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African National Congress Oral History Transcripts Collection

 Collection
Identifier: 2007-0040
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.

Dates

  • 2000-2006

Languages

English. isiXhosa. Bisho.

Access

The collection is open and available for research.

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.

Extent

3.5 Linear Feet

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.

Acquisition Information

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

Related Material

Archives & Special Collections has a substantial collection of materials pertaining to human rights issues. See also the small collection of ANC memorabilia collected as a result of the UConn/ANC Partnership, as well as 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 Reading Room desk.
Title
African National Congress Oral History Transcripts Collection
Status
published
Author
Valerie Love and Ethan Avery.
Date
2014
Description rules
dacs
Language of description
English

Repository Details

Part of the Archives and Special Collections, University of Connecticut Library Repository

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