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Letters received from former colleagues and friends in Southern Africa, 1955-1958

MS. Sampson dep. 12
Held at the Weston Library

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Bundles entitled 'Letters Africa 1956-1960' and 'Letters Personal 1956-1960'. Includes:

  1. letters from Zeke [Ezekiel] Mphahlele, writer and literary editor of Drum, relating to his writing, his move to Nigeria and the publication of his work, 1955-1958
  2. letters from Todd Matshikiza, Drum journalist and composer, relating to his writing and his music and referring to his intention to leave South Africa, 1957
  3. letters from Bettie [du Toit], banned trade unionist, concerning the Treason Trial and reporting demonstrations and unrest in Johannesburg, 1957
  4. letter from Wharrie Nelson, Rand Daily Mail journalist, reporting possible changes at the paper and his move to the Star, and referring to the murder of Henry Nxumalo, Drum journalist, 19 Jan 1957
  5. letter from Laurence Gandar, recently appointed Editor of the Rand Daily Mail, regarding his plans for the paper, 14 Jan. 1958
  6. letter from Ruth First, journalist, concerning press claims that Heinemann, publisher of Sampson's The Treason Cage, would not distribute the book in South Africa, 13 May 1958
  7. letter from Shirley Williams, journalist [later MP and Baroness Williams], describing political events in Ghana, 22 Dec. 1958


  • Creation: 1955-1958


33 Leaves

Language of Materials

  • English


MS. Sampson dep. 12

Repository Details

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Weston Library
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