabantu, undated
5:84 Mzuzwana, Zwelinjani Matthews, undated
5:85 Naidoo, Indres, 2000 October 3
5:86 Naidoo, Shantie, 2000 October 6
5:87 Naidoo, Phyllis, 2000 November 23
5:88 Naidoo, Prema, 2001 July 12
5:89 Nair, Billy 2000 October 10
5:90 Nchabeleng, Elleck, 2005 March 19
5:91 Nene, George, 2004 September 10
5:92 Ngalo, Zenzile, 2001 July 5
5:93 Ngoyi, Edgar undated
5:94 Ngqondela, James Wongama, 2001 July 8
5:95 Ngwenya, Winnie, 2005 September 29
5:96 Nhlapo, Sipho James, 2003 September 15
5:97 Nong, Elias,, 2005 March 19
5:98 Norushe, Bonisile, undated
6:99 Ntlanthi, Israel Bonakeke, undated
6:100 Ntsibande, Cleopus, 2004 August 13
6:101 Omar, Dullah, 2000 October 6
6:102 Papo, Hope Mankwana, 2004 May 7
6:103 Pato, Thembinkosi Xolile, undated
6:104 Pemba, Alven Bennie, 2000 June 10
6:105 Peyise, Peter, 2001 February 23
6:106 Phakola, Fannie, 2005 October 14
6:107 Pillay, Rajes, 2000 August 2
6:108 Plam, Edward Danile, 2001 July 12
6:109 Pongolo, Xolo-David, undated
6:110 Ponnusamy, Somalingum, 2001 July 23
6:111 Potgieter, Febe, 2005 July 3
6:112 Ratikane, Mantoane, 2005 January 6
6:113 Sangweni, Angela, 2001 July 5
6:114 Sangweni, Stanislaus, 2001 July 6
6:115 Seedat, Fatima, 2000 August 8
6:116 Serote, Wally, 2000 October 4
6:117 Shope, Gertrude, 2000 October 11
6:118 Simons, Rachel (Ray), 2000 October 7
6:119 Singh, Sunny, 2001 July 23
6:120 Sita, Maniben, 2002 January 24
7:121 Sonkwala, Jeffrey Msutu, 2001 April 26
7:122 Tickly, Mohammed, 2001 February 2
7:123 Tlaka, Ntate Kgologo, 2005 November 29
7:124 Toni, Mxolisi, 2004 September 9
7:125 Turok, Ben, 200 October 5
7:126 Twebe, Moses Bonisile, 2001 September 26
7:127 Tyikwe, William Bonakele, 2001 October 5
7:128 Vandeyar, Reggie, 2005 October 11
7:129 Weinberg, Sheila,, 2003 August 14
7:130 Xaba, Ndikho, 2001 August 1
7:131 Zandile, Thomson, undated
7:132 Zulu, Sipho Emmanuel, 2005 August 22
7:133 Zweni, Ngaze, 2001 July 11