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'64', correspondence and other papers relating to the Rivonia trial of 1963-1964 and the conviction of Mandela and his co-accused, 1963-1998

MS. Sampson dep. 116
Held at the Weston Library

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From a bundle entitled 'Mandela '62-'64'. Includes:

  1. photocopies of press and journal articles relating to the trial and its outcome, some by Sampson, 1963-1964 and 1966-1967
  2. copies of affidavits sworn by political prisoners released from Robben Island regarding conditions in the prison, Feb. 1964, typescript
  3. 'On Trial For Their Lives, The Accused at Rivonia', the text of a statement delivered by Mary Benson, who had been an administrator of the Treason Trials Defence Fund, and later biographer of Mandela, before the UN Special Committee on the Policies of Apartheid of the Government of the Republic of South Africa, 11 Mar. 1964, typescript
  4. copy letter from Mary [Benson], to David [Astor], editor of the Observer, concerning the influence of articles about Mandela and the trial which had appeared in the newspaper, 12 June 1964, typescript
  5. letter from George Bizos, a member of Mandela's defence team at the trial, thanking Sampson for his writings and statements in support of those convicted and expressing the hope that 'they will not become forgotten men', 16 June 1964, typescript
  6. 'The Accused: Nine Men', comprising brief biographies of the nine accused in the trial, [1964], typescript
  7. photocopy of a transcript of an interview by Fran Buntman with Denis Goldberg, one of the accused in the trial, for a Liberty Life Foundation book on Jews involved in anti-apartheid politics, 1995, typescript
  8. research notes relating to the trial by Sampson, [c.1997]
  9. faxed copies of a 'statement from the dock' to be made by Mandela should the death sentence be passed following the trial, [1964], and of a letter from George Bizos to Sampson regarding the statement, 23 Oct. 1998


  • Creation: 1963-1998


1 folder

Language of Materials

  • English


MS. Sampson dep. 116

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