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A. B. Xuma Papers

 Collection — item: Roll 1
Identifier: 2000-0143

Scope and Content Note

The collection contains the personal papers of South African physician and politician on microfilm. The following is a corresponding list of microfilm reel to box listed in the inventory: Reel 1= Box A (File number A.D. 843) - Box C (Public 1939) Reel 2 = Box C (Public 1940) - Box E (Public Dec 1942) Reel 3 = Box G (Public January 1943) - J (Public September 1945) Reel 4 = Box J (Public October 1945) - Box L (Public December 1948) Reel 5 = Box M (Public 1949) - Box O (File 23 YMCA) Reel 6 = Box P (File number 24 Antobiography) - Box S (File number 39 Relations News) Reel 7 = Box T (File number 40 Printed Pamphlet) - Box U (Presscuttings)


  • undated, 1918-1960



The collection is open and available for research.

Restrictions on Use and Copyright Information

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.


Alfred Bitini Xuma (1893–1962), politician and physician in South Africa. Xuma studied at the Tuskegee Institute, Alabama (1914–16), University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, MN, (1920) and Northwestern University in Evanston, IL (1926), as well as Marquette University (1921–1923) and the Lewis Institute, Chicago. He gained experience in obstetrics and gynaecology and surgery with residencies at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, and at Pecs University and New St John's Hospital, Budapest, before travelling to Edinburgh; receiving his license to practice medicine in 1927. Xuma then returned to South Africa and opened a medical practice.

A significant figure in the political history of South Africa, Xuma was active with the African National Congress and served in a leadership capacity for many years before his death in 1962.

A full biography, from which the above informed is based, is available in the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (accessed 8/29/2012).


1 Linear Feet (7 reels microform. )

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The collection consists of microfilm set of the papers held at the University of Witswatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa. These papers are digitized and can be found through the following link (

Provenance and Acquisition

The microfilm was purchased from the University of Witswatersrand in 2000 as part of the UConn-ANC Partnership.

Location of Originals

The original materials comprising this collection are located at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, Cullen Library, A. B. Xuma papers.

Related Material

Archives & Special Collections has a representative collection of materials pertaining to the African National Congress as part of its Human Rights Collections. For detailed information on these collections please contact the curator or ask at the Reading Room desk.

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