January 18, 2022

Nelson Mandela Digital Archive Goes Live

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From News24.com

Previously privileged information on Nelson Mandela is now available online – for free.

The Mandela Digital Archive – an initiative by the Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory (NMCM) and the Google Cultural Institute – was launched in Johannesburg on Tuesday.

From the Official News Release

Google gave a $1.25m [8.6 million rand] grant to the Johannesburg-based NMCM in 2011 to help preserve and digitise thousands of archival documents, photographs and videos about Mr Mandela. And now the digital exhibition has become a reality.


The new online multimedia archive includes Mr 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 photograph of Mr. Mandela, rare images of his cell on Robben Island in the 1970s, and never-seen drafts of Mr Mandela’s manuscripts for the sequel to his autobiography Long Walk to Freedom.


“The Archive currently includes over 1 900 unique images, documents and videos, and will grow over time,” said Luke Mckend, Country Manager for Google South Africa.

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